Jon Gruden: Derek Carr is “trying too hard” at times

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Derek Carr has completed 76.6 percent of his passes in the first three Raiders games this season, but that efficiency has not led to a win.

It has also been mitigated by five interceptions that have hurt the Raiders’ cause, including a fourth quarter interception in the end zone during last Sunday’s 28-20 loss to the Dolphins. That interception came on a first down jump ball to Martavis Bryant that Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard came down with to kill the scoring chance.

Carr said he had no regrets making the throw on Sunday, but head coach Jon Gruden suggested the quarterback should have charted a different course.

“I thought we were too aggressive,” Gruden said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “I think at times he is trying too hard. We will talk about that extensively here in the next couple of hours, but I thought he played really good under some very tough circumstances. I think sometimes he needs to learn a little bit more patience, and I think he will. I’m really excited about the way he has played and improved and mastered this offense. We are getting closer. That was a painful turnover. We will address that, and we will make the corrections.”

Gruden made it clear that he’s happy with Carr overall by calling his completion percentage and 936 yards through three games “as good as I’ve ever been associated with,” but the lack of wins in Oakland magnifies any negatives that have also been part of the mix.

30 responses to “Jon Gruden: Derek Carr is “trying too hard” at times

  1. In other words, no more of Derek slinging the ball into double coverage thinking, “Hey, I’m always gonna give my guy a chance to go up and make a play” No Derek, this is not Fresno State.. make the smart throw. Finally a coach who will hold him accountable

  2. Using your quarterback as a scapegoat? Fire this guy immediately. Your ego is the reason why Mack was traded and it will also be your demise

  3. Carr is not the Problem right now.

    Chucky is the problem right now.

    No way he even coaches 5 years, let alone the 10 he signed the contract for.

    Why again did you guys let Khalil Mack go?

  4. Where are all the Gruden is back baby guys? I warned you about what he left in Tampa due to his personnel decisions , in 1 offseason he turned the Raiders into the oldest team in the league and traded away their best player…GOOD LUCK!!!

  5. Carr is a system QB. He’s as good or as bad as the coaching he receives. He thrived under Bill Musgrave and was terrible when he got his way and Carr’s buddy Todd Downing replaced Musgrave.

    I predicted that Gruden would be a bad fit for Carr. From Gruden’s dink-and-dunk scheme to his aggressive nonsense.

    Carr is far from perfect but not surprisingly the “coaching genius” isn’t taking any accountability for what’s been going wrong. But then Gruden’s M.O. has always been to throw others under the bus.

  6. I am glad Gruden is back but it’s going to take time to fix this roster, people think he was going to come in and just turn this around overnight, it’s a lot harder than that

  7. New/Casual fan: Gruden didn’t step in and create a big splash, traded away my favorite player, the sky is falling. Fire everyone.
    Actual fan: The roster we had with Mack was still not championship caliber. This is clearly a rebuild and it will take time to see results. Would be great to win now, but will stay on the ship no matter what.

    The thumbs up/down will show which one you are.

  8. It seems like Carr’s ability to read the field and/or ability to choose the open receiver is not there. The lack of defensive pressure on the opposing QBs is killing them as well. SMH on the Mack debacle….

    All the bitching in the world isn’t going to change anything though.

    Not looking forward to facing Mahomes, he will probably set an NFL record for TD passes in those 2 games.

  9. Carr’s playing well enough to win. You don’t take over a team with one winning season in the last 16 years and turn it around overnight. I have no doubt Gruden is going to turn the Raiders into a dominant team again. They haven’t been any good since Gruden left the last time. Gruden never had a QB as good as Carr. It will take the rest of the offense a few more games to get acclimated.

  10. Donald Penn has struggled at RT. Also have to wonde why Osemele, Hudson, and Jackson can’t even move the line on 3rd down and one yard to go, or 4th down and one yard to go. Also have to question Gruden’s play calling…..you would think if you are one yard from the end zone time and time again, you would at least give the ball to Lynch…..the only time he has , he scored a TD. If anything Gruden is trying to hard and looks like his ego needs to be put in check. In reality you can’t blow up a team (the defense) and expect immediate success. I am pretty much a die hard raider fan, and I don’t even know whose on defense half the time. There are a lot of positive, but the one negative I see is nobody is having fun….Winning cures everything, and it really does need to start on Sunday.

  11. radrntn says:
    September 25, 2018 at 12:26 pm
    Donald Penn has struggled at RT. Also have to wonde why Osemele, Hudson, and Jackson can’t even move the line on 3rd down and one yard to go, or 4th down and one yard to go.
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    This here. In previous seasons the OL was ranked in the top 5 consistently. Before last week they were 18th, and probably safe to assume they didn’t move up. All the guys you listed are pro-bowlers. Tom Cable anyone? Previous regime loaded up with behemoth’s and now they want to run Cable’s zone scheme?
    BTW: Previous comment does not apply to the folks in Oakland. Their issues with the team are totally different and I’d be pretty angry if I lived there too.

  12. r8rsfan says:
    September 25, 2018 at 3:24 pm
    radrntn says:
    September 25, 2018 at 12:26 pm
    Donald Penn has struggled at RT. Also have to wonde why Osemele, Hudson, and Jackson can’t even move the line on 3rd down and one yard to go, or 4th down and one yard to go.
    ——————
    This here. In previous seasons the OL was ranked in the top 5 consistently. Before last week they were 18th, and probably safe to assume they didn’t move up. All the guys you listed are pro-bowlers. Tom Cable anyone? Previous regime loaded up with behemoth’s and now they want to run Cable’s zone scheme?
    BTW: Previous comment does not apply to the folks in Oakland. Their issues with the team are totally different and I’d be pretty angry if I lived there too.

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    Hey guys, don’t listen to rankings or someone else’s stats. Watch the tape for yourself. Donald Penn was horrible, and he’d be the first one to tell you that. The Dolphins did have a couple studs on their D-Line, so it’s not easy, but Penn was the weak link. The rest of the Raiders’ O-Line has been dominant all year, including the rookie left tackle. Don’t believe anything I say or what anyone else says. Watch the darn tape.

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