It has been made abundantly clear, Derek Carr would rather quit playing football than play for any team not called the Raiders. This much is true following comments that Carr made last Tuesday saying:
“I’d probably quit football if I had to play for somebody else. I am a Raider for my entire life. I’m going to root for one team for the rest of my life — it’s the Raiders. So, I just feel that so strong in my heart I don’t need a perfect situation to make things right. I’d rather go down with the ship, you know what I’m saying if I have to.”www.sportingnews.com
Do you hear that Coach Gruden? Your current QB says he’s a Raider for life. Carr cares very little for his soon-to-be nuked trade value, the guy will fall on the sword for Las Vegas. Do you think Derek Carr cares that his older brother suggested that the Raiders trade for Russell Wilson? Hell no! Carr is unconcerned that the team around him might be weaker than last year’s group. These minor details are of little importance because Derek Carr would rather ¨go down with the ship.¨
No, using words like immortal and legend when describing Derek Carr is in no way meant to be facetious or misleading. I’m a numbers guy. The numbers here tell a story. It’s the story of a QB who holds more Raiders passing records than anyone else in the organization’s history. J.D. Thomann recently touched upon Carr being a strength for the Raiders. But, did you know Carr is the All-Time franchise leader in passing TDs (170), passing YDs (26,896), and overall QB RTG (92.1)? Further, Carr has more game-winning drives (24), and 4th quarter comebacks (21) than any other Raider QB in franchise history. Yes, winning the Super Bowl is the ultimate goal. Carr has not done that yet. In fact, his career win/loss record isn’t great. But, hey, Sean McVay is infatuated with QBs who don’t win playoff games, and he’s a genius, so why should the Raiders care?
Derek Carr is old school. He’s the embodiment of who the Raiders are. This proclamation that he’s quitting if he can’t play for the Raiders only adds to his legend. Do the right thing Las Vegas. Ride it out with Carr. Build a better team around him.
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