Derek Carr shows terrible awareness on 4th down pass
A bad season got even worse for Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, and the quarterback may have committed his most embarrassing mental mistake of the season.
The Raiders had the ball deep in Los Angeles Chargers’ territory late in the fourth quarter, and they decided to go for it on fourth down since they were trailing 20-6. Carr was either completely unaware of the situation or simply panicked, but he decided to intentionally throw the ball into the ground when the pass rush was closing in on him.
Down 14 in the 4th quarter Derek Carr intentionally threw it into the ground….ON 4TH AND 5 pic.twitter.com/9iF95RMnG4
— Cody Tapp (@codybtapp) November 11, 2018
That one play can be considered a microcosm for the Raiders’ entire season. While it was unlikely that the Raiders were going to convert with the way the play was setting up, Carr would have been better off throwing a Hail Mary downfield than just tossing the ball away.
There has been a lot of talk about Gruden potentially wanting to part ways with Carr after the season, and plays like that aren’t helping the quarterback prove his worth. We have also heard rumblings of Carr’s teammates not being happy with him, so things could continue to get uglier in Oakland.