Derek Carr wasn’t going to blame the weather, and he wasn’t going to blame his messed-up finger.
Mostly, he blamed himself, which seems like the most accurate thing about his night.
The Raiders quarterback turned in one of his worst games as a pro in last night’s loss to the Chiefs, at a time when many were touting him as an MVP candidate. Carr was a dreadful 17-of-41 passing for 117 yards, with no touchdowns. He didn’t throw a pick either, but that 49.1 passer rating was indicative of his night.
“It was definitely a bad night, no way of getting around that,” Carr said, via Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com. “I hate to have a bad night coming on this one, out of all the games we’ve had. Obviously, we didn’t do enough.
“I feel very responsible for that because of being the leader of the offense and the team. I feel sick to my stomach when we put something like that out there on film. It hurts, I can promise you that. I put too much time into this to go do something like that.”
Carr is still feeling the effects of the dislocated right (throwing) pinky finger, which couldn’t have helped in frigid conditions, but he didn’t want to use that as an excuse.
“It definitely wasn’t the finger’s fault,” Carr said. “Everything about tonight was unusual, to be honest. To have our defense step up for us and make plays, and for us to go out there and not execute, do things we don’t do. . . . That’s why it’s frustrating. That why I promise you I’m not worried.
“We played awful. It wasn’t good enough, but I’m not worried because I know the guys in the locker room. I’m not worried one bit, but it just sucks. We have to take it. We have to take the punch, but I’m not worried. I think we’re going to bounce back.”
If they’re going to, they’re going to have to have Carr return to the way he was playing, in practically every other game this season.