The Las Vegas Raiders may be thinking about moving on from quarterback Derek Carr, but the 2022 season is not the right time to do so.
It has been eight years since Derek Dallas Carr took over as the starting quarterback for the then-Oakland Raiders. 53 wins to 69 losses later, and one playoff appearance in which he missed due to injury, and here we are still debating if Carr is the right quarterback for this franchise.
There have been some highs, including that 2016 NFL season, where the third-year starter looking like a future Most Valuable Player in the league. He had two solid weapons on the outside in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, as well as a Defensive Player of the Year on the other side of the ball in Khalil Mack.
Well, the Raiders have not been back to the playoffs since that 2016 season, and over the last few campaigns, they have started strong, only to falter down the stretch. Sure, in most seasons Carr is not the issue, but you have to think that after eight seasons as the starter, the franchise would have a good idea if he is going to be a part of the long-term solution.
With Carr holding virtually every passing record in Raiders history, while being in charge of the franchise for eight years, and being only 30 years of age which is considered relatively young in quarterback terms, what would seem to be the problem with him leading the franchise going forward?