Derek Carr is getting upset

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On Tuesday, we posted an item based on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr claiming that he is tired of being disrespected. The seventh-year quarterback had plenty more to say during his Tuesday sun’s-out-guns-out media availability.

I played better last year than I did in 2016,” Carr said, among other things.

That sounds like a stretch on the surface, given that Carr in 2016 was one of the top candidates in the MVP race through early December, when a bad performance at Kansas City took him out of the running. But he had a significantly higher completion percentage in 2019 than in 2016, a higher yards-per-attempt figure, and a slightly higher quarterback rating. That said, he threw more touchdown passes (28 versus 21) and fewer interceptions (six versus eight) in 2016.

Regardless, Carr played well last year. Which makes him even saltier about the way he’s treated.

“I just don’t care anymore,” Carr said, proving that he definitely still cares. “You can say what you want. I’m trying to go to the Super Bowl so we can hang one of those banners in this beautiful indoor [facility] that we’ve got and then I want to try and do it again. Then do it again until I’m too old and they kick me out of this place.”

His Raiders career may still die before he gets old. Indeed, the disrespect of Carr isn’t simply external. G.M. Mike Mayock has said, on several occasions, that the team actively is looking for upgrades at every position, including quarterback. While in many respects that’s a given, teams with franchise quarterbacks never say that.

“[W]hen you go 7-9, people like to make stuff up,” Carr said. But what’s being made up? They went 7-9. With Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City, Drew Lock in Denver, and Justin Herbert in L.A., the Raiders could end up languishing in the division for years to come, without a high-end franchise quarterback.

They signed Marcus Mariota this year, possibly as a shot across Carr’s bow. If the Raiders fail to contend for a postseason berth in an AFC playoff field that has expanded to seven, the Raiders may quit trying to coax more wins from Carr, and simply move on.

Whether that happens depends on Carr. It’s good that he’s upset. The question now becomes what is he going to do about it?

57 responses to “Derek Carr is getting upset

  1. You don’t see Tom Brady crying about disrespect when the internet trolls call him a system QB despite consistent sustained statistical excellence AND team success. Carr is mentally weak. That’s why he’ll never be an elite NFL QB.

  2. Be quiet and count your money.
    Don’t whine in public.

    The best way to shut people up is to produce.
    Go out there and win something.
    Your HC will love you if you play well.

  3. I consider Carr a deluxe version of Colt McCoy.

    Great college QB, very smart, great teammate, etc. But he lacks the physical tools to be great in this league. He needs a strong team around him in which he’s managing a game well.

    No harm in that, though. His family is set for life and he’s lived a dream most people lever get to live.

    But he needs to heed Clint Eastward’s words” “A man’s got to know his limitations”!

  4. I sympathize with Carr to an extent. His situation is the same as a professional worker who is stuck in a job with a horrible manager and is so miserable that he wants to either quit or get fired. People in that situation use recruiting firms (headhunters) for a way out to a better job but that’s not an option in the NFL until your contract expires or you get traded or released.

    At any rate, I think that Carr will be gone from the Raiders by 2021 (if not sooner) and if he lands with a team that has decent offensive coaching then he can excel the way he did in 2015-2016. I think that he will get that opportunity in the future because he’s in his prime years and other teams realize that Gruden is a terrible HC and won’t hold Carr’s present upset against him (Carr is generally known as an easygoing guy who doesn’t criticize others). This will be good for Carr but unfortunate for the Raiders because it’s been proven conclusively that the Raiders were a much better team when Carr was the QB and Gruden wasn’t the HC.

  5. Watched every game of his last year and he is a good QB, somewhere between # 13-#22 and he is young. Hopefully he gets some weapons and protection and more confidence now that Gruden committed to him for the season.

  6. Name one receiver Carr has had in his time with the Raiders. Just name one. Unless you are a die-hard Raiders fan, you can’t do it. And please stop making us laugh with the comments on Mariota. Mariota is not an NFL starter.

