Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr admitted that Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa's comments pissed him off. Following a 28-14 Monday Night Football win over the Raiders, Bosa said the game plan was to hit Carr a couple of times since they knew the Raiders quarterback gets shook after a couple of hits.
"I just thought it was unfortunate that he'd even think to say it," Carr said, per ESPN. "Maybe he was just trying to get under my skin. Which, he did piss me off. So, good job for that. But that's not a bad thing, either."
Bosa and company sacked Carr four times during the game. "We knew once we hit him a few times, he really gets shook," Bosa said at the time. "And you saw on [Christian Covington's fourth-quarter] sack he was pretty much curling into a ball before we even got back there.
"So, great dude, great player. He's been having a great year, but we knew once we get pressure on him, he kind of shuts down and he's not as effective with a crowded pocket, so that was the key to it."
Carr backed by Raiders coach Jon Gruden
"We love our quarterback," Gruden said on Tuesday.
"And we think he's having a hell of a year and going to continue to do so." Carr revealed he talked a lot of trash talk to Bosa during the game and he thought the defensive end fired after the game. "And he knows that," Carr said.
"We've gone back and forth. He was probably mad because I was talking a lot of crap to him during the game. It was an emotional day for them. Saw a lot of things about their whole team after. Good thing it's a new week.
He's entitled to that opinion and saying those things. But it's almost like he watched the game in reverse. "The game that I watched, we came out and fought a little bit after they got after us a little bit up front.
Fine. The opinions I care about are what Gru and Oly told me when I came in the building yesterday and today, and it will always be that way. Especially with my teammates. But we'll see them again. He's entitled to say that. Great player, great dude. I just don't think he watched the game in the same order I did."