3 Possible Scapegoats for the Las Vegas Raiders in 2022
Scapegoat #3: Derek Carr
Ah, yes, the obvious. Derek Carr has essentially been the Raiders’ scapegoat for the last eight years. It seems to be the nature of the beast in the NFL. If you struggle to win at the game’s most influential position, you will receive much of the blame.
It works both ways, of course. Tom Brady is given the majority of the credit for his team’s 7 Super Bowl wins. Both sides of the coin can be seen clearly in today’s league.
Carr has been the Raiders’ signal-caller for eight full seasons now and has failed to win a single playoff game. Obviously, it is unusual for a team to keep a starting QB when so little success is achieved in the playoffs.
Now, the Raiders have a new regime that seems much less committed to Carr than the previous two. McDaniels and Ziegler signed Carr to an extension, but there is not much long-term commitment to him within the deal. If Carr does not pick up his first playoff win soon, expect a change to finally occur at the QB position in Las Vegas.
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Carr will have plenty of pressure on his shoulders in 2022. To impress the new duo in charge and, perhaps more importantly, change the narrative about his own career, he must prove that he can find success in January.