Derek Carr Done Appeasing, Says He’s “Not Here To Be Anybody’s Friend” This Year

Derek Carr isn’t usually one to give a great sound bite, but things might be a little different this year on that front.

Carr said he plans to take a different approach with his critics this year and elaborated on that sentiment on Tuesday during a segment with Adam Schein on Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio:

“I’m excited to take my group of guys and go and do this thing,” Carr told Schein. “And like I said, people can keep saying all they want. I think I have grown to a place in my life where I just don’t care anymore. I’ve always been a people pleaser. I’ve always tried to appease everybody, but those days are dead and gone. I’m here, no disrespect to anybody, but I’m not here to be anybody’s friend. I’ve got enough of those.”

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ICYMI: #Raiders QB @derekcarrqb brushes off his critics to @AdamSchein ahead of the NFL season & says “it’s time to just go out and play football and not care about the other stuff.”


Words are only words, but Carr does seem to have a different edge about him this year. He had a good season in 2019, but 7 wins was a little disappointing, though not necessarily unexpected after Antonio Brown went off the reservation.

Now playing with a re-stacked deck, Carr is looking to lead the Raiders back to the playoffs in 2020. If all goes as planned, when DC gets to the playoffs this time around, he won’t have to watch the backup to his backup under center.

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