Raiders fullback Alec Ingold: Derek Carr can take us to the Super Bowl

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The Raiders have been to the playoffs one time since losing Super Bowl XXXVII to the Buccaneers — in 2016, when the club went 12-4 and lost to the Texans in the wild-card round.

That year, quarterback Derek Carr was a fringe MVP candidate before fracturing his fibula late in the team’s Week 16 win over the Colts. When Matt McGloin injured his shoulder the next week, Connor Cook had to start the playoff game.

Since then, the Raiders have brought in Jon Gruden as head coach and moved to Las Vegas. But now that Russell Wilson has included Las Vegas on his short list of teams he’s willing to play for — and Carr’s brother even said the Raiders should pick up the phone to ask about Wilson’s availability — one of Carr’s teammates is coming to the quarterback’s defense.

Fullback Alec Ingold told Vinny Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he’s frustrated by the perception that Carr is not “The Guy” for the Raiders.

“That doesn’t make sense to me. I just don’t understand it. Because he is the guy. In our locker room, there is a sense of pride that we have our guy and we’re gonna ride with our guy,” Ingold said. “That is what bothers me more than anything. I can’t understand how anybody isn’t ecstatic to have this guy as the quarterback. By the way he plays. By the way he competes. By the way he leads. There is a sense of confidence around here that Derek Carr is our quarterback.”

Carr did have arguably his best season in 2020, completing 67 percent of his passes for a career-high 4,103 yards with 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions. That’s good for a 101.4 passer rating — also the top mark of his seven-year career.

But since Carr has been the quarterback, the Raiders have had just one winning season. They’re 19-29 since Gruden returned in 2018.

Nevertheless, Ingold is confident in his quarterback.

“I remember my first season, Derek came and spoke to all the rookies, and all he talked about was the singular goal of making the Super Bowl,” Ingold said. “That was my first impression of Derek Carr. From that day moving forward, that is all I’ve seen from him in how he works and how he plays and how he performs. … The bottom line is, I believe Derek can take this team and this organization to a Super Bowl.”

31 responses to “Raiders fullback Alec Ingold: Derek Carr can take us to the Super Bowl

  1. Fringe MVP candidate? He finished 3rd and the Raiders literally not being able
    to move the ball, at all, and having to start two different QB in two games (Copk was the first player in history’s to have his first career start happen during the playoffs) proves he should have actually won it.

  2. The only way Carr can take the Raiders to the Super Bowl is if he buys them all tickets.

  3. Stats are for losers,all that matters are wins playoffs super bowls..He hasn’t done much of that..

  4. He does probably make enough money to pay for all of them tickets. Because he’s not leading them to one.

  5. Carr was worlds better this year but just seems to lack that killer mentality especially early in games. If the other team pulls ahead just one score his game drops big time. Raiders still need more defense but Carr might be just good enough to not get you there

  6. Derek Carr isn’t the problem with my Raiders but no he’s not taking them to the Super Bowl unless he buys tickets.

  7. Derek won’t “get you” to the Super Bowl. He might be able to go along for the ride if they field a top-5 scoring defense. They did beat the Chiefs once last year so that is kinda their Super Bowl.

  8. I don’t think the problem is Derek Carr. I think better talent and better coaching is needed.

  9. No, he cannot take you to the Super Bowl. Carr is a middle of the pack NFL quarterback, nothing more.

  10. There’s a reason why Carr has the record for the most 4th quarter comeback wins. The Raiders defense is crap the only way they can win is if they end the game with the opposing team’s offense on the sidelines.

  11. Regardless of what the haters and wags say, Carr is the last guy on the team that needs to be replaced. If we’d had better defensive play last year, we’d have been in the playoffs. The guy can’t do it all by himself, especially with the defense giving games away or being unable to stop just about anyone besides KC.

  12. billymutt says:
    March 2, 2021 at 1:06 pm
    No, he cannot take you to the Super Bowl. Carr is a middle of the pack NFL quarterback, nothing more.
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    Why does everyone think you need a top 5 QB in order to get to the Superbowl? We have one of the worse defenses in the league which is a bigger issue than anything else. Put Wilson in there and watch how bad of a QB he suddenly becomes when he is constantly trying to keep up with other teams scoring 30 points per game against us. Carr has never had a good defense to pair up with a pretty good offense.
    Now, if you want to put Carr on defense and then bash his ability, that is more logical than the other comments I am seeing here.

  13. Surge92 says:
    March 2, 2021 at 1:32 pm
    Regardless of what the haters and wags say, Carr is the last guy on the team that needs to be replaced. If we’d had better defensive play last year, we’d have been in the playoffs. The guy can’t do it all by himself, especially with the defense giving games away or being unable to stop just about anyone besides KC.

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    Exactly, imagine if we had a good defense last year. We sweep KC and win 3-4 other games and make the playoffs.

  14. First the team itself lacks talent to make it to the superbowl. Carr is an ok QB but not going to take you to the superbowl and the playoffs will be a struggle at that. He just lacks something in his passing? Arm strength or what I dont know, just something was never right with this guy.

  15. Not a Raiders or a Carr fan but the kid played pretty well last season. The Raiders’ defense seemed to be the biggest problem.

  16. Maybe if Carr was coached by Belichick he’d be better.

    Personally, I’m a Mariota fan. But I’m just a fan who roots for a team. I’ve nver played professional football. I caught myself recently rooting against a player and realized it was kind of a violence in my mind. I realized that any professional quarterback, even a backup, knows more thank I’ll ever know. I’ll never have their talent and if I’m rooting against them, it says more about me than them.

  17. Sure, with the big money Carr is paid, he could charter a plane, pay for the hotel, meals, and tickets to the game.

  18. Last time I checked a football team has 11 players on offense, and 11 on defense. Everyone has to step and excel for a team to win. One player can make a couple of others look good. But there’s nobody on the offensive side that can rush the QB, make tackles and defend the pass. It’s a team game. A QB can’t catch the pass, he can’t block the edge rusher, and isn’t there to kick field goals or punt. A team needs parts and needs a lot of good players healthy enough to play every game. Build the existing team, don’t throw it away for one player. Get better on defense, on OL, at WR. Good things will happen. Take Kelce and Hill off of KC and they are an average team (that’s the reality).

  19. Anyone with half a brain can figure out Carr least of Raiders problems. The defenses he’s had are dumpster fires, even with Mack.

  20. Carr may be the guy and he may not be. With Gruden’s horrible redzone play calling and a defense that can’t crack the top 20 in any major category, the world may never know.

  21. The Raider defense was handed the lead three times last year with under 2 minutes to play or overtime. They lost all three.

  22. Gotta make stops to have more possessions, simple as that. All playoff teams do that.

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