In Sunday’s 26-15 loss to the Chiefs, Derek Carr attempted seven passes of 20 yards or more in the air. They all fell incomplete.
The deep ball has not been a part of the Raiders offense this season, the big plays have not existed. Instead Derek Carr has been looking for short passes all season long.
“I think that there have been many examples throughout this season where we have not played boldly to go make the plays,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “I would really like to see that. Because at the end of the day, if you kind of go halfway, it’s not good enough anyway. So, I’d love to see us just let it rip, OK? And go play. Talked about hair on fire, talked about that kind of effort and energy, playing fast, that’s what I believe in, and I’d love to see it more often.”
The Raiders are supposed to have one of the best offenses in the NFL. Carr has the second largest contract in NFL history, the offensive line is the highest paid in the league, but the production is not there.
The Raiders have scored fewer than 20 points in 7 of 13 games this season. The Raiders are 0-7 in those games.
Because of all the money tied up in the offense, the Raiders have to go cheap on defense. And that has led to another bad season on the defensive side of the ball. But it is the high-paid offenses job to erase the defenses mistakes. But that has not happened.
While offensive coordinator Todd Downing will take the majority of the blame for the offensive struggles, the Raiders may have a serious problem at QB in the future.
Carr has the same completion percentage as last season at 63.8 percent. He’s throwing for just 17 fewer yards per game than last season. His numbers are nearly the same as last season, but the offense is not any good.
That would suggest that his teammates have gotten worse around him, which appears to be true. All of the receivers have had drop problems and the offensive line was slow to adapt to Downing’s changes.
While Carr’s teammates have let him down, it might be time to question how good Carr will be. His salary indicates the Raiders think he can be a top quarterback in the NFL.
But if he can’t elevate his teammates, he’ll never be one of the best in the NFL. While Carr doesn’t deserve all of the blame, he is the one with a massive contract that will hamper the roster construction around him.
Carr has to become a superstar for the Raiders to have any chance at a Super Bowl in the future. But Carr isn’t close to reaching that level, and the Raiders are suffering.
Tyler Bischoff hosts Coaches Corner on AM 720 KDWN Monday through Friday at 6:00 pm.