Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was a bit disappointed he couldn't hug Jon Gruden following the team's 34-24 win over the Denver Broncos. Early last week, Raiders coach Gruden resigned after emails revealed he used homophobic, racist and misogynistic language.
"More now than ever, we had to step up and be a voice," said Carr, who threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns in completing 18 of 27 passes for a 134.4 passer rating, his highest rating in almost three years. "There will be a time for all the emotions, but now is not the time.
If anything, what this did was it, for sure, brought us closer. ... We needed a win bad this week. "It sucks not hugging Gru' after a game like that. Some of the plays we ran, he would have been so fired up, but it is what it is and we need to move forward.
For those three hours, it's definitely easier to just focus on football."
Carr didn't have Gruden but Rich Bisaccia did a great job
Bisaccia, who was named the interim head coach after Gruden's resignation, couldn't hide his happiness after winning his first game as an NFL coach.
"The best part for me was to be able to get on the grass," Bisaccia said. "The worst part for me was figuring out the headset. Once you get on the field and the game goes, a lot of my responsibilities were the same.
There was a pretty good dialogue between myself and [offensive coordinator Greg Olson], and myself and Gus [Bradley, defensive coordinator]. ... It was really a collective effort going through the game. "Certainly, it's emotional for everybody, right? So, I think they did a good job.
It's a bunch of grown men, handling their emotions throughout the week, putting them in perspective when it was time to go play the game. It's a job for all of us. They seemed to do a really good job with it. We'll see what goes on."
Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby joked there's always crazy stuff going on with the Raiders. "In this business, there's always crazy things going on, especially with the Raiders," Crosby said with a laugh.
"There's no mistake about it. Ever since I got here, there's always things going on. But these guys that we have in this building are resilient. "Everyone's talking about, 'Oh, now what are the Raiders going to do? Is the season over?' We heard all of it.
For us to go out and have a great week of practice and go out there and play good football, it's just a testament to all these guys in the locker room. I couldn't be more proud of them."