Former NFL QB Brady Quinn offers insight into Josh McDaniels offense and why Derek Carr struggled

Las Vegas Raiders first-year coach Josh McDaniels announced on Wednesday he is bench Derek Carr, the team’s starting quarterback since 2014. Following the shock move, CBS Sports HQ’s Brady Quinn provided insight into the complexity of McDaniels’ offense and how it factors into Carr’s struggles this season.

Quinn spent seven seasons in the NFL and experienced being on a roster under McDaniels when he was traded to the Broncos in 2010. Quinn didn’t play a game with them, but he gave the example of one of his former teammates.

Kyle Orton – who began his NFL career with the Chicago Bears in 2005 – was traded to the Broncos in 2009 and given the starting quarterback position in his first season in Denver. Orton led the team to a 6-0 start that season, but things went downhill from there. The Broncos lost eight of their next 10 games after their bye week, and Orton finished the season with 21 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions with an 86.8 QB rating in 16 games, 15 as a starter.

“When I got there it was Josh McDaniels second year. I remember talking to Kyle Orton about what he went through in 2009 and how important the adjustment was to him” , said Quinn on the “Pick Six NFL Podcast”. “He had the most interceptions of his career that year with Denver.”

Quinn, who described McDaniels as “one of the brightest minds in the NFL,” said Orton’s struggles likely also had to do with adjusting to new personnel and a new system. Orton led the team to a 1-4 start the following season, opening the door for Tim Tebow to replace him in Week 5.

“But that being said, it’s a system that’s very quarterback-friendly once you get the hang of it,” Quinn said. “It’s really hard to do it in a year.”

Quinn then said there’s also a lot to learn when it comes to wide receivers, such as route adjustments and “what you’re being asked to do, how you can move around in this offense.” . He brought up Davante Adams, who just joined the Raiders this season, to make that point. This year, Adams has caught 88 passes for 1,290 yards, as well as a league-high 12 touchdowns. However, he’s caught just 9 of 25 targets for 114 yards and no touchdowns in his last three games. As for the fourth quarter this season, Carr is 16 of 51 targeting Adams.

Adam addressed the situation this weeksaying Carr is his good friend but also that the Raiders need to stay focused and try to finish the season strong.

Quinn said the Raiders’ progression to quarterback will depend on what McDaniels and Raiders general manager Dave Ziegler is looking for in that position. He also added that Carr would likely be one of the most sought-after quarterbacks if the Raiders decided to let him go, “at least from a business standpoint.”

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