Derek Carr Needs to Create New History with the Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders are set to finally play in Allegiant Stadium, their new home in Las Vegas after leaving Oakland and the historic Oakland Coliseum. Moving to Las Vegas means creating new history for the franchise, which they may do without the teams all-time leading passer, Derek Carr.

Over the last few years, the Raiders have shown they are not scared to move on from their franchise cornerstones. After not making the playoffs since 2002, head coach Jack Del Rio led the Raiders to the playoffs in 2016. He was then fired in 2017, which brung in Jon Gruden who signed a 10-year, 100 million dollar contract to coach the team.

In his first year as head coach, Gruden traded edge rusher Khalil Mack and receiver Amari Cooper. Mack and Cooper were believed to be building blocks for the Raiders along with Carr, but Gruden still sent them away. In total, the Raiders received three-first round picks, one third-round pick and one sixth-round pick.

The moves the Raiders and Gruden have made over the years show they are ready to create new history for the Raiders organization. Gruden likes Carr as his quarterback, but Mike Silver from the NFL Network reported Raiders ownership does support Carr as much.

Carr leads the Raiders in career passing yards (22,793 yards), completions (2,210), completion percentage (64 percent) and is second in franchise history in touchdown passes with 143, seven away from tying quarterback Ken Stabler 150 touchdowns. Even with records Carr has set for the Raiders, they have not translated into wins.

In the AFC West, Carr does not have a winning record against any team in the division. He is 2-10 against the Kansas City Chiefs, 5-6 against the Denver Broncos and 6-6 against the Los Angeles Chargers. Also, he has a losing record against every starting quarterback in the AFC West. He is 0-4 against Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, 0-1 against Broncos quarterback Drew Lock and 1-1 against Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Just not good all around.

Over the course of his six-year career, Carr has a record of 39-55. In his 94 total games played, Carr has entered the 4th quarter trailing 54 times (57.4 percent). His best year as a pro came in 2016 where he led the Raiders to a 12-3 record. In that season, Carr had seven 4th quarter comebacks, helping in place third in the NFL MVP voting.

Unfortunately, Carr broke his leg in week 16 in 2016 and has not been the same quarterback since. In 2016, he threw for 28 touchdowns. Since he broke his leg, Carr has not thrown for at least 28 touchdowns. The most touchdowns he has thrown for came in 2017 when he threw for 22 touchdowns. Also, Carr has not led the Raiders of a record better than .500 since 2016.

Being in a new city and stadium, winning is important to attract fans and Carr has not shown the ability to lead a winning football team besides his 2016 season. The Raiders brought in former Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, who may possibly takeover the starting spot if Carr is not producing wins.

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