For the past four seasons, Carr has kept his head barely above sea level, but the franchise’s desperation goggles prevented them from seeing the truth. Down the stretch to Vegas’ 2021 season, Carr was a prolific deep ball passer, but at the expense of being a turnover machine.

Last January, Carr’s red zone interception in their Wild Card matchup against the Bengals halted their tumultuous 2021 campaign. After the Raiders brought Carr’s favorite Fresno State target Davante Adams to Vegas did the reality begin to coagulate. Simultaneously, Carr was awarded a three-year, $121.5 million extension and the expectation was that he and Adams would form one of the league’s most dynamic duos.

After what I saw in Week 1, I was ready to put a stake in Carr. He repeatedly underthrew receivers downfield, made countless mistakes and never displayed the command of a purported franchise quarterback. The Raiders didn’t seem to realize the AFC West is a Patrick Mahomes-Justin Herbert duopoly and Carr is closer to Russell Wilson’s basement floor than the other two gilded signal callers in his division. Carr is the caliber of quarterback who requires ideal conditions to thrive or else he presents as an average schlub who plays up or down to the level of his competition, but can’t elevate his co-stars to an elite level.


Low expectations in the past shielded Carr from excessive scrutiny, but the 2022 crucible was instructive. Carr is in his last days with the Raiders. Good riddance to bad rubbish.