Chris Simms top 40 QB countdown, No. 19: Derek Carr

Chris Simms top 40 QB: Derek Carr
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Good news, Derek Carr: You made it to the top 20 of the Chris Simms top 40 quarterback countdown.

Bad news, Derek Carr: You’re No. 19.

Carr is the one franchise quarterback whose franchise is most ambivalent about him. From coach Jon Gruden seemingly tiptoeing around a thin-skinned signal-caller with an itchy Twitter block finger to G.M. Mike Mayock repeatedly saying publicly that the Raiders are constantly looking to upgrade at every position including starting quarterback, there’s a sense that Gruden and Mayock aren’t truly all in with the quarterback they inherited, and that they’re biding their time until someone better comes along.

Carr definitely has high-end skills, as Simms and I discussed on Thursday’s PFT Live. Carr throws the ball accurately, releases it quickly, and has surprisingly quick feet — even if his running stride is much closer to George Costanza than Usain Bolt.

Carr did enough in 2019 to make it to Las Vegas, but it remains to be seen whether he’ll earn a second season. Unless and until the team starts contending seriously for playoff berths, each year will potentially be Carr’s last year with the Raiders unless his last year finally happens.

More from Chris Simms top 40 QBs list:

No. 40: Tua Tagovailoa

No. 39: Dwayne Haskins

No. 38: Mitchell Trubisky

No. 37: Justin Herbert

No. 36: Taysom Hill

No. 35: Jarrett Stidham

No. 34: Tyrod Taylor

No. 33: Jameis Winston

No. 32: Case Keenum

No. 31: Nick Foles

No. 30: Gardner Minshew II

No. 29: Teddy Bridgewater

No. 28: Ryan Fitzpatrick

No. 27: Andy Dalton

No. 26: Joe Burrow

No. 25: Drew Lock

No. 24 Jared Goff

No. 23: Sam Darnold

No. 22: Daniel Jones

No. 21: Baker Mayfield

No. 20: Jimmy Garoppolo

16 responses to “Chris Simms top 40 QB countdown, No. 19: Derek Carr

  1. Carr checks down too much. He doesn’t always let the play develop (as Chris says, he doesn’t have an aggressive mindset). He also can get skittish in the pocket.

    With play makers around Carr, he will need to be better in 2020 or he won’t be around in 2021.

  2. SWFLPC.INC says:
    June 11, 2020 at 10:52 am
    There is no way Derek Carr is better than Kaep
    You’re right,
    Carr is 10 times better.

  3. I have to believe that Carr now has the best supporting class he’s ever had and it will bring out the best in him. The defense is also better which will also help him. Another year in Gruden’s system which will also help him. The excitement of Vegas and the energy and hype around the team which will also help him. Unless they have any major injury concerns I believe this will be his most productive and exciting year since he was in the MVP conversation! Let’s Go!

  4. Derek Carr is as good or as bad a QB as the coaching he receives. Carr was arguably in the top 5 in 2015/2016 when he had Bill Musgrave as his OC who took advantage of Carr’s particular skill set and tailored the Raiders offense to those strengths (Carr was in fact in the MVP discussion in 2016). With Todd Downing and now Gruden, Carr has significantly regressed especially since Gruden forces him to play in his obsolete dink-and-dunk (“West Coast Offense”) system and applies his aggressive in-your-face nonsense to a laid back personality like Carr.

    I think that Carr’s best hope of getting back to among the top tier of QBs will be if he gets to play again under competent offensive coaching. Unfortunately since the Raiders won’t get rid of Gruden, it’ll have to be with another team for Carr.

  5. Ron Jull says:
    June 11, 2020 at 12:04 pm
    Carr > Dak

  6. Until he stops blinking at any hint of a pass rush, he’ll never be a top end starter. I mean who throws the ball into the ground on fourth down? This guy does.

  7. This is a joke right? PFF had him at 11 which is pretty much where he belongs. It’s funny a qb who had zero talent like Simms is ranking other qb

  8. Jon Gruden’s passing offense was #9 in the league last year without a #1 receiver. They were without their best big receiver for multiple games and he was hobbling around for many of the games he did play. They were lead in receiving by a TE. They lacked depth behind Josh Jacobs.

    Anyone that thinks Jon Gruden or Derek Carr are the problem doesn’t understand football.

  9. Carr gets a bad rap. Guy was top 10 in so many categories last year, including QB rating, completion percentage, and YPA, all with a WR corps that was the envy of nobody after the implosion of AB and injuries of T. Williams. Eager to see what he does this year with improved receivers and a defense that hopefully improves from abysmal to at least average.

  10. Anyone who understands football would know that Carr’s success (or lack thereof) is directly related to the coaching he receives. Those with a knowledge of the game know that not all QBs are capable of carrying a team on their shoulders regardless of coach. Some QBs like Carr need to play in a system that can bring out their strengths.

    Gruden’s dink-and-dunk system and in-your-face nonsense are the reason why Carr has gone downhill since his excellent years in 2015/2016.

  11. Carr is one of 7 QB’s who on their present team is the stat leader in yards passing (Roethlisberger, Stafford, Ryan, Brees, Wilson, and technically Newton). I see him adding to those totals. Five players are franchise leaders of other team Brady, Rivers, Flacco, Schaub, and Winston

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