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Raiders QB Derek Carr responds to Jack Del Rio criticism

Derek Carr, Jack Del Rio

Derek Carr struggled in last week’s game against the New York Jets in colder weather, which prompted Jack Del Rio to criticize the Oakland Raiders’ quarterback. After getting a chance to hear Del Rio’s comments, Carr responded with somewhat of a shot towards the former head coach.

In Week 12, Carr completed 15 of his 27 attempts for 127 yards and one interception as the Raiders fell to the Jets 34-3. It was yet another game that showed that the Raiders’ franchise quarterback doesn’t play well when he has to play in colder weather.

Del Rio, who coached Carr from 2015-2017, condemned Carr for his inability to perform well in less-than-ideal weather conditions. Carr didn’t seem to take the comments to heart and fired back at his former head coach.

With the shocking defeat to the Jets in Week 12, Oakland has now fallen out of the playoff picture in the AFC. Next up on the schedule is the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium—where Carr has noticeably struggled playing at.

Over his previous five seasons in the NFL, Carr has gone 0-5 when playing at Arrowhead. On top of that, he’s combined for 929 yards, three touchdowns, and five interceptions in those five contests.

Despite Carr brushing off Del Rio’s remarks, it is evident that the Raiders’ signal-caller struggles in colder weather and at Arrowhead Stadium. Unfortunately, Carr will have to play with both of those factors against him in Week 13.

For the Raiders to keep their playoff hopes alive, Carr is going to have to finally perform well in Kansas City this week. To help Carr succeed, it would be wise for Oakland to utilize a heavy dosage of Josh Jacobs on Sunday.