Derek Carr touts “genius” of Josh McDaniels

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Raiders quarterback Derek Carr survived the Jon Gruden experience. Carr may be ready to thrive under Josh McDaniels.

Carr recently raved about his latest head coach in comments to Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston.

“The depth of the conversations that we’re having is encouraging,” Carr told Perry. “It’s fun for me. The best part of my game has always been the mental side. And that’s how Josh is. He’s a genius when it comes to scheming things up and teaching his system and getting the best out of his players.”

That ringing endorsement of McDaniels arguably includes a backhanded slap at Gruden. If there’s any doubt about that, consider the next paragraph from the story.

“I feel like a better football player,” Carr said of his time with McDaniels. “And I’ve had a lot of great coaches. He’s come in, he’s seen those things, ‘Wow, that’s awesome. What about this, too? What about this here?’ It’s helping me grow. It’s been really fun to be around him.”

Yep. Whether Carr meant to do it or not, he’s comparing McDaniels to Gruden. And McDaniels wins.

The question is whether McDaniels can bring his winning ways from New England to Las Vegas, more than a decade after McDaniels failed in Denver.

“One thing Josh has done is he’s come in and he says, ‘This is not New England. This is Las Vegas,'” Carr told Perry. “‘We’re gonna do things our way.’ I’ve learned a lot of great things there that we’re going to implement, but I also have some things that I want to do my way.”

Carr said that McDaniels will do things differently than he did in New England, differently than he did in Denver. The end result could be something very different for the Raiders, who haven’t won a playoff game since qualifying for the Super Bowl 20 years ago.

26 responses to “Derek Carr touts “genius” of Josh McDaniels

  1. Lots of talk happening. Lots of talk.

    I am sure Carr is impressed with BB’s genius and teachings to McDaniels. Most people are.

  2. Carr is deeply religious and has spoken highly of all of his coaches. And this is his fourth. Dennis Allen, Jack Del Rio, Jon Gruden, and now Josh McDaniels. Not to mention all of his previous offensive coordinators. He rarely, if ever, criticizes anyone. Although, he did, after Gruden resigned, dared the league to show all of the Washington emails. What I hear is man devoted to improving his play and his character.

  3. When doesn’t Carr rave about everything? He’s the happiest loser I’ve ever seen.

  4. The Raiders are not improved enough to compete in this division for the next couple years. All three teams drastically improved their rosters and the Raiders got Devante Adams without Aaron Rodgers. They had four very late round picks and that will set them back for a while. I don’t nor do my sources see the Raiders finishing above 3rd place (at best) this season…..

  5. Oh please, here we go again…..Derek Carr is not Tom Brady nor Aaron Rodgers not Mac Jones.

    The Raiders had four late round draft picks, blown on an overpriced WR and didn’t improve their O Line and Josh Jacobs is a bust! The Raiders are looking at a very long season in that division with a 5-12 or 6-11 finish at best.

  6. Is the feeling mutual? That’s the big question. I still think McDaniels is not completely sold on Carr.

  7. The Raiders still have some building to do. Their 2ndary is a mess for the 25th year in a row. But they are gonna be very hard to defend.

  8. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    June 30, 2022 at 12:05 pm
    Is the feeling mutual? That’s the big question. I still think McDaniels is not completely sold on Carr.
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    If this is true, why did McDaniels try to trade for Carr when TB left town?

  9. McDaniels is not a good coach. He will prove that this season. I’m confident of that.

  10. The Raiders will still finish 3rd or 4th in the division, even if they have a winning record.

  11. gooseofgreenbay says:
    June 30, 2022 at 11:35 am
    The Raiders are not improved enough to compete in this division for the next couple years. All three teams drastically improved their rosters and the Raiders got Devante Adams without Aaron Rodgers. They had four very late round picks and that will set them back for a while. I don’t nor do my sources see the Raiders finishing above 3rd place (at best) this season…

    All three drastically improved? KC got worse on offense without Tyreek. LAC wasn’t a playoff team and got a great corner. Drastically? Denver got Wilson who now has worse receivers, lost their tight end in that trade, so has a worse corps than he did in Seattle and they were awful last year. Raiders already had a high scoring offense and now have the best WR in the NFL. Yes, lower picks, but they were spent on their interior DLine, so we’ll see how it works out. Their weakness is still their DB’s. But they have improved.

  12. At New England, Carr would have been a bridge QB until they find a long term answer.

  13. McDaniels is one of those guys who is a stellar coordinator, but not really HC material.

    I think the Pats will miss him more than the Raiders benefit from having him. I actually heard someone argue that Mac Jones can be in the MVP conversation this year – but I see regression as more likely. McDaniels really helped him his rookie season and he’ll miss that presence on the sideline.

