Derek Carr: People don’t understand how close Jon Gruden and I are on and off the field

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It seems like every year, there’s some sort of rumor that the Raiders could move on from Derek Carr to upgrade at quarterback.

But General Manager Mike Mayock said earlier this offseason that he and head coach Jon Gruden would “stand shoulder to shoulder and pound the table” for Carr, particularly after a solid 2020 season. And while the relationship between Carr and Gruden has been the subject of plenty of rumors, Carr told Vinny Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal that it’s often misconstrued.

“What people don’t understand is how close we are. Not just football, but off the field,” Carr said.” Whether it’s him texting videos of his dog and what they’re doing, and I’m sending him videos of my kids hitting baseballs in their first game. People don’t understand that. And we’re going on four years together … But we honestly care about one another. We love one another. We grind together. He pushes me. I push him. It’s a great relationship. And I told him, man, I don’t want to play for anybody else. I’m playing for you. This has been the most fun playing quarterback I’ve ever had.”

Since Gruden took over as head coach, Carr has set career highs in passing yards each year — going from 4,049 to 4,054 to 4,103. He also threw 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season, good for a career-high 101.4 passer rating.

But the Raiders haven’t made it to the postseason, going 4-12, 7-9, and 8-8 in those three years.

It’s a good thing Carr and Gruden’s relationship is so strong, as the head coach doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere, and the quarterback said this week he’d probably quit before playing elsewhere.

10 responses to “Derek Carr: People don’t understand how close Jon Gruden and I are on and off the field

  1. The Carr and Gruden haters aren’t going to like it, but they will be the QB and head coach for the Raiders for several more years.

  2. They are good for each other and could do some damage in the AFC West and make the Playoffs but as always it depends on our shifty defense…we can do it Raider Nation, we can do it!

  3. I don’t think bill ever sent a picture of his dog to Tommy.
    Relationships are great . Wins matter the most

  4. maxamili says:
    June 16, 2021 at 12:09 pm
    I don’t think bill ever sent a picture of his dog to Tommy.
    Relationships are great . Wins matter the most

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    Maybe he should have, since he didn’t do too much winning last season. Shoot, he didn’t do any kind of winning before the Brady era.

  5. We finally have a legit Defensive Coordinator in Gus Bradley .. I can see Carr and the Raiders putting it all together and winning a super bowl at the late stages of his career .. ala Elway and the 90’s Broncos.

  6. If the Raiders Defense could have figured out how to hold a lead, then the wins would have come. The team is playing better each year, hopefully this year they’ll have enough depth to make a run in the second half of the schedule.

  7. That’s great they are good friends

    perhaps they can vacation in Cancun together after week 18

  8. Too bad the defense is not great friends with Gruden. Maybe we would have been in the playoffs by now if he sent the secondary some doggy vids.

  9. Wait until the honeymoon period is over. There are marriages that do end up in divorce.

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