Derek Carr is having a good season, but that hasn’t always led to wins for the Las Vegas Raiders. Now at 7-6, the team is on the verge of missing the playoffs again, and Carr said his patience is wearing thin.
The Raiders have dropped three of their last four games. And the team is coming off of a blowout loss to the Colts Sunday. Indianapolis torched their defense for 44 points, leading to the team firing their defensive coordinator.
Carr said Tuesday that he’s been more “short-fused” recently with his teammates, but he doesn’t see that as a bad thing. He is trying to instill a sense of urgency and set the bar, he said.
“As I’m getting older, as I’m in my seventh year, the patience I have, I guess I have a short fuse for certain things …,” he said in a Tuesday press conference. “My patience is wearing thin and I am holding everyone to a standard that I think we’re capable of.”
The Raiders have only made the playoffs once since he was drafted by Las Vegas in 2014. And he even missed that game with an injury.
Derek Carr Said Playoff Possibility Will Motivate Raiders
But not all hope is lost. The team still has a small chance of earning a Wildcard spot in the playoffs this season. Derek Carr said that is pushing the team to play harder.
“I think the main thing is the sense of urgency that our team has right now,” he said. “We understand that we could have made it easier on ourselves in the last couple weeks going on this stretch run and the fact is that we still have a chance. If that doesn’t get you excited, if that doesn’t get you going then I don’t know what will.
“To work so hard and get to this point in the season and still be playing for something, we haven’t done that a lot around here. We can look at (our situation) and make a bunch of excuses or look at it as we have a heck of an opportunity still to do something nobody thought we could do.”
The Raiders have three games left this season, and all of them are must-wins. Even then, making the playoffs will require some key losses from Baltimore and other teams.
The Raiders play the Chargers in Las Vegas Thursday night.