Remember Carr’s crack at the Seahawks

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The fine fellow who runs the @OldTakesExposed account on Twitter has received a gift that may keep on giving. (Unrelated to the dumb sh-t I say on a regular basis.)

With Raiders quarterback Derek Carr commemorating his new contract by throwing shade at the Seahawks for the decision to throw and not run from the one in Super Bowl XLIX, the Oakland offense will now be scrutinized whenever it progresses toward the end zone.

“[T]here’s no pressure, there’s no, ‘We’ll be on the one-yard line and I won’t give it to Marshawn, I’ll throw it.’ None of that stuff,” Carr said.

Based on Carr’s comment, there will be no reason for the opposing defense to anticipate a throw from the one. Which means there will be no reason to instruct any of the defenders to cover the pass. Which means 11 players can load up to pursue and to pound Marshawn Lynch.

That would be unwise, of course, because if defenses consistently take Carr’s comments literally, the Raiders eventually will embrace the possibility of making Carr look like a liar by throwing, not running.

The more likely reality is that Carr’s comment will have no impact on the plays called by the Raiders when the ball is on the one and Beast Mode is in the backfield. The run-pass option must always be present, if for no reason than to ensure that the defense is kept guessing for as long as possible regarding what will happen after the snap. The more the defense knows about the play before it begins, the easier it will be to stop it.

Regardless, any time the Raiders throw from the one or close to it with Marshawn in the mix, someone will be dusting off Carr’s comments. Especially if the decision to score by the air doesn’t result in a touchdown.

42 responses to “Remember Carr’s crack at the Seahawks

  1. Oh, we can’t throw it because 6 months ago I’d say we’d run it. Or, I’m worried what the media will say after so I don’t want to throw an interception because I made a comment 6 months ago. This story is a non story. In hind sight, everyone would run it. The pressure will be on if Carr earns the money. That can only happen by winning a super bowl.

  2. Big contract…throwing shade around at fans and other teams/players…this guy better get back to the playoffs and win a game or the media “Eye of Sauron” will turn his way.

  3. Is this where journalism is at now? Making assertions and then immediately discounting them because they were ridiculous in the first place? “I saw a red light hovering in the sky of the nation’s capital. It hung there for over a minute and then suddenly disappeared. Oh, nevermind. It was a traffic light.”

  4. In fairness to Carr, I think that with that statement he was mouthing specious praise about Lynch because signing Lynch was all Son-of-Al’s idea and that’s what the owner wants to hear.

    I don’t think defenses will need to load-up on Lynch for him to show that he’s ineffective and washed-up. Fortunately, the Raiders do have some other effective RBs in Richard and Washington.

  5. I hated the Raiders in the 80’s and 90’s…..Seahawks were shipped to the NFC West and then slowly started to like em. Best uniforms in football. Lets have an ol AFC West showdown in 0 degree Minisoda come feb.

  6. Carr’s comment is nothing compared to the actual play which will go down in NFL history as one of the most bone headed play calls in 50 years of the Superbowl.

  7. Carr is a great, humble guy who made an off-the-cuff remark, but of course some in the media will twist it into “throwing shade” and taking a “crack” at the Seahawks.

    I’m pretty sure no one on the planet, especially in Seattle, thinks it was a good decision to throw the ball there instead of giving it to Lynch. That’s not an insult.

  8. There’s probably a few other situational details that come into play on goal line plays other than following a QB’s offhand remarks.
    You know – score, time on clock,defensive personnel and alignment, number of timeouts for both teams, and not the least important – the play the coach wants to run.

  9. that’s the play where i ceased being a Seahawks fan;

    that play was just plain inexcusable, the equivalent of cleveland giving the ball at all to coaches pet Byner at the goal line, throwing into the end zone on third down while in field goal range of a trip to the SB or refusing to replace Grandaddy Hairston with Chip Banks in OT with yet another trip to the SB on the line;

    go ahead, load nine guys at the goal line on Lynch (you’ll need all nine of them);

    and when Carr fakes to Lynch, rolls out on a naked bootleg with the backside TE dragging across the end zone behind the lone defender with an angle on Carr, your whole organisation will look stupid as the current vermin in the White House–which means even worse than the Seahawks did;

  10. jackedupboonie says:
    Jun 25, 2017 12:26 PM
    I hated the Raiders in the 80’s and 90’s…..Seahawks were shipped to the NFC West and then slowly started to like em. Best uniforms in football…..
    ===================================
    If you’re 10-years old and think the Transformers are cool, Seattle probably does have the best uniforms in football.

  11. I think too much is expected of people getting 25M
    per year.

    If we could only hand out more tax cuts, they would be incentivized to … ask for more breaks and tax cuts… which would then permit them to… offshore their “hard earned” cash while stiffing the rest of us…

    Isn’t it great to be a sociopath?

  12. I think this whole topic is a bit ahead of itself. Don’t the Raiders have to first get to a Superbowl for that scene to reenact? And before that don’t they need to maybe win a playoff game or more likely 2-3?

  13. Seemed to be more of a shot at the Seahawks’ play-calling rather than a slight to the Seahawks players, especially since it sounded like a lot of Seahawks players agreed with that sentiment!

    I really wouldn’t consider this “bulletin-board material”, unless you’re Pete Carroll or Darrell Bevell.

    And contrary to the story, I don’t think this quote in June tips off what the Raiders will be doing at the 1-yard line this season.

  14. frank booth says:
    Jun 25, 2017 1:49 PM
    jackedupboonie says:
    Jun 25, 2017 12:26 PM
    I hated the Raiders in the 80’s and 90’s…..Seahawks were shipped to the NFC West and then slowly started to like em. Best uniforms in football…..
    ===================================
    If you’re 10-years old and think the Transformers are cool, Seattle probably does have the best uniforms in football.
    ———————
    Let me make it more clear……the Raiders have the best unis in football.

