Derek Carr wants to block out the negativity

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Raiders quarterback Derek Carr didn’t like hearing speculation that the Raiders could make a run at signing Tom Brady this offseason, but he never doubted he’d be back with the team in 2019.

Carr told Vic Tafur of TheAthletic.com that head coach Jon Gruden and General Manager Mike Mayock “called me and said that they did their due diligence on everything” before confirming their plans to move on with Carr as their quarterback. Carr said he’s “never been blindsided” by the two men and that he feels “very comfortable” with how things stand heading into his third year with Gruden.

Carr is less comfortable with some of what he’s heard from sources other than Mayock and Gruden, however. He told Tafur that he’s done being “politically correct” and doesn’t “care now what anybody says” if they aren’t inside the Raiders organization.

“If anyone is negative to me now on Twitter, I block them out of my life,” Carr said. “If you have something like that to say to me, I have no time for you. And what people get misunderstood is that they will then say that I can’t take the criticism. But it has nothing to do with that. I have one goal and that is to win the Raiders a championship, multiple championships and your negativity isn’t helping me. I don’t want to waste one second on that negativity when I am trying to win a Super Bowl, if that makes sense.”

Carr said that his mind is on finding ways to score more points and win more games, which doesn’t leave him room to care about anything else. Reaching both those goals would make the chatter around Carr more positive whether he’s listening to it or not.

43 responses to “Derek Carr wants to block out the negativity

  1. Lotta pressure.You gotta rise above it, you gotta harvest the good energy and block out the bad. Harvest energy, block bad. Feel the flow, feel it, it’s circular. Its like a carousel. You pay the quarter, you get on the horse, and you go up and down and around…in a circular circle with the music, the flow, all good things.

  2. By coming out and saying essentially that I’m going to ignore it, is the opposite of ignoring it. He would be better off not saying anything and just doing this. People would see him as a positive person not getting sucked into all the drama. I support his position on this, but again his response to it wasn’t well thought out

  3. He needs to just go play. Get the ball into his play maker’s hands and the rest will take care of it self. Plus, if he’s let go, he can go to the Patriots and really get something accomplished anyway. It all will work out for the best one way or another.

  4. Captain Checkdown has been and always will be a loser!
    As a Raider fan I find him sorely lacking in the guts dept! This is especially true after he got hurt.

  5. Yet he always seems keenly aware of what others are saying about him.

  6. Sounds a lot like Mitch Trubisky, I mean Trubisky is no better or worse than Carr or Mariota for that matter.

    Seems like the Mack trade was pretty much a wash, neither the Bears or the failing sub .500 Raiders have a young stud QB they can depend on. Bears probably won considering Mack instantly made the Bears go from worst to first and Raider’s fans heads exploded, lol.

  7. Fans want to see players compete at a high level. Cam Newton lost a lot of support when it appeared that he didn’t give 100% effort when he didn’t attempt to jump on that fumble in the super bowl. Derek Carr doesn’t show 100% effort often when he appears to quit on his teammates by throwing the ball into the dirt, rather than trying to make a play. It’s as if he’s afraid of contact. So the QB is supposed to be a leader, and both Newton and Carr are anything but leaders. It’s nothing personal. Fans are enamored with competition, and they like to see guys compete, not quit. The tape doesn’t lie.

  8. Derek has reached the last chance saloon. If he can’t make significant strides in year 3, he’s not the quarterback to lead this team. I hope they don’t waste time either.. If we are floundering by week 6, throw Mariota in and lets see what we got there. Worst case scenario, we can draft a qb early in 2021.

  9. Got all those draft picks and didn’t draft a QB? The Raiders are such a complete mismanaged dumpster fire. Mayock is going to be back doing the draft by next season when the Raiders win 4-5 games this season. Also Gruden’s act is so stale and old, get a new haircut already you goofy has been coach!

