Derek Carr is the safest QB in NFL.
Mass Appeal Wire Reports
OAKLAND — Finally a feel-good story about five black men working together in unison and it has nothing to do with basketball. If you’re African-American, you’d probably be wise to become an aficionado of Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders. Why? Because Jack Del Rio’s boys are idiosyncratic in that they feature an all black offensive line — a unit that includes former Kansas City Chiefs center Rodney Hudson who signed as a free agent in 2015.
Joining Hudson along the interior are right tackle Menelik Watson, left tackle Donald Penn, right guard Gabe Jackson and left guard Kelechi Osemele. An inside source says the Raiders are so thrilled with their Ebony quintet, they have posters of the 1966 Texas Western basketball team and the Tuskegee Airmen hanging in their practice facility — groups that share a similar composition.
Yessir, Carr is down with the brothas and it’s paying off… literally.
— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) December 9, 2016
Anchored by the NFL’s most expensive offensive line [worth $37.7 million in cap dollars], the Raiders have allowed the fewest sacks in the league. A large part of that success begins with the aforementioned Hudson who’s also Carr’s best friend and practice confidant.
When they’re not busy going over formations, Carr and Hudson are usually bouncing ideas off of each other late at night in the team hotel. “We just go to another level in our discussions — stuff we don’t want everyone to hear because their brains might explode,” Carr explained with a laugh.
Hudson says there’s times when he’ll be out to dinner and he’ll see that his quarterback has been texting him videos of plays. No wonder Carr, widely considered the lead candidate for MVP honors, appears most comfortable late in games. The entire line has his back when it counts most.
“When the ball is in his hands late in the game, everybody believes something big is gonna happen,” says ESPN analyst Matt Hasselbeck. “I saw that with Brett Favre when I was his teammate.”