Derek Carr has finally had enough.
The Raiders had a tumultuous season last year with the loss of their head coach and star WR, yet they still made a playoff appearance. They followed that up by trading for ide receiver Davante Adams, but many still feel like the team might finish last in the talented AFC West.
It’s not because the team isn’t better, but more so because the division has Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, and Justin Herbert.
During a recent press conference to kick off training camp, Carr addressed his claim that “no one thinks anything of us.” It led to a testy exchange with ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez.
“That crap don’t matter, you know. We have to go play the football games, and that’s honestly how I feel,” Carr said of the low expectations surrounding the Raiders. “I just got to be more honest. I just got to start speaking my mind.
And as I’m getting older, I just say what I want to say. And so my real answer is the expectation all that kind of stuff who says that honestly, it doesn’t matter, it really doesn’t whether they don’t say anything or they say a lot. Nobody cares. But hopefully, they talk about us at the end. But right now, that crap don’t matter.”
Once he was doing with his rant, Gutierrez followed it with, “If it doesn’t matter, Derek, why do you talk about it?”
“Thank you, Paul, it’s so good to see you,” Carr said as others laughed.
“I say it because I’m a positive person, and I try and encourage my teammates. There’s a way that I say things to encourage my locker room to maybe put a chip on their shoulder, and sometimes I do it too much. And so I don’t appreciate your tone either, you can pump that back a little bit.”
Although many are picking the Los Angeles Chargers to win the AFC West, some feel the Raiders could be destined for that designation. It will ultimately fall upon the shoulders of quarterback Derek Carr, who has raised his game in recent years.
In 2021, he threw for a career-high 4,804 yards, which ranked fifth in the NFL ahead of Joe Burrow, Josh Allen, and even MVP Aaron Rodgers.