Derek Carr on Jon Gruden: I love the man, hate the sin

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A number of Raiders players had their first chance to publicly comment on former head coach Jon Gruden’s resignation on Wednesday, including quarterback Derek Carr.

Carr said there’s no book on how to respond to the revelations about what Gruden said in his emails and that he felt “angry, sick, upset, mad, frustrated” about what’s happened. He said he also feels “empathy” for a coach he has grown close to over the last few years.

“Don’t get me wrong, I love the man, and you hate the sin,” Carr said, via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com. “Like for anybody, no one is perfect. If we just started opening up everybody’s private emails and texts, people will start sweating a little bit. Hopefully not too many, but maybe that’s what they should do for all coaches and GMs and owners from now on. You got to open up everything and see what happens. But you hate the action, you hate it. You’re not supposed to like it, but you love the person. And I love the person. I’ve grown to love him so much.”

While Carr is processing those feelings, he’s also cognizant that the team still has 12 games left in their season and “everything out in front of us that we’ve wanted from the beginning.” He said the team needs a leader “more than ever” and that it is his job to be that kind of leader in hopes of making sure that the team can move forward from the Gruden tumult without sinking their season.

40 responses to “Derek Carr on Jon Gruden: I love the man, hate the sin

  1. That’s the right attitude. Not too many people left on this planet with the courage to act like a real man and show forgiveness.

  2. Interesting that he missed out the players in that list of people whose emails should be inspected. I suspect that if this was a condition for all workers everywhere that there would be a lot of empty vacancies. A lot of us (including me) have posted, emailed, or WhatsApped things in the past that we regret.

  3. I admire Carr for his comments. Gruden’s thinking towards people is messed up and he needs people around him that can help him become a better person. This is bigger than football and Carr understands that. Few people are totally evil or beyond redemption. Gruden may have forfeited his ability to ever coach again but he can still learn from this and maybe with Carr’s and others help he can let go of whatever demons that haunt him and learn to love and respect others that are different than he is. Maybe we can all learn from this.

  4. It will be interesting to see if Carr performance gets better or worse without Gruden around.

  5. “Hopefully not too many, but maybe that’s what they should do for all coaches and GMs and owners from now on.”

    He conveniently left out players…..

  6. Except it wasn’t “private”, it was sent through official channels.

  7. Carr hit the nail on the head. So many people are acting so pious about this situation when we all know we have all said and thought horrible things before. Randy Moss was all out blasting Gruden, the same Randy Moss that purposefully ran over a parking officer in MPLS. Not condoning Grudens words because they were awful, but our country has no comprehension of empathy or grace.

  8. They just need to get ride of Mayock and start their rebuild now. Maybe they can finally recover from the Mack trade they got nearly ZERO value return from four years ago!

  9. They just need to get ride of Mayock (the TV guy) and start their rebuild now. Maybe they can finally recover from the Mack trade they got nearly ZERO value return from four years ago!

  10. george1859 says:
    October 14, 2021 at 8:08 am
    I believe Keyshawn..

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    Keyshawn said on ESPN that he saw Gruden rip the Super Bowl trophy from Rich Mckay’s hands on the podium when they won the super bowl in 2002. However, I saw the video of the celebration. No such thing happened. Then Buccaneers owner, Malcolm Glazer, gave the Lombardi trophy directly to Gruden. It sounds like Keyshawn making stories up.

  11. So, if Gruden called Smith , The biggest liar he’s ever seen, There would have been no issue!

  12. Someone who expressed the sentiments Gruden did in private, can’t detach those from how they view people who work for or with them. Sure, we have all said things we wouldn’t want to be public but if that is consistently what you say when the public is not watching then that is who you are.

  13. We’re ALL sinners Derek. I’m reminded about it every 10 minutes or so if I turn on TV, Internet, radio, send a smoke signal.

    I must be a terrible person.

  14. flajoe12 says:
    October 14, 2021 at 9:26 am
    So, if Gruden called Smith , The biggest liar he’s ever seen, There would have been no issue!
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    If that was the ONLY problematic statement from his emails, you’d be right. However, it wasn’t, so your comment is pretty short sided.

  15. I don’t think Carr deliberately left out the players from his comment, but he knows full well the decision to leak was made by suits. That’s why he specifically mentioned GMs and owners.

  16. I didn’t realize stupidity and foolishness were sins. They are character flaws. What is remarkable is the source of this leak has yet to be found and it doesn’t appear anyone cares. I would like to see all coaches and journalists who comment on them be forced to produce every email they’ve sent in the last decade. Then they can start throwing stones at their own glass houses.

  17. Leapi, love thy neighbor

    So in a sense , yes items that happen out of stupidity and foolishness are sinful.

    Remember, it’s the thought that counts?

    Sins don’t even have to be made public to be a sin. It’s called sinful nature, and we ALL have it.

  18. Kaz says:
    October 14, 2021 at 8:12 am
    “Hopefully not too many, but maybe that’s what they should do for all coaches and GMs and owners from now on.”

    He conveniently left out players…..

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    Do the players have regulated NFL email accounts like the coaches etc who work for each team and the NFL?

  19. Good on Carr. The guy has a lot of class.

    Good people do bad things sometimes. It doesn’t meant that Gruden shouldn’t have been fired, but it does mean that maybe he can learn from his mistakes…and still be a good man.

  20. I know society has changed, but everyone in America is entitled to their beliefs and opinions, until they effect someone else.
    Gruden obviously wasn’t using his brain when he typed those things and hit send.
    Though many things he said were worthless, how did he treat the people around him that he obviously holds in a different light? Actions do speak louder then words. There are many Archie Bunkers in America, but most of them just use less then positive language and actually their actions aren’t that of a downright hateful piece of garbage. None of us are perfect beings, and when one of us falls, we’re supposed to help them get up, not kick them while they’re down.

  21. Let’s see everyone’s emails… the players, the coaches, the owners, the sports journalists…

  22. Kaz says:
    October 14, 2021 at 8:12 am
    He conveniently left out players…..
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    Why do you people hate the players so much? Why are you so jealous of them. Is it because they are more talented, richer, and better looking than you?

  23. Ponto60 says:
    October 14, 2021 at 1:09 pm
    Ask yourself would Mike Tomlin have been subjected to such scrutiny?
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    The subject is Gruden and his conduct. Nothing about Tomlin or any other coach is relevant to the conversation.

  24. Mike Tomlin is one of only 3 Black head coaches in the NFL. He has a .644 W-L% over 15 seasons and trails only Belichick and Payton for longest tenure.

    He also currently has nothing to do with this story. Why bring him up?

  25. Goodell found his fall guy. Bad words aren’t a reason to be forever erased for NFL history.

  26. The real issue is why Goodell see the need to force Gruden out. Goodell’s job is to protect his bosses, all 32 team owners. But he has many options, including do nothing.

  27. Hate the sin, hate the man, who has always been a puffy chested blowhard.

    Good riddance to Gruden, who doesn’t deserve a MR. before his name.

  28. “Bad words aren’t a reason to be forever erased for [sic] NFL history.”

    Agreed. That isn’t what’s happening, of course. But agreed.

    Spout whatever hateful nonsense you want, let history record it, and own the consequences.

  29. There is a higher standard here than a fan would have. Apples and oranges. Gruden was a public figure aware of the times and put these comments in writing. LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling got much less forgiveness than Gruden has for the same thing.

  30. Ask yourself would Mike Tomlin have been subjected to such scrutiny?
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    There is ZERO chance the Rooneys would have accepted this.

    Less than zero.

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