Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson said the team considered pulling rookie quarterback Derek Carr during Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Denver Broncos. Carr, who has started all nine of the team's games this season, completed 30 of 47 passes for 192 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions against the Broncos.
Carr, who has started all nine of the team's games this season, completed 30 of 47 passes for 192 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions against the Broncos.
Olson said the team asked Carr about coming out of the game once the score was out of reach, but the rookie chose to continue playing.
“That was encouraging,” Olson said. “…(Taking Carr out) was discussed internally at first, and eventually with him a bit. He said he wanted to play. We didn’t feel like we were leading him into harm’s way. We felt the experience would be good for him.”
Carr said finishing the game the right way was important to him.
“I should be out there no matter what, good, bad or ugly,” Carr said. “For a long time, it was ugly. For me, it was really important to continue to finish. I’m all about finishing, so it was really important to me to go out there and finish. I’m glad that they kept their guys in, because I would have been mad if they weren’t. I wanted to go out there and compete one last time and just try and correct the things we’d been trying to correct all game.”
Following the point where Carr was nearly removed, the rookie from Fresno State engineered a 97-yard touchdown drive. For the season, Carr has completed 61.1 percent of his passes for 1,303 yards, with 13 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.
The Raiders travel to San Diego to face the Chargers (5-4) in Week 11.