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Derek Carr, Jon Gruden have ‘significant disconnect’?

Jon Gruden

As the Oakland Raiders finish off a disappointing season, it appears there may be changes beyond just the move to Las Vegas for 2020.

In a new column, Michael Lombardi of The Athletic writes that a “significant disconnect” exists between coach Jon Gruden and quarterback Derek Carr after two seasons together. In Lombardi’s view, Carr does not demonstrate enough of the qualities that Gruden prefers in quarterbacks, namely mistake avoidance and a certain fire and toughness.

Lombardi believes that the 10-20 record Gruden has amassed since rejoining the Raiders will not sit well with the coach. Lombardi also thinks the Raiders will draft a quarterback and use Carr’s relatively affordable contract as a trade chip.

Gruden has vocally backed Carr as the Raiders’ long-term quarterback, but that was a year ago now. Carr’s numbers in 2019 haven’t been a huge improvement on 2018, and Oakland still isn’t winning. That may be enough for Gruden to stake his tenure on a new quarterback if he doesn’t think Carr can ultimately get the job done.

Referee mistake on Derek Carr slide costs Raiders in loss to Jaguars

Derek Carr slide

The referees cost the Oakland Raiders at the end of their home loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

The Raiders blew a 16-3 lead and lost 20-16 on a touchdown by the Jags with 31 seconds left. Their comeback cause was aided by a bad call by the refs.

The Raiders had a second-and-9 at the Jacksonville 46 with 2:12 left and Derek Carr scrambled towards the right sideline for a gain of 12 and first down. After picking up the first, Carr made the heads-up decision to slide inbounds, which should have kept the clock rolling until the 2-minute warning. Instead, the refs botched the call and said Carr was out of bounds, which stopped the clock with 2:05 left, forcing the Raiders to run another play before the 2-minute warning. The decision essentially gave the Jags another timeout and saved them nearly a minute in game clock.

Jon Gruden tried to challenge that Carr was out of bounds, but he was told that was not something that could be challenged, so he lost a timeout. The Raiders were also penalized for delay of game.

Instead of having the ball 1st-and-10 at the Jaguars 31 with two minutes left and Jacksonville only being able to stop the clock once with a timeout, the Raiders had a 1st-and-15 at the Jaguars 36 with 2:05 left, and the Jags had the 2-minute warning and a timeout.

The Raiders ran the ball on first down, then there was the 2-minute warning. They ran on second down, and the Jags used a timeout. Then facing a third and long with 1:55 left, the Raiders passed the ball and threw incomplete. They had two tries at a field goal due to a penalty, missed both attempts, and the Jags got the ball back at their 35 with 1:44 left.

Had Carr correctly been ruled down in the field (when a player slides to give themselves up, the ball is spotted where the player begins the slide), the Raiders would have had first down after the 2-minute warning. They would have been able to run on first, second, and third down before attempting the field goal, and the Jags would have likely only gotten the ball back with around 45-50 seconds left.

Oakland benefited from a bad spot in a win over Cleveland last year. This time around, they were on the negative end.

Combine this ending with this being the final home game for the Raiders at the Coliseum, and you can understand why Raiders fans were so rowdy after the loss.

Tyrann Mathieu: Derek Carr, Raiders’ offense was predictable

Tyrann Mathieu

The Kansas City Chiefs’ defense completely shut down the Oakland Raiders in Sunday’s 40-9 win. There’s apparently a very good reason for that.

Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu says his defense knew exactly how to defend against Derek Carr because the Raiders’ formations were predictable.

Mathieu is right — Carr’s game is throwing to his tight ends and running backs. He doesn’t take a lot of shots downfield. The Chiefs seemed to know what was coming as evidenced by the two interceptions they got — one by Mathieu, and another that Juan Thornhill returned for a touchdown.

Oakland was held to just three points until finally scoring their first touchdown of the game with under a minute left. They have only scored 19 points in two games against KC this season, both losses. The Raiders have now dropped two in a row and are 6-6 on the season, while Kansas City is 8-4.

Watch: Derek Carr’s baffling pitch leads to Raiders turnover

Derek Carr

Might Derek Carr have produced the worst play of the day in London?

The Oakland Raider quarterback had a baffling moment against the Chicago Bears, flinging the ball backwards on what looked like an intended handoff. That led to a turnover deep in Oakland territory.

Notably, the fumble was recovered by Khalil Mack, who was very excited about playing in this game.

The Raiders had been playing very well in this one, and they were up 17-0 at the time of the fumble. The turnover led directly to a Chicago touchdown, bringing the Bears back into the game. Oakland will be furious that it happened on such a completely prevantable play.

NFL shop in London has interesting Derek Carr, Khalil Mack display

Derek Carr

If fans in London are trying to learn more about the game of American football, one of the mannequin setups that is currently on display in England probably is not going to help.

