Rich Gannon had a lot more success in his five years as the Raiders starting quarterback. In large part because he was an 11-year NFL veteran when he joined the Raiders. Carr was drafted by the Raiders and has been through some rough years for the franchise, now entering his second rebuild.
Carr in in his fifth year as the Raiders starter and Sunday surpassed the last great Raiders quarterback to move into second in Raiders history in passing yards.
Gannon finished with 17,585 passing yards with the Raiders. Carr’s 285 yards Sunday night against the Chiefs, gives him 17,802 yards for his Raiders career.
He had the record in the second quarter with a 29-yard pass to Jared Cook. That pass began a long drive that ended with a touchdown run from one yards out to get the Raiders on the board, down 13-7.
Carr is now second in club history to only Hall of Famer Ken Stabler, who holds the record with 19,078.
Obviously, talking record books would be a lot more pleasant after a win, but those are hard to come by for the Raiders these days, so Carr will have to accept this small victory for now.
“It’s very humbling,” said Carr of his new spot in the Raiders record books. “Again, my dad was a Raider fan growing up. Kenny Stabler was his favorite and I got to grow up watching Rich, Jerry Rice and Tim Brown. To be able to be up there, it means a lot to me. . . Now, can we just translate it into some wins? I would give all the yards back for some more wins. At the same time, it’s very cool and very humbling. It just shows me that I haven’t done anything yet and I have a long way to go.”
In order to take the record this season, Carr would have to throw for 1277 yards over the final four games of the season. That’s an average of about 320 yards per game, so it seems unlikely. Should he remain the Raiders starting QB next season, however, he would most certainly get the record within the first few games.