Did the position group exceed expectations?
The true answer to this question has to be found not in Carr’s statistics, but in the expectations that the fan base put on this team in the middle of the season. At the beginning of 2019, especially after all the drama with Antonio Brown, many believed that this would be a six-win team at best, especially with how tough their schedule was in the early going.
However, Carr led his team to a 6-4 record through ten games, and the Raiders were in the driver’s seat in terms of making the playoffs. That had everybody ready to start thinking big, when in reality, this was a young team with plenty of holes on both sides of the ball, so finishing with seven wins was not terrible.
Most will point out Carr’s record as a starter with the Raiders, as he has put together only one winning season in his six years under center. Truthfully, Carr did a lot with very little in the passing game this season, throwing for a career-high 4,054 yards and 21 touchdowns against eight interceptions.
The statistics were good, but watching the games, there is still a lot Carr can improve on, including extending plays with his legs, and taking more shots downfield. There is enough talent around him, especially with how well the rookie class played in 2019 for Carr to lead this team to the playoffs in 2020.