By Austin Medina
Through all the darkness surrounding the Las Vegas Raiders, Derek Carr leadership still shines bright.
The Raiders have been involved in a ton of front-page headlines, but not necessarily for their play on the field. Las Vegas owns a 5-2 record, currently first in the deep AFC West. They have wins over the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, and are riding a two-game win streak.
However, when news cycles were bombarded with the Jon Gruden situation and his ensuing departure, the Raiders thought their worst days were behind them. They could finally just focus on football.
Unfortunately, the Gruden news has become a thing of the past, as news broke Tuesday of a car crash involving wide receiver Henry Ruggs III which resulted in a horrendous death. The Raiders released Ruggs III shortly after, as the reports piled up and criticism followed.
With this terrible situation added on to the Raiders plate, quarterback Derek Carr has stood tall through scandal and tragedy.
Carr spoke on his remorse and prayers for the victim, as should be the main priority regarding the car accident. He spoke on behalf of Ruggs as well, stating that the former first round pick “needs people to love him right now.”
Carr has faced the fire for two totally different situations and has kept the Raiders alive in the AFC. Carr has thrown for 2,269 passing yards in just seven games, ranked fifth in the NFL. He has completed 67% of his passes and has produced a 101.2 QB rating.
Most teams would have crumbled amidst the chaos that the Raiders have endured so early in the season. Players very easily could have packed it in after Jon Gruden’s departure. Yet under the leadership of Derek Carr, the Raiders players haven’t flinched or folded.
When asked if the message to the team remains the same, Carr spoke from the heart knowing that his voice is the one being heard within the locker room.
“Honestly I don’t want it to right now, if I’m selfish… I want to say a lot of different things, but we have a game this week, and I’ve got a job to do and so do the guys in that locker room…I don’t know the right way to handle it, but I’m doing my best.”
As the Raiders gear up for a game against the New York Giants, one thing will be on their mind. Just win baby!