A lot of teams have issues with quarterbacks.
But Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr hasn’t been one of them.
The Raiders are not getting any help.
Article Continued Below While there have been some indications that Carr may be ready to step in as the team’s starter, the coach’s struggles to complete passes and his struggles in general are not acceptable, according to the team.
“Derek is going to be a great competitor and he’s going to do the things he does,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said Thursday, per The Associated Press.
“He’s a great quarterback.
He’s a guy that can play.
He can make plays.
But he can’t make plays and make plays when you’re in the trenches.”
Carr was sacked 15 times last season.
That number will likely increase in 2017.
Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer also has been sacked seven times in the last four games.
The defensive front is not very good, and the Raiders lack depth in the secondary.
“It’s a challenge for everybody, but I don’t think it’s anything new,” Del Rio added.
“We’re going to try to help him out as best as we can.”
The Raiders will likely have to use the draft to fill some of the holes on defense.
The draft picks that Oakland will use on defense include defensive end Joey Bosa, cornerback Sammie Coates, safety Karl Joseph and defensive tackle DeForest Buckner.
The Raiders are hoping to get some help in free agency.
The team is also trying to make some of their younger players better by bringing back some of its veterans.