Oakland Raiders Can’t Give Derek Carr a Pass for Offensive Struggles

Quarterback Derek Carr is not the problem with the Oakland Raiders in 2014. In fact, he’s one of the few players the 0-7 Raiders can build around, but that actually creates a different issue for the franchise.

The Raiders have to evaluate Carr without making his supporting cast the scapegoat for all of his problems. This is true now, and should continue to be true through next season no matter what owner Mark Davis decides to do with the front office and coaching staff.

The one thing the Raiders can’t afford to do is give Carr a pass for the struggles of the offense. If Carr were a good NFL quarterback right now, the Raiders wouldn’t be 31st in points and yards per game even with a terrible supporting cast.

Carr is growing and has undeniable talent, but he’s still very much a work in progress. The Raiders can look to a similar situation in St. Louis over the past five years to see how sticking with potential over production can be dangerous even if there are clear roster-talent issues in play.

The Rams used the No. 1 overall pick on Sam Bradford in 2011, and after a 2-14 season in his second year, they brought in a new general manager and head coach. The circumstances could be similar in Oakland this year. 

The Rams had the rights to the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft and traded it for a bounty of draft picks so the Washington Redskins could land Robert Griffin III. It was a nice idea, but the Rams would probably rather have Griffin III right now than what they got in return.

According to Pro Football Talk, the Rams netted offensive lineman Greg Robinson, linebacker Alex Ogletree, wide receiver Stedman Bailey, running back Zac Stacy, cornerback Janoris Jenkins, defensive tackle Michael Brockers, running back Isaiah Pead and offensive guard Rokevious Watkins with the picks they received from Washington.

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