Derek Carr: “We were three or four plays away from having 12 or 11 wins”

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In broad strokes, the Raiders’ 2020 season resembled their 2019 campaign.

In 2019, the team got off to a 6-4 start before losing five of their last six to finish 7-9. In 2020, the Raiders were 6-3 but dropped five of their last seven to finish 8-8. A last-minute victory in Denver pushed the team to .500 — only the second time the team has reached that mark since 2011.

Given additions like defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue, Las Vegas should be better in 2021. But part of the reason why quarterback Derek Carr thinks those moves should pay off is because the Raiders were on the verge of a breakthrough last year anyway.

“We were three or four plays away from having 12 or 11 wins,” Carr told Michael Holley and Michael Smith of Brother from Another this week. “Like, literally three plays. And it’s like, we’re so close. Especially, we feel so confident on the offensive side with all the weapons that you mentioned and all those kinds of things. Now adding coach Gus Bradley and Yannick and the different guys that we’ve added to our defense, I mean, we’re kind of excited — to say the least. So we’re really looking forward to the season.”

It’s not entirely clear where Carr is picking up four potential wins from Las Vegas’ 2020 results, but the overtime loss in Week 15 to the Chargers and the “Fitzmagic” loss to the Dolphins in the following game could have gone the Raiders’ way. The Chiefs also staged a comeback on Sunday Night Football to defeat the Raiders 35-31 in Week 11.

But on the other hand, Las Vegas was a zero blitz call away from losing to the Jets in Week 13 and a successful two-point conversion away from losing to the Broncos to end the season. So, things probably balanced out.

Carr is right that the Raiders are close to contention. The club finished in the top 10 in both yards and scoring last year. But if Bradley and head coach Jon Gruden can’t fix the defense, Carr and his teammates will likely look back after the season wondering, “What if?” once again.

34 responses to “Derek Carr: “We were three or four plays away from having 12 or 11 wins”

  1. Pointless statement, most teams most seasons are 3 or 4 plays away from having a few more wins.

  2. Very unsmart statement by him. Even if your thinking it you don’t say it as the starting QB. You should be trying to get better every year with the guys you have as a player/leader.

  3. I recall one play last season where Carr was running towards the goal line and reached out with the ball in one hand and fumbled it into the end zone for a touch back. That was one play from a victory.

  4. Derek, it’s “Just win, baby!”. It’s not “Just three plays away, baby!

    Get it done, Dog!

  5. Thats the job of the QB … to inspire, motivate his teammates, regardless of position, to make those extra plays that result in victory. Carr better get it going because he aint no Snake Stabler.

  6. The defense blew three games last year, Chiefs, Chargers and Dolphins. Carr is not the Raiders issues, the D has stunk his entire career

  7. I just don’t get why Carr gets any hype. The dude had one good year and the rest of his career has been less than average. He’s been in the league like what 10 years now. To me he’s the Carson Palmer or Boomer Easiason of the Raiders, guy that was supposed to have all this potential but never really did anything to deserve the media attention he gets.

  8. Most of the folks that comment on the Raiders have not watched any of their games. The Raider Defense has been horrible in the second half of most games the past 2 years. It’s not Carr’s fault that the defense can’t stop anybody. Also, it’s stupid to say he should be winning the playoff games when his defense is rancid. Ask Trent Dilfer what a defense means, he is the worst qb to ever when a super bowl.

  9. I understand the line of thinking, but the NFL is a game of inches and seconds, and great teams are the ones who make those game-deciding plays.

  10. Three or four plays away, so what. I recall a 4-12 Chargers team in the early 2000s whose every loss was just a play or maybe two away from being a win. Big deal. They didn’t make the plays and went 4-12 instead of 12-4. That’s the way football works.

  11. Every average team in the league can say that, especially when they omit the 3 or 4 plays in the season that went their way and cost some other team a win. It all balances out over the season. As Parcell’s said, you are what your record says you are.

  12. This guy just doesn’t get it. Lots of mouth running, almost daily like a lot of others.

    Good leaders lead and good teams win close games somewhat regularly.

  13. What a dumb statement. raiders are a QB away from having more wins, Carr is trash.

  14. belmontraider56 says:
    July 9, 2021 at 10:58 am
    Most of the folks that comment on the Raiders have not watched any of their games. The Raider Defense has been horrible in the second half of most games the past 2 years. It’s not Carr’s fault that the defense can’t stop anybody. Also, it’s stupid to say he should be winning the playoff games when his defense is rancid. Ask Trent Dilfer what a defense means, he is the worst qb to ever when a super bowl.

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    This is false. He has a low football IQ.

    Pats fans saw it last year. BB doubled his check down (the rb) on almost every play and it totally messed with him. If your first read is by cheating your progressions right to your check down every week in this league, you’re not going anywhere unless you play a bad defense.

    Go look at his games vs good defenses. There’s your answer. Once teams saw what BB did, if they were smart, they owned Carr.

    If NE had any semblance of an offense last year, they would have blown them out worse than they did.

  15. The Raider offense could score on anyone, anytime that was proven. The defense has some young want to be studs running out of position trying to be a Hero only to be denied and look like CLOWN…no names but we no our cornerbacks a safeties are always chasing the receivers down to the goal line, maybe with a pass rush things will change, Lets go Gus!

  16. As others have said, that’s the difference in the NFL. There’s a reason that commentators talk about a team’s record in games that are decided by under 7 points. There are some seasons where my Texans would be 7-3 in one-possession games, and the next season they are 3-7. Most teams can fall between 6-10 and 10-6 depending on how they do in those close games. The great teams are the ones that consistently come out on top.

  17. You’re also 1 COACH away too. My patriots sucked last year, from losing Tom/cap space/roster. Even with our shortcomings, we still managed to win 7 games with a rubbish roster, thanks to Belichick.

    Gruden is past his prime. He was great years ago, but the league has passed him bye. There is no excuse at this point. If the raiders don’t make the playoffs in 2021, he has to go.

  18. Most teams could say this. AZ shoulda won 11 games last year, there kicker missed 3 easy game ending chip shot FGs with just seconds left after Murray and the offense had driven down inside the opposing 30-40YD line only for Zane Gonzalez to shank the kicks and miss easy game winners, hence why he’s unemployed at the moment.

  19. Tom Brady is seven plays away from having zero super bowl rings, but he made those 7 plays.

  20. The Raiders were a few plays away from being 5-11 as well. You can’t always have a fluke year as 2015 was, when literally every close game went their way. That teams record was an illusion, and the proceeding seasons prove it.

  21. @! darthhelmut

    Literally, you have nothing to back up what you’re saying. Only one good year and the rest is below average? So he didn’t play well last year, or ‘19, or ‘15? He’s been in the top half of the league for the majority of his seasons.

  22. They were also a few plays away from 5-11. Like how they should have lost to the winless Jets but for the worst defensive play call ever.

  23. Tb6 talks a lot about (everything)IQ for a guy who either his or our lacks it. You never caught on by the thousands of thumbs down?

  24. catquick says:
    July 9, 2021 at 7:28 pm
    Tb6 talks a lot about (everything)IQ for a guy who either his or our lacks it. You never caught on by the thousands of thumbs down?
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    Actually, what TB6 is saying is supported by the game film. You might not like it, but he’s telling it like it is. Can’t blame the messenger if you don’t like the message. I wish the message were different, but I can’t deny what’s on tape. You lose credibility that way.

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