Raiders: Ranking every season of Derek Carr’s career
If Carr’s 2014 season gave the fans hope, then the 2015 season sent them into a frenzy. In his first year under new head coach Jack Del Rio, he and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave worked magic throughout 2015.
With new weapons in the form of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, Carr appeared much more willing to take chances down the field. This aggressive approach was a massive step forward from the way he played in 2014 and instantly endeared him to the entire team and fanbase. His 11.4 yards per completion this season is his second best.
Oakland would fall short of the playoffs in 2015 with a 7-9 record but the team still enjoyed some magical moments. On Christmas Eve, Carr was able to engineer a comeback against the Chargers to secure the win in the legendary Charles Woodson’s last game in Oakland. This was also the season where Carr cemented himself as one of the league’s most clutch quarterbacks as five of the team’s seven wins were by one score or less.
Overall, he finished the season with 3,987 passing yards, 32 touchdowns, and thirteen interceptions. The touchdowns are still the most he has recorded in a single season and he has not topped thirty since. He would also earn his first career Pro Bowl nod.