In a survey (completed by NFL players) done earlier this month, the results were in. The Raiders are the least desirable team to play for out of the NFL’s 32 teams.
It is unfortunate to hear this as a fan of football, especially as the franchise has such a deep history and roots in the National Football League.
But the Raiders are hoping that they have finally found their guy in rookie Derek Carr. The squad’s situation has been blurred and rearranged time and time again over the past decade or two.
There is more than one reason for this but one of the major ones is their quarterbacking dilemma; the team has hit and missed on getting the quote on quote “franchise guy.”
This even dates back to as close as this summer with their most recent signing of Matt Schaub; and yes JaMarcus Russell is at the top of that list.
But in all seriousness, having the most important position on the field in flux for a team these days spells disaster. Carr had a successful career at Fresno State but was overshadowed by his older brother’s (David Carr) career in the NFL.
David had a rough start with the Houston Texans, the team that drafted him 1st overall, and never seemed to get into a rhythm or stay healthy. This is what many believed made teams reconsider drafting the younger Carr.
Oakland was not one of those hesitant teams. The team has gone all in on the young signal-caller and expects great things from him, but how much can he change in a city where they have not won a championship since 1983 and haven’t made the playoffs since 2002?
Raiders in support
That question remains unanswered but former Green Bay Packer receiver James Jones, now a member of the Raiders, says that Carr resembles a mini A-Rod (Packers QB Aaron Rodgers) and that he is talented enough to start and lead the team to wins.
The statement puts pressure on the rookie but should encourage him considering Jones is one of his two main pass-catchers and that he played with Rodgers from 2007 up until last year.
For fans, all they can do is hope for Carr to perform and play well; his first test is on September 7 against the New York Jets.
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