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Quarterback Derek Carr: "We Have To Be Better"


Quarterback Derek Carr

It wasn't the outcome Raider Nation was hoping for on Christmas, but I think we can all agree it was an entertaining game. Unfortunately, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and Co., were unable to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football. The team now owns a record of 6-9, and to talk about the loss, No. 4 took the podium to speak with the media.

Here are the quick hits from his press conference:

**Carr talked about dealing with yet another tough loss.


"It's not good. It's not a good feeling. It's not acceptable. We have to be better. We have to get better. And if we don't, we're going to keep feeling like this. That's not what we want for our fans. It's not what we want for our team, our organization. Everyone deserves better and we have to give it to them."

He praised the defense for their effort, and that the offense needs to hold up its side of things.

"There's no doubt about it. I don't sit in the defensive meetings. They don't sit in ours. It's kind of been, we've taken turns this year as a team. And so everyone should feel sick right now. We lost. And especially on our side of things we didn't do well enough in the second half to win the game. They played well. The defense played well. They kept getting us the ball back and doing things like that. So I love those guys and they did a good job and just looking at us in our room, we have to be better moving forward. We have one game this year to go out and do it and we have to come out fighting." 

Carr shared if he saw something on film that led to his 63-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Amari Cooper.

"Yeah absolutely. That was a play that we knew that we wanted to run. We knew that's one of those shots down the field where you hope you get the right coverage and we did. When you get the right coverage, you just try to put a good ball on him and we were able to do that and Coop[er] ran a great route and made a great play after the catch."

**He discussed why the offense wasn't able to push the ball downfield as much as they would've liked to.


"So obviously once we hit the first one, they weren't going to let us have another one, especially when you hit a big play like that and tie the ball game up, it kind of just sends a shock into them.  They were able to try their best to take those kind of things away. We had a few other opportunities where I was getting ready to throw it and I had to throw it a little early because I got hit on a couple, which is fine. That's part of it. We had a couple opportunities, but for the most part, they did a good job staying on top after that."

Carr was confident in his preparation entering the Week 16 bout.

"We had a good week of practice against their looks. When you go out there, you need to compete. You have to go play against them and beat them and we didn't beat them enough. They beat us more than we did, but I thought that our guys, we executed the plan the best that we could and it wasn't enough. But I definitely felt comfortable going into the plan knowing hey, we're going to try and get big boy ball and run the ball at them and I thought we did a good job. And then when we had times to hit the shots, obviously we hit the ball to Coop and I hit a couple more, but we didn't."

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