The debate regarding quarterback for the Oakland Raiders has been never ending. After devastating back to back losses, support for Derek Carr appears to be dwindling.
The excuses and finger pointing is nothing new as the Raiders got trounced again by the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. There’s plenty of blame to go around and a lot of it seems to be falling on Derek Carr’s lap.
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Is it justified? Well in the court of public does it really matter? Take Twitter for example, the Raiders fan base was ruthless after this latest beat down. Let’s take a look at what some of our readers had to say about this latest debacle.
First time since he has been in the league that I have to say that I agree. DC4 is a great guy, but…— Greg Scott (@GScottSays) December 1, 2019
If you are a #Raiders QB and you crumble so badly EVERY TIME in Arrowhead, you are not prepared to bring #RaiderNation to the next level.
I’ve always been on Carrs side but im starting to get over him its getting old.— SoCalRaiider (@SoCalRAiiDER) December 1, 2019
Is Raider Nation turning on Carr?
Raider Nation’s anger is understandable at least from a fan’s point of view. Fact is that the struggles in Kansas City for Carr only help dig his own hole with these terrible performances. The case can be made that there’s a general consensus that Carr is a “good or great person” but what fans wants are wins. As a fan do you really care if your quarterback is charitable or “nice” or by the same token, if he’s a jerk? Of course not. Wins are what traditionally define a football team not individuals.
Some Are Holding Onto Hope
As with any argument there’s always two sides and justifiably so. Many fans do have short-term memory and forget that prior to this two-game skid, the outlook was different. Many proclaimed Carr was having his best season and was finally shining in Year 2 under Jon Gruden. The optimism as we have seen has been short-lived to say the least.
I’ll keep it simple for you guys..— Raider Cody (@RaiderCody) December 2, 2019
Derek Carr didn’t play very good these last 2 games. Jon Gruden & his WR core didn’t help matters either. But we’ve been in this position before (after week 3 to be specific) and again, I expect us to turn this thing around the final 4 games.
Sorry Bud. He's going to be fine, and once Gruden and Mayock give him better receivers next year and Renfro comes back, he'll light opposing defenses up.— Michael Martin (@Michael15674881) December 2, 2019
Many say that they are tired of “the excuses” but one must step back and really try to see both sides. Has Carr been playing terrible? Of course and he deserves as all the criticism associated with being the “franchise quarterback.” Likewise, if you look at other factors such as play calling and a depleted WR corps then there’s certainly more to this story. After all, there is still four more games. Ramble On Raider Nation.