Derek Carr "Crying" After Taking A Sack Against Seattle Has Reportedly Worsened An Existing Divide In The Raiders' Locker Room
PFT- Marcus Thompson II of TheAthletic.com reports that Carr currently has a “fractured relationship” with his teammates. The reportedly fractured relationship between Carr and his teammates is rooted in a loss of confidence in the quarterback, as exacerbated by game film from the London contest against the Seahawks that “showed what looked like him crying after being sacked and injuring his arm.”
“They saw his face,” Thompson writes. “They heard his whimper. They witnessed him explain on the sidelines. They assuredly watched it again in film session. It’s hard to see how Carr can lead this team again.”
It was indeed curious, to say the least, to see video of what appeared to be Carr crying in the melting-face way that a kid would cry after falling off his bike. If Thompson’s report is accurate, Carr’s teammates regard it as something worse than curious.
Crying? Moisture allegedly welling at the eyes of a guy who was as broken as his team's spirit after taking another sack for a 1-5 team whose head coach punted on the season before it even started? That's what's causing a divide in Oakland's locker room? Tears? Waterworks? A biological reaction to getting battered and beaten by freakishly strong athletes that are twice his size? That's where the Raiders draw the line on acceptable behavior from a starting quarterback? They can get past the refusal to throw the ball downfield, the 43.5 QBR, and a stat line that boasts more turnovers than touchdowns, but you simply can't come back from having the sniffles?
Now, I'm certain that the truth, as it tends to do, lies somewhere in the middle of Derek Carr audibly pouting and Derek Carr firmly demanding a helping hand in pulling himself up off the turf...
I just have a hard time understanding how that truth, whatever it may be, is seen as a notable reason not to believe in Derek Carr's ability to lead the Raiders when there are so many legitimate, football-related reasons to give up hope. We're taking about a team that is imploding by design in an attempt of putting together a brighter future in a different city that most of them won't even be a part of. Who gives a damn if their QB1, who has played through a laundry list of injuries throughout his career, is whimpering when the man that's actively made his job even more difficult is the same one that's done a majority of the bitching and moaning about the pass rush that he, himself, pulverized?
Me thinks the quarterback doth protest too much in his own defense, and I get that there's no crying in a physical sport where maintaining a certain level of intimidation is key to success. However, there's also not supposed to be tanking in a physical sport where players with insanely short careers are potentially putting their long-term health on the line with each snap. Alas, your 2018 Oakland Raiders.