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Derek Carr Faceoff

Chris Kuczynski and Andy Hicks offer differing views of Derek Carr

The staff members at Footballguys are full of opinions. In a Faceoff, we allow two members to voice their opinions on a specific player. One picked the high side, and the other took the low side.

High Side by Chris Kuczynski

After over a decade of futility, last year we started to get a glimpse of the Raiders’ resurgence, and to find the most significant reason why, we don’t have to look any further than the 2014 draft with 36th overall pick Derek Carr.

In his rookie season on the Raiders, Carr quickly secured the starting job in preseason and was able to start all 16 games, the first rookie to do so in franchise history. Unfortunately, his offense offered very little help around him. This was centered around a poor coaching staff and conservative play calling by OC Greg Olson, along with average journeymen James Jones and Andre Holmes as his top targets in the passing game, and a totally non-existent run game that ended up being bottom 3 in the league. With all of these factors working against him, he was still able to put up a respectable 3270 yards, with 21 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions.

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