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Quarterback Derek Carr: "We Have To Take Ownership"

Posted Jan 1, 2018

Here are the quick hits from Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr's press conference.

Quarterback Derek Carr

The Oakland Raiders season has come to a close after falling to the Los Angeles Chargers 30-10 Sunday. Following the game, it was announced that Jack Del Rio would no longer be the team’s Head Coach. Upon learning the news, Carr spoke with the media for his weekly postgame press conference.

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

Carr discussed the news of Jack Del Rio’s removal from Head Coaching duties.

“It hurts. It is a sucky thing because we talked about it earlier this year. He is family. You spend so much time with him. I met with Coach Del Rio every Thursday morning since he has been here. We have spent time together at his events and we have created a bond. That’s a bond that will last forever. It hurts because something sucky happened to someone you care about. We weren’t good enough for him. We have to take our ownership as players.”

He shared what Del Rio had to say when he addressed the team.

“He addressed us. It wasn’t like a, ‘Hey, farewell,’ kind of thing. He addressed us just like he always does. He is man. He stood in there and talked about things that we could do better, all those things as a team, just as he always does. There was no sign as he was talking to us.”

Carr touched on what it’ll be like to learn a new playbook.

“It is always difficult, but that is what we are supposed to do. It’s what I am supposed to do, it’s what we are all supposed to do. Offense, defense, that’s our job. We have to do our best and I felt like we competed our best, but we didn’t execute our best. We weren’t demanding and accountable enough and that will change. Letting Raider Nation [know], that will change.”

After the news, No. 4 and defensive end Khalil Mack met with Del Rio privately.

“Khalil and I did meet with Coach. It is our team. There is no secret about that. It is Khalil’s and my team. Both of us went in there and talked to him. We hugged him and told him that we loved him. He said the same. He told us he loved us. He is a man’s man. When it is hard, he stood in there and talked to us. He was real about everything. I won’t get into private conversations. Khalil and I went in there and saw him because he is family. At the end of the day, we are family. We are a family that needs to be better and we will.”

Carr spoke about the team chemistry in the locker room.

“There was no one moment where it was, ‘Oh man, here it is. It is going bad.’ It was never like that. We have a great group of guys. They work hard, they compete their tail off. We have a bunch of grown men, a bunch of dogs. I think anybody would tell you that. Whoever comes in next, they have a whole bunch of angry dudes that just want to fight and compete their tail off. We are going to reign that in and hold them accountable from here, but there was no one moment. I can’t put my finger on it.”