Derek Carr: Rather than tell my side of what happened, I’m choosing to move on

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Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has been fairly quiet since he was benched late in the season, and he says he’s going to remain quiet.

Carr wrote on Twitter today that he’s not planning to give any interviews about what happened and is instead focused only on getting ready to play the 2023 season elsewhere.

“Thank you to all the people reaching out trying to give me their platform to tell my side of what happened. It’s the hardest thing in the world not to jump on every interview and tell the whole truth. Thank you but I’m choosing to move on and give our next city our best,” Carr wrote.

Still, by saying he won’t “tell the whole truth,” Carr is implying that there’s a whole truth that hasn’t been told about what went wrong last year, which was the Raiders’ first year with Josh McDaniels as head coach in addition to being Carr’s last year with the franchise he once said he would never leave.

92 responses to “Derek Carr: Rather than tell my side of what happened, I’m choosing to move on

  1. Weird, Carr’s had several coaches and he seems to think “last year” was the problem.

  2. Derek Carr can be a Kirk Cousins / Alex Smith / Ryan Tannehill type QB for somebody. Probably an upgrade, but no rings.

  3. DC has to be the softest starting caliber QB in the past 5 years and one of the most losing, to be public with those feelings is quite embarrassing and telling at the same time. I’m glad we’ve moved in from him, he’s become annoying.

  4. Carr threw all of those interceptions last year, and the year before that, and the years before that, so there’s one truth I don’t need to hear from anyone about

  5. Derek, your story is the leader of a losing franchise over 9 years. There, you happy now? I said it for you. As a Raiders fan, I happy to see you go. Don’t let the down hit you on the way out!

  6. This shouldn’t be mistaken for class. This sounds more like a disgruntled ex-employee needing to tell someone, anyone something.

    No one cares. You are no longer the Raiders QB. You’ve been paid 100+ million dollars and you failed. Take the blame, take the big payday you’ve received and go con someone else. Good riddance Ned Flanders.

  7. He either wants to get paid or have Oprah Winfey interview him so she can make him into a sympathetic figure.

  8. The Raiders have one of the worst team owners in the NFL. Derek Carr does not need to say anything.

  9. The Raiders don’t even have a hometown they have like 7, and Josh McDaniels sucks at coaching.

  10. I’m guessing he’s taking a lesson from Harry and Meghan as to what NOT to do. Wise move on his part.

  11. Classy guy working for a classless owner. Never been a favorite as a player, but guys like that deserve a shot to play for a better organization. That’s not a slight to the their fan base. But Mark Davis is a hot mess.

  12. I bet if the Raiders leak a bunch of negative comments, he’ll change his tune. Yet not every organization backstabs its players like the Browns do.

  13. No, please don’t go….come back! We love having you lead the bottom dweller franchise of the AFCW!

  14. He has always been a class act, that isn’t disputed. But he kinda said it wasn’t his fault by saying what he did about truth coming out. Saying Carr can never win a ring is ridiculous. TEAMS win SuperBowl not QBs. Look at the history of SuperBowl winners. Yes, some great QBs have won when they had great teams behind them. Is Phil Simms, Trent Dilfer, Nick Foles, Mark Rypien, Jim McMann, Doug Williams, ect better QBs then Jim Kelly and Dan Marino? I would take Derek Carr over every QB I named that won a ring..

  15. Stand up guy. Too bad the raiders couldn’t experience consistency while they had a great QB.

  16. A sad end to his career with my Raiders. Mark Davis ruined the team by hiring the little weasel McDaniels. Carr is a great QB top 15 of the league right now for sure a lot of teams he would be a great improvement over who’s starting now.

  17. Always been a pros pro. Wish you the best.

    But please, tell your moronic brother David to shut his mouth. He comes across as an unprofessional homer and has no place as a media personality.

  18. We’ll hear all about within minutes of the ink drying when he signs a contract somewhere else.

  19. Derek won’t climb the pocket. On the rare times he does, receivers are wide open. It’s time for the Raiders to move on.

  20. For those that don’t recall… Derek has always been a “Me Against the World” guy.
    Did he really have to post a statement like that on Twitter… or could he have just let sleeping dogs lie?

  21. Never been a David Carr fan; the arrogance of referencing “the whole truth” only adds to my sense of him. Hoping that my beloved team goes with Sam Howell instead of entertaining the thought of this or any other high priced veteran.

