Since the near-MVP 2016 season, Derek Carr has been bombarded with criticism surrounding his performance but in Year 2 under Jon Gruden, it seems he has turned the corner.
Here at the Raider Ramble we recently asked Raider Nation via our Twitter account to share their thoughts on this debate.
Such heated division amongst the fans hadn’t been seen since the Las Vegas relocation was made official. No one can deny 2016 was a breakthrough year for the Oakland Raiders but due to several factors, the wheels fell off and the team spiraled thereafter. All the while Derek Carr was dubbed “Captain Checkdown” by the fans as many cried for a change at quarterback during what seemed like an eternal debate.
But what does Raider Nation feel now that Carr seems to be thriving in his second season under Jon Gruden? Let’s take a look!
That's exactly what happened vs Chargers. OL and Jacobs struggled, and DC made up for it. Raiders would've scored 30 on a D that held Rodgers to 11 the week before had the kicker not missed a couple chip shots.— Mr McMurderer (@MrMcmurderer) November 14, 2019
We need to see consistent play for the rest of the season. We're not exactly lighting up the scoreboard on the offensive side of the ball. Would love to see him lead more scoring drives. The Chargers gave the blueprint to slow down Josh Jacobs and our offense struggled.— Elias Trejo (@Elias_Trejo) November 12, 2019
No one can deny he’s playing good football. I’d love more deep shots but that’s not the offense Gruden runs. Run the ball and be efficient throwing it. He’s doing that.The O is a wr1 away from being elite.D needs more pieces and consistency. Greatness could be around the corner..— FreakyStyley (@joseywales) November 13, 2019
The wins are slowly piling up this season as Carr begins to flourish but let’s not forget the luxury he’s had in the form of rookie Josh Jacobs who has been a difference-maker already. The offensive line has also been crucial in Carr regaining his 2016 self, and more impressively, he’s doing it with a revolving door at wide receiver.
The Derek Carr debates will simmer down if he’s the main reason they win a playoff game.— Maurice Moton (@MoeMoton) November 12, 2019
If he can do that with this roster, we won’t see too many mocks with the #Raiders picking a QB in 2020.
Then again, there will always be people who stick to their scripts & want to move on. https://t.co/8PxwYCaAZ5
Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report and Silver & Black Today summed it best as far as how Carr will be perceived moving forward. Basically, if the Raiders win a playoff game then most of the criticism will finally fade, however, there’s a chance no matter what Carr does, there will be those that will continue to push their agenda.