The 2017 NFL season has finally come to a close and the Oakland Raiders find themselves outside of the playoff picture. The Raiders came into the new year as a popular pick to join the AFC elite after a promising 2016 season, but could not recapture the late-game heroics that defined that season.
Derek Carr seemingly regressed on the offensive end after his MVP-caliber season. The offensive line was inconsistent in pass protection and Carr often opted for short and safe passes. As a result, the offense failed to generate many explosive plays and the team ultimately finished with a 6-10 record.
Carr took to his Twitter account to assure fans that the 2018 season will be different for the Raiders:
I understand the hurt. Trust me… I can promise you this though. We will fix our problems, fight, & work so that we are better next year!!
— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) January 1, 2018
There seem to be many changes coming to Oakland as former Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has been heavily linked to the team after head coachJack Del Rio was let go. However, the silver and black will need Carr to return to MVP form if they hope to once again take over the AFC West.
Until the 2018 season rolls around, the Raiders will be looking forward to free agency and the draft to address several roster issues. While the 2017 season was disappointing, brighter days are still ahead.