Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has successfully eliminated an uneven start in his 2018 season. He played nine straight weeks of NFL football without throwing interception, often looking amazing while doing it.
While Carr was playing better then Pro Football Focus, Steve Palazzolo, said Carr was ahead of the NFL in a category that was often viewed with preference: QB checkdowns.
Quarterback checkout often gets angry by fans and coaches alike. Carr looked downfield and decided to throw a short, safe pass on a running back more often than any NFL QB, according to this data.
But the West Coast offense – the Gruden's playing style was implemented in Oakland – relying primarily on completion, compared to playing the game, to move the ball.
Another reason for Carr to lead the NFL in the fearful QB checkdown: The offensive line is very difficult for many seasons. Their inconsistent play made some bright spots, but Carr had missed 48 times. That's the most since the 2-14 Raiders since 2006.
It should not be noted, the vast spots of the Raiders receiver have been diminished due to trades and damage.
Those things are seeing how little a praise. Carr does what quarterback the franchise should do. He does most of what he or she has and gives his team a chance to win, even in the face of agony. Coach Jon Gruden was noticed, and Carr was clearly the man walking.