Raiders: Will Derek Carr really have the best season of his career?
Carr running Gruden’s offense
Jon Gruden has an offense which can be described as complicated, as well as a West Coast style of offense which tends to lead to many checkdown passes. This has led many to speculate as to whether Carr lacks the ability to go downfield, or is just following the play-calling of Gruden.
Regardless, another step in the right direction is mandatory as Carr enters Year 3 in this offense.
Although statistically, 2019 was very close to 2018 for Carr, one thing that was significantly improved was the record of the team. After going 4-12 in Gruden’s first year back at the helm, the Raiders finished the 2019 season at 7-9, though it was ruined by the fact that they lost five of their last six games.
Despite a depleted wideout group, and Josh Jacobs’ shoulder injury forcing him to sit out the final two games, Carr was actually pretty good in terms of his statistics. He set a career-high in passing yards, and completed better than 70 percent of his passes, second to only New Orleans star Drew Brees.
Entering Year 3, Carr has many more weapons than he did last season, and finally has the kind of stability in the coaching staff that he has been lacking for years. The foundation has been laid and if ever there was a year for Carr to have the best season of his career, this is it.