It’s not like Derek Carr was going to lead a comeback anyway.
After Carr was hit hard and often behind the Raiders’ porous offensive line, Jon Gruden lifted his quarterback. The Raiders trailed 31-3 with about 12 minutes left when Carr was yanked. AJ McCarron, who the Raiders traded for after the preseason, came in. And on his first drive, McCarron couldn’t even get a first down on a fourth-and-inches quarterback sneak.
It didn’t seem to be a performance-based benching for Carr, like Jameis Winston last week. But Carr hadn’t played well either, and he hasn’t had a good season.
Like the rest of the Raiders, Carr had a rough night. He was 16-of-22 for 171 yards. The numbers don’t tell the whole story. The Raiders rarely had an extended drive against the 49ers. Nick Mullens outplayed Carr. In fairness, Carr didn’t get to face a horrendous Raiders defense.
Carr’s biggest problem is he was sacked six times. Even when the Raiders started to move the ball, someone was hitting Carr behind the line.
It would be a minor footnote if Carr was having a good season and Gruden just didn’t want to expose him to more hits in an embarrassing blowout loss. But with Carr’s future being a major topic, him being removed against the 49ers won’t help slow down that conversation.
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