“He Took That Competition Personally”: Derek Carr’s Absolute Pro Bowl Dominance Makes NFL World Question the Raiders

Published 02/03/2023, 3:17 PM EST

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The Raiders had a depressing campaign this year, wrapping up the regular season with a 6-11 record. All the blame for back-to-back losses fell upon Derek Carr, who had been associated with the franchise for the past nine seasons. It turns out the veteran QB took it personally, taking shots at his team during the Pro Bowl games of 2022.

This year’s activities kick-started on Thursday with the Precision throwing event. It saw the participation of seven NFC and AFC quarterbacks accumulating as many points as they can during a one-minute stint. Interestingly, the Raiders star aced the event and secured the top spot. However, this was not the highlight, as his savage response during the sideline interview became a memorable moment for the fans.


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During the precision throwing drill, Carr didn’t disappoint his fans, racking up 31 points in a single minute.

Just like the fans, commentators, and analysts couldn’t believe their eyes watching Carr nailing the drill effortlessly. ESPN’s Ryan Clark took the sideline interview with the quarterback and asked him whether he has ever been that hot during his time in Vegas. “Not that hot. It’s probably why I’m going somewhere else,” Carr said without taking a second to think.

The performance clearly caught the attention of several netizens who lauded the passer and took shots at the management for their future plans.

There is no debate over the fact that DC4 happens to be the face of Raiders Nation. Despite getting a weapon like Davante Adams on the roster, the 31-year-old failed to make it to the playoffs.

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Hence, the management made a bold move to bench him for the last two games of the regular season. This sent a clear message to the Raiders fan base that the veteran’s association with this team has come to an end.

Derek Carr aims for the ultimate championship


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The former second-round pick has always been an asset for the Raiders Nation. But unfortunately, he couldn’t live up to their expectations, securing a playoff berth just two times in his entire career.

He never had a postseason win. But his 35,222 passing yards and 217 touchdown remains an eye-catching figure in the NFL arena. “Raider Nation, it breaks my heart I didn’t get an opportunity to say goodbye in person,” Carr said on Twitter, per TMZ.


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“I once said that if I’m not a Raider, I would rather be at home, and I meant that, but I never envisioned it ending this way. That fire burning inside of me to win a championship still rages. A fire no man can extinguish; only God,” he added. It will be interesting to see if he can actually turn his dream into a reality in the upcoming seasons.

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Deepesh Nair


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