The Las Vegas Raiders have a good quarterback in Derek Carr. However, every now and then he does or says things that make you go “Huh?” like Scooby-Doo. In fact, he recently said something that will make many cringe.
Carr recently made an appearance on ChurchLV and spoke about many things. Among them was his job as the Raiders starting quarterback, and how he believes he’s a champion without a ring.
“I can tell you there are people in our profession that have reached this place that are so completely lost and empty and lonely. They’ve achieved everything that the world has to offer. They’ve reached the pentacle, they’ve won Super Bowls. I don’t have a trophy, I don’t have a ring, that doesn’t mean I’m not a champion.”
Wait a minute, it doesn’t work like that! For you to be a champion you have to *checks notes* win a championship and the last time the Raiders won one was back in 1983 when Jim Plunkett was the quarterback, not Carr. Also, how can you tell others are lost or lonely? That’s a big assumption and quite judgmental.
Derek Carr and the Raiders are currently far from being champions
Nobody will deny Carr’s a good quarterback statistically speaking. Also, the Raiders’ biggest issue in recent seasons has been their subpar defense, not ‘4’. However, he can’t talk about being a champion without a ring, that’s entitlement. A winner or a champion needs to beat the cream of the crop to get to the top. Saying you are great without actually showing it doesn’t make you so.
This may seem like an outdated reference but did you ever watch Pixar’s The Incredibles? Syndrome, the movie’s main villain, talks about giving everybody a superpower because if everybody’s super, nobody really is. Carr’s sermon brought similar thoughts to mind. If you can be a champion without a ring, what’s stopping you from calling yourself a king without a crown? It’s good to know he thinks highly of himself, but becoming a champion is significantly better than talking about being one.
It’s true that not just anybody can make it to the NFL, let alone be a starting quarterback but precisely because of that, Carr shouldn’t talk about being a winner, when quarterbacks such as Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes are regularly making trips to the Super Bowl. If the Raiders fix the defense and they improve their red-zone offense, they can have a shot at making noise in the playoffs and even compete for a Super Bowl berth. Until then, their current players should refrain from calling themselves champions.
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