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 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 accomplished. He additionally spoke of the temper in a shell-shocked locker room and supplied a suggestion to the NFL in terms of personal emails and texts.
Right here is the entire 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 footwear. A whole lot of feelings clearly. Did not see all of this coming. I do not suppose 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 you probably have extra questions.
However from an emotional standpoint I obtained a job to do and that is by no means modified irrespective of who the coach is, irrespective of who’s on the group 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 attempting to be a robust voice for individuals to repeatedly carry individuals collectively and frequently push individuals in the best course. We’re 3-2. We have now all the things out in entrance of us that we have wished from the start. It isn’t going to be with the identical room of individuals, which is difficult, however on the identical time no one cares, and you understand how that goes. I believe that for me simply the message at present was I simply tried to push all the things off.
I imply I am sick about it. I’ve lots of feelings — offended, sick, upset, mad, pissed off. All these issues. Empathy. I do not suppose there’s a e book on find out how to deal with all this, or really there may be, however I do not suppose that there’s a means 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’ve a job to do. It is Wednesday, if we’re nonetheless in our emotions, it is too late. We obtained to maneuver on.
You stated 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 am going to say it that means. You all know me, man. I do not condone that sort of speak. I do not speak that means. My children positive as heck won’t ever speak that means and it is onerous as a result of I like the person a lot. Like I’ve relations which have accomplished issues, I’ve accomplished issues that I am glad that I am nonetheless liked. I believe greater than something coach wants individuals 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 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 high quality? 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 obtained 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 am going to in all probability get extra into it sometime about all the things that went down for me, however once more you all know I obtained a job to do.
And it wasn’t his fault that we did not play effectively 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 obtained to play higher this week and get a win, particularly towards a great protection.
With out Gruden right here, how it may be totally different on the sphere?
Carr: Yeah, I believe we will Wing T, triple-option soccer, ball management. Simply try to run the quarterback as a lot as we are able to within the center. (laughter) I believe 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 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 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 might issues be totally different? Sure. Might issues be related? 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, figuring out he is going by means of one thing?
Carr: And you understand how 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 shouldn’t be within the room, I will discover. He sits subsequent to me. Every time a defensive man is not right here or is damage, 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 advised Carl I like him, and he is aware of I obtained 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 positive, and with that sort of stuff I am going to let Carl deal with all that with the teammates and all that sort of stuff. I believe Mr. [general manager Mike] Mayock stated, he is a inhabitants of 1 actually. Like he has each proper to really feel the best way 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’ve a sport to play, and we’ve to maneuver on as onerous as it’s.
So much has been manufactured 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 come back out. Like I stated, there’s a unhappy feeling. There may be anger. I am human. I’ve accomplished my finest yearly coping with no matter you recognize what we’ve to take care of, and it’s what it’s. However I promise you sometime we are able to speak about that.
I am attempting my finest personally, truthfully, simply to make my thoughts targeted on soccer as onerous as it’s, and I hope that is sensible and I am attempting to be respectful and reply it the very best I can for you. However personally, I’ve to maintain my thoughts as targeted as I can or else I am going to begin drifting and begin feeling some sort of means.
You could have this unprecedented storm of adversity, and but your group is nice. These two issues often do not go collectively. How do you grasp that?
Carr: Effectively, I have been on this state of affairs. I believe it is my fifth head coach in eight years, and so I do know the sentiments of when it is a good soccer group and when it isn’t. And the sentiments of when it isn’t you get lots of guys which can be simply coming to work, simply counting the times sort of a factor. Whereas this group, the best way we got here in at present all the things continues to be on the market for us. We’re a great soccer group. We imagine that. We have to play higher, however we nonetheless imagine that we are able to compete with anyone.
And so, it is only a bizarre time. I believe that is the best approach 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 docs 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 cause I’ve simply needed to undergo a few of these issues, and that is a type of issues the place you simply obtained 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 means.
However we’re a great soccer group and we do nonetheless have all the things out in entrance of us and I believe that I am simply attempting to give attention to what is nice, and what’s good for our soccer group is considering these issues. Follow was nice. It is simpler to do truthfully if you end up on the sphere. It is simpler to do if 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 if you’re outdoors of that not letting your thoughts wander.
Are you seeing what you need to see out of your teammates to let you recognize that the group goes to have the ability to take care of this?
Carr: Yeah. I imply we’re undoubtedly targeted on soccer. Are conversations nonetheless occurring? Completely. One other a part of my job as a pacesetter right here is to ensure everyone is okay and I obtained to verify on guys if I see a sure look on their face, be certain they’re alright. ‘How do you’re feeling about all the things? You alright? Hey, I obtained 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 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 target is on profitable. We had nice conferences; we had an awesome follow. Stuffed with power, competitors was nice. That half was good, however if 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 speak about.
You flip the TV on and that is what’s on and also you do your finest 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 those that have been damage. I am unhappy for coach. I am unhappy for our group. I am unhappy for our followers. There may be lots 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 at present. There was no errors at present. 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, hearth 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 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 personal emails and texts, individuals will begin sweating a little bit bit. Hopefully not too many, however possibly that is what they need to do for all coaches and GMs and homeowners any further. You bought to open up all the things and see what occurs. However you hate the motion, you hate it. You are not supposed to love it, however you’re keen on the individual. And I like the individual. 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 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 believe 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 stated, I obtained a job to do no matter what is going on on. It was totally different with him not on the market.
However lengthy story brief, 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 try 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 try to be there on the following step, on the opposite facet, to try to elevate them again up and love them up once more.