Perhaps the most prominent Raiders fan out there is rapper and actor Ice Cube.
Cube dubs himself the president of Raiders Nation, which is the perfect title, but he had plenty to say to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith about the state of the 2020 season -- and he didn’t fault Las Vegas' quarterback.
“The same thing that always happens to us, we go 6-3, and then the bottom falls out. We got to fix that,” Cube told Stephen A. recently.
As far as quarterback Derek Carr is concerned, naturally, he will end up being the subject of criticisms with the team not living up to its potential. Cube has faith in the three-time Pro Bowl selection, but admits there could be something to improve on.
“I like the quarterback,” Cube said. “He’s done a lot of things well, I would like him to maybe follow through on a couple throws, you know what I mean? Not be so back-footed, step into some of those throws, but for the most part, it doesn’t been his fault we haven’t won.”
The Raiders, who finished the season 8-8, just wrapped up their inaugural season in Las Vegas, a move Cube was happy with from the beginning. But he wanted the team to build off of something which mirrored what team owner Mark Davis said following the conclusion of the season.
“We start off great and then the team ends up 8-8,” Cube said. “Something’s got to be done different, I still think we got to sure up that defense and hey, hopefully, next year we can get 10-6, 11-5, and get into those playoffs.”
Cube reiterated how important the defense needs to be in some of these games since Carr can’t have the sole responsibility to score 30 points every game.
The team has a new defensive coordinator in Gus Bradley, who comes to the Raiders from the Los Angeles Chargers. Improving the defense is vital for Las Vegas if they want to have sustained success. Bradley was part of the Seattle Seahawks’ defense that won a Super Bowl in 2013. Bringing him to the Raiders should go a long way to fixing the problem.
Maybe then, Cube will be able to have something more to be excited about.