For whatever reason, a display inside an NFL shop in London this week features a player in a Khalil Mack jersey catching a pass while a player wearing a Derek Carr jersey dives at his feet and tries to tackle him. Try making sense of this:

Trying to explain how that could come about to someone who has not mastered all the rules of American football would probably result in quite the headache. Maybe Carr fumbled and the ball popped into the air and Mack caught it? Who knows.

Whatever message that display is supposed to be sending, we wouldn’t be surprised if Mack makes a big play against his former team on Sunday. He’s already admitted that he’s excited for the revenge game, and he has done nothing but terrorize opponents since the Raiders traded him to the Bears. Carr had better keep his head on a swivel.

Derek Carr defends Vontaze Burfict, says suspension is unfair

Vontaze Burfict

The NFL has suspended Vontaze Burfict for the remainder of the 2019 season for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle, and Derek Carr is among the Oakland Raiders players who feel the punishment was far too harsh.

While speaking with reporters from London on Wednesday, Carr called Burfict a “great guy” and said he is one of the most misunderstood players in the NFL. The quarterback also said the 12-game suspension is unfair.

Raiders linebacker Tahir Whitehead, who already ripped the NFL for the harsh discipline against Burfict, said it is “frustrating” for him to see Burfict get a season-long suspension with how hard he has worked to shed his reputation for being a dirty player.

Burfict’s suspension may be reduced upon appeal, but the NFL wanted to send a message. His brutal hit on Doyle was just the latest of several dirty plays we have seen from the linebacker, and he has already been suspended for four games on two separate occasions for unnecessary roughness. You can understand why Burfict’s teammates feel sorry for him, but the league made the right decision.

Derek Carr: Raiders ‘excited to move on’ from latest Antonio Brown drama

Derek Carr

The Oakland Raiders are once again trying to put another bout of Antonio Brown drama behind them.

Brown issued an apology to his teammates on Friday after an altercation with GM Mike Mayock. According to quarterback Derek Carr, the team captains were with Brown, and everyone is ready and looking forward to moving on.

Carr has been forced into the role of public diplomat a lot this preseason as Brown has acted out repeatedly. The quarterback has maintained that Brown’s drama has been a lot less prominent from the inside, but it’s hard to believe that’s true with this latest incident, which happened between GM and star player at a team practice.

Carr must be desperately hoping that this is the last time he’ll have to answer for Brown’s issues, especially with the season getting underway.

Derek Carr: Antonio Brown issues caused ‘a lot less drama from the inside’

Antonio Brown

To outside observers, the Oakland Raiders were besieged by Antonio Brown-related drama for much of training camp. According to their quarterback, however, things were actually pretty placid.

Derek Carr was full of praise for Brown, comparing him to the “Energizer Bunny” while adding that his helmet-related issues weren’t troublesome for the team because they knew what was really going on.

It’s up to everyone else to judge how forthcoming Carr is being here. The fact that Brown has openly criticized the Raiders even after the helmet issue was resolved probably isn’t what the organization wants. At the same time, it’s one the players can safely ignore, so maybe Carr has a point.

Derek Carr amazed by Antonio Brown’s recall after return to practice

Antonio Brown

After a lot of drama, everything returned to normal Saturday with Antonio Brown’s return to practice with the Oakland Raiders.

Brown’s return to the team walkthrough was very impressive to quarterback Derek Carr, who was amazed by Brown’s recall and sharpness despite his time on the sidelines.

“The man’s recall is unbelievable,” Carr said, via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN. “He came in and no mental errors, and in this offense, that’s not easy to do. Especially, whenever you have a day off … you come back and you’re like, you’ve got to stay on Coach Gruden’s offense all the time. You can tell Antonio’s been studying because he came out and didn’t miss a beat.”

This is going to be music to Raiders’ fans years after a lot of negative headlines involving Brown lately. He’s still one of the most talented players in the league, and if he can emphasize that and not the off-field drama, the Raiders should be happy with their acquisition after all.

Derek Carr plans to scramble more this season

Derek Carr

Derek Carr took a career-high amount of sacks last season while rushing for a career-low amount of yards in his first season operating Jon Gruden’s offense. For the upcoming season, he’s planning to make some changes to those numbers.

The Oakland Raiders quarterback said from training camp Saturday that he has been working hard all offseason on increasing and improving his scrambling.

Here is his quote via the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Michael Gehlken.

“I feel like I’m athletic enough to do some damage that way. I haven’t done (that) well enough and I plan on doing that,” Carr said.

Carr threw for a career-low 19 touchdowns last season. His 4,049 yards and 68.9 completion percentage were career-high marks, though they are somewhat misleading considering Carr rarely looked to make big plays down the field and also made some other questionable decisions.