  22. Can promise you Raiders fans you won’t have someone better than him at qb next year

  23. Tom Brady says:
    January 21, 2023 at 1:51 pm
    If you want to know what went wrong just revisit McDaniels’ tenure in Denver
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    Really? Justin Herbert’s rookie year is comparable to Carr’s best year in nine. Yeah, McDaniels.

  24. My two cents: it’s McDaniels.

    Admittedly Carr has been through a whole swath of coaching staffs and this is the one he just can’t go on with. It says a LOT. Plus, bringing the “Patriot Way” to the team that for all intents and purposes started the “Patriot Way” a couple decades ago in the playoffs, I’m sure Al is wanting to slap his son from the great beyond right now.

  25. Great guy mediocre nfl qb. With his limited skills he needs to be quiet and move on to get a second chance with another team

  26. On the one hand:
    – 32nd ranked defense over the last 9 years
    – Constant coaching carousel
    – Poor drafting that entire time except 2014 (Mack & Carr) and some late-round gems by Mayock (Crosby, Renfrow, Hobbs)
    – Additional off-field distractions, aside from coaching carousel included: changing cities; great coach let go because of un-woke private emails from years prior; top WR killed someone drunk driving midseason.
    – Constantly disparaged by clueless fans who don’t understand football is a TEAM sport.

    On the other hand:
    – Class act QB who holds every meaningful franchise passing record.
    – One of the most clutch, comeback QBs of this era.
    – Would have been MVP in 2016 if not for injury. Finished 3rd in voting.
    – One of the best arm talents/pure passers of this generation.
    – Multi-time Pro Bowler and player-voted NFL Top 100 player.
    – Behind only Manning, Brady and Rodgers in seasons with 4,000+ yards passing and sub-10 INTs.

    Carr was too good for the Raiders.

  27. if Rich Bisaccia gets the Colts job (or not) that would be a good spot for Carr to land. Best of Luck to ya.

  28. I think the Dolphins should give him a look.Tua is questionable for next season.Skylar would be a better option than Teddy without a doubt.

  29. What can he say that we don’t already know? The guy couldn’t win games! Career winning percentage below .500. No divisional titles. One playoff game in nine years, a loss. Choke plays in big moments………..should I continue? When you suck you get benched, plain and simple. I’m surprised the Raiders kept him this long. Good luck Carrwreck Man.

  30. Why is that because Carr is choosing not to speak on it, thats a problem, he sucks, etc. Instead of dragging on drama, hes cutting it off. Kudos to Carr for not wanting to speak on it. Whether people think he sucks or if he’s good, he’s taking the high road

  31. I will never, ever, for the life of me understand how this guy gets so much credit and respect as a QB when compared to Kirk cousins who the media dumps on at every moment something goes poorly, and who is statistically better in every single possible category than Carr. I’m not saying cousins is great but the way people talk about Carr despite not accomplishing anything his entire career as a QB is truly one of the biggest mysteries of nfl fandom analysis.

    Carr is even less accomplished than Ryan tannehill. And yet people keep saying he’s a top 10 guy.

    I’m sure he’s a great guy, but that doesn’t matter for the nfl. Cousins and tannehill are great guys too but they get crapped on 100000X more than carr

  32. Would love to have Derek Carr instead of Kirk Cousins. Would love to have anyone instead of Kirk Cousins.

  33. Quite possible there is nobody to root for here. McDaniels is trash but if it’s Carr’s lack of toughness and utter incompetence in cold weather that has the Raiders moving on from him, it’s understandable. Guy talks about Kobe and Favre all the time, but he’s pretty much the opposite of that…

  34. Just bad luck for a good QB. Broken leg, cracked back, too many coaches/systems. This is not his fault for sure. It’s seems just when things start syncing again, something else out of left field takes him down again. The malicious and timed attack to take Gruden down was the final straw. He will for sure succeed wherever he goes.

  35. Passive aggressive pansy. Hey DCarr, no one cares. Stop telling yourself they do. No one cares because you haven’t won anything. You don’t do what it takes to win. You’d rather take a sack than throw the ball away and mess up your completion percentage.

  36. It’s funny to think back before his tenure in Denver, when McDaniels was the hottest coordinator of all time. Belichick’s protege. The second coming. And now two head coaching opportunities later, and he’s awful. He’s now taken two teams with momentum, and completely destroyed them both in the span of a season.