  15. This whole statement needs context.

    He was not taking a direct shot at the Seahawks….although it turned out that way. He was replying to a question if he feels he needs to do more and if expectations for him are higher because of this contract.

    He also stated that if he needed to do more, he never would be in the place for this contract.

    Anyone that watched this presser knows he meant he would not be calling an audible at the one because his contract means he needs to excel. He also stated during this exchange that he would be happy throwing 10 TD’s a year if the team wins…..

  16. Maybe this is coming from Marshawns perspective and not from Derek? Meaning a contract won’t dictate Carrs play and he’ll make the best decision possible for the team.

  17. Amazing how people forget just how ineffective Marshawn was from one yard out for the years in Seattle. 2nd-and-1, 3rd-and-1, especially 4th-and-1. He had his chance to get into the endzone with the preceding play and fell short. 97 out of 100 attempts he would’ve fallen short of the line. Blame the O-line or Beast Mode, but they had to throw at least a couple times there.

  18. Belli forced the pass by not calling a to for them. Nothing wrong with calling the pass on 2nd down. Its only bad because a pick was thrown. If incomplete it’d been ok

  19. thisdamnbox says:
    Jun 25, 2017 3:09 PM
    Amazing how people forget just how ineffective Marshawn was from one yard out for the years in Seattle.
    —————————————

    The people that think Lynch would automatically have gotten that 1 yard TD also seem to forget the reason New England was ahead by 4 and Seattle needed those points was Lynch was stuffed on 3rd and 1 at the New England 8 in the 3rd quarter and they had to settle for a field goal. The cause and effect nature of football is often lost on the neophytes. In spite of all evidence to the contrary they continue to believe everything happens in a vacuum and once burned doesn’t equal twice shy.

  20. Carr is pretty well liked up here in Seattle, as was his brother. They both played in the NFL as Pac 12 QB’s Carr was having fun…nothing more.

  21. Listen to the PC. Carr was not talking about Seattle at all. He was talking about winning vs QB stats. Just another spin job by PFT.

  22. bosszaraki says:
    Jun 25, 2017 3:43 PM
    Belli forced the pass by not calling a to for them. Nothing wrong with calling the pass on 2nd down. Its only bad because a pick was thrown. If incomplete it’d been ok

    ————————
    All these guys ripping them for not running…if Seattle had run and gotten stuffed and the clock ran out these are the exact same armchair critics that would have been ripping Carroll for not calling a pass play. Exact same.

  23. Didn’t Carr play QB at Fresno State, which is not a Pac 12 school? There is one more reason not to give it to Beast Mold. He fumbles once in a while.

  24. jackedupboonie says:
    Jun 25, 2017 2:15 PM
    frank booth says:
    Jun 25, 2017 1:49 PM
    jackedupboonie says:
    Jun 25, 2017 12:26 PM
    I hated the Raiders in the 80’s and 90’s…..Seahawks were shipped to the NFC West and then slowly started to like em. Best uniforms in football…..
    ===================================
    If you’re 10-years old and think the Transformers are cool, Seattle probably does have the best uniforms in football.
    ———————
    Let me make it more clear……the Raiders have the best unis in football.
    ==================================
    I’m with you on that. Much prefer the traditional uniforms to the garishness of the Seahawks and Jaguars.

  25. He was trolling Wilson, not Seahawks. Parse his statement:
    “there’s no [meaning he won’t]: ‘We’ll be on the one-yard line and I won’t give it to Marshawn, I’ll throw it.’ None of that stuff,”

  26. 1) this is one of the dumbest things Ive read in a while
    2) NOT giving Lynch the ball at the one with the championship one the line WAS/IS the dumbest call in Superbowl history
    3) The Raiders play action game gonna be deadly !

  27. I love the guys who defend the call. If you have Lynch…you let him plow 3 in a row. They have to prove they can stop him….and stop him multiple times. Terrible play calling. Handed the game to the Pats.

  28. It was a funny off the cuff quote.
    he was praising Marshawn Lynch, showing confidence in him.

  29. I love the “experts” who don’t know that you don’t have time to “plow Lynch 3 in a row”…but hey, I’m sure they do great in Madden…

  30. Throwing the ball on 2nd and goal from the 1 was fine . What wasn’t fine was the pass play called ; a slant into the teeth of the defense rather than a back corner post over the shoulder . If it’s incomplete , the clock stops and you still have the time out . It’s over the shoulder , so no chance at a pick …

    What most people don’t remember about XLIX is we had a rookie WR named Chris Matthews that was having the game of a lifetime and almost certainly would’ve been named Superbowl MVP had we won . He was grabbing jump balls all day long against the Patriots corners and they couldn’t do a damn thing about it . Throwing the corner post to Matthews was the play that should’ve been called . Then hand off to Beast Mode , twice if need be . You still had the timeout in your back pocket if the corner post is incomplete and Marshawn failed on 3rd & goal .

    Kudos to the Pats – one of the best Superbowls ever played . Congrats to the Raiders on signing Beast .

    Go Hawks !!

  31. “Which means there will be no reason to instruct any of the defenders to cover the pass. ”
    Said no coach ever.

    The point DC was making was that the huge deal he just signed doesn’t change his priorities and the team still comes first.

  32. Apparently the Raiders’ goal line offense only has two options: give to Marshawn up the gut or throw. It’s almost as if they’ve never heard of bootlegs, fullbacks, sweeps, etc.

    Or we can just take Carr’s statement at what it was: an off-the-cuff joke.

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