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Jon Gruden thinks Derek Carr is as good a coach as the Raiders have on staff

Jon Gruden, Derek Carr, Raiders

Remember all of the chatter last year about how the Oakland Raiders may have needed to move on from Derek Carr? Well, Carr has silenced that talk in 2019.

Through eight games, Carr has thrown for 1,984 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions while completing 71.2 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 105.1, all while having a very questionable receiving corps.

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, who said all offseason he was sticking by Carr, loves what he is seeing from his quarterback, not just for his performance, but for his football smarts:

“(He) is a coach on the field,” said Gruden, according to Vic Tafur of The Athletic. “He sees it before it happens. … He’s as good a coach as we have on the staff.”

Most recently, Carr completed 20 of his 31 passes for 289 yards and a couple of touchdowns in a key victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

When Oakland lost Antonio Brown just before the season started, many wondered where the Raiders’ offense would come from, as Brown was set to be the focal point.

However, thanks to supreme play from Carr and rookie running back Josh Jacobs, Oakland has gone a respectable 4-4 over the first nine weeks and is very much alive in the AFC playoff picture.

Carr has made three Pro Bowls in his career and was an MVP candidate in 2016, so perhaps we shouldn’t be so surprised with how well he has played.

The Raiders will now get set to host the Los Angeles Chargers in a pivotal AFC West clash on Thursday.