LAS VEGAS (AP) — Quarterback Derek Carr said Thursday, in his first public comments since being benched by the Las Vegas Raiders coach, that he is ready for the challenge of playing in a new city.
“I once said that if I wasn’t a Raider I’d rather be at home, and I really believed it. But I never envisioned he would end up this way,” Carr posted on Twitter. “That fire that burned inside me to win a championship is still there. It is a fire that no man can extinguish, only God. So, I’m looking forward to a new city and a new team that, regardless of the circumstances, will receive everything I have.”
Carr started 14 games over his nine seasons with the Raiders, bringing stability to a franchise that had 17 starting quarterbacks in the previous 11 years.
The team drafted Carr in the second round of the 2014 draft.
Under Carr, the Raiders appeared in the 2016 and 2021 playoffs. The quarterback owns several team records, including most passing yards (35,222) and most touchdown passes (217).
However, he also has the third-most starts for a quarterback without winning a single playoff game. This statistic takes the Super Bowl era into account.
During his first year under coach Josh McDaniels, Carr struggled, despite the addition of star receiver Davante Adams and his close friend. He was benched with just two weeks left in the regular season.
Carr had his worst stats since his rookie season in completion rate (60.6%) and rating (86.3). He suffered his highest interception ratio (2.8%) and fewest yards per attempt (7) since 2017.
That led to the decision for McDaniels and Dave Ziegler, who is in his first year as general manager. Carr will be leaving, less than a year after signing the team to a three-year, $120.5 million extension.