Derek Carr: No one thinks anything of us

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One of the leading storylines of the offseason has been the move of talented players from around the league into the AFC West.

The Broncos hired Nathaniel Hackett as their new head coach before trading for quarterback Russell Wilson, the Chargers added edge rusher Khalil Mack and cornerback J.C. Jackson to their defense and the Raiders traded for wide receiver Davante Adams and signed edge rusher Chandler Jones after hiring Josh McDaniels as their new head coach. All of those teams have eyes on ending the Chiefs’ run as division champions after Kansas City parted ways with wide receiver Tyreek Hill and safety Tyrann Mathieu.

Opinions vary about how the teams will stack up as a result of all that shuffling, especially since the Chiefs still have the likes of Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce. While the Raiders made the playoffs last year and were in the thick of that offseason activity, quarterback Derek Carr thinks that the football world is discounting them at the expense of the other teams in the division.

“It’s going to be fun,” Carr said, via Vic Tafur of TheAthletic.com. “No one thinks anything of us and I think that’s what makes it fun is you always have to put the ball down and play the football games. . . . You get frustrated when you see other people’s names on things and this and that. And you’re like, ‘We’re here, too. We feel like we got better, too.; I thought we made the playoffs.”

The nobody believes in us approach feels like a stretch given the Raiders’ circumstances, but Carr went on to say that the team is carrying a “chip on their shoulder” so it seems that it’s going to be a line of thinking that remains in place as they get ready to take the field in September.

61 responses to “Derek Carr: No one thinks anything of us

  1. You’ve got McDaniels, who failed in his first HC opportunity. No assistant who’s left the Belichick umbrella has been successful.

    Oh, and you’re looking up at the Chargers and Chiefs, plus dealing with Wilson.

    Not looking good for the Raiderz this year.

  2. Well yea, Raiders are in a stacked division with Carr as 4/4 in rankings of QBs in that division. Raiders are going to rely more on other teams struggling or tripping up to succeed as opposed to them overachieving

  3. Raiders haven’t won a playoff game in 20 years.
    What does Derek expect people will think?

  4. And I dare anyone to try and knock that chip off their shoulder. I double dare them. Go Raiders.

  5. For the reason the team will start having players that were yet born when the last time the Raiders (two decades) won a playoff game is why no one thinks anything about the Raiders. Try winning before opening ones mouth and then the cred will come until then it is all playing for the off-season all-talk Superbowl of the perennial losers.

  6. Im worried about the offensive line more than anything. I think Adam’s presence will open up a lot for Hunter Renfrow. That guy had an amazing season with virtually no other offensive assets around him with the Ruggs situation and Darren Waller being injured for a good chunk of the season. I was bullish on the McD hire until it became apparent that he didn’t have final say over the roster. He’s free to just focus on being a HC this time around. It’s going to be a dogfight in the AFCW for sure.

  7. It’s funny how people rip on Derek Carr, but they never stop to think about the fact that the Raiders haven’t had even a decent defense since he’s played for the Raiders, until last year. And look what happened…AND with all the drama and adversity. He’s put up great numbers practically every year he’s been there and how many coaches has he went thru? You don’t average around 28 points a game and go 8-8 unless your defense bad. I’d take Carr any day as my franchise QB!

  8. One winning season in two decades worth of time will do that. Besides, David picks you guys to be champs every year.

  9. Carr is better than half the QB’s in the league. He has what it takes. He needs to improve on his play in the red zone though. He now has one of the better receiving corps in the league. I see no reason why he can’t clear 300 yds, and 2 touchdowns each week. folks here hate on Carr and the Raiders because they want laughs. but the jokes are old. So shut up and watch the Raiders work. 12-5!

  10. Raiders added a lot of free agent fire power. They are the perfect example of good value from a futures betting perspective @ +4000

  11. As a fan of this team for well over 50 years, I can say show me don’t tell me. Then I will believe it. I see them 7-13

  12. “No one thinks anything of us”

    Of course we don’t. The game isn’t played in the news. It’s played on the field. Old saying “Talk is Cheap”. The NFL is a “SHOW ME” game.
    Do I think the Raiders will be a good team ? I think they have added pieces to be better,… but starting with a new head coach usually means an “up and down” year as the team gels with the new coordinators and coaches.

