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Derek Carr on reports he could use a fresh start: ‘When’s it going to end?’
Derek Carr on reports he could use a fresh start: ‘When’s it going to end?’
Derek Carr is a polarizing figure despite decent numbers during his six seasons with the Raiders
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 Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr warms up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Carson, Calif.
By GARY PETERSON | | Bay Area News Group
PUBLISHED: February 13, 2020 at 7:21 am | UPDATED: February 13, 2020 at 9:05 am
It has been 46 days since the Raiders’ season came to a merciful end.
Derek Carr is still being pounded like a pinata.

The latest idignity: ESPN on Wednesday published [color=var(--primary)]a list of 32 NFL players — one per team — who could use a fresh start this offseason. Carr is the Raiders’ representative (there are five other quarterbacks on the survey).

Writes ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez: “The most polarizing figure in recent Raiders history said it himself the day after the season finale, uttering it would be good to get some ‘fresh air.'”
[/color]Yes, he was referring to getting out of Oakland, where he was mercilessly booed off the field in his final game there, and heading to Las Vegas. But with so many rumors of Tom Brady ready for a Sin City engagement, might Carr just throw up his hands and welcome a complete change of scenery?
“C’mon, man, when’s it going to end?” Carr said to Gutierrez when asked about the constant offseason rumors. “I look forward to taking the first snap in that (Las Vegas) stadium, and I look forward to taking every snap from here on out — until I’m done.”
Carr, a three-time Pro Bowl honoree, is a curious case. He appears to have skills. His numbers aren’t terrible. His quarterback rating, completion percentage, passing yardage, and interception avoidance were in the top 10 in 2019.

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[*]Lacking (somewhat) were his 21 touchdowns, (No. 19).
There’s no denying that he is polarizing. But why? He compares favorably to every primary quarterback who labored for the Raiders during their second tenure in Oakland (Rich Gannon excepted). Which is to say Carr was no Jeff Hostetler, Jeff George, Donald Hollas, Kerry Collins, Andrew Walter, Daunte Culpepper, JaMarcus Russell, Carson Palmer, Jason Campbell and Terrelle Pryor.

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[*]Carr has a 39-55 record as a starter, but Ken Stabler might not have had a chance with the team the Raiders threw out there the past six seasons.
At some point perception blends with reality. That’s where Carr resides as we speak, with observers seeing in him what they want to see. A fresh start? Can’t speak for how it will affect the Raiders, but it says here it would be a godsend for Carr. 

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