Derek Carr: “No One Thinks Anything of Us” When Talking About the Raiders
The AFC West has had an offseason this year in 2022. The Chargers added Khalil Mack and J.C. Jackson to their defense. The Broncos traded for Russell Wilson and now have first-time head coach Nathaniel Hackett at the helm. The Chiefs have lost Tyreek Hill and Tyrann Mathieu this offseason, but with Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid, they’re always dangerous. Then finally, the Raiders acquired Davante Adams and Chandler Jones to their team after a rare playoff berth. Despite the playoff berth in a season of turmoil and scandals, Derek Carr believes the Raiders are being counted out as AFC West contenders. The full quote provided via ProFootballTalk:
“It’s going to be fun,” Carr said. “No one thinks anything of us, and I think that’s what makes it fun is you always have to put the ball down and play the football games . . . You get frustrated when you see other people’s names on things and this and that. And you’re like, ‘We’re here, too. We feel like we got better, too.; I thought we made the playoffs.”Quote via The Athletic
As the resident delusional Raiders fan at Vendetta (despite being right about the team numerous times), I only felt like I had to take this post, because I see the takes and the opinions on the Raiders. One person at the site said, “The Raiders should just tank because they can’t compete with the other three nuclear weapon teams in the AFC West. They have the worst QB in the division (true statement), they can’t compete.” That was before the Raiders got Adams and Jones. Also, frankly, before the Chiefs lost Hill and decided not to sign Mathieu either. I’m with Derek Carr here, not a lot of people believe in the Raiders. The select few do, but the rest are already counting the Raiders out.
Time will tell though. Are the Broncos good enough with Wilson and a first-time head coach to not be last in the division? As much as the praise goes to Justin Herbert, he has nothing to show for it yet despite having a great offense and a good defense. Can he get over the hump with new additions to the team like Mack and Jackson? Will the loss of Hill and Mathieu be too much for the Chiefs, or will the offensive guru and anomaly of a QB in Patrick Mahomes find a way to prevail again? Can the Raiders prove last season wasn’t a fluke and build on making the playoffs with Josh McDaniels as the head coach and with additions like Adams and Jones? All questions remain to be seen. But there’s one thing for certain, someone is going to be wrong about the AFC West in some aspect or another.
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