Josh Jacobs: Derek Carr situation was “weird” in the locker room

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As of this posting, Derek Carr is still a Raiders quarterback.

But that is expected to change in the coming days, as Las Vegas is likely to release Carr before his $40.4 million in guarantees kick in next week.

It’s the end of a nine-year tenure with the franchise for Carr, who was benched in December after the Raiders were eliminated from postseason contention. That decision reverberated in the locker room, according to running back Josh Jacobs.

“It was definitely weird, man,” Jacobs said on Thursday’s episode of PFT Live. “Just like, you can kind of see the signs that something was going to happen. The season we were having — we lost that last game [to the Steelers] where we knew we weren’t going to go to the playoffs because we had to win out. We knew that our playoff hopes were over.

“So we already kind of knew that they were about to shake some stuff up because they didn’t have anything to lose at that point. But we didn’t know it was going to be like that.”

Jacobs said players started to understand what was going on when Carr wasn’t in meetings. Then everyone rallied around  Jarrett Stidham, who ended up performing well in the Week 17 loss to San Francisco.

“Stiddy stepped into that role and I saw Stiddy literally become from a guy that barely spoke to a guy that was vocal and being a leader,” Jacobs said. “I was just like OK, let’s ride with him.”

But Jacobs started noticing things were off within the team well before December. In fact, he said it was the Week Nine loss to the Jaguars that was the biggest red flag signaling what was to come later in the season.

“I remember New Orleans beat us [the week before]. They beat us, they whooped us. Shout out to them,” Jacobs said, noting the Jacksonville game the next week was different. “We blew it. And that’s when I kind of knew. Because I was like, man, besides two games, every game that we’d lost, we lost by less than a touchdown. So I was like, clearly, we’re not figuring it out. Whatever it is we’re missing, we’re there, but we’re not there. We’re not close enough.

“That’s kind of when I was like, man, I don’t know how this season is about to go.”

It didn’t go well and now the Raiders are primed for some substantial changes heading into 2023. Jacobs, a pending free agent, may or may not be back after leading the league in rushing. But with a “weird” exit, Carr will certainly be moving on shortly.

17 responses to “Josh Jacobs: Derek Carr situation was “weird” in the locker room

  1. “It’s the end of a nine-year tenure with the franchise for Carr, who was benched in December after the Raiders were eliminated from postseason contention.”

    They weren’t out of contention when they benched him.

  2. This is what I like about JJ… he just tells like it is. You may not like it, but at least he is honest. I hope he is a Raider in 2023.

  3. I would run away from this guy. It’s crazy he shows up in a contract year as an RB and thinks he has big leverage.

    Just draft a RB in the 2nd or 3rd rd and move on. He’s also immature, too, so no way he serves as a leader of any kind.

  4. touchback6 says:
    February 10, 2023 at 11:08 am

    Just draft a RB in the 2nd or 3rd rd and move on. He’s also immature, too, so no way he serves as a leader of any kind.
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    Yes , lets draft more RB’s when we kept 6rb’s on the 53man roster all season, 2 of which were drafted last year. Makes Raiders sense ,and like I said -dysfunctional.

  5. Nobody could have predicted this. I mean, all those Patriots assistants like Charlie Weis, Josh McDaniels in Denver, and Matt Patricia all worked out fine when they got head coaching jobs apart from Tom Brady. How could anyone possibly imagine something “weird” happening when you put Josh McDaniels and Mark Davis together. That’s The Dream Team, right?

  6. Why do players these days have to gossip about everything. Forget about the fact that they are being asked. They still just talk, talk, talk about everything.

  7. What I find astonishing is that they didn’t have a full scale rebellion in the locker room. Whether you like it or not, it was Derek Carr’s team. In the Niners game, it was McD calling a completely different game.

  8. I still can’t believe they didn’t let him play one last time against the chiefs. He probably loses again, but chiefs-raiders is one of the NFL’s best rivalries. It was a crime to take that away.

  9. After nine years, if it hasn’t worked, it not going to. It’s time for both parties to walk away. Carr is a good QB who deserves a chance with another team. The Raiders need to get it’s act together. They’ve suffered varying degrees of disfuntionality since Al Davis started going senile in the last decades of his career.

  10. Mcdaniels cost us 3 games literally with his bad play calling and with that bad play call got Darren Waller and hunter Renfro injured on the same play which then probably caused us another 3 games if it wasn’t for mcdaniels we would have probably been in the playoffs. Hes a horrible head coach Tom Brady made him not the other way around mcdaniels has to go he sucks

  11. The situation is weird because Derek Carr is weird. The players know it as well, show me one article where a player is pissed and wants out because Carr is gone. None.

  12. Nobody in that locker room is upset that carr is leaving. That should tell everybody all they need to know. I’m sure they all feel they’ve had the talent through those 9 years to achieve more than they have and the one constant was carr at QB.

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