Jon Gruden: Derek Carr “presses at some moments”

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Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw his eighth interception of the 2018 season on Sunday when he tried to hit tight end Derek Carrier in the end zone.

The Raiders had a first down on the Chargers’ 1-yard-line, but were left with no points when Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram picked off the pass. Carrier was not the first option on the play and Raiders coach Jon Gruden said after the game that Carr “shouldn’t have made that throw down there” when the top option wasn’t available.

It was reminiscent of an interception Carr threw on a first down near the end zone in Oakland’s loss to the Dolphins earlier this year and Gruden said at the time that Carr was sometimes trying too hard. He said something similar after this interception, Carr’s fifth on a first down play, as well.

“He’s just trying, he’s just trying so hard,” Gruden said, via Jimmy Durkin of The Athletic. “I think he just presses at some moments and he knows we have to do a lot with the ball when we have it and I think that’s what happened today.”

Carr agreed with Gruden and said he’s “always just tried to just do too much” as a quarterback. For now, that instinct appears to be doing more harm than good for the 1-4 Raiders.

41 responses to “Jon Gruden: Derek Carr “presses at some moments”

  1. “Carr agreed with Gruden and said he’s “always just tried to just do too much” as a quarterback.”

    This is a truly amazing humblebrag.

  2. “He’s just trying, he’s just trying so hard,” Gruden said, via Jimmy Durkin of The Athletic. “I think he just presses at some moments and he knows we have to do a lot with the ball when we have it and I think that’s what happened today.”

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    As predicted, Gruden is again throwing Carr under the bus rather than taking any personal responsibility for his own play-calling deficiencies. Sign of a lousy HC as well as a lack of character.

    The odd thing is that when Carr was “pressing” in 2016, this produced a number of 4th quarter comebacks and he was playing at a Pro Bowl level. I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that he had an excellent OC at the time in Bill Musgrave.

    Carr is a system QB which means he essentially plays at the level he’s coached at and the plays that are called by the coaching staff. He excelled under Musgrave and has been terrible under Downing and now Gruden. I’m convinced that he could do well if given competent coaching.

    Among the various reasons why I was so upset with Gruden being brought back was that I knew that the “coaching legend” ‘s dink-and-dunk offensive scheme and his aggressive nonsense were horrible fits for someone like Carr (although they fit Gannon who also had an aggressive personality and was a fit for the “West Coast Offense”).

    It looks like if Gruden stays beyond this year that Carr will be gone. The Raiders would be wise to discard Gruden and keep Carr at a reduced salary (incentive-laden contract) with a good OC. However Gruden has already damaged the Raiders roster to such an extent that it’ll be several years before they can approach respectability.

  3. Ok, so Gruden admitted that Carrier was not the 1st read on that play. I hope to Jebus that the first option was a simple hand-off to Marshawn. If it wasn’t, then Gruden is not the genius play-caller Raider Nation expected him to be. Either way, Carr will not be in Vegas.

  4. Yeah sure Gruden blame Derek Carr and not your playcalling. The Raiders so far this year have been inside the 10 yard line 14 times this year, and scored 7 touchdowns. On 3 drives inside the 10 when they decided to run with Marshawn Lynch the Raiders scored on 3 touchdowns, while on 11 drives inside the 10 when they decided to just let Carr pass they scored 4 touchdowns. The Raiders had a 1st and goal at the 1 yard line, and instead of running with Lynch you call a pass play which resulted in a interception.

  5. Raiders are rebuilding (tanking). I think they should put in McCarron and see what he’s got.. Carr has been mentally done since his broken leg!

  6. said it long ago, leave Gruden to coaching, but keep him out of personnel decisions. Gruden has blown up this team on the defense side, and will use Reggie as a scapegoat.The same way he uses Carr as one with his inept red zone play calling.Sorry first and goal give it to beastmode. It’s that simple.

  7. Gruden is supposed to be a bad ass quarterback whisperer, but who has he ever really developed as a quarterback?? Carr should look for the first bus out of Oakland that he isn’t thrown under if he values his career.

  8. Comments like this will continue until Gruden moves on from Carr. Then there will be a brief honeymoon before the same stuff kicks in with the new QB. Gruden will never, ever accept any responsibility and it’ll forever be the fault of the players and/or assistant coaches.

  9. Gruden clearly does not like Carr given all the turnovers he’s committed and cost his team at least 2 games. Although giving Gruden the type of money he got was stupid too.

