Jon Gruden: Derek Carr’s on a mission right now

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Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said at the start of the regular season that he was tired of talk about whether he was the right man for his job and just wanted to “go out and play football and not care about the other stuff.”

That’s gone well for him thus far. The Raiders are 6-3 and riding a three-game winning streak into this Sunday’s attempt to sweep their season series with the Chiefs.

Carr’s numbers haven’t been eye-popping during the recent streak — 44-for-72 for 430 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions — but he had bigger individual days earlier in the year and the overall package has pleased head coach Jon Gruden.

“He’s all business,” Gruden said, via Anthony Galaviz of the Fresno Bee. “He’s on a mission right now to prove that he can be one of the top, if not the best, in football. That’s what he’s after. . . . I think he’s on a mission to deliver his leadership, his play-making and his day-to-day consistency to this team. If you could see him here every day in these circumstances, you’d all be impressed with what he represents. I couldn’t be happier having him as my quarterback.”

Carr is posting the best passer rating of his career and continuing on the same path for the rest of the season should make the conversations about his fit for the Raiders a bit more pleasant to listen to in the future.

19 responses to “Jon Gruden: Derek Carr’s on a mission right now

  1. When I think of Carr I can’t help but remember a 4th and 10 in the 4th quarter with the game on the line a while back when facing pressure he threw the ball straight into the dirt. He didn’t even try to complete the pass. I thank god every day that he is the raider starter.

  2. Carr has played much better than those stats indicate, the past 3 weeks. Last week, the Raiders dropped 3 TD’s passes (2 were over 55 yards each) and the game in Cleveland, under horrible conditions, he finally showed what all Raiders fans have been begging for for years, toughness and making plays with his legs. The best 3rd down conversion rate usually goes to teams with excellent QB play.

  3. Typical haters will diss Carr as I see here. Carr is a class act and is in the elite class. A lot of teams only wish they had him and his outstanding character on and off the field!

  4. I am still laughing at how NE doubled his checkdown in week 3, to the point he couldn’t figure it out. Never seen that approach before, but this guy is not good vs good defenses.

  5. Won’t matter vs. Kansas City. The Raiders whole defense is practically on the Covid list.

  6. Those recent stats are misleading. Ruggs, Waller, and Agholor all dropped pinpoint passes vs DEN that could have resulted in 3 receiving TDs.

  7. itsouryear says:
    November 19, 2020 at 10:17 am
    When I think of Carr I can’t help but remember a 4th and 10 in the 4th quarter with the game on the line a while back when facing pressure he threw the ball straight into the dirt. He didn’t even try to complete the pass. I thank god every day that he is the raider starter.

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    Carr has literally never thrown a pass away on 4th down when the games on the line……..unless if by “on the line” you mean down 3 scores with 3 minutes left in the game. These are the kind of lies and rumors that have been spread to make ppl think Carr isn’t a good QB. The play you’re referring to Carr scrambled around for nearly ten seconds before being cornered by multiple defender’s, all while his receivers literally stood still in the EZ with defender’s standing in front of them. Even Gruden said he thought Carr did the right thing, bc turning the ball over at the 4 is better than a pic, giving them the ball at the 20, or a pick 6, which would’ve given them a TD. You cant throw a hail Mary with 4 yards to work with. Maybe get your facts straight bud……

  8. How is Carr elite?!

    I’m a Raiders fan but elite usually means top 3-5 in the NFL. He is not in the Mahomes, Wilson, Rodgers, Watson, Jackson, Murray class. Not to mention guys like Big Ben, Brees, Justin Herbert, Joe Burrow, Ryan Tannehill. He’s maybe better than guys like Cousins, Stafford, Rivers, Jimmy G, etc. At BEST, Derek Carr is an average starting QB. Anywhere from 12-18 depending on his O-line, coaching, and weapons. He’s good but not great. To be “elite,” you have to be top 5 at your position, and HE HAS NEVER BEEN A TOP 5 QB and NEVER WILL BE.

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