HomeNFLDerek Carr transcript: Everything he said about Jon Gruden’s resignation as Raiders coach
Derek Carr transcript: Everything he said about Jon Gruden’s resignation as Raiders coach
October 14, 2021
LAS VEGAS — Derek Carr, his voice cracking at instances and his eyes rising watery, spoke on a variety of 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 contemporary in his thoughts, Carr talked for practically quarter-hour, saying he was emotional however had a job to do, and that the Raiders’ season was not accomplished. He additionally spoke of the temper in a shell-shocked locker room and provided a suggestion to the NFL in terms of 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 converse 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 suppose any of us did. It simply caught us all without warning, 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 will get into a few of it in case 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 all the time have and my voice. Simply making an attempt to be a powerful voice for individuals to repeatedly deliver individuals collectively and frequently push individuals in the appropriate path. We’re 3-2. We’ve every part out in entrance of us that we have needed from the start. It is not going to be with the identical room of individuals, which is tough, however on the identical time no one cares, and you know the way that goes. I feel that for me simply the message right now was I simply tried to push every part off.
I imply I am sick about it. I’ve a whole lot of feelings — offended, sick, upset, mad, pissed off. All these issues. Empathy. I do not suppose there’s a e-book on tips on how to deal with all this, or truly there may be, however I do not suppose that there’s a approach 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 right now was we now have 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?
Carr: It was loads to deal with, I will say it that approach. You all know me, man. I do not condone that sort of discuss. I do not discuss that approach. My children certain as heck won’t ever discuss that approach and it is onerous as a result of I like the person a lot. Like I’ve members of the family which have accomplished issues, I’ve accomplished issues that I am glad that I am nonetheless liked. I feel greater than something coach wants individuals to assist him, to like him in no matter areas that we will.
However on the identical time, what’s proper is correct and what’s incorrect is incorrect. 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 advantageous? 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 learning and stuff, she despatched it to me, I learn it and about time I received accomplished studying it, it was over, and he resigned. So, you could possibly think about there was loads happening in my head and once more I will most likely get extra into it sometime about every part 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 properly on the sphere. 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 sphere?
Carr: Yeah, I feel we’ll Wing T, triple-option soccer, ball management. Simply attempt to run the quarterback as a lot as we will 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 referred to as performs. I’ve heard his voice by way 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 entire 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 isn’t going to be something loopy new, however there are philosophies that some individuals have. So, I do not need to give Oly’s secrets and techniques away, however may issues be completely different? Sure. May issues be related? Sure, completely. But when Denver is listening, we’re most likely 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, figuring out he is going by way of one thing?
Carr: And you know the way I meant that too. For that, I truthfully 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. Every time a defensive man is not right here or is harm, I discover out often on Thursday or Friday, like ‘Oh man, are you alright?’ Particularly once we are training 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 instructed Carl I like him, and he is aware of I received his again. So, if anybody will not discuss to him, if anybody will mess with him, Carl is aware of that I’ve his again that is for certain, and with that sort of stuff I will let Carl deal with all that with the teammates and all that sort 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 best way he desires 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 right now actually, however on the identical time with the mindset that we now have a recreation to play, and we now have to maneuver on as onerous as it’s.
Lots has been manufactured from your relationship with Gruden. It should be very surreal for you now that it is over. Are you able to discuss just a little bit about that?
Carr: If I am sincere, 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 accomplished my greatest yearly coping with no matter you understand what we now have to cope with, and it’s what it’s. However I promise you sometime we will discuss that.
I am making an attempt my greatest personally, truthfully, simply to make my thoughts targeted on soccer as onerous as it’s, and I hope that is smart and I am making an attempt to be respectful and reply it the perfect I can for you. However personally, I’ve to maintain my thoughts as targeted as I can or else I will begin drifting and begin feeling some sort of approach.
You have got this unprecedented storm of adversity, and but your staff is sweet. These two issues often do not go collectively. How do you grasp that?
Carr: Properly, I have been on this state of affairs. I feel it is my fifth head coach in eight years, and so I do know the sentiments of when it is a good soccer staff and when it isn’t. And the sentiments of when it isn’t you get a whole lot of guys which are simply coming to work, simply counting the times sort of a factor. Whereas this staff, the best way we got here in right now every part continues 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 will compete with anyone.
And so, it is only a bizarre time. I feel that is the simplest method to say it, it is a bizarre time however I do know just a little 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 type 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 sort of approach.
However we’re a superb soccer staff and we do nonetheless have every part out in entrance of us and I feel that I am simply making an attempt to deal with what is sweet, and what’s good for our soccer staff is considering these issues. Apply was nice. It is simpler to do truthfully when you find yourself on the sphere. It is simpler to do whenever you’re within the conferences as a result of that is what you’re targeted on, that is the place your thoughts is at. The onerous half is whenever 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 cope with this?
Carr: Yeah. I imply we’re undoubtedly targeted 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 verify on guys if I see a sure look on their face, be sure they’re alright. ‘How do you’re feeling about every part? 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 most likely up anyhow, or at the least one of many seven (laughter).
I am there for you. And so, there are these conversations, however as an entire the main focus is on successful. We had nice conferences; we had an important observe. Filled with power, competitors was nice. That half was good, however whenever 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 targeted when it is time to focus and all these sorts of issues. However once more, I am simply unhappy. I am unhappy for the folks that have been harm. I am unhappy for coach. I am unhappy for our group. I am unhappy for our followers. There’s a whole lot of these emotions, however on the identical time when it is soccer time I assumed we have been actually good. I’m listening to and seeing the issues that you just need to hear when it’s soccer time.
Are there instances on the sphere that you just discover Coach Gruden is not on the market anymore?
Carr: Fortunately there was not too many errors right now. There was no errors right now. I do not need to say no errors, there may be all the time one thing. I had a sense of once I hit the sphere, 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 right now 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 incorrect, 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, individuals will begin sweating just a little bit. Hopefully not too many, however perhaps that is what they need to do for all coaches and GMs and house owners any longer. You bought to open up every part 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 way of so many battles. We have been by way of so many issues collectively. He is all the time had my again. He is all the time 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 isn’t 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 quick, you hate, you’re feeling for everyone concerned, however I’ll all the time be somebody irrespective of who does what I will love you. And if that is incorrect, then I am okay being incorrect. I will attempt to construct individuals up it doesn’t matter what. That does not make what they did proper, however I am all the time going to be there to attempt to be there on the subsequent step, on the opposite aspect, to attempt to elevate them again up and love them up once more.