  10. Jon should ask Dungy for basic advice on how to build and prepare a Football team so he can have success

  11. Gruden’s situational play calling has been terrible all season. At one point yesterday he was looking over his laminated play card and seemed frustrated that it didn’t have the right play on it. Derek Carr’s situational awareness has been atrocious. Yesterday on 3rd and 1 he threw the ball away rather than scramble to the sideline and pick up the easy first down. He also spiked the ball on 3rd down with 11 seconds in the half instead of running a quick route to the sideline, the subsequent attempted field goal was short by about 3 yards. Gruden and Carr deserve each other. This team deserves better considering what they are paid.

  12. @slippery59 No idea why he’s been regarded as such and I am in total agreement with you. Chuckie is all bark ZERO bite. The second tenture will continue to expose what we all know, Gruden is a mediocre run of the mill coach. He is NO guru.

  13. jdubkc says:

    October 8, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Jon should ask Dungy for basic advice on how to build and prepare a Football team so he can have success
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    Dungy just couldn’t finish the job though right??? Sam Wyche drafted Sapp and Brooks. lol

  14. 1nationraidernation says:

    October 8, 2018 at 10:00 am

    said it long ago, leave Gruden to coaching, but keep him out of personnel decisions. Gruden has blown up this team on the defense side, and will use Reggie as a scapegoat.The same way he uses Carr as one with his inept red zone play calling.Sorry first and goal give it to beastmode. It’s that simple.
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    Blown up the team on the defensive side??? It was a bottom 5 defense EVEN WITH MACK!

  15. If you heard his postgame press conference, Gruen said the call at the goal line will be second-guessed. He goes on says we probably should have run Lynch.

  16. Everyone mentions Carr’s broken leg in 2016 and his apprehension since the injury. Good point.

    However, my take is that Carr is “gun shy” since his transverse back fracture in October of last year. (This is the same exact injury that brought Tony Romo down.)

    This is year FIVE for Carr and he has not played as advertised. He is what his record says he is. Statistics don’t lie. Yes, he had to learn a complex new system from a coach trying to come back from a time warp, but when I see Carr throw interceptions directly to opposing players… make horrible check downs during a play & never run the ball when needed, well, that’s on him.

    Carr needs to be replaced in Oakland. There are greener pastures elsewhere in the NFL.

  17. Carr seems to have regressed since Gruden took over. Gruden has somehow gotten away with marketing himself as some sort of QB guru, but I don’t see it.

  18. When your D was already weak, and then you trade away your best D player, yes you have to press to win anything. They could have easily kept Mack, indisputable.

  19. DC is in year 5. He has had one good year in his career where he was winning games. Even then, we were just a few plays from being 6-10.

    With the exception of 2016, he throws Int’s at, seemingly, the worst possible times. Many of his good stats come during garbage time. His Int’s are not scheme related – they’re terrible decisions. 1st and goal, Lee Smith is covered, don’t throw into traffic in the back of the end zone – just dump it over everyone’s head. Again, he’s in his 5th year.

    I have been a DC supporter and apologist since day 1. I now need to face the distinct possibility that he may not be the franchise QB I thought he was.

  20. Correctamundo! Look…the best play would have been to “beatmode” as he was carrying the crowd at least 1 yard on every play or decoy him. Bad call. Wait till they move to Las Vegas. Massive franchise mistake to ‘dump’ their hard core fan base. Las Vegas will present the same problem the LA Chargers ignored resulting in a failed ‘relocation.’ THEY ARE COMPETING WITH TOO MANY OTHER ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS IN LAS VEGAS…….AND LA! Goodell and the NFL owners don’t get it.

  21. Gruden should have put AJ in near the end, it would have been real game time experience in Grudens offense. Carr looked like a Carr wreck. He is definitely over paid. Maybe he needs to start thinking of the pulpit, He has no consistency to him except, to say its on him and he will have to work harder. Blah, Blah, Blah

  22. Tried talking my son out of that notion of Carr crashing, I’m afraid I could be wrong and have some rethinking to do about this. Carr messing up 90 miles an hour

  23. John John says:
    October 8, 2018 at 11:20 am

    This looks like a Train wrecked into a Dumpster Fire,but this is the Raiders we all know ,,,losing and total dysfunction

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    I wouldn’t gloat too much, babygaga. Because as bad as Gruden has made the Raiders, your Broncos aren’t much better under Elway and his lackey Vance Joseph.

  24. Translation…Carr chokes. Haven’t seen a true choker here at quarterback since Marc Wilson. There’s been a lot of quarterback trash over the years. Shroeder, Russell, Marinovich etc. But nothing like Marc Wilson. Carr is the second coming.

  25. How long before RaiDUH fans channel their inner Jerry Porter and cheer every time he gets sacked (ala Aaron Brooks on that MNF opener back in 2006)?

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