  7. With Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City, Drew Lock in Denver, and Justin Herbert in L.A., the Raiders could end up languishing in the division for years to come,

    ________________

    I mean, I agree with the point about Mahomes, but Drew Lock and Justin Herbert? They have proved absolutely nothing yet. Let’s see a body of work before you declare those two “high end franchise quarterbacks”

  8. People forget the Raiders have only had better than a top 25 defense one season. Defense should be better this year, and offense is looking good, so no excuses…this year should make or break him.

  9. Carr is never going to reach the level of Brady, Mahomes, or Haskins. He just isn’t that good — and we all get that. But he doesn’t do himself any favors by whining about not getting sufficient respect. The “I don’t get respect” look is never a good look.

  10. His best move would be to get cut and hope to pull a Tannehill-style resurrection in a division without Mahomes. Except Carr probably isn’t as good as Tannehill, so he is more likely to pull a Chase Daniel and bounce around without ever making news again.

  11. I think the main thing holding Carr back is: he’s completely Terrified of getting hurt. Not that he’s a coward, or has a low pain threshold, but you can’t play the play football effectively with the fear of getting hurt. Especially the QB position.

  12. Carr is the best of the mediocre. Sub .500 career, good enough for the team to not draft his replacement, but not good enough to win any meaningful games. Change my mind…

  13. terrystown says:
    August 5, 2020 at 11:26 am
    Name one receiver Carr has had in his time with the Raiders.

    *****

    Amari Cooper, who is now a Dallas Cowboy. Thank you very much.

  14. terrystown says:
    August 5, 2020 at 11:26 am
    Name one receiver Carr has had in his time with the Raiders. Just name one. Unless you are a die-hard Raiders fan, you can’t do it. And please stop making us laugh with the comments on Mariota. Mariota is not an NFL starter.

    ———

    Amari Cooper

  15. Who cares about “respect”. Do you get paid? Nobody ever made their mortgage payment with respect.

  16. Boo hoo. Your brother got his brains bashed in for years playing for a terrible team and he never once pouted or complained about his terrible situation. Grow up.

  17. Amari Cooper, Jordy Nelson. But the problem is Carr doesn’t make the players around him better.

  18. Hard to see Mariota as any kind of upgrade over Carr. Neither are top tier QBs so it will be a battle of mediocrity….

  19. “Carr is never going to reach the level of Brady, Mahomes, or Haskins.”

    Wait, what?! How did Haskins get in that group?! I’m a Redskin’s fan and even I’m doubtful that he’s in that hemisphere!

    Certainly; he’s not proven ANYTHING to warrant being mentioned in that company! I have no idea where that came from!

  20. Dude had Amari Cooper on his team for several seasons.

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    terrystown says:
    August 5, 2020 at 11:26 am
    Name one receiver Carr has had in his time with the Raiders. Just name one. Unless you are a die-hard Raiders fan, you can’t do it. And please stop making us laugh with the comments on Mariota. Mariota is not an NFL starter.

  21. “Carr is never going to reach the level of Brady, Mahomes, or Haskins.”

    Haskins? Haskins? You just can’t put Haskins in the same sentence as Brady and Mahomes.

  22. Carr is a good QB. His stats show that. Unfortunately, he plays on a team with mediocre support players and a crappy defense.

    Now that Carr will have Ruggs, he has a legitimate chance to shine with the offense. But the team will still have issues if they don’t fix that defense.

  23. terrystown says:
    August 5, 2020 at 11:26 am
    Name one receiver Carr has had in his time with the Raiders.
    *****
    Amari Cooper, who is now a Dallas Cowboy. Thank you very much.

    Cooper lead the league in drops when he was a Raider how many balls bounced off his hands is laughable and sad in the same thought. Peeps just don’t know what there talking about?

    Good to see DC has a fire under him and a chip on his shoulder.

