LAS VEGAS — Derek Carr, rocking forwards and backwards on the podium with tears in his eyes and a halting voice, apologized for being “emotional” within the wake of the Las Vegas Raiders’ 25-20 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium.
The Colts got here in with an interim coach who had by no means coached above the highschool stage in Jeff Saturday, an offensive coordinator who had by no means referred to as performs earlier than in Parks Frazier and a veteran quarterback who had been benched earlier within the season in Matt Ryan.
Carr wanted a number of pauses to gather himself because the Raiders quarterback addressed what went on in the middle of the defeat that dropped Las Vegas’ report to 2-7 in a season that started with a lot promise a yr after going to the playoffs for simply the second time since 2002.
“I really like the Silver and Black and I’ll give it every little thing I can each time I’m going on the market,” Carr mentioned. “And I can not converse for everyone, for each man, what is going on on of their head, however I can inform you what is going on on in my head and I’ll give all of it that I can, each single time.”
Carr paused for 12 seconds earlier than he was requested if there was a “disconnect” between himself and first-year coach and offensive playcaller Josh McDaniels.
“I do not suppose so,” Carr mentioned, by way of tears. “I really like Josh. I really like our coaches. They’ve had nothing however success. Far more success than I’ve ever had. And I am sorry …”
A choked-up Carr paused once more, for eight seconds.
“Sorry for being emotional,” he continued. “I am simply pissed off about a number of the issues, you recognize, that loads of us attempt to do exactly to follow. What we put our our bodies by way of, simply to sleep at evening.”
Carr once more paused, for 9 seconds.
“And for that to be the results of all that effort, pisses me off,” he mentioned. “Pisses loads of guys off. It is arduous, figuring out what some guys are doing … simply to follow. What they’re placing of their physique simply to sleep at evening. Simply so we will be there for one another. And I want all people in that room felt the identical method about this place. And as a frontrunner, that pisses me off, if I am being trustworthy.”
It was the sixth one-score lack of the season for the Raiders, tied for the third-most such losses and not using a win in one-score video games in a season since 2000 with the 2017 Cincinnati Bengals, behind the 2001 Carolina Panthers (0-9), and 2019 Bengals (0-8), per ESPN Stats & Data analysis.
This after the Raiders went 7-2 in one-score video games final season and received 4 straight video games to complete 10-7 and power their method into the postseason underneath interim coach Wealthy Bisaccia and normal supervisor Mike Mayock. Raiders proprietor Mark Davis selected to exchange them with New England Patriots stalwarts McDaniels and Dave Ziegler, respectively, saying the strikes had been made to take the Raiders “to the subsequent stage.”
As an alternative, and after touchdown an All-Professional receiver in Carr’s faculty teammate Davante Adams, the Raiders have the second-worst report within the NFL, Carr seems to be misplaced at instances in McDaniels’ offense and the postgame locker room was rife with frustration and seeming dissension, with a number of gamers cursing out loud and one apologizing to a different.
Carr mentioned the crew captains spoke to the locker room after the sport.
“Ain’t no magic message,” mentioned Adams, who had 9 catches for 126 yards, with a 48-yard catch-and-run TD. “We’ll hold what was mentioned in-house. Wasn’t nothing loopy, simply, we had a dialog as a crew.”
Requested if gamers weren’t “shopping for in” to McDaniels’ system, Adams shrugged.
“I do not suppose we’re like, ‘F what he is speaking about’ or, ‘I am going towards the grain,'” Adams mentioned. “It is only a matter of executing when it is time.”
“It is arduous, figuring out what some guys are doing … simply to follow. What they’re placing of their physique simply to sleep at evening. Simply so we will be there for one another. And I want all people in that room felt the identical method about this place. And as a frontrunner, that pisses me off, if I am being trustworthy.”
Raiders QB Derek Carr
Carr, who went 0-for-5 within the first quarter, the primary time any quarterback had thrown not less than 5 passes in 1 / 4 this season and not using a completion, was then 11-for-11 within the second quarter. He completed 24-of-38 for 248 yards and two TDs, however his closing shot, a fade into the left facet of the top zone for Adams on fourth-and-7 from the Colts’ 16-yard line with 52 seconds to play, was damaged up by cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
The ninth-year veteran mentioned he was not “good” after the sport.
“I am by no means going to be good,” Carr mentioned. “However the love I’ve for this place, and the hassle that I will give, will probably be second to none, each time.
“The emotion of simply 9 years of stuff hit me at the moment, for the way a lot I actually love this place. It is not going to alter something. I’ll come out right here and combat and compete subsequent week, and that is what I’ll do.”
Nonetheless, he was booed closely by followers as his picture was proven after the sport as he walked off the sphere.
“I by no means take it private,” he mentioned. “I am simply the one which’s been right here the longest.
“I am mad at it too, so don’t be concerned about it.”
And whereas hypothesis is working rampant on McDaniels’ job safety, the coach mentioned, “It begins with me.
“So, you recognize, we’ll have to determine one thing completely different to do to attempt to get free from a few of these shut scores and shut video games, and/or make sufficient performs on the finish to win. So it at all times begins with us, begins with me, so I’ll do every little thing I can do to strive to determine what we are able to do to do higher to alter the outcomes.”