  10. This guy gets so much undeserved heat. He isn’t elite, but he isn’t bad.

  11. He finally has some real wide receivers, he’ll have another massive year like 2016, he’s better than Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes combined

  12. People call Carr and his brother out as being mentally weak and unable to handle criticism because both have proven time and time again that they are mentally weak & unable to handle any kind of criticism. On top of that neither was ever really that good, Derek was the best and he is a below average starter. The Raiders won’t go anywhere until they replace him & find a new face of the franchise.

  13. Factoid: The Carr brothers have zero pass attempts in the playoffs through their combined careers.

  14. I get what Carr is saying. Many athletes feel just as he does about the media and nitwit fans.
    All he’s trying to do is play football at the highest level he can. It’s all he can do, so I don’t blame him for basically telling everyone from now on they can all stick their comments where the sun don’t shine.
    I’m a Packers fan and no QB this side of Tom Brady gets slammed more than Aaron Rodgers. If I were Rodgers, I’d do exactly what Carr says he’s going to do. I’d tell everyone that I couldn’t give a rat’s behind what you think because I’m a future Hall Of Fame QB who has been one of the best to ever play and I have won MVP’s and a Super Bowl, too. And then I’d hold up my bank book to rub it in even more. Rodgers makes more for doing one silly commercial than most fans make all year.
    So — go get ’em Derek and don’t listen to any of their crap.

  15. Carr is a sensitive guy but the criticism he faces is overblown a lot of the time. The guy had his best season in 2016 when he had weapons to throw to and a system he was comfortable in. This will be the first season since then that he will be in that same position. He had no WR’s the first two years with Gruden. Now he has them and has 2 years in the system. This will be the season we can truly see if he’s the guy from 2016 or if he is just an average to below average QB who had one good year.

  16. We drafted a whole new batch of receivers and the fastest guy in the draft Ruggs da 3rd he will open up the field ..Mariota has legs but half the arm of Carr. Its his make or break season we will see what Carr has in da tank he deserves a chance in Vegas.

    RN4L

  17. Stupid to be on twitter anyway. Nothing to accomplish on twitter.

  18. Carr is arguably the most talented QB the Raiders have ever had and it still isnt good enough for some people.

    He cant do it by himself, no QB can. Atleast unlike certain teams in the league they realized you have to build around the QB to be successful.

    Raiders have invested financially in good defensive pieces and Oline and through the draft have gotten Carr young athletic weapons.

    I realize im Carr’s biggest stan on this site but im not delusional, at somepoint hes gonna have to ascend and be the QB I and anyone with a brain thinks he can be. Eventually there will be no excuses about outside factors.

    Raiders have the weapons and talent around him now, Defense on paper looks better but thats yet to be seen. Now its up to Gruden to learn how to call plays that exploit mismatches and not try to be so egotistical and try to out coach the other team, its just football, too much thinking only outsmarts yourself.

    Raiders were a few defensive chokes from being a playoff team last season. I got faith that this year well be right there with the Chiefs, its a shame the Broncos and Chargers both improved this offseason.

  19. Dude sounds like Mitch Trubisky lol
    Might as well turn off those TV’s lol

  20. Just bring back AB, Martvais Bryant, Derius Hayward-Bay, Robert Gallery, Gareon Conley, Karl Joseph, DJ Hayden, Rolando McClain, Darren McFadden, Michael Huff, Fabian Washington, and JaMarcus Russell

    #CommitmentToExcrement

  21. there are a lot of delusional raiders fans, it’s been twenty years since any playoff success so i guess I can understand as to why they are so frantic at the moment

  22. “If anyone is negative to me now on Twitter, I block them out of my life,”

    Yes, it’s time to act like a grown-up adult.

  23. chaunce922 says:
    May 1, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    Raiders were a few defensive chokes from being a playoff team last season.
    ___________________________

    All due respect to a brother of t]the nation, but I think it was a lot more than that. Time after time our offense completely disappeared in the 2nd half of games. We could rip off 2 great series in the first half, maybe 4 solid ones, then it just died in the 2nd half.

