Mike Mayock “very happy” with Derek Carr, but “if we can get better, we will”

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Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock held a press conference at the Scouting Combine on Tuesday and anyone who has been following the team can’t be surprised that he fielded questions about the team’s outlook at quarterback.

Mayock reeled off a list of positives about the way Derek Carr played during the 2019 season when asked about the incumbent starter and said he felt the team “did a lot of really good things on offense.” He followed that up by noting that the team didn’t score enough points and the dual messaging continued when he addressed Carr’s spot for 2020.

Mayock said more positive things about Carr before pivoting to say that the team isn’t closing any doors as they look for improved results this year.

“Derek Carr played at a high level,” Mayock said, via Vic Tafur of TheAthletic.com. “I’m very happy with Derek Carr. What I’ve told everybody I’ve been in touch with since I took this job is we’re gonna evaluate every position every year. If we can get better, we will.”

Mayock has indeed been consistent with that message, but the potential availability of Tom Brady along with possible moves for several other quarterbacks has put a different tint on such discussions all over the league this offseason. That hasn’t been met with a smile by Carr, but his distaste for the chatter hasn’t led Mayock to change his tune about the position.

57 responses to “Mike Mayock “very happy” with Derek Carr, but “if we can get better, we will”

  1. Derrick Carr should feel absolutely disrespected by the Raiders. He has been nothing less than professional and should feel good when the raiders finally move on and allow him to join a team that values him as a player.

  2. Make no mistake – it’s Gruden that wants to get rid of Carr and Mayock is simply mouthing Gruden’s wishes because Mayock is the Raiders’ GM in name only with Gruden being the one who makes all final personnel decisions.

    If Carr winds up with another team that has competent offensive coaching, a functional o-line and decent weapsons then there’s every likelihood that he will excel as he did when he had good coaching under Bill Musgrave in 2015/2016. This means that Carr will likely be a playoff QB and in the upper tier among league QBs. Meantime the next Raiders QB (including possibly a washed-up Tom Brady) will languish under Gruden’s useless dink-and-dunk (“West Coast Offense”) system and his aggressive in-your-face nonsense.

  3. Carr is a bust. At this point Winston would be a step up…Mayock is sidestepping in hopes that he can retain some trade value..

  4. Carr is thousand times better than Brady and 30 years younger, Brady is washed up
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    Well Brady threw for more TDs, same yards, and the same INTs as Carr. If Brady is washed up, what does that make Carr?

  5. Sorry old man Tom is not better then Carr ..we will draft a rookie in the later rounds sit him so he can learn the system .

    RN4L

  6. unclebluck says:
    February 25, 2020 at 12:05 pm
    Carr is a bust. At this point Winston would be a step up…Mayock is sidestepping in hopes that he can retain some trade value..

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    I thought you first sentence was ridiculous but your second sentence left it in the dust.

  7. Remember, circa 2016, when Derek Carr was viewed by many as the #1 QB out there to build a franchise around?

    It’s funny how that was ever even conceivable.

  8. There is a fine line between being a renegade organization and just being stupid. The Raiders seem to have been on the wrong side of that line for most of the last 35 years. Don’t they realize that Brady is only using them to get the most money he can out of the Pats? Meanwhile they are burning their bridges with their starting QB. You’ve got a new stadium – this would be a great time to grow up and start acting like the big boys.

  9. Carr cannot play for the Raiders next season, they’ve burned the bridge. They’re basically letting it be known that they don’t believe in him.

  10. I don’t understand all the shade thrown at Carr. Raiders fans should be very careful what they wish for, as the grass ain’t always greener (to the extent there’s grass in Vegas).

  11. Carr is the biggest baby that has ever played QB, can’t take a hit. Even his brother was a better QB and he was a bust too.

  12. Fairly pointless equivocating as all he really needed to say was that the organization is keeping all options open where the quarterback position is concerned. One of the NFL’s most thinly veiled secrets is that neither Gruden nor Mayock has ever been completely sold on Derek Carr as a franchise qb.

  13. billswillnevermove says:
    February 25, 2020 at 1:06 pm
    Carr is the biggest baby that has ever played QB, can’t take a hit. Even his brother was a better QB and he was a bust too

    Josh Allen choked in the biggest game of his career, Mr 52% is garbage

  14. “If we can get better, we will.”

    How embarrassing. They spelled Brady wrong. It should have read:

    “If we can get Brady, we will.”

  15. They’d win more games with Tom Brady. So would a bunch of these other suitors.

    If Brady was 37, it’s a different discussion for all of these teams.

