Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr reveals he is reminding of himself to "have fun" following all the drama surrounding the Raiders. After coach Jon Gruden caused a major distraction for the Raiders and ended up resigning, the Raiders found themselves in a tricky position.
However, the Raiders gathered together as a team and they have won their first two games since the Gruden departure. On Sunday, the Raiders beat the Chicago Bears 33-22. "And I underlined it," Carr said, moving his hand for effect.
"Sometimes you forget that, among a lot of the questions, a lot of the things going on, it's still a game. You've got to remind yourself, 'Have fun when you hit the field.' The last two weeks, I've just tried to remind myself of that."
Carr praised by Kenyan Drake
"I just feel like there's not a throw that he can't make, whether it's downfield [or] checking the ball down when he needs to," said running back Kenyan Drake, who spelled Jacobs to rush for 69 yards with a 4-yard TD while catching three passes for 10 yards.
Drake was one of nine different Raiders players to catch a pass. "When you have a quarterback that's cerebral in terms of dissecting the defense -- understanding pre-snap looks, getting us to the exact play, whether we need to get to a pass, we need to get to a run -- it just makes the game flow so much easier.
It's almost like having a coach out there on the field. I enjoy playing with him because he has the ability to just be the guy that you can just rely on ... he's just going to get the job done." Carr completed 31-of-34 passes for 323 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
"I'd say he's pretty close to the next level if you're going to go 31-for-34 and you just said he went [91.2%]," Raiders interim head coach Rich Bisaccia said of Carr. "Again, he's in constant [communication] with Greg, and he's so accurate.
He can literally go through an entire Wednesday and Thursday practice and there's possible two or three incompletions ... he's got tremendous accuracy. He's got tremendous command of the offense. He knows where everyone is supposed to be. He's the first one in the building and he's the last one to leave.