Quarterback Derek Carr is downright giddy about the Raiders new offensive scheme. While he won’t sink his teeth into the system until Tuesday’s start of the offseason program, the second-year pro understands the general concepts well.
He ran them in college after all.
Coordinator Bill Musgrave’s offense will feature up-tempo elements taken from a year working under Chip Kelly in Philadelphia. The Raiders will still run with power, but head coach Jack Del Rio has said key aspects of the offense will fall in line with what Carr did at Fresno State.
P.S. Carr ran the Bulldogs offense pretty darn well.
“It’s something that I’m comfortable doing,” Carr said on Monday. “The things that they want to do are things that I’m good at, and that’s really cool, that they want to take the offense and say, ‘Hey, let’s make it good at what you do. Let’s build it around you and let’s put pieces there that you feel comfortable with,’ and all that kind of stuff.
“It’s been awesome. It’s been anything I could have dreamed of. If you had told me we’d be in this position where they’re trying to do things to help me out and all those things and help build this thing around me, if you told me that a year ago, I’d sign up no matter what. This is the plan that I had in mind and now it’s coming to fruition, so it’s pretty cool.”
While the offense seems tailor made, Del Rio says he wants to make it less about Derek Carr. He wants to take pressure off the second-year pro with a strong defense, a strong running game and a powerful front.
The scheme – Del Rio calls it the Raider Way - can accomplish similar goals. It has already done one good thing. It’s given Carr added confidence.
“The success that I’ve seen it have, the success that I’ve had in it, the success that a lot of the players that we have have had in that kind of offense, it just kind of has brought in an excitement around our locker room that has guys fired up,” Carr said. “Pushing the tempo and putting the pressure on the defense and creating one-on-ones, those things are exciting. This kind of offense is heavily reliant on playmakers. Coach is going to draw up the long one and then we’ve got to make plays. That’s what you want. As long as we can do that we should be good. It should be a fun year.”