  14. Denver and Indianapolis would certainly have something to say about that.

  15. touchback6 says:
    June 30, 2022 at 11:19 am
    Lots of talk happening. Lots of talk.

    I am sure Carr is impressed with BB’s genius and teachings to McDaniels. Most people are

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    We saw BB’s genius on display on the playoff game against the Bills. It gave up a TD on every possession

  16. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    June 30, 2022 at 12:49 pm
    At New England, Carr would have been a bridge QB until they find a long term answer

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    With your Jets he would be the best QB since Joe Nameth

  17. Even though the “Tom Brady is a game manager” crowd has thinned ranks significantly over the last few years, we know you’re all still out there. This move of Josh to Vegas should help to clear some of that up a little further…in approx 3 seasons.
    Derek Carr is the perfect sort of, average-ish QB with whom to run this experiment; give Josh 3 years with Carr and lets see if there is an appreciable, noticeable improvement in the Raiders as a offense and Derek Carr as a QB. If yes, then maybe the TB-Game Manager crowd had some merit to their argument. But if not, then we can all recognize those people to be exactly who we thought they were…Jealous Haters. At least 1 playoff berth (preferably 2) and a season in true playoff contention in the 3-season window would be required to state that Josh’s impact on a generally average QB was so significant that one could transpose that coaching affect to Brady and his time with Josh. I expect, we shall see..

  18. 1st thing McDaniels did was anti-Belichick. He traded a 1st and 2nd for a WR past his prime then over paid for him. Belichick never makes that move. He cuts players when they get to 29, not sign them for more money.

  19. Derek Carr is the perfect sort of, average-ish QB with whom to run this experiment; give Josh 3 years with Carr and lets see if there is an appreciable, noticeable improvement in the Raiders as a offense and Derek Carr as a QB.
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    Whos to say Josh doesn’t grenade this thing like he did the Broncos?

  20. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    June 30, 2022 at 12:49 pm
    At New England, Carr would have been a bridge QB until they find a long term answer.
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    I wanted the Pats to trade for Carr 2 years ago because I thought he was a good fit for the McDaniel’s offense. Carr has shown he can play, and has carried that team at times. If he can learn quickly I think he will grow in this offense and be quite good. I’ve also seen quite a bit of the Carr/Adams connection from his college days, and Adams will fit right in and be productive. They are a good combo. It’s a tough division, but not insurmountable. They will beat each other up. The division may come down to who handles their out of division games the best, as they take turns beating each other up inside the division. The Chiefs and Raiders have very tough schedules. The Chargers is tough but not as tough as the other two. The Broncos have a slightly easier schedule. The team that manages the out of division games the best will likely win the division unless they follow that up by winning less than 3 of their 6 division games. The Raiders, with that schedule and a new coaching staff in year one, have a bit of a disadvantage. It should be an entertaining division for sure.

  21. ” let the hate flow thru you”…. Raiders are going to shut some people up this year. Last year 10-7, ran the chargers. broncos, browns, and the colts. Then a close playoff loss to the AFC title winner bengals. KC got weaker losing Hill. and to top it off the Raiders went and IMPROVED their roster… just win baby.

  22. He’s known as “Hurricane Josh” in Denver. In 1.5 years he took an on the verge playoff contender, traded away a young QB with raw talent for Kyle Orton, traded a 1st round pick (Earl Thomas-SEA) for a 2nd round pick (Alphonso Smith-DEN), and became one of the worst teams in the NFL.

  23. He’s known as “Hurricane Josh” in Denver. In 1.5 years he took an on the verge playoff contender, traded away a young QB with raw talent for Kyle Orton, traded a 1st round pick (Earl Thomas-SEA) for a 2nd round pick (Alphonso Smith-DEN), and became one of the worst teams in the NFL.
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    And pinned his hopes to Tim Tebow

    / mic drop

  24. Let me preface this by saying “I’m a Broncos fan” , but I have the ability to look at things without trolling… anyway Maybe McDaniels, will find himself in a similar situation like Mike Shanahan.. Mike didn’t last too long with the Raiders (mistakes were made on both sides), then led the Broncos to two Superbowl wins. Kind of the opposite of Josh, and maybe he will find great success the second time around. With that, (now putting on my Broncos fan cap) he absolutely destroyed a team that probably was on the cusp of returning to the Superbowl. Raiders definitely have a lot of talent, but we’ll see if the massive ego doesn’t get in the team’s way. It’s great for the league when you have a division so stacked now like the AFC West! Go Broncos !!!

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