Jon Gruden: Derek Carr is a really good quarterback who’s starting to play great

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After significant instability at offensive coordinator and play-caller through his first few seasons, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is entering his fourth season with head coach Jon Gruden running the show.

Carr’s numbers have gotten better each season since 2018, with the QB passing for a career-high 4,103 yards last season with 27 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. Carr’s passer rating was a career-high 101.4.

So even though it feels like every year there are offseason rumors that the Raiders could attempt to upgrade from Carr, Gruden told reporters at his Tuesday press conference that Carr does a good job of ignoring the noise and going to work.

“Well you just can’t worry about some of the swirling conversations,” Gruden said. “I was a part of those swirling conversations for nine years. You know, we have to earn our money. So don’t pay attention to everything that’s being written. Derek knows what he’s all about and what kind of quarterback he is. So just try not to listen to the elevator music and worry about the things you can’t control.

“He’s a heck of a guy. He’s a really mentally tough guy. And he’s a really good quarterback that is really starting to play great for us. And I think people are starting to recognize that.”

Carr has two years remaining on his current contract and said in a recent interview with TheAthletic.com that he’s not concerned about his next one. But if Carr continues to progress and Las Vegas makes the postseason for the first time since 2016, then there’s a good chance the quarterback will be putting pen to paper on an extension next year.

12 responses to “Jon Gruden: Derek Carr is a really good quarterback who’s starting to play great

  1. The first indicator that your QB stinks is when your head coach has to keep telling the media how good he is

  2. raidermantony1964 says:
    What are you HATERS going to do when he brings home a CHAMPIONSHIP?
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    Well, the first thing I will probably do is cancel any flights I might have planned. It would be too dangerous with all those pigs flying around.

  3. It’s amazing that Raiders fans think he is the guy. Just like Vikings fans think Cousins is. It’s indefensible to even think that at this point.

  4. He’s just another qb, definitely not in the top 10 qb’s in the league. Seems Gruden says this alot about him.

  5. wintercoates87 says:
    July 28, 2021 at 12:56 pm
    He’s just another qb, definitely not in the top 10 qb’s in the league. Seems Gruden says this alot about him.

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    FYI, Carr was graded as the 8th best QB in the NFL last season, and was graded as a top 10 QB the year before that too. Not often then not, he has graded as a top 10 QB. The only reason some fans don’t want to recognize him as a top 10 QB is bc he plays for a bad team that loses DESPITE his high level of play. Drew Brees, the 1st ballot HOF QB, had the exact same problem when the saints defense was (almost) as bad as the Raiders has been. Saints ended up having a losing record 3 seasons in a row, despite having an elite QB in his prime. If the Raiders defense can manage to not give up the most points in franchise history (again, like last season), then they should have a pretty good chance to make the playoffs behind another top 10 offense (like last year) and QB. Casual fans become real fans when they stop using a teams record to judge players.

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