LAS VEGAS — Derek Carr, his voice cracking at instances and his eyes rising watery, spoke on various topics within the Las Vegas Raiders quarterback’s weekly media convention Wednesday, lower than 48 hours after Jon Gruden had resigned.
The torrent of offensive emails authored by Gruden nonetheless recent in his thoughts, Carr talked for almost quarter-hour, saying he was emotional however had a job to do, and that the Raiders’ season was not performed. He additionally spoke of the temper in a shell-shocked locker room and supplied a suggestion to the NFL with regards to non-public emails and texts.
Right here is the whole transcript of Carr’s presser with reporters (questions have been edited for readability).
What’s been your message to your teammates? And do you get a way of the place everybody else is mentally?
Carr: Yeah, once more, I am unable to communicate for everyone. I am not in everyone’s sneakers. Quite a lot of feelings clearly. Did not see all of this coming. I do not assume any of us did. It simply caught us all unexpectedly, however there will probably be a day for these emotions. There will probably be a day and a time to speak about all that, and I am going to get into a few of it when you have extra questions.
However from an emotional standpoint I received a job to do and that is by no means modified irrespective of who the coach is, irrespective of who’s on the staff with me. I’ve a job to do and that is to guide these males, particularly now. They want a pacesetter greater than ever and my job is to guide them with my actions like I at all times have and my voice. Simply attempting to be a robust voice for folks to repeatedly carry folks collectively and regularly push folks in the best path. We’re 3-2. We’ve got every thing out in entrance of us that we have wished from the start. It is not going to be with the identical room of individuals, which is difficult, however on the identical time no one cares, and you know the way that goes. I feel that for me simply the message at present was I simply tried to push every thing off.
I imply I am sick about it. I’ve loads of feelings — offended, sick, upset, mad, pissed off. All these issues. Empathy. I do not assume there’s a guide on the best way to deal with all this, or truly there’s, however I do not assume that there’s a method for a quarterback to face up right here and reply these kind of questions is what I ought to say. However for me, my message at present was we have now a job to do. It is Wednesday, if we’re nonetheless in our emotions, it is too late. We received to maneuver on.
You mentioned Sunday you have been ready to maneuver ahead with Jon Gruden as head coach. How did that change after the remainder of these emails got here out?
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Carr: It was so much to deal with, I am going to say it that method. You all know me, man. I do not condone that form of speak. I do not speak that method. My children certain as heck won’t ever speak that method and it is onerous as a result of I like the person a lot. Like I’ve members of the family which have performed issues, I’ve performed issues that I am glad that I am nonetheless cherished. I feel greater than something coach wants folks to assist him, to like him in no matter areas that we are able to.
However on the identical time, what’s proper is correct and what’s flawed is flawed. I’ve by no means seen one thing like this occur and so you do not know the precedent. I do not know is he going to get suspended, is it a tremendous? I do not know. I am not good at figuring these sorts of issues out. However when that got here out, shortly after my spouse despatched it to me. I used to be preparing finding out and stuff, she despatched it to me, I learn it and about time I received performed studying it, it was over, and he resigned. So, you might think about there was so much happening in my head and once more I am going to in all probability get extra into it sometime about every thing that went down for me, however once more you all know I received a job to do.
And it wasn’t his fault that we did not play effectively on the sector. We as gamers the final two weeks, we’ve not been ok. So, that is not on him. That is on us. We received to play higher this week and get a win, particularly towards a superb protection.
With out Gruden right here, how it may be completely different on the sector?
Carr: Yeah, I feel we will Wing T, triple-option soccer, ball management. Simply attempt to run the quarterback as a lot as we are able to within the center. (laughter) I feel there are issues set in place with our offense. I have been with Oly [offensive coordinator Greg Olson]. My rookie yr he known as performs. I’ve heard his voice by means of the headset. I understand how he calls the sport and I understand how he thinks. We’re in the identical room.
Each dialog I had with Coach Gruden, I had with Oly this complete time and so us three and now Johnny Mo (senior offensive assistant John Morton), we have been all collectively on a regular basis. And so, it is not going to be something loopy new, however there are philosophies that some folks have. So, I do not need to give Oly’s secrets and techniques away, however may issues be completely different? Sure. May issues be comparable? Sure, completely. But when Denver is listening, we’re in all probability simply going to run the ball the entire time.
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Defensive finish Carl Nassib requested for a private day. How are you guys dealing with that, realizing he is going by means of one thing?
Carr: And you know the way I meant that too. For that, I actually simply came upon about that. We’re not in the identical assembly room. If [tight end] Darren Waller will not be within the room, I will discover. He sits subsequent to me. At any time when a defensive man is not right here or is damage, I discover out normally on Thursday or Friday, like ‘Oh man, are you alright?’ Particularly once we are practising when the protection is up, I am throwing routes with my receivers. I am not in it like that.
For Carl, from day one I advised Carl I like him, and he is aware of I received his again. So, if anybody will not speak to him, if anybody will mess with him, Carl is aware of that I’ve his again that is for certain, and with that form of stuff I am going to let Carl deal with all that with the teammates and all that form of stuff. I feel Mr. [general manager Mike] Mayock mentioned, he is a inhabitants of 1 actually. Like he has each proper to really feel the way in which he needs to really feel, identical to all of our teammates have each proper to really feel nevertheless they need to really feel. That was the message for everybody at present actually, however on the identical time with the mindset that we have now a sport to play, and we have now to maneuver on as onerous as it’s.
