Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden apologized to Raider fans after an embarrassing Week 12 loss and also gave credit to the Atlanta Falcons for the performance they put up this past Sunday. The Raiders, who were the favorites to beat the Falcons on the road, performed surprisingly bad as the Falcons -- who were without their star wide receiver Julio Jones and running back Todd Gurley -- demolished Las Vegas 43-6.
"I'd just like to apologize to Raider Nation and compliment the Falcons, they played one hell of a football game, and we didn't not," Gruden said postgame, per the team's website. "Turnovers, the penalties, it's inexcusable and it's a reflection of me.
We're a lot better team than that." The Raiders, who have been great on the offensive end this season, couldn't get their offense going as the Falcons limited them to only a field goal in the first half. In the second half nothing changed as the Raiders continued to struggle on the offensive side as they only scored one field goal.
"We've got to get up off the mat and fight better as a coaching staff and as a football team," Gruden said. "That's something we've got to take a look at — and like I said it's a reflection of me, and I apologize to the Raider fans."
Derek Carr eager to bounce back this week
Raiders quarterback Carr had his worst performance of the season as he went 22-of-34 for 215 yards, zero touchdowns, one interception and also had three fumbles. "There's one of two ways we could handle it: We could say aw crap and just keep giving into that or we could grit our teeth like our team will," Carr said postgame.
"We have a team that kicked the crap out of us last year coming next. They beat the dog out of us last time, so we better get our minds right before we got on the flight for that game." Carr, who was drafted by the Raiders in 2014, has had some rough seasons with the Raiders but he insists this current Raider team won't quit on the season after an embarrassing loss.
"I have felt that feeling around the guys where it's like, aw crap here we go, and that's not the same [with this team]," Carr told reporters. "For what it's worth, it's not. I know that feeling, I've seen that feeling, that frustration."