This is why the Raiders made the changes to their staff this offseason. Oakland was continuously getting out-coached each week. There was not a better example of this in what was a rough 2017 for franchise quarterback Derek Carr. Opting to move on from Bill Musgrave to Todd Downing proved disastrous for Carr’s development.
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Carr was a huge reason that Gruden left the ESPN booth. He sees so much potential in Carr. To Gruden, he must remind him of the guy he drafted Cadillac Williams over in the 2005 NFL Draft while with Tampa Bay: Aaron Rodgers. Not to say that Carr will be even half as good as Rodgers, but that is his prototype. We all saw Carr be an MVP candidate in 2016, so why can’t Chucky the same out of his signal caller in 2018 and beyond?
Gruden will call the plays, but will have a familiar face to he and Carr at offensive coordinator in Greg Olson. Olson will only help Carr in grasping the concepts of Gruden’s verbose West Coast system. Having a former offensive coordinator in Bennett making the receivers accountable is a plus. Landing one of the most innovative offensive line coaches in Cable is a huge plus as well.
Overall, this offensive staff that is coming together in Oakland is designed to do one thing: get the absolute most out of Carr. While he wasn’t healthy for most of 2017, look for the Raiders franchise quarterback to have a bounce back season in 2018. If everything hits, Oakland could be in line to get back into the AFC playoffs, maybe even win the AFC West for the first time since 2002?