The day after the Oakland Raiders were eliminated from the playoffs was the day quarterback Derek Carr should have been shut down. Franchise left tackle Donald Penn’s injury should have sealed it too. David Sharpe may have proved himself Monday night with some solid play, but it was still a big risk as the Raiders had no idea how Sharpe would perform going in.
Carr isn’t the same guy he was last year so he wouldn’t made a difference in a good way anyway. But he sure has made a difference in a bad way for the last two weeks in a row, costing the Raiders wins.
It’s been a dramatic fall for the 4th year QB from 2016 hero to 2017 goat. His fourth-quarter comebacks and game-winning drives last year have turned into interceptions and fumbles to lose games this year.
If you consider the injury he has to his back, you shouldn’t be surprised that the tables have turned on Carr. His passes are floating and falling short these days because he can’t drive the ball. When you break a bone in your body the muscles around it tighten up to protect it. They also get weaker and you need your core to throw a football properly. So there was never a chance we would get to see the magic he showed last year.
This team is at a point where the game plan calls for him to do as little as possible. They could have E.J. Manuel for their game plan against the Philadelphia Eagles. And it would have kept Carr out of harm’s way so he can be ready next year. They don’t need him in there freaking out under pressure.
It’s understandable that you don’t want to give the impression that you’ve given up on the season. But, when your QB has suffered such an injury, you have no playoff hopes, a rookie left tackle making his second start, and an offensive coordinator and head coach who may not be back next year, there’s no reason to risk your $125 million QB in this situation.