The Oakland Raiders have been off to a discouraging start to the 2018 season in the first year under head coach Jon Gruden dropping five out of their first six games played.
This has shifted the attention over the relationship that Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Carr has with the team as a report from Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic states that his standing with the Raiders has become “fractured” after the video of him crying on the field. It didn’t take long for Carr to respond via social media by stating that there is no truth to the matter.
Don’t even waste your time with this big bro. On the ground I yelled get me up get me. Then I got to the sideline and yelled again. Not one tear. Not one time. There is the Truth. People will click on it because it sounds crazy. But stop playing with me.
— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) October 23, 2018
The video in question shows Carr appearing to be in pain after hurting his left arm on a tackle with him having the facial expression that he was crying. There have been other videos to surface over social that display him giving a similar look as if he was crying while being helped up off the field by his teammates. Nonetheless, it just adds more to the Raiders struggles on the field as it’s more chatter away from the play of the team on the field.
There is much uncertainty around the franchise after trading away two of their cornerstone players this season in All-Pro defensive end Khalil Mack and former Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper. It has given off the sense that it is very much a fluid situation that could see Carr’s future put into question as he has been at the root of their massive struggles offensively.
He has been unable to get on the right page offensively over the last few weeks that has only further dug the Raiders into a deeper hole with their playoff chances becoming quite bleak. Carr will have the chance to get Oakland back on track in Week 8 with a matchup at home against Indianapolis Colts.