For the first time since 2014, the Las Vegas Raiders will begin training camp without Derek Carr. Las Vegas opted to cut the nine-year veteran and sign former Josh McDaniels protege Jimmy Garoppolo. That’s right, the Silver and Black are now led by a QB who hasn’t taken the field without a quality defense since college.
He’s a signal-caller who led the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl berth after throwing for a robust 77 yards in the NFC title game (Raheem Mostert rushed for 220 yards). Garoppolo’s performance in the Super Bowl itself gets fuzzy after the third quarter. Even so, I’m sure it was spectacular.
On top of that, “Jimmy G” is far from the poster boy for health. The Eastern Illinois product has had three of his last regular season campaigns cut short due to injury. In turn, the Niners’ brass traded up in the 2021 draft to select Trey Lance. While Lance has yet to live up to his draft position, San Francisco selected Brock Purdy with the last pick in the 2022 draft. Then, they turned him into what everyone thought was the best-case scenario for Johnny Manziel.
A well-run organization like the Niners was happy to wash their hands of Garoppolo. Las Vegas was more than happy to pay a nice chunk of change for his, uh, “leadership” and “winning pedigree.”
Three QBs In The 2023 NFL Draft Could Beat Out Jimmy Garoppolo As Starter
No, this isn’t hyperbole. Say what you will about DC4—trust me, I know you have and will continue to do so. But he was far more talented than Garoppolo, and he has done far more with less talented rosters as well. The quality of the rosters around Garoppolo has masked his deficiencies and allowed some to peer at his W-L record as a starter and assume he’s a more than capable starter. Yet, let’s call a spade a spade.
The new “Mayor of the Bunny Ranch” is not going to save this Raiders team from itself, nor does he have the intangibles to help boost them above the mean. If Dave Zeigler and Co. are serious about contending this season, they’ll take a shot on one of a trio of quarterbacks; C.J. Stroud, Anthony Richardson or Hendon Hooker.
Jimmy Garoppolo Doesn’t Fit The AFC West Arms Race
The Los Angeles Chargers have Justin Herbert. The Denver Broncos should see a revitalized Russell Wilson after hiring Sean Payton. Oh, and the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs have Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes.
The Raiders cannot expect to compete with Garoppolo under center unless his contract includes joint custody of Nick Bosa and Fred Warner. Taking a young, exciting name in this year’s draft class like Richardson or Stroud could be the shot in the arm this team needs to go toe-to-toe with the division’s elite.
And if we know one thing, Garoppolo is bound to get hurt and leave the door wide open for a hungry incumbent.
Raiders Rolling A White Flag To The Rest Of The AFC West
The Raiders could always decide they’re fine with allowing Garoppolo to be the unchallenged starter for the 2023 season. This would be seen as a clear sign of surrender for another season in Las Vegas. Maybe the team has its sights set on USC standout Caleb Williams in the 2024 draft and are willing to sell the farm to go up and get him. Make no mistake, while Garoppolo is not going to move the needle, he should still have the team hovering around .500 based on his familiarity with McDaniels’ system and the weapons around him. But why waste another year of Josh Jacobs and Davante Adams?
The signing of “Jimmy G” encapsulated everything wrong with this current Raiders regime so far. Rather than alter their personal standards and New England ties to build something new, they’ve hamstrung the franchise. They’re now in a holding period that’s predicated on a “way” that has never worked without a certain Hoodie anchoring it.
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3 thoughts on “The Raiders Desperately Need A QB Battle In 2023 – But Between Who?”
So, you’re absolutely ready to eat everyone of these word’s and say, “I was wrong and a pretentious POS”, when that is exactly what you are in a year from now?
Jon you are delusional, this take on Garoppolo and the current Raiders regime is a good take. There is no way that Garoppolo goes through what Carr when through (horrible defenses, constant coaching changes, suspect offensive lines) has a winning record and isn’t hurt the whole time.
I hope the Raiders don’t waste Jacobs & Adams year to get Caleb Williams, the dysfunctional Raiders will only ruin Williams.
So are YOU absolutely ready to eat every one of your words and say, “I was wrong and a complete dumbass”, when that is exactly what you are in a year from now?
It is disappointing how negative you are (Cam) without taking a breath to get the draft behind us, along with potential Free Agents who may sign. I’m new to “The Raiders” and if this is an example of folks who provide narratives on the team, then obviously you should quickly remove yourself in order that those who, unlike you, are are able to recognize facts, provide helpful information for those who are interested in team preparation for the season. You are an embarrassment laced with incompetent rhetoric. Do you lack the ability to recognize and observe the process?