Derek Carr: The job’s not done

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Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said last week that he wouldn’t be scoreboard watching in the hours leading up to Sunday night’s game against the Chargers, but he wound up going back on his word.

Carr did pay attention to the Colts losing in Jacksonville and the Steelers winning in Baltimore, which he called “the most stressful thing I’ve ever done” after the Raiders knocked off the Chargers 35-32 in overtime to clinch a playoff berth. They would have also made it with a tie and that outcome seemed like a good one after they blew a 15-point lead in the second half, but the Raiders drove for a game-winning field goal.

The win was the fourth in a row for the Raiders after a 48-9 loss to the Chiefs left them for dead in Week 14 and Carr made it clear after beating the Chargers that they won’t just be happy to be in the playoffs.

“I just have this weird feeling in my heart like the job is not done,” Carr said, via Vic Tafur of “Like my favorite player Kobe [Bryant] said, ‘Job is not done.’ It does feel good, it’s exciting, but I don’t set out to just make the playoffs, although it’s been since 2016 and I didn’t even get to play. It feels cool.”

The Raiders lost to the Bengals at home during the regular season, so they’ll need to find a better plan of attack for their trip to Cincinnati on Saturday but needing a plan at all counts as a major success given where this team was headed a month ago.

10 responses to “Derek Carr: The job’s not done

  1. They played a horrible game again but in the end pulled it out. ^ 4th down conversion by the Chargers. They were lucky when the coach called the timeout in OT.

  2. curtis20 says:
    January 10, 2022 at 9:30 am
    They played a horrible game again but in the end pulled it out. ^ 4th down conversion by the Chargers. They were lucky when the coach called the timeout in OT.


    I don’t think I would call a 15 point lead against a top tier team a “horrible game”. That last Charger drive in regulation was crazy (once Philon went out of the game) and the Raiders blew 3 chances to end it right there, but the defense played well overall and they ran all over the Chargers in the end. Luck had nothing to do with that timeout, they would have knelt down or kicked the FG anyway.

  3. My RAIDERS were up by 2 TDS with 3.28 to go in the 3rd. Always a roller coaster with this team, why cant they just win out? We’re on to Cinci!!

  4. Regardless of last night, I still feel that the Raiders need to make every attempt to land Harbaugh. I applaud the job Bissacia did to steer the team through all of the turmoil this season, but I just don’t think he has the “it” factor to have long-term staying power as Vegas’ head coach. With the addition of a few more key pieces, this team is built to be a perennial playoff contender provided they also get the right head coach. I think that guy is Harbaugh. Say what you will, but his ability to coach in the NFL is undeniable. Bissacia *may* lead the Raiders to another wild card appearance, but I believe we need someone who has been successful at the absolute highest levels. You bring in Harbaugh along with Vic Fangio at DC and Pep Hamilton at OC, and we roll. I’d give Mayock one more year if Harbaugh was in agreement, and if not, have Harbaugh identify the GM he can work with and then go out and get that person.

  5. What a special Cinderella team! 6 Last-second wins this year, these guys never quit. They remind me of the 2008-09 Cardinals. Both had 2 special QB’s and even better people, Warner and Carr. Please beat Brady in the Super Bowl, TUCK RULE REVENGE, America will be RAIDER NATION if thath happens!

  6. if the Chargers had Bissachia aa head coach, we would have won in regulation.
    you don’t want him? Watch how fast he gets picked up

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