Derek Carr, Jon Gruden shocked by blown slide call in Raiders' loss

Derek Carr, Jon Gruden shocked by blown slide call in Raiders' loss

OAKLAND -- With fewer than three minutes to go Sunday, Derek Carr sprinted out of the pocket. He found a lane to the right, picked up the first down and slid inbounds. Carr popped up, fired the ball and let out a primal scream toward the stands. 

In Carr's mind, that first down -- with the Jaguars having only one timeout left -- had just sealed a Raiders' win in the final game at the Coliseum. He had delivered on something he knew was of the utmost importance to those who bleed silver and black. He threw up an 'O' and swaggered back to the huddle unaware the officials had ruled he didn't give himself up inbounds and therefore the clock stopped at 2:05, giving the Jaguars a sliver of life. 

Carr thought the game reached the two-minute warning after his slide, so he was late getting back to the huddle and was flagged for a delay of game. Head coach Jon Gruden tried to challenge the call that Carr went out of bounds, but the play was not reviewable. 

Two minutes later, the Raiders were walking off the field after being stunned by the Jags. The extra time afforded to Jacksonville ended up being the difference, as quarterback Gardner Minshew marched the Jags 75 yards in 1:13, hitting Chris Conley for the game-winning touchdown to shock the Raiders and their fans, 20-16. 

"I've never seen anything like it," Jon Gruden said after the game. "People up in the press box are clearly telling me he gave himself up in the field of play. And I'm waiting for the clock to wind to two minutes. I'm still waiting. And it never happened. Unbelievable. I thought somebody would overturn it. I thought that's the reasoning for instant replay. We've had New York City chime in and make a couple calls -- one in Kansas City, one in New York -- and I thought they'd make one today to correct it. Obviously, it was a big play in that situation We'll see what the league says about it." 

The Raiders and their fans were mostly speechless after a loss that sucked the air out of a party-like atmosphere at the final game in Oakland. The Silver and Black controlled the game from the opening kick. Carr hit Tyrell Williams for a 40-yard score on the first possession. A rager, one that started in the parking lot hours before kickoff, seemed to be in order. 

But the Raiders played with fire. The offense stalled, the defense got relaxed and a blown call cost Carr, Gruden and the Raiders the ending they hoped to deliver for the throngs of fans in attendance to bid adieu to their beloved team. 

"It was one of the more shocking moments of my life," Carr said of the call. "If I'm being honest. I understand the rule differently I guess. I don't want to get into that. If they want to talk about it, y'all can have a press conference with the refs. Maybe they'll do that someday. I won't get into what they said. I'll keep my money in my pocket."

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After the call, you could feel the energy shift in the Coliseum. Fans started chanting expletives at the officials before Daniel Carlson missed a field goal that would have pushed the Raiders' lead to six, and well before Minshew hit Conley for the decisive score. Like they were prepared to be talking about Carr's slide for years to come.

The clock hit zero with Carr's Hail-Mary attempt landing on the turf, and the anger in the stadium turned to the quarterback. He was ferociously booed when he walked over to the black hole after the loss. Water bottles and nachos were flung onto the field as the Oakland era came to a close with the Raiders snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. 

What could have been for the Oakland Las Vegas Raiders. 

Raiders' Derek Carr just trolling with Khalil Mack post, David Carr says

Raiders' Derek Carr just trolling with Khalil Mack post, David Carr says

It's been another offseason of rumors for Derek Carr.

Despite a solid 2019 campaign in Year 2 under Jon Gruden, whispers of the Raiders' interest in other quarterbacks, notably Tom Brady, have been circulating since the season ended. There also have been rumors the Silver and Black could look to trade Carr this offseason. Carr sent shockwaves of his own across social media earlier this week when he posted a photo of himself and former teammate Khalil Mack on Instagram, sparking speculation he could be headed to the Chicago Bears.

But, according to Carr's brother David, he was just having a little fun with the offseason rumor mill.

“His son’s favorite movie is Trolls. He’s just having fun. It’s the offseason,” David Carr said on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access."

While Derek Carr is used to questions about his job security being a topic of conversation, it appears the veteran quarterback is enjoying stoking the trade flames himself for once. 

But he might also be sending a message to the Raiders that other teams would love for him to be their starting quarterback if they don't.

The Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and others have been mentioned as possible landing spots for Derek Carr if he is traded. 

As for the Raiders' offseason plans at quarterback, it feels like the smart money is on Carr entering the season as the starter. While the Brady rumors have taken up all the oxygen, it feels like a stretch to suggest that the six-time Super Bowl champion would leave the New England Patriots at this point in his career. Of course, if Brady wants to wear silver and black, the Raiders have to make that happen.

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It seems likely Carr will take the first snap for the Raiders in Las Vegas with a free-agent acquisition occupying the backup role and looking to take over should Carr not take the next step head coach Jon Gruden wants to see.

If more rumors continue to pop up, don't be surprised to see Carr take to social media with another cryptic post.

Jon Gruden announces Raiders' minicamp will be in Las Vegas, not Alameda

Jon Gruden announces Raiders' minicamp will be in Las Vegas, not Alameda

The Raiders' move from Oakland to Las Vegas is ramping up.

Head coach Jon Gruden announced Saturday before Tyson Fury's win over Deontay Wilder in a heavyweight fight that the Silver and Black would host their mandatory minicamp at their new home in Sin City.

“If we can let everyone in, we will,” Gruden said on the big screen at the fight, via The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

It is unclear whether or not the Raiders will hold the event in Las Vegas or at the team's facility in Henderson, Nev., although the latter seems more likely.

The Raiders are expected to host their training camp in Napa next summer before shifting football operations to Nevada full time.

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Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock face another important offseason as they look to continue the upward trajectory from last season.

The Raiders started Phase 1 of Gruden's rebuild last offseason. They had a historically successful draft class led by running back Josh Jacobs, cornerback Trayvon Mullen and defensive end Maxx Crosby

It will be imperative for Gruden and Mayock to hit on their draft picks again. The Raiders have the No. 12 and No. 19 picks in the first round. With a deep class of young wide receivers, the Silver and Black could greatly improve their offense if they call the right names in April when the draft will be held in April. 

With over $50 million in salary cap room, the Raiders also must navigate free agency successfully. There are a number of players they could pursue, including Tom Brady, but they must hit on their free-agent signings in order to make another leap up the AFC West ladder.