Derek Carr is ‘sick of losing’ and Raiders fans want Marcus Mariota originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest
Derek Carr is tired of losing.
"I'm sick of losing," Carr said. "I'm sick of working as hard as I do, and as we do, and going out there and losing. I mean, it sucks. Enough is enough.
"The things that are hurting us in these close games is not them; it's us. That's the hard part to swallow."
Carr, who finished 32 of 44 for 311 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 4 loss, now has 57 losses to his name, the most of any NFL starting quarterback since he entered the league in 2013.
Losing is clearly getting to Carr, and here’s what the Raiders should do about it: Bench him and start Marcus Mariota.
Hear us out, Raider Nation. We get that Carr just recorded his fourth-consecutive game completing 72 percent of his passes and a passer rating over 107. But he lost a fumble in the fourth quarter, the 61st of his career, and spoiled his team’s chances of a comeback. He currently leads the league with five fumbles.
Raiders second-year running back Josh Jacobs said it best: “It's the little things in this game that make the biggest difference."
And yet the Raiders’ most prized possession lost a fumble in the fourth quarter… for the second-straight game. Those slip-ups set the Raiders up for a result that Carr’s become all too familiar with over the years, and that’s why it’s time for a change at QB.
It's not that Derek Carr is a bad QB. But, maybe his time with the Raiders has run its course.
It happened with Peyton Manning in Indianapolis, Philip Rivers with the Chargers-- and they had way more success than Carr has ever had. More recently, this has happened with the Bears, putting in Nick Foles in place of Mitchell Trubisky.
Is Mariota a Super Bowl winning back-up? No.
But, Raiders' general manager Mike Mayock said Mariota brings “different dynamic” to the game as a dual-threat quarterback in comparison to Carr and is largely considered option 1A, so why not shake up the QB picture in Sin City?
After missing the first three regular-season games with a chest injury, the former Oregon standout returned to practice on Wednesday and was participating in drills. The Raiders now have 21 days to evaluate him and make a decision on whether to activate him to the 53-man roster, or return him to IR. If he's healthy and raring to go, why not take a chance?
There’s a reason Mariota became the NFL’s highest paid backup quarterback this offseason. The Raiders entrust him to step in and push the offense forward if and when Carr cannot.
And in recent weeks, the 29-year-old has proven he cannot lead his team to victory.
If the Raiders continue to see a decline in wins, it could be really bad news for their starting quarterback and a prime opportunity for Mariota to prove that he can set the NFL world on fire.
Is it Mariota time in Vegas? We’ll just let those in Silver and Black be the judge.
Derek Carr is showing his true colors. This team would be much more dynamic with Marcus Mariota at the helm.— theangrygambler (@madgambler12) October 4, 2020
Let's try Mariota at the next game— Once Raider always Raider 🇪🇸🇺🇸 (@Raiders_Spain) October 4, 2020
Another Carr fumble— Just Blog Baby (@JustBlogBaby) October 4, 2020
Raiders fans are sick of Derek Carr...Mariota is trending #1 😂😂😂😂— Harmanjit Singh (@Singh1Harmanjit) October 4, 2020
CAN I PLEASE SEE MARCUS MARIOTA ON THE FIELD!!!! 😭😭— 𝓙𝓮𝓷𝓷𝓲 💜💛 (@iLoVeAnTdAviS) October 4, 2020
Lmao this can’t be real ...wtf is Derek Carr doing pic.twitter.com/xO8UtNIyY0— John (@iam_johnw) October 4, 2020
now, in related news, there’s no way derek carr plays for the raiders in 2021. can’t be.— bomani (@bomani_jones) October 4, 2020
Miss me with the “Derek Carr hasn’t thrown an interception in 5 weeks”— fattest of mallons (@fattestmallon) October 4, 2020
Fumbling twice a game is just as bad if not worse
Derek Carr and Josh Allen live on opposite ends of the YOLO spectrum— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) October 4, 2020
Couple things: #RaiderNation— Jenelle Nappi (@RaiderJenelle) October 4, 2020
1. Derek Carr is not the QB to get this team to a Super Bowl
2. We spent 90M on our defense this offseason and they look the same (horrendous)
3. We don’t capitalize on good drives
It’s really hard to be a Raider fan.
6 fumbles in 4 weeks for Derek Carr.— #BounceBeatBaby (@NFLMaliik) October 4, 2020
The Raiders will never sniff the Super Bowl with Derek Carr as QB even IF they get a dominant defense one day, he just isn’t the guy, in the end he’ll have a ton of meaningless QB records as Raider QB simply because he’s started the most games.— Kid Santi (@antjustwinbaby) October 4, 2020
“I’m tired of being disrespected.” -Derek Carr— Tom (@TJFsports) October 5, 2020
also Derek Carr: https://t.co/oSo64Fx3BW
MAKE. IT. HAPPEN.