Raiders' Derek Carr has perfect response to Jack Del Rio's criticism

Raiders' Derek Carr has perfect response to Jack Del Rio's criticism

Derek Carr's career numbers in cold weather aren't great. He knows that.

The Raiders quarterback also hasn't fared well in his career at Arrowhead Stadium, where the Silver and Black will head Sunday to face the Chiefs with a share of first place in the AFC West on the line.

In his five career starts at Arrowhead Stadium, Carr is averaging 186 yards per game while completing just 55 percent of his passes. In those five contests, he's thrown three touchdowns and five interceptions and has a total QBR of 15. 

All in all, Carr's numbers in cold weather games (below 40 degrees) aren't good. His former head coach Jack Del Rio pointed out that fact on Twitter on Tuesday.

Carr, who played under Del Rio for three seasons, offered a response to his former coach's words Wednesday after practice.

"Jack was there with me a couple of those times," Carr said with a smile. "I used to think it was a team game. But yes, it’s all my fault, and I take full responsibility."

While football indeed is a team game, Carr no doubt knows that as QB1, the buck stops with him. If Oakland doesn't win, no matter what his individual stats are, people will criticize him. It's the nature of the position. 

Del Rio responded by wishing his former QB good luck Sunday in a crucial game for the Raiders' playoff hopes. 

The Raiders (6-5) are coming off an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the 4-7 Jets. The loss snapped Oakland's three-game winning streak and knocked them out of the current playoff picture in the AFC.

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The Chiefs enter the Week 13 tilt getting healthier coming off a bye week. They haven't been as dominant as last season, but reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes still can put up points in a hurry.

If the Raiders defense gets gashed by Mahomes, it'll be up to Carr to make plays and keep his team in the game.

There's no doubt he'd love nothing more than to pick up his first career win at Arrowhead and silence Del Rio and a number of his doubters.

Las Vegas Raiders can use Tom Brady to build business, Jay Glazer says

Las Vegas Raiders can use Tom Brady to build business, Jay Glazer says

While Derek Carr was in Las Vegas for the Raiders' official rebranding this week, speculation about Tom Brady joining the Silver and Black continues to simmer.

Two weeks ago, The Athletic's Jay Glazer said that Brady to the Raiders is a "no-brainer" because it would help with ticket sales, among other things.

On Friday, Glazer added a bit more context when asked again about where Brady will play next season.

"I said it last week, the Chargers or the Raiders," Glazer wrote. "I spoke about the business side of things. You guys kind of jumped on me talking about how great ticket sales are for the Raiders. I don’t know if I said ticket sales or not but there’s way more than ticket sales when you’re building up a business. They can use Tom Brady to build the business of the Raiders, which will now be an international team. I say that because of all the big business whales from all over the world who are going to come to Las Vegas and now be exposed to the Raiders.

"That’s going to be a hot ticket. The international marketing will be huge. The Raiders are going to be big players internationally with that. That’s why I would think it’s a brilliant move to go to Vegas."

Brady, who will turn 43 years old before the start of the 2020 NFL season, is a free agent and could move on from the Patriots, the only franchise he has ever known.

Carr is under contract with the Raiders for three more seasons, and recently said he is "looking forward" to being under center for the first snap in Las Vegas. But head coach Jon Gruden didn't give the most glowing endorsement of Carr after the regular-season finale in December.

All of this has fueled chatter that the Raiders could bring in Brady to help open their first season in Sin City.

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While Brady led the Patriots to a 12-4 record this past season, his numbers declined, suggesting that his best days are behind him.

If owner Mark Davis and Gruden want to win games and continue to build a solid foundation for the future, they'll stick with Carr. If they are more concerned with making a sexy splash, they'll make the change to Brady.

Derek Carr 'looking forward' to being QB in Raiders' Las Vegas opener

Derek Carr 'looking forward' to being QB in Raiders' Las Vegas opener

Out of a possible 96 starts since being drafted by the Raiders in 2014, quarterback Derek Carr has been under center for 94 of them.

But after a disappointing 7-9 season, many Raiders fans have clamored for a change at the game’s most important position.

Carr, however, hasn’t paid the rumors or social media fodder too much attention.

“But I'll say it this way,” Carr said (h/t ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez). “I look forward to taking the first snap in that stadium, and I look forward to taking every snap from here on out -- until I'm done."

The 28-year-old had a career year in 2019, setting career-highs in passing yards (4,054), yards per attempt (7.9), and quarterback rating (100.8).

But coach Jon Gruden grew frustrated with Carr’s inability to throw the ball downfield consistently, and some potential free agent quarterbacks reportedly have caught the Raiders’ eye.

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As the team re-brands and moves into its new home in Sin City, some believe the team will bring on a new starting signal-caller to usher in the Las Vegas Raiders era.

Just don’t count Carr among them.