Derek Carr says he doesn’t think about his future during the season

Dec 15, 2022, 8:55 AM

Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders signals a play call against the Los Angeles Rams during the ...

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 08: Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders signals a play call against the Los Angeles Rams during the second quarter at SoFi Stadium on December 08, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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While there’s still a chance the Las Vegas Raiders make the playoffs, last Thursday’s loss to the Rams made those chances much slimmer.

And since Derek Carr joined the team in 2014, the team has only made the playoffs twice, in 2016 and 2021. So, there are rumblings that if the team misses the postseason again, the new regime could move on from Carr.

On Wednesday, when asked about if he looks ahead to when the season is over, Carr said during the season, he doesn’t.

“I’ve always tried my best to, as I’ve gotten older in my career, just eliminate all of those things,” Carr said. “Gru [Jon Gruden] would always tell me, he said, ‘All of those things are going to happen when you play quarterback in NFL.’ Whenever you have a bad stretch of games, or a losing stretch of games, or anything like that, that stuff is going to happen. And so, for me, I don’t. I should have been traded for eight years now. It is what it is. We have passionate fans, and we have passionate people that just want to see us win. And so, when we don’t, obviously they get mad, and they think. ‘Oh, we got to fix something,’ and stuff like that.”

Since there are still four games left to be played, there is still a chance Derek Carr and the Raiders make another historic run for the postseason.

“I mean, we had five percent chance last year, or whatever it was. So, crazier things have happened. But none of that even matters unless we take care of today and win this week. And playing against the Patriots, Bill Belichick, and their staff and all the players that they have, that’s not an easy task. So, for us, if we want all those things, we can hope for and all that. But we have to be able to put in the work this week to make sure that happens.”


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