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#pounditWednesday, September 30, 2020

Rich Gannon: Derek Carr will have to work harder under Gruden

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Jon Gruden is the new head coach of the Oakland Raiders, and that means expectations for the team will be raised. And when we say expectations, we’re not just talking about what the fans and media think the team will do; we’re also talking about accountability within the team.

Rich Gannon, who became a Pro Bowl QB under Gruden, says that players will have to expect to work even harder under their new coach. He said that Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has a chance to become a Hall of Famer if he puts the work in.

“Jon’s excited to work with Derek,” Gannon said Tuesday, via The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson. “I just think Derek’s already a good player, but he’s got a chance to be a Hall of Famer and to win multiple Super Bowls if he’ll just do the work.

“You have to put the work in,” Gannon continued. “You have to have a passion for it. Jon’s got an unbelievable passion and I think that’s where we really hit it off. I had the same passion and energy to kind of come in and roll the sleeves up and try and want to work. … I don’t care how hard Derek’s worked before, he’s gonna have to change his work habits a little bit to fit in.”

If anyone knows what it takes to succeed in the league and work as a quarterback under Gruden, it’s Gannon. He’s Gruden’s model pupil.

Gannon, who works as an analyst for CBS, is also said to be a candidate to be Gruden’s QB coach with the Raiders, which would make things really interesting.

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