ALAMEDA –- Derek Carr is gaining fans across the NFL.
Coaches have nice things to say about the Raiders rookie quarterback each week, thus far based on what they’ve seen on film.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has seen Carr live, and he’s impressed. Carr won the starting job during the preseason finale against the Seattle Seahawks where he was near perfect. That included the game’s opening series, where he orchestrated a touchdown drive against the Seahawks’ first-team defense.
“He played great against us and we’ve seen nothing but that,” Carroll said in a Wednesday conference call. “Since (Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano) took over, we’ve seen the emphasis of really trusting him, believing in him, giving him a chance to win the games. He’s done a lot of marvelous stuff.”
Carr hasn’t played perfect by any means, but he’s un-rookie-like in his decision making and his ability complete passes in tight windows. Carroll said confidence was evident in how the Raiders run their offense.
“They’ve demonstrated so much trust and confidence in him by just the nature of the style of offense that they’re willing to throw,” Carroll said. “He’s shown touch, he’s a shown strong arm and he’s shown downfield stuff. He’s moving well and he looks very comfortable.
“He looks like a terrific prospect for the years to come and he’s on it right now, he’s got great numbers for the situation. I’m thinking he’s darn good.”