1st and goal at the 2 with 2:19 left—penalty on Raiders 1/2 the distance to the goal. The raiders stopped them one 1st 2nd, and almost on 3rd down. Herbert sneaked one in for the win on 3rd and goal from the 1 with 1 minute and 29 seconds left. The Raiders depleted defense held the Chargers to 24 points in regulation when Herbert had a 121.1 QBRTG. The Raiders got so lucky. They had one interception that turned into a missed field goal. Michael Badgley went 1-3. The moral of the story is the game meant nothing. The Raiders’ hope for the playoffs should’ve gone away when they almost lost to the Jets. Then Carr went down, and Mariota put on a show, but sadly it wasn’t enough. Only 14 teams can make the playoffs, so don’t feel bad; feel happy for your future Raiders fans. You better hope Mike Mayock drafts some studs on defense; the best runner on the field was Mariota. He had 9.8 yards per carry. A game with Jacobs and Ekeler playing banged up, and maybe this was the wakeup call the Raiders needed. Perhaps the game is shifting, and they need to hop on the Mariotta bandwagon. He is a hell of a dual-threat option at quarterback.
Derrick Carr will be a good quarterback for whatever team he plays for; Carr’s career for the Raiders is ending. Carr’s calling for the Raiders has been subpar. The team’s record under Carr has been 46-61. He put up good stats, but he’s not a winner. Mariota went 3-9, then 8-7, then 9-6, then 7-6, then 2-4. Then Tannehill took over, and Mariota never won the job back. That does not mean he is not a good quarterback. He had five playoff games, nine comebacks, and 11 game-winning drives in his first four years in the league. He was drafted number 2 overall for a reason. Carr has 20 comebacks and 23 game-winning drives but no playoff appearances. Mariota should be starting somewhere, and that somewhere should be the Raiders. If the Raiders love Carr, then they will lose Mariotta in Free Agency. The game is changing and evolving; it is time for Gruden to develop with the game too. The game has become a game of dual-threat quarterbacks.
Lamar Jackson, Russell Wilson, Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes, Tua, Dwayne Haskins, Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, Jalen Hurts, Joe Burrow, Cam Newton, Deshaun Watson, Taysom Hill, and Justin Herbert. The old quarterbacks are not running the league anymore except for Rodgers and Brady, who are GOATS as long as they play. Drew Brees has gotten injured a lot lately because he’s getting old, and he is a small quarterback. Philip Rivers’s time is now or never with the Colts. Same with Ben Roethlisberger. Derrick Carr should play for the Steelers or 49ers or Broncos or Giants or Jaguars or Lions or Falcons. Every other team has their quarterback situation figured out except for the Jets, who will get Lawrence, and he is the future of the league because of the Dual-Threat quarterback evolving NFL. The most critical position in the NFL is the quarterback, and if the quarterback position is changing, I cannot wait to see how the rest of the league reacts. The NFL is a copy-cat league, so if one team sees someone doing something successfully, they will do the same thing because it is proven to work. The Raiders game I got wrong, but they should take this loss as a hint that it is time to move on from Carr and on to Marcus.