It’s fair to say that the NFL collective might view Dak Prescott in a better light if he had a big-time analyst standing guard at his back.
This would be the case for almost anyone, really. If there’s someone with a voice and is using it to support you, you’re doing alright for yourself. Dak doesn’t have that luxury, most NFL players don’t, but a certain other quarterback that goes by the same number does.
You may have heard, but Derek Carr (who lost a one-on-one battle with Jeff Heath back in December) is the younger brother of former number one overall pick David Carr. The Carrs are close and are both clearly cut from the same cloth. They made an appearance on the popular “Around The NFL” podcast after Derek infamously blocked a few of the talents on it.
David works for NFL Network, and not too long ago he beat someone else in another one-on-one, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. Maybe that experience was fresh in his mind when he ranked the top 10 quarterbacks in the NFL because Dak Prescott wasn’t one of them.
I’m not going to make a big argument if you don’t think Dak is a top 10 guy. He had a down year and people want to see him return to his 2016 form. That’s fine, the list isn’t ruined because of this. The list is ruined because of where David Carr ranked Derek Carr.
He ranked him fourth. He trails only Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees.
After all the hype of the offseason, the 2017 Raiders had a down year. Now with a new coaching staff, I believe the Raiders and Derek will get back to 2016 form. I’ve seen Derek and Jon Gruden interact, and Derek’s game is going to benefit tremendously from that move. And after watching several practices during OTAs, the offensive skill players really fit Derek’s style. Martavis Bryant is perfect for Derek, and Jordy Nelsonwill be a matchup nightmare as a slot receiver against CB2s and CB3s.
Derek had some back issues last year and I think he returned too quickly. Now healthy and able to go through an entire offseason, his mobility is back. Given that, along with Derek’s arm talent and ability to buy time behind a solid O-line, and I’m not sure how defenses will cover this dynamic offense.
Is Derek Carr very talented? Definitely. Is Derek Carr a franchise quarterback worthy of legitimate discussion among the top-tier signal-callers in the game? Absolutely. Is Derek Carr the best quarterback after Brady, Rodgers, and Brees? In no universe.
Russell Wilson, Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton, and Matt Ryan are all undeniably better. Much to our own chagrin, Carson Wentz trumps the younger Carr. It’s so patently absurd to rank Derek Carr this high that it almost destroys the list that doesn’t give Dak Prescott any love.
If any one of Dak’s siblings starts working for NFL Network he might start getting his due. Maybe this all does stem from the Carr and Dak showdown at the Super Bowl, let’s try to forget all about that though.