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Derek Carr should lead the Raiders into Las Vegas — and get more credit

first_imgDerek Carr exited his last-ever game in Oakland on Dec. 15 to boos from Raiders fans and uncertainty from upper management. He’d failed to lead a second-half scoring drive in a 20-16 loss to the Jaguars — further evidence for some that his performance level had dipped to an unacceptable level.Carr is signed for three more years at a $19.6 million average annual value, but it’s reportedly possible he will not be under center when the Raiders debut in Las Vegas in 2020. Coach Jon Gruden is said to have a “significant disconnect” with Carr, and an offseason trade does not seem far-fetched. There is reason to believe an offense featuring Carr in Las Vegas could be productive. The Raiders have the best rookie running back in the league in Josh Jacobs — an ideal complement to the passer and his unfinished receiving corps that includes a rapidly developing Hunter Renfrow. They also possess a strong line.So rather than fracture that respectable and still-growing attack, general manager Mike Mayock could instead address his team’s horrendous defense or culture of back-stabbing.But maybe that kind of complex improvement is beyond this franchise. Scapegoating the quarterback, after all, is its time-honored way to side-step genuine introspection. “I’m getting old now. I want to let it fly,” Gruden told reporters recently. “I want big plays. I want excitement. These bubble screens and checkdowns only go so far with me.”MORE: Mark Davis infuriates Oakland on his way outCarr deserves far more credit than he has received, though. Despite his flaws, and an uninspiring 7-9 record this year, he remains the Raiders’ best choice at quarterback. He is a risk-averse, sturdy passer on a team that was plagued by dysfunction at the position for an entire decade before drafting him.Carr’s numbers paint him as a league-average quarterback. He finished 2019 second in completion percentage, 11th in interception percentage and 21st in touchdown percentage. He carried the ninth-best passer rating. He was tied for seventh in number of game-winning drives led.As for the narrative that Carr is weak-minded, or ill-suited to handle rigors of professional football? It’s nonsense, and a toxic reminder of how players bound for crippling physical and mental disorders in retirement are unfairly judged.Carr broke his fibula in 2016. He’s often played through busted ankles and back problems. There is little evidence to suggest he doesn’t fit the gross, pedestaled model of “toughness” in the NFL.Here’s a quote from Carr from when he re-entered a game following a hit to the head and nasty ankle turn last season: “As soon as it happened, you grab it because it’s painful, and you try to stand up and it’s not good, but they ran it back, so I had to get ready as fast as I could. I told the trainer to hurry up and tape it so I could finish with my teammates.”Carr has also dealt with extensive organizational overhaul. He’s played for three head coaches and four offensive coordinators since 2014. He’s seen his best receiver, Amari Cooper, get traded to Dallas, and the team’s top defender, Khalil Mack, be dealt to Chicago. He endured the Antonio Brown clown show while trying to prepare for this season.last_img read more

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first_imgThere has been a surge in the payment of non-domestic water charges in the last month following an intensive campaign kick-started by Donegal County Council.Garry Martin, Director of Finance & Emergency has thanked all the customers who have paid the charge or who are engaging with the council to pay it.He said “In early July, Donegal County Council issued approximately 3,000 arrears reminder letters to non-domestic water users throughout the County. “Customers were advised to respond by the 31st July 2013 otherwise the Council would have no option but to commence proceedings to recover the debt and recommence the restriction and/or disconnection of the supply if it is not being paid for.“The Council is delighted with the surge in payment following the recent issue of arrears letters and we would like to thank all customers who have responded positively to these reminders”.This campaign has been led out through the Councils recently established Income Collection Unit which has been tasked with collecting income that the Council is owed from a range of charges including the NPPR charge, Commercial Rates and Non-Domestic Water Charges.The Council will now be initiating proceedings against those customers who have not responded or made any meaningful attempt to address the arrears on their account and this will include imposing water restrictions and disconnections. Mr. Martin added “This action is not taken lightly. However, we are now left with little option but to proceed with imposing these restrictions or disconnections.“In tandem with this approach accounts will be referred for legal action or to an external debt collection agency”.To avoid any of these actions, the Council appeals to all users of a non-domestic water supply to ensure that all outstanding bills are paid immediately. For more information contact the Council on 074 9153900. HUGE SURGE IN PAYMENT FOR NON-DOMESTIC WATER CHARGES ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: August 1st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County CouncilGarry Martinnon-domestic water chargespaymentlast_img read more

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