  37. Nobody has to choose either side of the story. Derek Carr has 8 or 9 NFL seasons that are documented on tape. You don’t need anyone’s “side” of the story. Just look at all that tape. Derek Carr has been coached by a number of guys that have coached super bowl champion QB’s, but why try to guess what the problem was when you can view the tape for yourself. That is somewhat of a problem when people rely on what somebody else said, or try to figure something out by looking at stats. In this case, everyone can have their own opinion. Just turn down the volume and open your eyes. That’s the great thing about tape. You do all the “listening” with your eyes. None with your ears. The ears can be deceptive. Not so much the eyes. Stats can be misleading, too. Tape never lies. I’m not talking about workouts or practice tape. I’m taking about NFL games against a live NFL defense. Go watch some tape of guys like Tom Brady and Joe Burrow. Watch Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes. Those are the type of QB’s that are winning significant games. That’s who you have to compare yourself to if you’re trying to be an elite QB. Watch tape of some of those winners, and then watch Derek Carr’s tape. Then, you don’t need to listen to anyone. You’ll form your own opinion. Nine years of tape. There’s nothing missing. You can see it all. You can see him running the designed plays, and you can see what happens when the play breaks down. You’ll see what he does with what the defense is willingly giving him, and you’ll see what he can do when the defense takes away the first option, and he has to take from the defense what they don’t want him to have. It’s all on tape. No mysteries. It’s like video evidence in a courtroom. You don’t need the he said, she said. You have it on video. This guy’s entire career is on video tape. There’s really no need for verbal discussion.

  38. Starter for 9 years.
    2 winning seasons.
    2016 – looked like a young gunslinger but was actually often bailed out by an opportunistic defense led by Khalil Mack that year. Wild Card.
    2021 – showed leadership under Bisaccia but a weird record in one score games like the Vikings this year. Wild Card.
    Never a solid team that you could predict week to week throughout his time as starter. Highs like the win in KC but incredible lows like the losses to the Jets, Falcons and Saints.
    Unlike Carr, top calibre QBs can work with different coaches – Carr never really achieved with any of those he had – even his chosen folks like Todd Downing.
    Raiders have been poor with Carr but he was not good enough to elevate the team.
    There is plenty of blame to go around but he is not a victim of any conspiracy or bad treatment – had a 9 year run with massive support and still young enough to go elsewhere and give it another go.
    Thanks, Derek & Good Luck.

  39. Carr’s story is his agent got him a contract that was designed to make him a free agent. It worked as intended. No way was he going to collect $40m. He now is a free agent allowed to negotiate with all teams as desired.

  40. nhpats2011 says:
    January 21, 2023 at 2:05 pm

    BB should give him a look….

    —————

    Carr is a downgrade from Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe. He is awful.

  41. Off topic since there is no place else to post it, but not exactly the best example of journalistic integrity when Florio won’t criticize Dungy for any of his recent controversies or poor game commentary performance. I think he would be all over it if Dungy didn’t work for NBC. He probably won’t even let this post go through.

  42. The truth is you didn’t impress McDaniels who knows what an elite QB looks like and just did a great job with Mac Jones as a rookie.

    And, anyone with half a brain saw this coming. He’s way overpaid for what he provides.

    Enjoy ending your career in disaster with the Jets or Colts.

  43. Carr definitely regressed under McDaniels and the Raiders will be better off in the long run with a better QB. Unfortunately they still have Josh McDaniels as HC. McDaniels just happened to be in the right place at the right time for a failed HC when it came to ownerships decision on who to blame for their latest stinker season. The guy with 1 losing season at HC or the guy with 7 losing seasons at QB. Ownership sided with McDaniels and tossed out the guy with 7 losing seasons.

  44. Guy has been a starting QB for 9 years and has not won anything. He should point to himself as the problem.

  45. OK let’s not bother with the cryptic stuff here… You’ve underperformed and been overpaid for way too long in that uniform.

    Enjoy the Jets.

  46. Derek Carr has a lifetime 93 passer rating,… anything over 90 is considered pretty good.
    There are 20 teams with starting QB’s who had worse QB ratings in 2022.
    So the divots on here throwing Carr under the wheels of the bus as a horrible NFL QB are the idiots.

  47. davefromtheburgh says:
    January 21, 2023 at 2:34 pm
    Anything which lowers the level of drama in the NFL, I support wholeheartdly.

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    Anyone thinking this is the high road, class or whatever else you want to call it, it’s not.

    Class would remain silent not drop hints of problems he doesn’t want to talk about. Carr just might be a 14 year old girl.

  48. Carr is being so classy. The way this whole situation went down it seemed pretty obvious we weren’t getting entire story. Best of luck to Derek in the next phase of his career.

