That shaky situation is often destructive for NFL teams, especially quarterbacks.
But the former Fresno State standout soldiered through the abrupt transition from Jon Gruden to Rich Bisaccia.
The Raiders still made the playoffs and Carr had an impressive season.
Fast forward to 2022 and new head coach Josh McDaniels looks to unleash Carr even more by focusing on play-action and dual tight end sets.
Despite the changes along his journey, the 30-year-old quarterback remained consistent over the last four seasons, as proven by this tweet from NFL on CBS.
Only 4 players have 4,000+ passing yards in each of the last 4 seasons:
• Tom Brady
• Patrick Mahomes
• Aaron Rodgers
• Derek Carr pic.twitter.com/uEzvW6ZTUI
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) February 23, 2022
That tweet shared that only four quarterbacks have at least 4,000 passing yards in each of the last four seasons.
Those three quarterbacks have won Super Bowls.
Could it be that Carr could lead the Raiders to the promised land in 2022?
That’s easier said than done because of the competition in their division alone.
Carr Must Survive The AFC West Gauntlet
Carr finished the season with 4,804 yards and 23 touchdowns.
He has also increased his passing yards production from 4,049 in 2018 to 4,804 in 2021.
Yet despite those jaw-dropping numbers, Carr might need to do more given the quality of quarterbacks he will face within the division.
Mahomes nearly made his third consecutive Super Bowl appearance if not for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Likewise, the Los Angeles Chargers were an erroneous timeout away from possibly playing in the 2021 playoffs and Justin Herbert will be a menace.
Finally, the Denver Broncos don’t have a definitive quarterback yet, but rumors are spreading that Rodgers might be on his way to join former Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.
If Carr is already superb in his own right, he will have to elevate his game even more to survive the battle within the AFC West.