    Brady should stay in NE while they develop Stidham or another QB behind him. I think that 5-10-20 years from now, he’d be glad he did. Most organizations are a mess compared to the Patriots.

  16. If Brady can still play at his 2019 level, he’d be a step up on Carr. I don’t see either winning a Raiders’ SB there – but at least Brady’s a better chance, will fill the stadium, and merchandise coffers, and bring endless media coverage. And seriously, them’s the next best thing to titles.

  17. Personally never understood why there was any hype with Carr. To me, he is and always be just average.

  18. “He has been nothing less than professional and should feel good when the raiders finally move on and allow him to join a team that values him as a player.”

    He’s been paid 67.5 million by the Raiders so far including his rookie contract. Sounds like they “value” him just fine

  19. …posts like this happen when clueless people use the internet. Carr stinks & he stinks compared to Brady now, who’s closer to average than elite, & Brady 15 years back which he was the goat in his prime

    Wes Mantooth says:
    February 25, 2020 at 12:11 pm
    Carr is thousand times better than Brady and 30 years younger, Brady is washed up

  20. If you were still wondering exactly how the organization feels about their starting quarterback… you’ve got your answer.

  21. Gruden has a 10 year contract with the Raiders, I’m going to set the over/under on how many QBs he goes through in those 10 years at 4.

  22. At least Winston is willing and able to throw more than 15 yards down the field. Carr cannot.

    Love Carr, but am ready for a change.

  23. I think it will be hard for Carr to overcome the negativity because it is hard to feel like a team with this kind of talk. On top of that, Carr appears to be somewhat sensitive to the off field talk. He cold certainly learn a few things from Tom, though Tom had very early success that gave him credibility. But Tom steadfastly avoids drama and focuses only on what he can control. I never felt the Raiders were a good place for Carr. I think he needs a fresh start. But he also needs to develop a split and hardened personality. He handles the media one way, and he handles his business another way, and if he handles his business, the media will be a breeze. Just ask Tom. It’s no shame to take a queue from one of the best to ever do it (handling the media and his business). Tom can run a clinic on how to handle yourself professionally.

  24. sportoficionado says:
    February 25, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Derrick Carr should feel absolutely disrespected by the Raiders. He has been nothing less than professional and should feel good when the raiders finally move on and allow him to join a team that values him as a player.
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    Disrespected? They gave him a 100+ million dollar contract and all hes done is under perform. Carr should be happy. Any other team and hes riding the bench.

  25. There are 53 players on a team. For the team to win, all must play at a very high level and execute. The QB sets a tone everyday. But 52 other guys individually also set a tone everyday. Trying to find the right mix of very good focused players is the GM’s job. The coach is there to impart that responsibilty onto the players. I don’t see Carr as the problem or Brady as a fix.

  26. Wes Mantooth says:

    February 25, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    Carr is thousand times better than Brady and 30 years younger, Brady is washed up
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    That the kind of math they teach you in Toronto schools Joe? If Carr is 30 years younger, guess that make him about 12 years old. Carr acts like he is 12 years old. Just lose baby.

  27. If we can get better we will. well thank God for THAT!

    what GM or coach WOULDNT say that?!

    Come one folks, get real. If there is one clear thing that the greatest QB in the world, all time, CAN NOT DO, its play defense. Nobody is bringing that up. Don’t any of you think that belecheat is a more Krafty coach than Gruden? Don’t any of you think he knows defense better than Gruden? Would someone do the math and see how many more possessions and the yard line in which they started considering tommy boy and Carr?

    I watched the Raiders every snap last year, and it was the D that couldn’t hold water. It was the D that dropped 10 interceptions. It was the D that didn’t keep teams from kicking FGs. instead of punting. And it was the special teams that didn’t give Carr and the O any real field position to start drives. If the Raiders offense doesn’t have, or isn’t in the top 7 for number of longest drives during last season i’ll eat my hat. There were so many timeclock eating 75 and 80 yard drives last year due to the balance they could have with the RB it was astonishing. It doesn’t take mahomes, dak or jackson scrambling ability to do that.

    even if, you believe some rankings that have Carr at top 20 instead of top 12 in stats last year, you have to know that the players that are ranked ahead of him aren’t likely moving teams. Its posturing people! You have to play the game of contract extension! If you don’t, you will be looking for a new agent. And these other QBs around the league are all trying to get paid.

    There are way too many holes on this team to dump a constant 5000 yard passer. Brady knows that he will have the toughest schedule FINALLY for the 20 season. Ya really think he wants that? You really think he will be traded inside the AFC? And go against Mahomes twice a year?

