Older Carr Looks Out For Brother and the Raiders

In a tumultuous season for the Oakland Raiders, quarterback Derek Carr has received more than his fair share of criticism. Earlier today however, older brother and former NFL player David Carr came to his defense.

This season has been one of the most turbulent and polarizing in Raiders history. The offseason acquisition of Antonio Brown and being featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks gave the team the spotlight. Unfortunately, that attention has brought in a microscopic level of attention to the recent struggles for the beset Carr.

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Earlier today on “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd, David was a guest. He was asked about the team’s struggles, Jon Gruden, and of course, his brother.

“David, he’s been out here two/three times. But I gotta change my entire playbook if he’s not because every play is supposed to go to 84.” -Carr when asked about Raiders and the “big picture” and a conversation with Jon Gruden.

Perspective From Another Carr

As Carr pointed out in his interview, Gruden did in fact, had to adapt to being without Brown. As we all know, Gruden featured tight ends Darren Waller and Foster Moreau early on.

Another huge factor in the wins early on for the Raiders was the emergence of the run game spearheaded by rookies Josh Jacobs and Alec Ingold. However, Carr did express that he felt that the team “over-performed” and “probably won a couple of games they shouldn’t have.” Is this an excuse for the recent struggles? That perhaps the Raiders overachieved early on?

Well no not exactly as Carr pointed out, he felt the team “to this point, to be where they are, that’s probably a little better than most people thought they would be.”

Both Cowherd and Carr agreed on a consensus that 8-8 was probably the most realistic for the team this year. It’s entirely plausible that this is actually a very good point. Why? Well mostly because the defense still needs work. Yes, the emergence of Maxx Crosby and other young standouts was a blessing, but it was not a solution. The defense still has many holes and as Carr also pointed out, losing Johnathan Abram also hurt this defense.

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Will some people take this as an older brother defending or apologizing for his younger brother? Perhaps yes. Nonetheless, Carr for the most part made some good points about this polarizing season. And if we’re being honest, I wouldn’t expect David to throw Derek under the bus anytime soon, he knows what it’s like to play quarterback in the NFL after all.

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Gabe Martin

The only blame that I feel is 100% deserved is the horrible Linebacking Corps. This falls on both the JDR and Gruden regimes. I give the Gruden regime a pass on the back end because Abram and Joseph are hurt, and the others aside from Worley are rookies.