Quarterback Derek Carr
Following the Oakland Raiders 33-16 triumph over the Jacksonville Jaguars, quarterback Derek Carr talked with J.T. the Brick on 95.7 the Game and recapped Sunday's win. The Fresno State-product recalled a few key plays from the game, and shared that his preparation for Week 8 has already begun. Carr helped his team reach a record of 5-2, but is determined to keep improving.
Here are the quick hits from his time on air:
**Carr commended the Jaguars defense for the amount of talent and effort they have on the team, noting they're a physical group.
"They're one of the best defenses in the NFL, obviously going into the game they were ranked eighth in the league. They're so young, and some of those guys don't even know how good they are yet. They fly around and hit, they're physical. It's one of those Seattle type defenses again, they want to keep everything in front of them, they don't want to give up the deep ball… It was physical all the way until the last whistle."
The third-year signal-caller talked about his big play to wide receiver Michael Crabtree.
"I scrambled out, just trying to keep my eyes down field for the big play. I learned that from watching Aaron Rodgers play when I was in college, I learned that from watching him. He always kept his eyes down field for the big play when he'd scramble. It's just one of those things, sometimes you've got to throw it away, sometimes you're going to have to run for two or three, or maybe 20… Crabtree did an excellent job of continuing to run."
He shared his thoughts on dispersing the ball equally, and taking what the defense gives him.
"Teams are going to do that, they're going to put their best guy, they're best cover guy on 'Coop.' Even roll coverages his way, and try to take routes away from him. That's the beauty of this offense, that's the beauty of what [offensive coordinator] coach [Bill] Musgrave and the staff are doing, and it's the beauty of what Mr. McKenzie did for me in getting me two number one receivers. One of those guys, as we saw, 'Coop' will go off and have back-to-back 100-yard games, 10 catches in one. Crab had two [catches] the other day, and then this game he comes back and has eight. It's just the way the game goes."
**After Sunday's win, Carr is already focused and looking forward to next Sunday when the Raiders take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"Very, very good team. Obviously, already started my film on them and getting ready for them, very talented. That's defensively speaking, you've got a lot of talent on the field. Then when you're throwing you've got Jameis, and then they've got 'Quizz' who I was in Houston the same time he was when I was in high school. He was winning state championships, breaking every Texas-state rushing record, so I know the kind of player he is."
The team will be staying in Florida until its Week 8 matchup, but Carr will use his time to prepare for the battle on the gridiron.
"My view has a swimming pool, a lot of palm trees, and the ocean. It's pretty nice, but at the same time I've got my iPad and I've just been watching film, man. I'll let everybody else, I'll let the fans, and everyone who traveled enjoy the weather, and all the things out here. It's a business trip man, I'm just trying to win football games, and that's all that matters to me."