The AFC West is considered to be the most loaded conference for quarterbacks this season. And Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has high expectations for this season even amongst a stacked conference and schedule.
Those expectations of Derek Carr came to a screeching halt on Sunday when the Raiders faced the Chargers in Week 1 and Carr proceeded to have a horrendous debut. Carr threw for 295 yards, 2 touchdowns, and THREE interceptions against the Los Angeles Chargers.
After the game, Derek Carr spoke with the media and attempted to do damage control about his horrible season debut. And he makes some very valid points in his candid comments.
Derek Carr Attempts To Do Damage Control With Candid Message
Derek Carr: “We did too many good things and I was way too aggressive. We came in with an aggressive mindset, especially with all the weapons that we have. That’s on me, the decisions to be too aggressive in certain moments.
“We’ll turn on the film and I’ll be better. I made way too many aggressive decisions when I didn’t have to. That’s what it came down to — me forcing the ball to my guys in moments I didn’t need to.”
“At the end of the day, they ended up beating us. But, are there signs that we’re going to be a good football team? Yeah, absolutely. There’s no panic. I’ve been out there when it’s hard. I’ve been out there when it’s hard to get a first down, it’s hard to stop somebody. And that’s one of the best teams in the league. And it didn’t like it was so hard to where we couldn’t accomplish something.”
“It definitely wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t like a miserable chance to try something. I saw that from the defense and I saw that from our guys.”
Carr: "There is no panic button. That is one of the best teams in the league."
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) September 12, 2022
Was it just a weird Week 1?
In defense of Carr, rough debuts were a bit of a theme across the NFL on Sunday. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow threw FOUR interceptions against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Reigning Super Bowl-champion quarterback Matthew Stafford threw 3 interceptions on Thursday Night Football and Josh Allen threw 2 INTs.
I don’t think anyone is worried about how these quarterbacks will progress throughout the season. Several of Derek Carr’s interceptions were caused by his aggression, which he discussed. It’s been a LONG offseason and hopefully he’ll be able to find his rhythm soon.
How Raiders fans responded to Derek Carr’s comments:
They want to win NOW.
Not interested in ‘atta-boys’. GET BETTER! ☠️
— Bret Rayder (@bret_rayder) September 12, 2022
It’s going to be a LONG season if they keep playing like that:
The whole division is "one of the best teams" in the league! Definitely no panic button in week 1 but there's gonna be alot of games like this in the AFC West!
— Johnny (@NWK1WAYS) September 12, 2022
Some fans remain optimistic:
Joe Burrow threw 4 ints and lost to the Steelers led by Mitch Trubisky … We lost to a good team it’s week 1 got 16 more games to go ..
— KingofKali (@FightThaPower) September 12, 2022
Derek Carr and the Raiders will now host the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2 of the 2022 NFL season.
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