Derek Carr being the quarterback in Las Vegas is one of the bigger questions surrounding the Raiders franchise, but it sounds like Mike Mayock is behind him.
Derek Carr has been the starting quarterback for the Raiders franchise for six seasons, and in that time, he has re-wrote the team’s record book in terms of passing. However, in that time, the team has had only one winning season, which basically ended when he broke his leg on Christmas Eve against the Indianapolis Colts.
As he heads towards Year No. 7, there are plenty of fans out there that would like to see the team move on from him. He is scheduled to earn a ton of money in 2020, and people are just tired of the losing, despite the fact that he once again put up fantastic statistics last season in his second year under Jon Gruden.
In his latest Upon Further Review podcast, Eddie Paskal sat down with the general manager of the Raiders, Mike Mayock, to discuss a number of topics. Obviously, the question came up about Carr and his 2019 season, and Mayock had nothing but great things to say about him.
Mayock stated that the team needs to put some weapons around him, and was happy with the way he grew in the passing game with guys like Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller. In addition, he talked about how much Jon Gruden throws at his quarterbacks, and how rapidly Carr progressed in Year 2 in his system.
That sounds a lot like Mayock is on board with Carr being the man under center for the Raiders in 2020, but is Gruden? Speculation out there says that Gruden is getting tired of Carr not trying to make plays with his legs, though the head coach has also been nothing but supportive of his quarterback in the public outside of him being non-committal to Carr next season after the team’s Week 17 loss.
Overall, it would make no sense for the Raiders to move on from Carr as they head to Vegas, as he gives this franchise the best chance to win in 2020. They have an outstanding offensive line, a Rookie of the Year candidate at running back, and if they can get some wideouts in here via the 2020 NFL Draft, or free agency, they are pretty much set on that side of the ball.
If I had to guess, the Raiders are going to do everything they can to put Carr in a position to take a major step forward in 2020, and that includes bolstering the wide receiver group, and shoring up the issues on the defensive side of the ball. Sure, there has not been a lot of winning with Carr at quarterback, but he finally has stability on the coaching staff, and that should yield big dividends in the team’s first season in Sin City.