Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr recently told reporters that he’s “tired of being disrespected.”
Derek Carr has been the recipient of plenty of criticism over the last few years. After an incredible 2016 that saw him lead the Raiders to a 12-4 record, hopes were high that Carr could become one of the league’s best quarterbacks.
Unfortunately, he just hasn’t looked the same since his injury in that faithful season.
It’s not that Carr has been bad, but he certainly hasn’t taken the leap towards stardom that many likely assumed he would take after 2016. And as a result, criticisms have come from seemingly every direction.
Carr is fed up. At least that’s the sentiment that he gave off to reporters when discussing the upcoming 2020 season on Tuesday.
The Raiders’ quarterback insisted that he would not be opting-out of the 2020 season because he has a lot to prove this year. Or as he put it, he’s “tired of being disrespected”
Carr has been the subject of a variety of rumors regarding his status as the Raiders’ quarterback. Trade rumors have fueled each of the last two offseasons and many didn’t believe that he would ever take a snap as the team’s QB in Las Vegas.
But through it all, Carr is still here and he’s still the Raiders’ quarterback. Evidently, he’s also aware that he has to go out in 2020 and prove that he belongs in Vegas past this season.
Derek Carr will certainly be blamed if the Raiders fail in 2020.
The Raiders have done a good job of solidifying his supporting cast with a very reliable offensive line, a good running game, a standout tight end, and plenty of potential at the wide receiver position.
If the offense fails this season, Carr will shoulder the blame — whether it’s his fault or not. And it’s unlikely he would survive the fallout.
Carr knows this and as much as he claims to be tired of the disrespect, he knows it’s on him to shut his critics up. That’s why he’ll be taking the field come Week 1. That’s why he’ll be under center this September.
Derek Carr wants to prove himself. After years of being disrespected, he views 2020 and his time to shine — his time to reclaim the respect of a fanbase that has all but moved on at this point.
With the spotlight on him, it will be interesting to see how he responds.