    RN4L

  24. How many of you can name the Raiders receivers from last season without looking it up? How many perfectly thrown balls did they drop? (hint: most in the NFL) How well did the defense play? Were they able to hold onto leads or prevent Carr from always having to play catch up? Don’t bother looking it up… they were just outside the bottom 10 I believe. I am a Raider fan and obviously biased towards my team and protective of my QB.., but it’s all perspective you see. You say’ “they only won 7 games last year with Derek Carr at QB”. I say, “thankfully they were able to win at least 7 games last year BECAUSE of Derek Carr”. This team was literally a win or two away from the playoffs and their defense couldn’t even deliver that. You should always be able to count on at least a win or two from your defense every season. Carr has not had that luxury since 2016. And as far as the disrespect goes… that is because he is a Raider. Most compare him to Dak Prescott. All I hear about Dak is, “Pay the man! He’s your franchise Qb!) Funny how the narrative is that much different when you where the star instead of the black and silver. Derek > Dak.

  25. “Derek Carr is getting upset”

    What else is new? Dude is so emotional and mentally weak, if he was elite he’d have shown it consistently by now.

  26. Brady and Mahomes are proven Super Bowl QBs. Haskins played in 9 games and had 7 TD and 7 Ints…..and less than 60% completions.

    Not in the same league as the other two.

  27. terrystown says:
    August 5, 2020 at 11:26 am
    Name one receiver Carr has had in his time with the Raiders. Just name one. Unless you are a die-hard Raiders fan, you can’t do it.
    =================================

    Amari Cooper
    Darren Waller
    Michael Crabtree
    Tyrell Williams
    James Jones {diminished but still productive}
    Jordy Nelson {diminished but still productive}
    Jared Cook

    No one is saying that is a list of HOF’ers, but he has had some solid pass catchers in his time.

  28. 2:1 TD/Int ratio in this era is mediocre. It’s a fact, not an opinion.

    All elite qbs are at or near 3:1.

  29. Not caring what people say and think about your play is the first step towards becoming a great QB.

  30. Carr throws a lot of interceptions, but a lot of that has to do with his receivers. The best wide receivers know how to catch the ball or if they can’t, to make sure that the defender doesn’t catch it.

    Quarterbacks that are lucky enough to have those great receivers do much better than those that have average receivers.

    Carr has had average receivers.

  31. Pop Quiz:
    Who holds the record for the most NFL comebacks in the first 6 years?
    Answer: Derek Carr

  32. To be fair, I would be upset too if my company signed me to a $125,000,000 contract when I had done nothing to receive that much money.

  33. Yawn – he’s an overpaid QB based on performance during one good year. Talk like that is cheap. You don’t hear the truly good players say such things. They talk via their play on the field.

  34. Derek Carr is just making noise so more people will look at him. He is that QB we don’t care about and he and his agent probably want to change that.

  35. Once people know they can rattle you, they never let up. Seven years into his career I would’ve thought Carr had learned to deal with it by now.

  36. You can dis me all you want for the money he’s getting. Some people don’t know how good they have it.

  37. goodellisagoner says:
    August 5, 2020 at 2:01 pm
    George is gettin’ upset!!!!
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    You beat me to it! I should have read the comments before I posted.

  38. I think Carr is a very good QB that could be great on a better team.

    Steve Young with the Bucs, Vinny Testaverde with the Bucs, Rich Gannon with the Vikings, etc, etc. The Raiders have been a train wreck since self destructing in the Super Bowl almost two decades ago.

    Carr would be better off to walk when he gets the chance.

  39. I totally read this headline in George Costaonza’s voice. Two people beat me to the Seinfeld reference!

  40. What does he want hugs when he comes to the side lines. Man up and realize that is part of the position. You can be a hero today and a zero tomorrow. All you do is the best you can every time you step on the field.

  41. QBs are team leaders, yes, but they are not the sole reason a team wins or loses. Team chemistry and morale are real things, and it sure seems like Gruden is about as awful as it gets in those categories – which fall on the HC.

    Carr may not be a top 10 QB, but he’s in that next tier and with a better team around him, and without the egomaniac, wingnut head coach, he would probably do better.

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