Pro Football Focus’s recent ranking of top ten NFL quarterbacks did not include Las Vegas Raiders signal-caller, Derek Carr. The question being: Does he belong in that group?
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Of course, the top ten is filled with most of the usual suspects. Players one through five are Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, and Josh Allen. While the debate around Derek Carr will always rage within Raider Nation, there aren’t many who believe he belongs in this group. Simply, he has not been a top-five quarterback for several years and some people may tell you he never was.
The players ranked through ten are as follows: Dak Prescott, Matt Ryan, Kirk Cousins, Baker Mayfield, and Lamar Jackson. This group rounds out a strange top ten that does not include the Raiders signal-caller as well as excluding Deshaun Watson and Ryan Tannehill. Besides the fact that Jackson is totally disrespected in this ranking, having Carr below Cousins and Baker will draw the most ire from fans.
The top-10 QBs in the NFL, per @PFF_Eric
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However, while some Raiders fans may question his absence on this list, Carr has not done enough to warrant a ranking of this caliber. Every player ranked here had or was on pace for a better statistical season than Carr. Not only did they have better numbers, but they also had more team success.
For Carr to be listed among the best in the sport today, he simply must have more team success. Whether it is fair or not, he is known as a losing quarterback in the NFL. A few playoff berths would help dispel this notion, as well as secure his place in Vegas long-term. Regardless, the debate about Carr amongst Raider fans will continue to rage on.
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