Derek Carr: It ‘hurts your heart’ to see Khalil Mack in a Bears uniform
Derek Carr has again made candid comments about the disappointing nature of the trade that shipped Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears. Actually, the Oakland Raiders quarterback went so far as to call it a heartbreaking situation.
Carr cut open a vein about no longer having Mack as a teammate during an appearance this week on the Raiders Insider Podcast.
“It’s hard to watch him go out and strip-sack everybody,” Carr said of Mack, via NFL.com. “He has done that so many times here, and it hurts your heart to see it, but at the same time, it doesn’t hurt anymore.
“I’m happy for him. If you’re a Raider fan, it’s hard to see him do that. But just be happy for the guy. He has strained his tail off to get to where he’s at. The fact he’s making plays for someone else, we don’t like it, but we can be happy for him because we all love him to death.”
It merits noting that Carr’s thoughts on Mack this week are not the first time he’s expressed unhappiness over the trade. Shortly after the deal was announced, Carr said it was “not what anybody wanted.”
The Raiders pulled the trigger on trading Mack — who was a no-show throughout training camp and the preseason over a contract dispute — on Sept. 1. The Bears immediately signed the two-time First-Team All-Pro and 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year to a six-year, $141 million extension.
Mack has been well worth the money so far, having been an absolute terror in two games with the Bears, notching six total tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception return for a touchdown.
Interestingly, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden earlier this week bemoaned the defense’s inability to pressure the quarterback during an 0-2 start.
“It’s hard to find a great one,” Gruden said of a pass rusher. “It’s hard to find a good one. It’s hard to find one, you just said it,”
That must be as hard to hear for Carr as it is seeing Mack in a Bears uniform.