Raiders Believe Derek Carr’s Lost Season Linked To Back Injury

Derek Carr says he is healthy and has been saying so for a while, but according to NFL insider Albert Breer, Carr’s broken back is what initiated the Raiders free fall on offense.

“It really starts with Carr’s back injury, which was a six-week injury that he came back from in two weeks,” Breer said in his Thursday The MMQB column. “Carr won’t use it as an excuse, but there’s a widespread belief in the organization that playing through it let to on-field problems.”

The theory makes sense, but doesn’t necessarily explain away the Raiders problems on offense.

The Raiders led the NFL in scoring after the second week of the season, but did bottom out against the Redskins – a week before Carr’s back injury. In 7 quarters following the Jets game, Carr was 29-49 (59.1% completion) with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He was also sacked six times during that stretch.

Carr did look like the 2016 version of himself against the Chiefs in week 7, but it’s still fair to wonder if a nagging back injury ultimately led to problems with his mechanics. It was all too clear Carr didn’t show the same velocity on many of his throws in the second half of the season.

Whatever the case, the Raiders are expected to make significant changes to their coaching staff in the offseason – beginning with Todd Downing and likely extending down to many of the offensive assistants.

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6 thoughts on “Raiders Believe Derek Carr’s Lost Season Linked To Back Injury

  1. Rest carr in week 17 … makes sense to me…what do you think? (Forward to them because it’s important.)
    You cannot fight God’s nature for healing time. It only makes damage worse? Does he want PERMANENT damage? Then what? Draft a new QB…start over? Use common sense please. The body needs to heal at least 95%. He is not even 80% because it took 6 weeks to heal. His body is only going to get worse unless nature runs it course…..Look at the fruits (numbers DON’T lie)

  2. Rio is a idiot he wont rested carr because if we lose really bad to the chargers that means Davis well fired Del Rio i a Heart Beat and go and get Chucky Jon Gruden which i really hope we lose badly to the chargers. I m raiders fan but i don’t like what rio brings to the Raiders nation he promise us a trophy before the Raiders leave to Vegas not happening with him thats all lies. He doesn’t have a proven record. I really feel bad for hard working raiders diehard workers that pay lots of money to watched the raiders played and lose under Rio. I want us loses against the chargers or get another coach with a winning record please cut del rio. Go raiders nation

  3. Rio is a idiot he wont rested carr because if we lose really bad to the chargers that means Davis well fired Del Rio in a Heart Beat and go and get Chucky Jon Gruden which i really hope we lose badly to the chargers. I m raiders fan but i don’t like what rio brings to the Raiders nation he promise us a trophy before the Raiders leave to Vegas not happening with him thats all lies. He doesn’t have a proven record. I really feel bad for hard working raiders diehard workers that pay lots of money to watched the raiders played and lose under Rio. I want us loses against the chargers or get another coach with a winning record please cut del rio. Go raiders nation

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