EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – This was a different Derek Carr on artificial turf at Meadowlands for the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, polar opposite of the efficient and accurate quarterback we last saw two weeks ago before halftime.
Before former Raiders catcher Henry Ruggs III was involved in a car accident that killed 23-year-old Tina Tintor and her dog, injuring himself and his girlfriend early Tuesday morning, leaving Ruggs facing off. a felony DUI with death and reckless driving charges that could lead to 46 years in prison.
An excited Carr spoke Wednesday of the need to compartmentalize emotions and get work done. And despite saying that emotions had nothing to do with it, obviously something was wrong with Carr in the Raiders’ surprise 23-16 loss to the New York Giants.
“This one’s mine,” Carr said, downplaying the notion of emotions manifesting on the field. “Please tell me about turning the ball over.”
Carr threw two interceptions, including a six-pick early in the third quarter, and was sacked while driving for a possible game-tying touchdown and PAT within the Giants’ 20-yard line with 37 seconds to play, sealing Las Vegas. destiny. He also badly toppled Darren Waller in the end zone in the first half.
In fact, Carr’s three turnovers against the Giants came in the second half. He entered the game with just five turnovers all season.
All this after completing 91.2% of his passes against the Philadelphia Eagles two weeks earlier.
“You can’t turn the ball over,” Carr reiterated. “That’s why we lost the game. We fought at the end, we got a touchdown, we won the game, we’re talking about different things. Not certain emotions and all that kind of stuff. At the end of the day, We are soccer players So we play soccer Can’t turn around.
“The second interception, Zay [Jones] I did a double move, tried to fit it in before safety came (Xavier McKinney). Got there. That had nothing to do with emotion. That was a decision I made and it didn’t work out. “
The Raiders (5-3) making a pratfall after the bye week fits a certain narrative: They are now 3-16 in their first game after bye since 2003.
So yeah, something was wrong. Something that needs to be fixed, and fast, lest his season get out of control like it has in the last two seasons.
In 2019, the Raiders were 6-4 before going 7-9. And in 2020, they were 6-3 before finishing 8-8. Next, the seemingly resurgent Kansas City Chiefs on “Sunday Night Football” at Allegiant Stadium.
Carr’s passer rating of 72.4 was the second-lowest of the season (he had a 67.1 rating in a Week 5 loss to the Chicago Bears), and he ended up throwing for 296 yards and a TD with both interceptions, completing 30 of 46 attempts. .
Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia wasn’t sure “was” was the right word to describe Carr’s game. On the other hand, maybe it was.
“I know there are some plays that he would love to have back,” Bisaccia said.
“Certain pitches go in certain directions and sometimes they are a little high or low, or a lot of players make those catches. Again, we don’t shoot either end.”
As such, Bisaccia also said that he did not see any issues in the game regarding emotions, stamina, effort, attitude or balance.
Waller (seven catches for a 92-yard game), receiver Hunter Renfrow (seven catches, including a 2-yard TD) and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, who had two sacks for the third time in four games, agreed.
“Incredibly hard what happened,” Renfrow said. “It’s just a tragedy. It was very sad. It was a difficult week, but we have to go out there and play better than we did. I think as we move forward, it’s going to make us tighter. A lot of adversity this season, but I think that improving every day will be the key. “
The Raiders also went through the thrills of Jon Gruden’s email investigation and subsequent resignation as head coach last month.
“Personally, I was a little surprised because Coach Gruden was someone who risked the opportunity to bring me in, to give me a chance to get back to playing soccer,” said Waller, who struggled with addiction early in his career. “And Henry is someone everyone likes. Not just because he was the fastest person you’ve ever seen running on the field, but because he was a good person and a respectful person, someone you liked to be with on a daily basis.
“It’s shocking. It hurts a bit. But all we can do is do the best we can to move forward and focus on soccer. No one asked for this, but at the same time, in terms of training, endurance and adversity, I feel like we are getting the best practice and training you can possibly get at that. So we have to keep moving. “
From a purely footballing standpoint, the lack of a deep threat greatly affected the Raiders’ game plan. Safeties were able to cheat more than in the past. The Raiders addressed that with wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who said Sunday he was signing with the team.
But that news broke after the Raiders boarded their buses for the flight home. Later, Carr said again that emotions had nothing to do with his performance.
“I try to be a model of consistency,” Carr said. “Not for anyone else, but so I can tell my kids the right way to do it. So, you go out there and you pretty much complete them all. [against the Eagles], and it’s like, ‘Keep it up.’
“You go out and have a hard day [against the Giants], turning the ball over, it’s … I’m not going to change. I’m going to try to learn from those mistakes. “