Derek Carr on reeling Raiders: ‘It’s tough, it hurts and it’s hard’
Derek Carr opened up this week to not surprisingly admit that this season has not been a pleasant one as the reeling Oakland Raiders have stumbled into being among the NFL’s worst teams.
The Raiders have gone all-in on a full-on teardown this season, jettisoning some of the team’s best players, moves highlighted by trading away Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper and waiving Bruce Irvin. The second coming of Jon Gruden, who seems oblivious to reality, has been an unmitigated disaster, to say the least, and Carr now finds himself heading up a team that appears destined for struggles in the short-term.
“I mean, I understand. It’s tough, it hurts and it’s hard,’ Carr said Wednesday of the 1-7 Raiders, via NBC Bay Area. “No one pays me to care about my feelings or any of our feelings. I have a lot of friends that have been cut or traded, not just this year but for five years. That’s always hard. You look around and ‘Coop’ is not sitting behind me in the offensive meeting anymore and Khalil is not sitting next to me in a team meeting. I go to Bruce’s locker and it is not Bruce’s locker anymore.
“… Going forward my job is to take whatever our owner, GM and head coach say and relay the message. Just do my best, that’s my job. My job is to go out there and complete passes, lead my guys the best that I can and that’s my job. That’s what I am here to do.”
Carr has cut open a vein about the plight of the downtrodden Raiders on more than one occasion this season, and one can hardly blame him. Things could not have gone worse in the Gruden reboot and now players like Carr are left to come to grips with the sorry state of the organization.
Whether the Raiders front office and coaching staff actually have a solid plan in place to accomplish such a daunting rebuild, however, remains to be seen.