    And a lot of that had to do with Carr’s inability or unwillingness to push the ball down the field, making it easier for defenses to adjust and shut us down. There was also what seemed to be a whole lot of unimaginative play calling (but might have been Carr’s inability to execute some imaginative plays). So often, our defensive failings were the result of our guys getting gassed because we were going 3-and-out all the time.

    He’s got no excuses now. Both Ruggs and Edwards can take it downfield. We have Williams and Renfrow to own the short and intermediate. We have incredible TEs in Waller and Moreau who combined for a ton of TDs last season. Josh Jacobs is a monster. It’s time to uncork or get gone.

  24. How many other qb in the league for only 6 seasons have made the pro bowl 3x’s and a league MVP candidate with a defense never in the top 15, or with wr who lead the league in drops? I love the uneducated losers know nothing trolls on here. It’s good you block out the negativity.

  25. Carr is as good or as bad as the level of coaching he receives. He proved in 2015/2016 that he could excel when he had an good OC in Bill Musgrave. Unfortunately, Carr’s play has deteriorated under inferior offensive coaches like Todd Downing and now Gruden.

  26. Hopefully there is a 2020 season and the team is ready to play and can stay focused.

  27. You know all those receivers LA/Oak/LV/Boise in 2024 Raiders drafted were all excited to go pro until they remembered Mayock wasn’t a less intelligent Mel Kiper Jr. on the phone but the GM of the raiders and that Carr was their QB.

    #1timeover500in20years

  28. “Carr said that his mind is on finding ways to score more points and win more games, which doesn’t leave him room to care about anything else”

    Then why is he on social media to begin with?

  29. ringheadcrusher says:
    May 1, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    And a lot of that had to do with Carr’s inability or unwillingness to push the ball down the field, making it easier for defenses to adjust and shut us down. There was also what seemed to be a whole lot of unimaginative play calling (but might have been Carr’s inability to execute some imaginative plays). So often, our defensive failings were the result of our guys getting gassed because we were going 3-and-out all the time.

    Couple of things here: The defensive failings were big plays given up because nobody in the back 7 could cover worth a darn. They were among the worst at giving up big plays and not creating any which often took the team out of playing the game they wanted to play which was running the ball and play action. The other thing is, Grudens offense is not based on going down field all that often. His system has always been based on running the ball and short passing with a shot down field every once a in awhile to keep the secondary honest. Don’t confuse the short passing game with Carr being reluctant to throw it further down field.

  30. Does this really matter? The afc west is going to be owned by mahomes and big red for at least the next 2-3 seasons. Just like they have owned the division for the last 3 seasons. Mr Carr will be sent packing for at top round draft pick prospect.

  31. I am one of those people that, after it was apparent Brady was leaving, and not knowing how the team felt about JStid, was hoping the Raiders would sign someone like Newton or Winston, or Draft a QB, and let Carr go, so he could wind up in New England. I’d be interested to see what Belichick and McDaniels could do with him in their offense and system. If he could handle the daily pressure there, playing would be easy. I think he’d do well there. It’s not going to happen now though, and I’m happy to see how things go with The Stid Kid. Worst case scenario is he loses a lot of games and we get a shot at Lawrence. Hopefully there is a season and a training camp. All this missed time hurts young players like Stid and favors more mature rosters like KC, Bmore, Seattle, SF etc.

  32. If teams can put 30 points in us routinely, it will continue to be more of the same. 2016 had a D type head coach. I’m not sold on Guenther and his Cincinnati ways just yet. I haven’t seen anything but a few plays that were impressive in putting pressure on the other teams O. But, KC burned everyone soooo, there is that. Special teams has been more like special needs too. It’s not all on the offense to win games every week. And honestly, Carr has many 4th qtr comebacks as it is. think of this, just how much time left on the clock do you feel comfortable in giving the ball back to the other team at the end of the game with a Raider 6 point lead? Your answer will tell you a lot about where this defense is honestly. For me, it’s no more than 47 seconds and 2 time outs. THATS pitiful !

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