Raiders quarterback Derek Carr broke down in tears postgame after Las Vegas dropped to 2-7 on the season with a 25-20 loss to the Colts on Sunday.
When asked if there is a disconnect between himself and first-year head coach Josh McDaniels, Carr became emotional and explained why he feels “pissed off” about the state of the Raiders.
“I love Josh, I love our coaches,” Carr said while rocking back and forth at the podium. “They’ve had nothing but success, way more success than I’ve ever had. I’m sorry. I’m sorry for being emotional.
“I’m just pissed off about some of the things that a lot of us do just to practice, what we put our bodies through just to sleep at night. And for that to be the result of all that effort pisses me off. It pisses a lot of guys off.
“It’s hard knowing what some guys are doing just to practice, like I said just practice… just so we could be there for each other. I wish everybody in that room felt the same way about this place. And as a leader, that pisses me off if I’m being honest.”
Carr fought back tears throughout his press conference, and took a number of moments to collect himself.
Sunday’s game was the sixth one-score loss of the season for the Raiders. They currently have the second-worst record in the NFL, ahead of only the Texans at 1-7-1.
The Colts entered the Week 10 matchup with a new interim head coach in Jeff Saturday, who never coached above the high school level. Offensive coordinator Parks Frazier called plays for the first time on Sunday.
Carr went 0-for-5 in the first quarter, before going 11-for-11 in the second. He finished 24-of-38 for 248 yards and two touchdowns.
“I’m never going to be perfect,” he said. “But the love I have for this place, and the effort that I’ll give, will be second to none, every time.
“The emotion of just nine years of stuff hit me today, for how much I really love this place. It’s not going to change anything. I’m going to come out here and fight and compete next week, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
Emotions were high in the locker room postgame, with several players cursing out loud and one apologizing to another, according to ESPN.
Carr, who said the team captains spoke to the locker room after the game, was booed as he exited the field at Allegiant Stadium.
“I never take it personal,” he said. “I’m just the one that’s been here the longest. I’m mad at it too, so don’t worry about it.”
The Raiders visit the Broncos on Sunday.
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