  49. For a while now Mr Florio, the head honcho here of this cool website, has said, in front of a camera, that Derek Carr is a fraud. A phony. A fake. His public persona is an act. I always brushed that off. Now I’m not so sure. I am watching Derek and his brother and scratching my head. But it does seem like these uber religious people are always the ones who resort to revenge and being vindictive. Derek Carr is a very mediocre quarterback who thinks he’s elite and him being the Raiders quarterback was a lifetime appointment regardless of wins and losses. Joe Montana was traded. Tommy Brady was escorted out of New England. Peyton Manning was shown the door in Indy. I don’t recall them or their siblings going public with their rage and saying how dare their team move on from them. Mr Florio was right all along about Derek Carr. Sorry for ever doubting you dude.

  50. Maybe Carr has to play as a 2 way player. Most of LV’s problems revolve around a defense that can’t stop any teams. Carr has to put up 30 points every game,… and when he does and they lose,… the haters blame Carr.
    Maybe these folks commenting on here don’t understand football,…..

  51. Garbage time NFL QB gets garbage PFT time before the playoffs he always missed today. You can’t make this up!

  52. Tony Awesome says:
    January 21, 2023 at 6:22 pm
    Maybe Carr has to play as a 2 way player. Most of LV’s problems revolve around a defense that can’t stop any teams. Carr has to put up 30 points every game,… and when he does and they lose,… the haters blame Carr.
    Maybe these folks commenting on here don’t understand football,…..

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    It doesn’t take much to know that if the Raiders are moving on from 9 year veteran failed QB in Carr than he’s definitely part of the problem. You’re just having difficulty admitting and accepting the fact that you’re wrong!

  53. theoriginalsurferbob says:
    January 21, 2023 at 5:15 pm
    For a while now Mr Florio, the head honcho here of this cool website, has said, in front of a camera, that Derek Carr is a fraud. A phony. A fake. His public persona is an act. I always brushed that off. Now I’m not so sure. I am watching Derek and his brother and scratching my head. But it does seem like these uber religious people are always the ones who resort to revenge and being vindictive. Derek Carr is a very mediocre quarterback who thinks he’s elite and him being the Raiders quarterback was a lifetime appointment regardless of wins and losses. Joe Montana was traded. Tommy Brady was escorted out of New England. Peyton Manning was shown the door in Indy. I don’t recall them or their siblings going public with their rage and saying how dare their team move on from them. Mr Florio was right all along about Derek Carr. Sorry for ever doubting you dude.

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    Derek Carr Stinks and you sound like an obsessed, deranged brown nose!

  54. Actions speak louder than words
    I hate to say it but you failed
    You tried your best but it wasn’t good enough and for what’s involved, effort isn’t enough

  55. Brian Meany says:
    January 21, 2023 at 4:08 pm

    That’s refreshing. Carr deserves better than the Raiders. Vegas is a blackhole.

    ______________________

    The very first mistake was drafting a 9 year crappy QB in Derek Carr.

    Moving to Vegas was the next bonehead decision for the Raiders.

    The Gruden scandals and drama was the next mistake.

    The most hilarious and stupid mistake was hiring McDaniels

    The final biggest blunder of the year was trading the farm for Devante Adams.

  56. the reason he wont talk is simple ! he’s got NO DEFENSE FOR 9 YRS OF MEDIOCRE PLAY.
    he’s counting on his fan club and his family and his church to exalt him. let him be and watch what happens on the next team. no reason to believe things will be any different.

  57. You can’t put all the blame on Derek Carr. The Raiders franchise is ran by clueless upper management. The will continue to fail until Al Davis sells the team.

  58. Carr had some decent games, but how may times have you guys face-palmed after Carr three a game losing interception. This year alone, playing the Colts, he blew it, playing the Steelers, he blew it, playing the Chiefs, he blew it. Even with bad defenses, this games were being won, and his interceptions blew it. So if he has a story to tell, he needs to include that chapter. And if you guys have sympathy for Carr, make sure you read that chapter as well.

  59. Carr has been a better QB in his 9 years with the Raiders than the Raiders have been as a team overall. However, he is not elite and could not lift the organization above it’s overall dysfunction. The coaching carousel, bad drafts and trades that lead to an overall lack of depth were too much for Carr to overcome. Ask yourself though, how much less successful would Burrow, Mahomes or Josh Allen be than they are with their current orgs if they dealt with the daily dumpster fire the Raiders have been for at least 20 years? Not as successful as they are currently. I’m glad to see Carr move on and have a chance to play in a stable organization for once in his career.

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