The Las Vegas Raiders decided to go in a different direction at the quarterback position.
They believe Derek Carr is no longer the guy for the job, starting Jarrett Stidham to close out the year when they were already eliminated from playoff contention.
No doubt, this is a somewhat odd move, as the Raiders went to great lengths to pair Carr with his college teammate and friend, Davante Adams, just months before suddenly deciding he wasn’t a right fit there.
Carr may not be a superstar, but he’s been more than capable of leading the Raiders over the years, and it’s not like he was holding them back this season, either.
So, after watching him win the precision passing competition at the Pro Bowl, Raiders beat writer Vincent Bonsignore predicted that Carr will silence his doubters once and for all at some point in his career.
Still tripping out a little bit that Derek Carr was over at the facility in Henderson winning the Pro Bowl precision passing competition. This story has another turn coming, I can just feel it.
— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) February 3, 2023
Accuracy has never been an issue for Carr, a guy who’s thrived under pressure and hasn’t backed down when the game has been on the line.
Carr has 33 game-winning drives in his career, which is the third-highest mark among active quarterbacks behind Matt Ryan (46) and Matthew Stafford (42), and the 16th-highest mark of all-time.
Also, the Raiders have been poorly run and managed for the best part of Carr’s career, so blaming him for the team’s constant shortcomings might not be fair.
That being said, the ball is in his court now, and it’ll be up to him to either silence his critics or prove the doubters were always right about him.NEXT: Derek Carr Had Hilarious Response To Why He Is Leaving The Raiders