Lincoln Kennedy Had a Message For Those Blaming Derek Carr After Sunday’s Loss

Raiders color commentator Lincoln Kennedy has been critical of Derek Carr in the past, but on Monday he was critical of those who were blaming Carr after Sunday’s loss to the Patriots.

“I would say if he threw like three picks, ‘Oh my gosh, Derek you got to do better than that,’ but that wasn’t the case so I’m not putting this on him,” Kennedy said on the In The Huddle podcast.

“I’m not going to allow people to put criticism on the person who it wasn’t his fault. You want to put some criticism, put it on the defense who couldn’t get off the field, couldn’t stop them, had 27-6 plays in the third quarter. I don’t know what it was in the fourth quarter. What exactly do you want?”

Through three games this year, Carr has the fourth-highest quarterback rating among quarterbacks with at least 50 pass attempts. He is one of only four quarterbacks without an interception and he has done it all with two rookie wide receivers in the starting lineup (and a beat up offensive line).

As Kennedy pointed out, the issue right now with the Raiders is injuries at key positions and an underperforming defense. Quarterback play is the least of Jon Gruden’s concerns.

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68 thoughts on “Lincoln Kennedy Had a Message For Those Blaming Derek Carr After Sunday’s Loss

    1. Our defense needs to attack, and not wait for the play to come to them. Also this is not flag football it is tackle football. It looks like our defense coach is not doing the job. Also our coaches keep making excuses that we have a lot guys hurt that’s why we lose. Well guess what excuses are for losers.

      1. I’m so freaking tired of all these excuses about why the defense keeps giving up so many points. This has been a problem since the defensive coordinator has been there. The front office is to blame if you ask me they just got rid of an excellent d-line coach in which my opinion they should’ve made him defensive coordinator and fired Paul Guenther. This guy just isn’t working when are they going to see that?

      2. You are mistaken. The Dline being overly aggressive is what actually opened them up so badly to the run game by the Patriots.

        The tackling was sloppy but this is not because they were playing flag, its because most of them are in a new system without the usual 4 pre season games to get used to game speed.

        The O will come together as they get healthy.

        The D will come together as they get the all important reps in.

        Win, Lose or Tie, Raider Nation til I die.

    2. Yeah, please go out and bring him back. Burfict brings back that hostile status of a linebacker that our defense needs so badly. Plus the experience he brings can help teach our developing players. 👍👌

  1. It is easy to blame the highest profile player for a team loss.

    My only comment (and I am far from an expert) is that Carr dumps off too early and that his why he has that high passing percentage.

    Take a look at Josh Allen — he hangs in there to the last minute and hence his success.

    1. Does Josh Allen have an offensive line starting a backup guard at RT or a rookie backup guard at LG? How many starting WRs is Josh Allen missing? Is DC playing with any WR even close to Diggs caliber? I’ll Wait!

      1. Does Josh Allen fight off defenders and is he not afraid to go make plays? Does Josh Allen sidestep defenders and improvise? I know someone who does none of those things.

        1. Yeah well see how long that lasts. Josh was the guy who couldn’t hit the side of a barn door last year. Not to mention they only won last week because they got bailed out by a BS PI call. Oh and if you want to talk about sidestepping defenders and making big plays see : The Carr TD run v Cincinnati, and The GAME WINNING TD PASS to Renfrow vs Detroit…. I’ll Wait

      2. Carr is Captain check down. He does not extend plays with his legs at at almost never. The best defense is a good offense . Excuses, Excuses , Excuses every year Carr does not make the playoffs. Every year he has great stats every year they don’t make playoffs becuase he is a businessman only who makes business decisions all day. With how much he gets paid it will be hard to get an elite defense to withstand all Carr’s 3 and outs in the 3rd and 4th quarter. He is so predictable as a QB I stopped watching the Raiders . The biggest fear of Carr is he is good enough to stick around 10-15yrs and never win anything!!!!!!

        1. If You Stopped watching the Raiders then how is it that you have any insight?? You continue to comment based on NOTHING!?! Coach? My ***…

      3. RAIDERS baby 4 life,I’m so tired of everyone bkaming carr for the problems he’s doing just fine it’s a defense that playoff there receivers by 10 yards every time it gives you these receptions defense can’t stop the run think about it if Derek scores 27 points defense should be giving up 20 or less points Everytime the offense scores 30 + points vs Panthers and the defense gives up 30 plus points raiders still win car don’t play defense how is he giving up those points so I RAIDERS can D needs to get their act together far as I’m concerned they need to put some pressure on Josh Allen Sunday Carr does not play defense it’s always the same thing every year every year change up you guys want to win. old saying from a raider great let’s
        just abuse them like rod Martin used to say team needs a play 4 quarters of defense same goes for the offense they need to start doing something I can’t take anymore I’ve been from Oakland to Los Angeles back to Oakland now to Vegas they could become the first team to win in three different cities once they win a super bowl in Vegas go raider Nation…

        1. I have been a Raider fan since they got George Blanda. Back in the day, they were fun to watch. No more. Boring as a pile of mud. Face it no one goes to the Super Bowl year after year except Belichick. But you want to watch an exciting team, even if they lose. I remember the days of Lamonica and Plunkett. Plunkett loved to go long. Not that it always worked but he won two super bowls. And Lamonica was the mad bomber.

