The Raiders struggled to find a quarterback when Rich Gannon retired after the 2004 season (although he only played in three games in 2004). From Kerry Collins to Terrelle Pryor, many signal-callers moved to the top of the depth chart. None lasted long.
The Raiders even drafted JaMarcus Russell with the No. 1 overall in the 2007 draft, and he turned into one of the biggest busts in NFL history.
In 2014, the Silver and Black drafted Derek Carr, and he looked like the man to replace Gannon.
In 2016, Carr led them to the Raiders back to the postseason for the first time in 14 years, since they lost the Super Bowl in the 2002 season.
After a down year in 2017 — throwing for 3,496 yards and 22 touchdowns with a 62.7 completion percentage — Carr has endured a garbage dumpster fire in Jon Gruden's first season of his second Raiders act. Nevertheless, Carr has shown grit and posted respectable numbers.
At 27, he still has an opportunity to be an elite quarterback if he gets some offensive help and weapons. Of course, that's a big if with the Raiders at this point.