Derek Carr Has a Score to Settle With a Buccaneer on Sunday… And it’s Not Tom Brady

When the Raiders host the Buccaneers on Sunday, the storylines will be (and already have been) all about Derek Carr and Tom Brady, who was rumored to be replacing Carr as of about six months ago.

But the other score to settle for Carr this week might not have something to do with the head coach on the Tampa Bay sideline.

Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians has long been a critic of Carr’s and it was never more evident than when Arians was in the CBS broadcast booth back in 2018. He sharply criticized Carr for a throw against the Chiefs that year that was unquestionably the fault of tight end Jared Cook, who quit on the play. Arians also shared a sour exchange about Carr’s tendency to move quickly through progressions, his “baffling” decision-making, and questioned when Carr was going to “grow out of” making certain mistakes.

Whether the critiques were justified or not, it’s probably a safe bet they weren’t, and aren’t, lost on Carr.

How much do you suppose Carr would like to have a big day against the Buccaneers and silence the critics by taking out both Arians and Brady at once?

Unfortunately, if Carr is going to make a statement this week, it’s going to happen without the benefit of practicing with his offensive line… and with two of the Raiders’ best players at home on their respective couches (Trent Brown and Johnathan Abram). Though you could make the case that one of the aforementioned players won’t mind sitting at home at all…

But that’s a whole different discussion.

twitter: @raidersbeat