Raiders' good, bad, ugly
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Raiders’ good, bad, ugly

THE GOOD

• Can we end the chatter about Derek Carr not being a good quarterback? He was 11th in the NFL with a career-high 4,103 yards and 11th in touchdowns (27), while garnering a 101.4 rating that was ninth-best overall. Consider, too, that he did it while playing with a pair of rookie wide receivers (Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards) who didn’t come close to meeting expectations, not to mention an offensive line that was missing two key starters most of the year. Carr has mastered Jon Gruden’s offense and looks very comfortable running it. Was he perfect? Far from it, but he is still far better than most quarterbacks in the NFL. The 8-8 record still falls on his shoulders, as it should, but with any effort by the defense that record would look a lot different.

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