Las Vegas Raiders’ Derek Carr says he’s ‘much more comfortable’, but coach Josh McDaniels is adopting the system nonetheless

Henderson, Nev. — Las Vegas Raiders’ Derek CareyThe team, whose quarterback ratings have fallen sharply over the past four times, has turned to aggressive playcallers, admitting Wednesday that he is still getting accustomed to first-year coach Josh McDaniels’ system.

“I feel a lot more comfortable than a month ago,” said Carr, whose QBR of 40.6 through two games is his lowest since his rookie year of 2014.

“I mean, when you get out and you do it, it’s different from the sidelines. Training camp is different, isn’t it? There’s a different clock in the game because now I’m getting hit. and I have experience in the system, from that point of view. I have the experience of hearing his voice, to know what [McDaniels] wants to reach me … I want to go exactly what he wants. … it’s going to grow, obviously, but the smaller the sample size, the first two games. Hopefully, I’m doing some of those things where [McDaniels is] Like, ‘Yeah, that’s what I thought. Next play.'”

The Raiders are 0-2 after last-second losses against the Los Angeles Chargers and the Arizona Cardinals at home, starting slowly at Inglewood and ending lacklusterly blowing a 20-0 halftime lead in Las Vegas. They also play in the victorious Tennessee Titans on Sundays.

But in the second half of the Chargers game and the first half of the Cardinals game, Carr’s stats come to the fore. In those two halves, he completed 32 of 47 attempts (68.1%) for 409 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions and three sacks. And the Raiders combined to beat the Chargers and Cardinals 36-7 in those two halves.

This kind of aggressive production foreshadows many for Carr and McDaniels.

However, as the receiver davante adams Said “That’s not how the game of football works” in real life.

“Every player, you have to learn how to get your foot on the gas and, for lack of better words, break their neck when you put them in a corner,” Adams said. Chargers for 12 receiving yards against the Cardinals.

“That’s how I learned to play the game, and that’s how I expect this team to play the game.”

Carr’s QBR fell from 56.1 in 2016 to 50.5 in 2017 under offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave under OC Todd Downing. A year later, in his first season with coach John Gruden, Carr’s QBR was 46.5.

Last year, after Gruden resigned after five games in the wake of his email controversy, Carr’s QBR fell from a career-high 64.3 to 52.4 in 2021, with Greg Olsson calling plays after Gruden’s departure.

McDaniels said he is “very comfortable” with Carr’s comfort level at this stage of the season.

“He processes it so quickly and can then go out there and execute it,” McDaniel said. “Every week is a little different. It may not be the same exact things that we’re doing in an offensive, defensive or kicking game that we did last week. And I think for some people – and again, I don’t Was here, I haven’t been where everyone else has been, so I really don’t know – but I do know that for some people in different systems with different coaching staff, it’s not necessarily such a big deal. “

Adams said it was up to his teammates to keep Carr at ease.

“There are a lot of things that go into playing quarterback, man, it’s tough,” Adams said. “The second game of the game, he’s getting hit. Obviously, it’s something we all have to work on because it helps Derek to be able to do his job and be comfortable there. Same thing, He won’t be comfortable throwing the ball if the wide receivers are dropping the ball every single play or… if it’s not a great call.

“It’s the most difficult position to play on the field. So, I’m sure I’m going to try to do my best to help make my job as easy as possible … everyone does their job to make sure is doing it to stay clean. And have a clear mind to be able to sit back and deliver.”

Carr said: “So far in my career, hopefully I can catch it fast and see some more [McDaniels is] teaching me. Again, I’m by no means perfect… but I’m doing my best to execute it exactly as it sees it.

“We’re very close. But closeness doesn’t matter in winning a football game.”

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