Raiders: Ranking every season of Derek Carr’s career
After massive off-season changes that included trading Khalil Mack, this would be Carr’s first season under new head coach Jon Gruden. Known for his offensive approach, he also is notorious for having a massive playbook. As such, it would take time for Carr to really get going in 2018.
Overall, the 2018 Raiders were a bad team. After Amari Cooper was tarded mid-season, Carr’s best weapons were Jared Cook, 33-year-old Jordy Nelson, and Marcell Ateman. In the running game, Doug Martin carried the load in the absence of Marshawn Lynch. With a supporting cast like this, Carr and the Raiders limped to a 4-12 record.
Despite the team’s record, Carr was not the problem in 2018. In fact, he was able to record his first 4,000-yard season to go along with nineteen touchdown passes and twelve interceptions. His best game of the season, a 437-yard, four-touchdown performance against the Browns, secured him another come-from-behind win as well as the team’s first of the year.
Following this season, many assumed the Raiders would be in the market for a new quarterback. With exciting prospects like Kyler Murray on the horizon, this season was likely the closest Carr has ever come to playing for another team. In hindsight, however, he never had a shot at winning with this team.