          We ain’t going to the Super Bowl soon but why can’t we enjoy our team? How about some excitement? Turn Josh Jacobs into a tight end like they did Todd Christenson and let’s see bombs and not dump offs.

    2. Our offensive line is also hurt & they’re letting them get to the quarter back! Do I’d dump it also! 2 sacks!! 🤔

    3. Carr was under pressure all day. 3 sacks. He has to dump in those situations. When Riggs was right he threw big. With our line beat up and our fastest player out we lose a lot.

      1. Carr has been dumping dinks and 1 yard screens since he been with the raiders with an occasional 15 – 20 yard pass over the middle. His sideline completion percentage is pathetic. He blocked me on Twitter because I told him out of bounds isn’t on our team. As a Raider fan since their name was announced for the new AFL I can assure you with him at the helm and Gruden as coach we won’t win nothing. To me, this is Mikes team.

        1. Because riggs speed alone opened up the top of the defense so all of the “dink”(high percentage) throws are WIDE OPEN! If you understood an actual football offense you’d know this. But it’s clear your level of football expertise is top notch.

    4. No. I humbly disagree.
      He holds the ball too long and if not he checks down to often.
      But both are not really his fault completely.
      1.) He holds the ball too long because his inexperienced WRs are not getting off their coverage well.
      2.) He checks down often because his banged up OLine isnt giving him enough time to make it thru progressions.

      Granted he runs Gruden’s RPO offense so passes are often pretty short to mid level.

      If any blame is to be put on Carr, its that he doesnt get off the ball consistently. He’s slow getting thru progressions and He gets hesitant and delivers throws a tad bit late.

      1. Part of what you’re saying means something but one thing I want you to look up in comparison to almost every QB in the league is “release time” Derek Carr makes good decision through his progressions so he doesn’t throw interceptions and gets the ball out of his hands quicker than probably every QB in the league, he’s mindful enough to put the ball in places that only gives his man the opportunity to make the catch! Without protection from his O-line 3 seconds isn’t much time to make any decision! Reason for pretty short to mid level passes.. Protecting your QB opens up the field and makes defenses play honest football! Oh yeah his check downs are because he’s smart and reads what the defense is bringing at him! It’s call an audible. Go Raiders!!!!!

    5. He has to dump off early for a number of reasons, one it the fact the o-line is on 3rd stringers at certain positions and second and the most important is thats how gruden runs the offense. Its early in the season and we have a gauntlet of a schedule in the first half of the season im not worried

    6. Always too early, if its not a 2 yd pass, is behind the line. Also, he looks scared when the rush is coming, always!!!

    7. Grudens offense is designed for Carr to dump as early as possible
      while going through his progressions.

      That’s what he’s supposed to do. That’s why his completion rate is so high. Its a timing thing.

      Last year he was often releasing in under 4 seconds. Not because he’s scared or can’t through the ball but because thats how their route tree is designed.

      Jacobs isn’t hanging in there, he’s waiting for the Oline to make holes, when the Oline is hurt there are less holes so he doesn’t have the opportunity to run.

      When the Oline is healthy Carr has better opportunities to pass.

      When Carr can pass, it opens things up for Jacobs to run.

      When Jacobs can Run it opens up the pass for Carr.

      Its Ying and Yang.

      But at the end of the Day, Offense will Live or Die by the strength of the Oline.

      Its the foundation of all Offenses and routinely overlooked.

      Let’s hope they all get Healthy soon.

      1. Points well taken. However, the Raiders are now very boring to watch. Give me back the days of Plunkett and Lamonica. So what if we did not win with LaMonica but it sure was fun to watch. Plunkett was a blast and won two superbowls. Even though Mahomes is the best in the game, I cannot enjoy watching him because of the rivalry going back all the way to the Hank Stram Chiefs. Allen is really a lot of fun to watch

    8. Carr has no choice. Realize the speed of the game and always having guys in his face. He doesn’t just have a high Comp % he has the yards and TD to INT ratio to prove he is OUR FRANCHISE QB