So much has been made from your relationship with Gruden. It should be very surreal for you now that it is over. Are you able to speak a little bit bit about that?
Carr: If I am trustworthy, that is the toughest half for me and once more there will probably be a time for these emotions to return out. Like I mentioned, there’s a unhappy feeling. There’s anger. I am human. I’ve performed my greatest yearly coping with no matter you understand what we have now to take care of, and it’s what it’s. However I promise you sometime we are able to discuss that.
I am attempting my greatest personally, actually, simply to make my thoughts centered on soccer as onerous as it’s, and I hope that is sensible and I am attempting to be respectful and reply it the most effective I can for you. However personally, I’ve to maintain my thoughts as centered as I can or else I am going to begin drifting and begin feeling some kind of method.
You’ve got this unprecedented storm of adversity, and but your staff is nice. These two issues normally do not go collectively. How do you grasp that?
Carr: Properly, I have been on this scenario. I feel it is my fifth head coach in eight years, and so I do know the emotions of when it is a good soccer staff and when it is not. And the emotions of when it is not you get loads of guys which might be simply coming to work, simply counting the times form of a factor. Whereas this staff, the way in which we got here in at present every thing remains to be on the market for us. We’re a superb soccer staff. We consider that. We have to play higher, however we nonetheless consider that we are able to compete with anyone.
And so, it is only a bizarre time. I feel that is the simplest technique to say it, it is a bizarre time however I do know a little bit bit about compartmentalizing some issues. My senior yr, my son was having surgical procedures the place medical doctors have been saying he may not make it and I nonetheless needed to play soccer video games. Like, I do not want that for anyone however for no matter motive I’ve simply needed to undergo a few of these issues, and that is a kind of issues the place you simply received to have the ability to separate the 2. And it is bizarre and it is onerous and I thank the Lord I can do it as a result of I need to really feel some kind of method.
However we’re a superb soccer staff and we do nonetheless have every thing out in entrance of us and I feel that I am simply attempting to give attention to what is nice, and what’s good for our soccer staff is considering these issues. Observe was nice. It is simpler to do actually when you’re on the sector. It is simpler to do once you’re within the conferences as a result of that is what you’re centered on, that is the place your thoughts is at. The onerous half is once you’re exterior of that not letting your thoughts wander.
Are you seeing what you need to see out of your teammates to let you understand that the staff goes to have the ability to take care of this?
Carr: Yeah. I imply we’re positively centered on soccer. Are conversations nonetheless taking place? Completely. One other a part of my job as a pacesetter right here is to ensure everyone is okay and I received to test on guys if I see a sure look on their face, ensure that they’re alright. ‘How do you are feeling about every thing? You alright? Hey, I received your again man, no matter you want. 3 a.m., man, name me. I will be there.’ My children are in all probability up anyhow, or no less than one of many seven (laughter).
I am there for you. And so, there are these conversations, however as a complete the main target is on successful. We had nice conferences; we had an excellent apply. Filled with vitality, competitors was nice. That half was good, however once you stroll round and also you sit on the meal room, it is onerous to not. It is the most important story in sports activities proper now and that is what we discuss.
You flip the TV on and that is what’s on and also you do your greatest to remain centered when it is time to focus and all these sorts of issues. However once more, I am simply unhappy. I am unhappy for the those that have been damage. I am unhappy for coach. I am unhappy for our group. I am unhappy for our followers. There’s loads of these emotions, however on the identical time when it is soccer time I believed we have been actually good. I’m listening to and seeing the issues that you simply need to hear when it’s soccer time.
Are there instances on the sector that you simply discover Coach Gruden is not on the market anymore?
Carr: Fortunately there was not too many errors at present. There was no errors at present. I do not need to say no errors, there’s at all times one thing. I had a sense of after I hit the sector, I used to be ready for him to click on within the headset and begin speaking to me. Make a joke, make me chortle. Get me going, fireplace me up. And it was Oly’s voice at present and once more fortunately that is one thing I am used to. Fortunately it is one thing I heard earlier than.
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Do not get me flawed, I like the person, and also you hate the sin. Like for anyone, nobody is ideal. If we simply began opening up everyone’s non-public emails and texts, folks will begin sweating a little bit bit. Hopefully not too many, however perhaps that is what they need to do for all coaches and GMs and house owners any further. You bought to open up every thing and see what occurs. However you hate the motion, you hate it. You are not supposed to love it, however you like the particular person. And I like the particular person. I’ve grown to like him a lot.
We spent a lot time collectively. We have been by means of so many battles. We have been by means of so many issues collectively. He is at all times had my again. He is at all times been there for me, and I like his household. I like his spouse. I like his children. And I feel that is why it is onerous as a result of he isn’t round. It is over. He is not going to be round and that is the onerous half. That for me as a human being is the toughest half. As a soccer participant, like I mentioned, I received a job to do no matter what is going on on. It was completely different with him not on the market.
However lengthy story brief, you hate, you are feeling for everyone concerned, however I’ll at all times be somebody irrespective of who does what I will love you. And if that is flawed, then I am okay being flawed. I will attempt to construct folks up it doesn’t matter what. That does not make what they did proper, however I am at all times going to be there to attempt to be there on the subsequent step, on the opposite facet, to attempt to carry them again up and love them up once more.