Raiders QB Derek Carr: "It's huge to get a road win"


On snapping the consecutive road loss streak:**

"It's huge to get a road win. Like you said, this team hasn't won on the road yet. We have a new group of guys, a new coach, a new way that we do things. For this team to get this road win is awesome. To go into someone else's place and get a win, it's probably one of the hardest things to do in the NFL. I'm just happy for our team."


On S Charles Woodson's last minute interception:**

"You can't talk enough about how hard he works and how much it means to him and his greatness. I joke with him all the time saying, "They had to have given you your jacket already or at least they have your coat size." He never ceases to amaze me. When he makes plays like that, it's kind of expected. I don't know if that's a good thing or bad thing but we just kind of expect him to do that because that's Woody (S Charles Woodson). I'm happy for him. He deserves it and works really hard for it."

On WR Amari Cooper: "We've come a long way, but obviously we still have things that we feel we're just scratching the surface. There's so much more out there that we could do better. Whether it's a certain step on a route or timing by me, are we seeing coverage the same way. There's just so much out there where we just have to continue to push each other."

On having Cooper and veteran WR Michael Crabtree:

"It's unbelievable. I think the world of Crab (WR Michael Crabtree and Coop (WR Amari Cooper), I love them. They're the guys that look good even when I don't look good. They continue to make plays for me. I'm just so thankful."


On if he has a favorite route to run with Cooper:**

"A favorite? No. All of them. Anything he runs, I feel good about. That says a lot about him because there are a lot of guys out there where I am like, "I want him on this route, I want him on that route." You don't have to do that with him."

On how much the team has improved since training camp:

"Oh man, a lot better. It's hard for me. I don't really know a percentage. I've never thought of it that way so I'm not really sure. I know we are drastically better and we're doing great things. There is still so much out there that we leave on the field sometimes that we can clean up."

On if he has a favorite play for Cooper:

"My favorite one was the N-route that he ran across the middle because I like watching him after the catch. Like I told you in the beginning of the season, he's a homerun waiting to happen and we've seen it. He's a nightmare for guys to cover because he is so athletic. That's not a knock on anyone, it's just praise for how good he (WR Amari Cooper) is. He knows that he can only get better from here and he's not going to stop working." * *


On the roughing the punter call:**

"It was huge because we hurt ourselves with so many penalties and it's hard say what it was or anything like that without seeing the film, but it was huge. It was huge moment in the game for us. I will say (P) Marquette (King) made a great play because I want to give him credit. Speaking of Marquette, how about that punt? That was huge for our team and RB Taiwan (Jones) making that play. The roughing the punter was huge because it put us back on the field and kind of puts a thorn in their side" * *

On if he felt more pressure after getting the ball back after the roughing the punter penalty:

"No one drive is more important than another because there's so many situations in a football game. We know these games are never over. We've been working so hard our whole lives. We know when we get to this level each play is so important. There's not just one part of that that makes it more important." * *

On the feeling on the sideline as the Browns began to come back:

"When that was happening there wasn't a doubt on our sideline that we were going to finish. There wasn't a doubt on our sideline that we weren't going to have the right effort from somebody. We've spent a lot of time with a lot of special people that came and talked to us about trusting the person next to you. That's their whole life and everything that they do, is trust in the person next to them. So as we stood there and watched our defense there was no doubt. We trusted that they were going to make the stop. We expect them to make those plays. I don't know if that's a good or bad thing but we just trust each other so much that we expect those things."

On whether or not it's too early to say the Raiders are finding ways to win:

"Honestly the formula is what it was last year when we were 0-10 looking at Kansas City – just keep working hard. There's no quick fix. There's no secret. There's no anything like that. I can tell you each and every day I wake up I thank god for the opportunity. I just thank him and I'm going to go out there, and I'm going to work hard. That's literally what I do every single day. The good ones that I have learned from and been around…You just keep doing it every single day and that's what our team has done since I've been here."


On how comfortable two-minute drill situations are at this point:**

"Coach puts us in really hard situations at practice and says you've got to go win it. You've got to go score. You've got to go get points. He makes it extremely hard on us so that when we get to the game it makes it a little easier. We've done a great job but we can't stop there. We have to continue to push, continue to press on into more. There's more out there for us, and we've got to keep pressing on into it."

On being more comfortable throwing the ball away:

"Last year, I was trying to make every play. As a rookie, you feel like 'I'm a rookie' but it's just human nature – 'OK, I've got to make all these plays for these veterans,' whereas this year I'm just trying to play smart and efficient football. QB Coach (Todd) Downing and OC Coach (Bill) Musgrave drilled in my head so many situations, so any things to do. All these kinds of things they said over and over. Sometimes they repeat themselves, but I'm thankful that they do because in certain situations it's just second nature now. I'm definitely more comfortable with just playing the football game how it's supposed to be played."

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