When Derek Carr threw two quick interceptions in a Week 12 Las Vegas Raiders matchup with the Seattle Seahawks, it was a familiar sight.
The typically very protective quarterback has turned the ball over in critical moments this season. Heading into Week 13, Carr has seven interceptions. That is a mark good enough for 18th in the NFL. Despite the turnovers, the Raiders offensive coordinator Mick Lombardi is focusing on Carr’s response to turnovers as opposed to turnovers themselves. And what Lombardi has seen has only made him more confident in Carr’s abilities moving forward.
That confidence lends Lombardi to trust Carr to do one simple thing well: “So, Derek [Carr] has to do a good job of going through his progression,” he said.
Carr and progressions have been a tricky subject. If the Raiders aren’t running, Carr is often times looking for Davante Adams. However, in recent weeks, Carr has found different receivers in key situations.
Despite the turnover issues, Lombardi believes Carr can continue to play the way he has in recent weeks, he said.
Derek Carr facing the Chargers
Through the ups and downs of a season that has felt like the Raiders should be a better team, Carr being consistently inconsistent has seemingly been a constant. Yet, he’s on the cusp of another quietly productive year.
He currently sits eighth in the NFL in passing yards (2,730), eight in touchdowns (18), and QBR (61.0). Still, it’s never been how good Carr is as a quarterback. He will always put up numbers. Carr’s issue stems from the timing of his turnovers, which often deflate monumental possessions.
With the Los Angeles Chargers coming to town, Carr aims to avenge his Week 1 loss to Justin Herbert and company. What sunk the Raiders in that matchup was his untimely turnovers. With the Raiders possessing a two-game win streak, Carr playing well behind a strong running game is the recipe for success.
His offensive coordinator never stopped believing in him. And to doubt him — despite his flaws — seems foolish.
Related Las Vegas Raiders reading
Feature image via Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports