The Las Vegas Raiders will turn the page from Derek Carr as their starting quarterback in 2023, and here is a proper goodbye and thank you.
I never thought it would end like this for Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders. Call me an unrealistic optimist, but I always thought deep down that Derek Carr’s tenure would culminate in a Super Bowl win.
His nine years with the Raiders aren’t irrelevant because they never won the big one. It doesn’t take away from his relentless commitment to a consistently losing organization – it’s about so much more than a missing ring.
He was the last quarterback of the Oakland Raiders and the first for Las Vegas. In the organization’s 63-year history, 15% of that time, Derek Carr was there. You simply can’t talk about the history of the team without mentioning his name.
You already know all the stats. They’ve been discussed to exhaustion over the years. I don’t want to talk about stats. His near decade as the face of the organization is about so much more than numbers.
I want to talk about his genuine love for being a Raider in an age where players don’t get too attached. I want to talk about the leadership and stability he brought to a team that had neither. These are the things I appreciate the most about Derek Carr.