Carr, Mack, other precocious rookies, give Raiders reason for optimism


The rapid maturation of quarterback Derek Carr and linebacker Khalil Mack in their rookie seasons gives the Raiders plenty of reason for optimism as they embark a 12th straight offseason without posting a winning record or making the playoffs.
Carr started all 16 games and did things that few rookies have ever accomplished in the NFL. In the process, he has enabled the Raiders to cross quarterback off their shopping list.
Mack played at a high level from the outset and looked every bit as precocious as Carr. It wasn’t long before Mack surfaced on the national radar as a dominant player in the making.
“There are a lot of young players who grew up very quickly, especially at the quarterback position,” Raiders veteran defensive end Justin Tuck said. “Khalil Mack comes to mind. The biggest thing for us is taking that foundation that has been set and what we did in the back end of this season and going into the offseason and building on it.”
Carr said he learned plenty his first season in the NFL. One thing stood out, though.
“I learned that I can play in this league,” Carr said. “You never know until you do it. I know that I can play and I know I can play at a high level.
“Now it’s just about the consistency. Obviously, as a rookie, there are going to be ups and downs. That’s going to happen. But now having that experience you try to limit it each year now.”
The Raiders also found core players in left guard Gabe Jackson, defensive tackle Justin Ellis and cornerback TJ Carrie in the 2014 NFL draft.
Those players are being counted upon to be part of the foundation for years to come as the Raiders continue their quest to emerge from the longest-sustained drought in franchise history.
“Optimism is a good word,” Mack said. “You’re very optimistic in terms of knowing that you’ve got a great foundation here and you want to keep building on it.”
It’s more than the Raiders have been able to say the past two offseasons.


Steve Corkran

  • DKnight007

    Mark needs to talk to Bowles and Bevell along with Del Rio

  • IVRaider

    He needs to improve those issues. Wasn’t there some story about him bringing in new computers and getting new carpet when he started? Our facilities need upgrades. If that is part of the issue then get it done. But the reality is that Reggie has been unable to convince quality players or coaches to stay here or come here in his time here. Al was able to convince some players to do so, why can’t Reggie? Because he has no credibility!

  • kenchun24

    Yup….Crickets Raider offseason with the same ol same ol. Lies and stagnant incompetence.

  • JLofty


  • That was a sham and anyone with two bits of sense knew so.
    It was obvious he was going to UM for a few weeks now.

  • Morilla_00

    We also knew that RM was not going to get fired weeks ago.

  • GG

    Look for someone with a raider connection.

  • If so, fine, let’s get moving here.
    The first person you interview shouldn’t be the person already here. Talk about doing something just for the sake of doing something.

  • xXRaider2DaHeartXx
  • Morilla_00

    No other teams have interviewed or hired anyone.

    Chill pills are needed for clarity.

  • SnBG

    I think Doo went after DaddyP but DaddyP said no. Is Shrek to blame for this? He has been fighting this stigma from the time he got here. You really shouldn’t be surprised. Now Shrek has to find someone willing to coach for the Raiders. That will take some time.

  • DKnight007

    At least Del Rio would come in and bring back a sense of pride to this org and to the players. Probably be more connected to the community as well than the Sopranos and DA’s of the world.

  • kenchun24

    100% agree. New winning ideas from outside the org…preferably within the past 3-5 years.

  • SnBG

    What’s really happening here is that the Raiders have this stigma against then which stops the best of the HC’s from coming to Oakland. It’s the same with free agents. You all can cry about non activity by Mr. Mark Davis and Shrek but now they have to dig through the pile and find someone willing to coach this team.

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  • KT

    You’re being obtuse!

  • The Ghost of Dave Casper

    No one here really knows who they’re talking to or if they’re truly sitting on their hands and doing absolutely nothing, which I seriously doubt. Do people really expect them to publicly announce their interview plans the second they’re made? It’s easy to make assumptions about the process, but assumptions are all they are. They’re not firing Reggie, apparently, so there’s no GM to fire or hire. According to reports, they did pursue Harbaugh up until he landed in Michigan – calling it a sham is an assumption. A few weeks ago I heard Harbaugh wasn’t even interested in Michigan. It also sounds like they’ve made overtures to Del Rio. Whether you like these steps or not, they’re not “nothing.” I’m guessing maybe they’ll do even more on Days 2 and 3 of the post-season.