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Quarterback Derek Carr: "We Have To Be More Efficient"

Posted Nov 22, 2017

Wednesday afternoon, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr spoke with the media.

Quarterback Derek Carr

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was unable to lead the Silver and Black to victory on Sunday against the New England Patriots, but he’ll get another chance this Sunday at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum when the team hosts the Denver Broncos. With a new week of preparation underway, Carr met with the media to chat about the Raiders Week 12 division showdown.

Here are the quick hits from his time at the podium:

No. 4 talked about if former Raiders Offensive Coordinator, and now-Broncos Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave has an advantage headed into Sunday’s game

“I don’t know. Coach Pagano and coach Musgrave have obviously gone against each other, so that’s familiar for both of them I guess. It’s just completely different jerseys and things like that. It’s funny, again, how this league does things. Coach Musgrave is one of the smartest not only football coach but people I’ve ever been around. He knows how to game plan and call plays. I’m sure that he’ll have his guys ready to play.”

The former Fresno State Bulldog shared what it’s like going up against a tough Broncos defense.

“It is very familiar with these guys. As I continue to get up in my years, I guess I begin to get more familiar with certain teams, especially the three that I know really well. These guys are coming into our place this time. They beat us last time. Had a close game. I wasn’t able to finish the game. I’m definitely excited to play against them again.”

Carr talked about the Raiders current level of offensive production, and that the players are aware they can be better.

“We have to be more efficient. There’s a lot of games, if you watch during Sunday’s that three-and-out, three-and-out, three-and-out, three-and-out. Oh, touchdown. Oh, touchdown. Now, oh, 21-0. But you did go three-and-out a whole bunch of times before that. There’s a lot of give and take that goes with that. We need to hold up our end of it as an offense. That’s what I’m concerned about. When we get a chance to score, we have to go do it. Just talking to our guys on the other side, they tell us, ‘Man, we got your back.’ Just like we tell them we got their back. It’s just one of those things that it works together.”

He noted that the AFC West, and the playoffs, are still up for grabs.

“How crazy is that? Again, this will be the third time I’ve said it how crazy is this league that we haven’t been able to do exactly what we wanted, and we’re still right there. What is it? A game and a half out of the wild card, two games out of the division? When we get to play K.C. another time. That’s down the road, but you sit there and you look. Everything that we want, everything that we planned and put out as a goal is out there for us. If we can just get hot and get on a run, I’m sure the bandwagon will get full again and all those things. It’s definitely possible. It’s definitely possible. There’s no doubt in or mind that we can do it, but we have to go out there and do it.”

Carr discussed whether there’s any differences between this year’s offense, and the offense in 2016.

“There’s not, honestly tweak-wise, there’s not a lot of tweaks. Game plan wise and things, we do things a little different. We call things differently now obviously because he’s in the division. But route concept-wise and things like that, we do a lot of the same similar stuff. Any time there’s a change, a coach is always going to have their tweaks. It doesn’t matter. Coach Musgrave going there, he’s going to tweak a couple of things this week how he does things. It just kind of works that way, but I would say for the most part, it’s been kind of the same.”