  13. Correct Derek! Very good! First step is admitting you have a problem and that problem is last place for the Raiders on an above average basis.

  14. Who knows, with the presence of coach McDaniels, and the upgrade on the receiving squad, they have a fair shot at making the playoffs again.

  15. I’m not a Raiders fan, but I don’t see any reason they can’t be a playoff team or win the division. It’s just that there’s been so much change in the AFC West, and everything is a bigger projection than usual right now.

    In his last stint as a HC, McDaniels seemed pretty good on the coaching end and very bad on the personnel end. I’m not even sure if he has final say over personnel, but I haven’t seen any head-scratching roster moves out of them yet – so that’s a good sign.

    Early in his career, I thought Carr was overrated. I think he’s the type of player who incrementally got better over the course of his career, and now he’s underrated. They have the players and coaches to improve on offense and defense if everything gels.

    But … KC has dominated that division since Andy Reid got there, and I like a lot of KC’s offseason moves too. Will a more varied offense/greater number of threats offset the loss of Tyreek Hill? It looks like they quietly improved their defense in the meantime.

    Denver has supposedly been a quarterback away, and now they have Wilson and a rising fresh face as a HC. We’ll finally see what happens when an offense is totally centered on Wilson.

    The Chargers looked like a team on the cusp last year, could have won the division if a couple key plays went their way, and move into the second year in their new system after acquiring some potential difference-making players.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if any of them win the division.

  16. Why would they? You just keep failing and making bone head decisions as an organization.

  17. LoL – Derek Carr is not the sharpest tool in the Raiders dumpster fire shed.

  18. This season will reveal the truth, the Raiders made a horrible trade for a WR and didn’t improve their O Line or defense.

    5-12 season up and coming.

  19. Do the naysayers who bring up prior years, are you kidding me? It doesn’t mean anything. I don’t see you crapping on the Donks who haven’t made the playoffs in 7 years and hired a scrub HC. How about the Chargers never winning anything ever? Oh, but they do have the HOF QB who has never made the playoffs himself.

  20. Yes, you added players and made the playoffs, but Derek Carr is still the QB………………

  21. The Raiders are better than their QB.

    QB excluded, Raiders probably have the best team in the division.

    Carr is what he is, decent. Just like Tannehill, just like Cousins, just like Andy Dalton used to be in Cincy and Mac Jones will eventually be, decent, capable QB’s.

    No elite traits in a QB shouldn’t yield Lombardi’s.

  22. You have an entire season, Derek, to prove the wrong! (Can’t ask for more.)

    🙂

  23. You prove that you’re nothing every year. Then the off-season comes around and you try to sell yourself and team as top tier, then the games start…. You are what your record says…. .500 or less for 20 of the last 21 seasons.

  24. I have a hard time believing that Josh McTool will make a 180 from his attitude he had in Denver. I expect a 360 instead. Right back to where he started. He hid his ego long enough to get the job but he won’t be able to keep it hidden. When tough times arise he’ll piss off his stars with his blame game.

  25. McDaniels is a product of that highly successful Belichick coaching tree. What could go wrong?

  26. Some bettors like me are thankful for that. The 8.5 over/under on wins seems like easy money.

  27. Head Coach is a product of that highly successful Belichick coaching tree. What could go wrong?

  28. I’m pretty amazed the on-field product is competitive as it is given the historic dysfunction in the upper management levels on both the football and business side.

  29. I begin to recoil whenever Carr opens his mouth, but what is he wrong about here? They are the consensus favorite to finish last place in the division. Their expected win total has them worse than last year. The whole “everyone got better” thing is reasonable, but for some reason I only read about it being held against the Raiders, while they’re one of the teams who improved. The switch from Greg Olson to Josh McDaniels running the offense is as much of an improvement as anything else that has happened in the division, but nobody seems to care.

  30. Well, the course of action and decisions your leadership is making is what is taking you in that direction Derek. Just the facts.