    Mayock is the GM and Gruden can’t pick players worth a damn, thats why MM is THERE!!!

    Gruden has been handcuffed from picking a QB in the draft, but not this year. there are too many good ones to choose from in the later rounds…he will get one, and that will be that, CARR STARTS 2020!!!! what happens after that is a whole nuther thing.

  28. Translation: “We can’t wait to get rid of this guy and we will give a team draft picks to take him and his contract off our hands”

  29. What team being honest, would not say they would get the better player? The truth is 99% of them can’t get the better player at QB be it via trade, draft etc. Most times you just “gotta love the one you’re with”.

  30. 7 4th down throwaways, 2 fumbles out of the end zone at games end, turtles under pressure, scared of his own shadow, incapable of extending plays. Perfect recipe for no post season appearances now and forever! Post season record 0 – 0. Move on ASAP!

  31. Derek Carr is 30 times better than Trash Allen, I’m going to go cry myself to sleep now.

  32. joetoronto says:
    February 25, 2020 at 4:35 pm
    How about Bills fans putting down Carr, meanwhile they have Trash Allen at QB.
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    Josh Allen led the Bills to the playoffs in just his second year as an NFL QB….Derek Carr has been an NFL QB for 5 years and has never even sniffed a playoff berth…

  33. unclebluck says:
    February 25, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    Josh Allen led the Bills to the playoffs in just his second year as an NFL QB….Derek Carr has been an NFL QB for 5 years and has never even sniffed a playoff berth…

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    Wrong. Carr guided the Raiders to the playoffs in his 3rd year (Del Rio’s 2nd year as HC). Carr didn’t appear in the playoff game because he was injured at the end of the regular season.

  34. “If Carr winds up with another team that has competent offensive coaching, a functional o-line and decent weapsons then there’s every likelihood that he will excel as he did when he had good coaching under Bill Musgrave in 2015/2016. This means that Carr will likely be a playoff QB and in the upper tier among league QBs. Meantime the next Raiders QB (including possibly a washed-up Tom Brady) will languish under Gruden’s useless dink-and-dunk (“West Coast Offense”) system and his aggressive in-your-face nonsense.”
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    If “ifs” and “buts” were candy nuts Carr still won’t be playing after Christmas

  35. sportoficionado says:
    February 25, 2020 at 11:53 am
    Derrick Carr should feel absolutely disrespected by the Raiders. He has been nothing less than professional and should feel good when the raiders finally move on and allow him to join a team that values him as a player
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    Have the Raiders said they’re shipping him, or dumping him? I’m sure you said the same thing last year as well. It’s a business. The only thing for sure is your guaranteed money. The Raiders should feel disrespected that Carr is king of the dump offs.

  36. The dark obsession with Josh Allen by JToronto is becoming disturbing. Get a life. He’s an up and coming superstar. It’s obvious. You’ll just have to get used to it. Go Bills!

  37. raider316 says:
    February 25, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    “If Carr winds up with another team that has competent offensive coaching, a functional o-line and decent weapsons then there’s every likelihood that he will excel as he did when he had good coaching under Bill Musgrave in 2015/2016. This means that Carr will likely be a playoff QB and in the upper tier among league QBs. Meantime the next Raiders QB (including possibly a washed-up Tom Brady) will languish under Gruden’s useless dink-and-dunk (“West Coast Offense”) system and his aggressive in-your-face nonsense.”

    If “ifs” and “buts” were candy nuts Carr still won’t be playing after Christmas

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    Maybe, but the chances of Carr playing on a team into January are infinitely higher than any team coached by Gruden playing in January.

  38. gruden isn’t going anywhere else to coach period. and will surely keep all years in this contract. Mark Davis loves him some chucky…

    The D needs help to be a playoff team, thats so apparent it isn’t funny. Whats funny though is that so many that chime in here don’t want to recognize it. Yet, yell and scream at the tv all year when the raiders can’t stop anyone when they have the lead and hand the ball back with 2 min to go- or less!

  39. “Well Brady threw for more TDs, same yards, and the same INTs as Carr. If Brady is washed up, what does that make Carr?”
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    Tom Brady had 100 more passing attempts than Carr. He averaged 6.6 yards per attempt. Derek Carr averaged 7.9 yards per attempt.
    If you measure QBs by passer rating it was not close.
    Derek Carr had a passer rating of 100.8. That ranked 9/39 QB. Tom Brady has a passer rating of 88 which ranked 22nd in the NFL.
    PFF ranked Carr 8th and Brady 10th in passing grade so it was closer as Brady was victimized by drops.
    But by any measure Carr played better than Brady last year.

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