Derek Carr Excited for No-Huddle Offense


Dec 28, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 47-14. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

New Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave is planning on incorporating concepts learned in his one season with the Philadelphia Eagles with his new quarterback Derek Carr, and the 2014 second round draft pick is reportedly a big fan of the new direction of the offense he will be running.

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Carr ran the no huddle concepts to success in college at Fresno State, where he threw for over 5,000 yards, joining the historic list of 50 TD, 5,000 yard passers in a single season. Talking to the media this week, Carr expressed his excitement to try the hurry up offense at the NFL level.

“We want to play fast,” Carr said according to ESPN’s Bill Williamson. “We want to put pressure on the defense. We want to go 100 miles per hour and cause confusion for the defense. It can be a lot of fun.”

With positive experiences from college, Carr is hoping the same level of success he saw at Fresno State is reached with the Raiders. Carr lit up Mountain West offenses during his final two seasons with the Bulldogs, and the plan is to start lighting up AFC West defenses in 2015.

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“My last two years at Fresno State were 100 percent no-huddle, and I love it. I’m very comfortable in it,” Carr said of the no huddle and his comfortability in it. “They are building this offense around me, and I’m really excited about it. I lit up when they told me.”

Using the no huddle in college means knowing the advantages of the offense, something that Carr mentioned to Williamson when talking about the benefits of going fast tempo when it comes to the second half of games.

“What we want to do is be able to be conditioned so we can take advantage in the fourth quarter,” said Carr. “That’s what our goal was in college, and it worked really well for us. When the game is on the line, we want to be the team that is being able to run and controlling the game by pushing the tempo.”

Musgrave should bring a balanced no huddle concept to the Raiders, as he has used the power running philosophy to success with the Jaguars and the Vikings during his other two offensive coordinator stints. That balance should help the Raiders, who relied on Carr in the West Coast Offense last season where they threw far more than they ran. Going no huddle with an offensive coordinator who knows the value of a balanced rushing attack could be the secret to maximizing Carr’s talents in 2015, something that the quarterback himself is more than excited for.