    2022 season outcome for the AFC West:

    Chiefs 14-3
    Chargers 12-5
    Broncos 10-7
    Raiders 4-13

  31. curtis20 says:
    July 20, 2022 at 11:47 am
    As a fan of this team for well over 50 years, I can say show me don’t tell me. Then I will believe it. I see them 7-13

    Uh, please explain how you can go 7-13?

  32. just1an2average3sports4fan says:
    July 20, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    McDaniels is a product of that highly successful Belichick coaching tree. What could go wrong?
    ______________

    Take a look at the Lions -Matt Patricia and Robert Quinn

    LOL

  33. If it didn’t bother him he wouldn’t say anything about it. Seems the Raiders have forgotten to “Just Win Baby”

  34. Fun fact: Only three quarterbacks have thrown for over 4000 yards in each of the past four seasons:

    Tom Brady

    Patrick Mahomes

    Derek Carr

  35. If I’m Derek Carr, this is my “put up or shut up” moment. Time is wasting. Another new coach. But I have my weapons and I have to create my own legacy. His career has been one of pure torture. Lots of words, no results except good stats. Time to get all in and live for the dance.

  36. I literally just saw the Raiders picked as a Superbowl contender on ESPN.

  37. interiorlineman says:
    July 20, 2022 at 1:38 pm
    If I’m Derek Carr, this is my “put up or shut up” moment. Time is wasting. Another new coach. But I have my weapons and I have to create my own legacy. His career has been one of pure torture. Lots of words, no results except good stats. Time to get all in and live for the dance.

    ———–

    Well said

  38. I can’t be the only one who’s tired of this whiny qb. Same old song every year with him. Always playing the “Nobody respects us” card. And every year they fail. . . .horribly. It’s like he wants everyone to praise him, yet he never succeeds. He’s gotta be close to a decade into his career, right?

  39. Put the blinders on Derek. Take care of what you can control now and ignore the sports writers. I think you’d rather be talked about during the season while winning games. Show em’ they were wrong. Actions mean more than words.

  40. Well Derek, for the past 20 years someone on the Raiders has said something similar and riled all their fans up, but for the 20th consecutive time, The Raiders havent even won a playoff game. And now you’re in the most stacked division in football. And until proven otherwise, 3rd at best in your own division.

    Maybe that has something to do with it.

  41. You guys are salty AF. Derek Carr Top 10 QB and the RAIDERS return to the playoffs. Book it. Keep the hate going!

  42. It’s a prove it year for Derek Carr. If he doesn’t make a deep playoff run, McDaniels will move on from him. Jimmy G is out there.

  43. This guy should stop talking to the press. Awful qb. Has done nothing and been A starter for how long?

  44. “Fun fact: Only three quarterbacks have thrown for over 4000 yards in each of the past four seasons:

    Tom Brady

    Patrick Mahomes

    Derek Carr”

    You forgot:

    Aaron Rodgers

  45. Your Honor…The Broncos and Chiefs have ruled the AFC West for over 30 years. The Raiders (and Chargers) need to put up or shut up!! The defense rests!

  46. radar773 says:
    July 20, 2022 at 6:20 pm
    “Fun fact: Only three quarterbacks have thrown for over 4000 yards in each of the past four seasons:

    Tom Brady

    Patrick Mahomes

    Derek Carr”

    You forgot:

    Aaron Rodgers
    —————————-
    Unfortunately you’re not correct. In 2019 Aaron only threw for 3,679 yards.

    Still an awesome QB, though!

  47. I bet Carr gets one season under McDaniels, and then McDaniels will go after another QB. That’s the best plan for a coach. Waste the first year with the old QB. Draft a QB in year two. Nobody expects anything out of a rookie QB. Even if you don’t win, a coach will last at least 4-5 years if he follows that plan. If the new QB shows anything at all, you’ll get an extension. By then you’ll have %75 million in the bank. And that’s even if you never have one winning season.

  48. I think they have a legitimate shot at #2 in the West. Chiefs are still #1 till someone knocks them off. The Chargers….. the sexy pick. Arent the Chargers always the sexy pick for the west? Well beat the Raiders or whomever when it matters and you move up to #2. Right now its Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers, Broncos until proven otherwise.

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