Quarterback Derek Carr
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has had quite the impressive season and earlier this season he threw for 317 yards with two touchdowns against the San Diego Chargers. This Sunday, Carr will have another opportunity to face the team's divisional foe and help the Silver and Black clinch a playoff berth. Wednesday afternoon, the MVP candidate spoke with reporters about the upcoming game in San Diego against the Bolts.
Here are the quick hits from his time with the media:
Carr shared what makes Chargers rookie defensive end Joey Bosa such a dynamic talent.
"He plays with great effort. They do a great job of moving him. He does a real good job with moving on the line of scrimmage and things like that. They put him in different spots. They try to move him at different positions. They do a really good job. They have a great defensive coordinator, very smart coach. He knows what he's doing with him, and he uses him to his strengths, he really does. We have our hands full, obviously, but looking forward to it."
The Raiders signal-caller talked about staying honed in on the task at hand and not getting caught up in the playoff hype.
"Starting 0-10 was not fun. It makes these moments so awesome. It makes these moments really cool to already have 10 wins and those things. I know for our team, our sole focus is beating the Chargers because if we don't, we're still sitting there hoping and wishing. Our focus is just going down to San Diego and trying to come out with a win."
**He discussed what went wrong on the pass to wide receiver Amari Cooper in last week's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
"I didn't. When I threw it, I was just watching Amari because I let it go. It looked good until something definitely happened. We don't know what happened, but something definitely happened. It sucks to look back on, but it really doesn't matter at this point. Something happened, I just don't know what."
Carr spoke about how the team prepares following a loss in a tough game.
"Obviously, whenever you lose you think back like, 'Can I do something better?' For 99.9 percent of it, it's going to be the same. You go out there because we believe in the process that we've done. We believe in the practice plan [Head] Coach [Jack Del Rio] lays out. We believe in our game plans that our staff lays out. Everything, for me, stays the same. I don't treat [it like], 'Oh, we lost. Man, well now I need to do something different.' When for 13 or however many weeks before it was fine."