Raiders’ Derek Carr says chance to break Ken Stabler’s record ‘gives me goosebumps’
Derek Carr is entering the 2019 season in a make-or-break year with the Oakland Raiders but has a chance to cement himself in Raiders history. Carr has a legitimate chance to break Ken Stabler’s passing-yards record this year and is in awe of the opportunity to do so.
“That gives me goosebumps. That was my dad’s favorite player growing up,” Carr told Sal Paolantonio of ESPN.
In his first five seasons in the NFL, Carr has thrown for 18,739 yards through the air. Currently, Stabler owns the Raiders’ franchise record for passing yards with 19,078. Barring injury, it’s safe to say that the Raiders current quarterback will surpass that number early in the 2019 season.
Stabler played for the Raiders for 10 years but the league was vastly different in the 1970s. Today’s NFL is predicated on throwing the ball while Stabler played during an era that leaned heavily on the run.
Comparatively, Stabler averaged just 1,907 yards per season with the Raiders while Carr has averaged 3,747 yards per season. Therefore, it is nearly impossible to compare the two quarterbacks due to playing in different eras.
Nonetheless, Carr could forever be etched in the team’s history by surpassing Stabler’s longstanding record. Carr could use a productive season in 2019 after having two straight disappointing seasons.
This year, the Raiders are expected to be much improved offensively from last year with the additions of Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams. Oakland also drafted Josh Jacobs and Hunter Renfrow to provide more help for Carr.
Carr has the chance to overtake Stabler’s passing record but his ultimate goal is to bring a Super Bowl to the Raiders—as Stabler did in 1976.