Derek Carr: I hope someone praises the defense

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The Raiders had one of the worst defenses in the league in 2020 and that led them to hire Gus Bradley as their new defensive coordinator.

Bradley’s first outing in his new job was a topsy turvy affair that saw the Ravens jump out to a 14-point lead before the Raiders came back to tie the game at three different points in the fourth quarter. One of those scores came after defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson forced a Lamar Jackson fumble and defensive end Carl Nassib forced another one in overtime after a Derek Carr interception to set up the game-winning touchdown.

The defense also got two sacks and five quarterback hits from Maxx Crosby and compliments from Carr about how they were able to keep the Raiders in the game long enough to hear it.

“We harp on the defense so much,” Carr said, via Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “You hear this. You hear that. You see a lot of coordinators come in and go. For them to make the play at the end and give us chance after chance after chance with all their stops — I hope someone praises the defense. They deserve it. Were they perfect? No. Were we as an offense? No. But we won as a team.”

You don’t always need to be perfect to win in the NFL. The Raiders showed that in Monday night and they also showed that this year’s defense may not be the object of scorn that it has been in the past.

5 responses to “Derek Carr: I hope someone praises the defense

  1. Was anyone else surprised to see kj wright wearing #34? I know bo Jackson’s career was cut short and he didn’t carve out a hall of fame career, but it just doesn’t feel right seeing someone else wearing that number.

  2. In come-from-behind wins, people have a tendency to give all the credit to the quarterback and forget the defense. Good for Carr for emphasizing they deserve just as much credit.

    You literally can’t overcome a deficit if the defense doesn’t do its part (short of recovering onside kicks).

  3. Um, no we’re not going to praise them because they still are one of the worst Defenses in the league from that showing last night. I will take ths win and move on to the Steelers.

  4. No the defense wasn’t perfect, but it was SO MUCH BETTER than last year. I really like what I saw of the defense last night, especially the pressure they put on the QB. Crosby was all over the place with a motor that wouldn’t quit! This is going to be a good year I think if the defense keeps playing like that and improves. You can only contain Jackson so much, that guy is incredible. Fantastic win by the Raiders in week 1!

  5. I believe it was Al LoCasale that said future Raiders honor the legends by wearing their former numbers. This is why the Raiders never have and likely never will retire jersey numbers. It’s tradition.

    –Was anyone else surprised to see kj wright wearing #34? I know bo Jackson’s career was cut short and he didn’t carve out a hall of fame career, but it just doesn’t feel right seeing someone else wearing that number.–

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