  2. Sorry my name is Danny M. I get so upset that I can’t write correctly. I get so mad and upset about Coach Gruden ,because he needs do his job and fired the right coaches that need to go Please Gruden the Dallas Man You brought in uses him for our
    new Defensive Coach the Ok
    Ayers Love his old style of players love his old played calling, then afterwards go get Hue Jackson for our New Offensive Coach you know he’s good Gruden. Your the $100,000 million dollars Coach your not going nowhere. Just fixed our team please I wanna go to the playoffs fir once please and The Oakland fans wanna see that too along with the New Las Vegas Fan Clubs. Go Raiders Go Gruden please Chucky get mad and make that Chucky face get pissed off and Mad!!. Good Oh Chucky
    Well Back Oh Yeah. 2020-2021, You Can Do It Coach Along With MAYOCK. Playoffs Here We Come no more Losing Coach we are going to beat the Bills in Our New Home The New Las Vegas Stadiums. Amen Raiders Nation. I well prayed that the Raiders Don’t get into too much trouble for breaking Covid-19 Protocols God Blessed

  3. Our offensive line is also hurt & they’re letting them get to the quarter back! Do I’d dump it also! 2 sacks!! 🤔

  4. I say terrible coaching and a defensive coordinator that should’ve been fired after last season

    1. Carr is Captain check down. He does not extend plays with his legs at at almost never. The best defense is a good offense . Excuses, Excuses , Excuses every year Carr does not make the playoffs. Every year he has great stats every year they don’t make playoffs becuase he is a businessman only who makes business decisions all day. With how much he gets paid it will be hard to get an elite defense to withstand all Carr’s 3 and outs in the 3rd and 4th quarter. He is so predictable as a QB I stopped watching the Raiders . The biggest fear of Carr is he is good enough to stick around 10-15yrs and never win anything!!!!!!

  5. Big Link ,York PA here. Love listening on 1440 am and 98.9 Saturday mornings. Anyway u can’t debate that he struggles at extending plays, and gives up on reads way to early. Go Raiders!!

    1. It’s been the same old excuses with the “D” year after year! Where’s Old man Dick Leabaugh? Even with regime of Delrio same thing! Love the Raiders since Lamonica, but **** find a D coordinator and tackling Coach! Not Rocket Science Chuky! $100mil is enough to fix it! Lotta coaches old and new could win with this collection of talent with a D coordinator!!

    1. Carr is Captain check down. He does not extend plays with his legs at at almost never. The best defense is a good offense . Excuses, Excuses , Excuses every year Carr does not make the playoffs. Every year he has great stats every year they don’t make playoffs becuase he is a businessman only who makes business decisions all day. With how much he gets paid it will be hard to get an elite defense to withstand all Carr’s 3 and outs in the 3rd and 4th quarter. He is so predictable as a QB I stopped watching the Raiders . The biggest fear of Carr is he is good enough to stick around 10-15yrs and never win anything!!!!!!

  6. defense absolutely sucks! When you allow 240 yards running, you don’t have a chance. Especially when CARR throws these check downs. Yea I know injuries plague the O line but this has been Carrs style. Afraid to throw down field which it seems he doesn’t know where to throw the ball to get his reciever open as he waits for the receiver to get open. It’s frustrating day in and day out knowing what Carr is gonna throw everytime.

  7. We lack explosive plays down the field. Hell if Nick Foles and Fitzpatrick can throw over the defense, why can’t Derrick Carr. I hear you run the ball..tempo..I get that but the Chiefs don’t..even Buffalo don’t. Exciting big play capability will spark our defense as well. Guenther needs to be gone…but who can we get?

    1. lol no, he was one of the best o-linman ever when people like him speak you listen plain and simple

  8. We have a lot of young potential. We had a great plan A, which was shut down Cam Newton, but had no answer for the play calling adjustments the Patriots made. They ran all over the defense in the second half, defensive ends were not containing and the blitzing safeties or backers were crashing in and overrunning the play. We hung around for a long time despite being outplayed definitely. We missed a few opportunities in enemy territory with missed field goal and a fumble. Only got 3 points off the interception. The raiders have some work to do. What I enjoyed differently about this game is that even though it was a loss, the young defense is fired up and I’m hoping Paul can leverage the talents of these young men. Open up the playbook a bit, let the young men run down the field in offense. Crossing patterns, screens and dump offs seem to be getting predictable without the threat of the big play. #raiders4life

  9. Our defense needs to attack, and not wait for the play to come to them. Also this is not flag football it is tackle football. It looks like our defense coach is not doing the job. Also our coaches keep making excuses that we have a lot guys hurt that’s why we lose. Well guess what excuses are for losers.

  10. To the haters and blamers of Carr:

    2020 Raiders after 3 games:
    Offense #3 in pts scored
    Defense #26 in pts allowed

    Carr’s doing his job once again with the most inexperienced receivers in the league!

    Carr will be the all time Raider QB leader in every category very soon and in fewer games than the others. Difference? Carr did it without hall of fame receivers. You complainers are crazy. Carr is not perfect but he is the best QB since Gannon. Remember the days in between. They were ugly at that position. Fix the Defense, continue to work at the receiver position (Tyrell Williams unavailable 2 yrs in a row , we still need a #1), and we will roll. If you are still hating on Carr, then you always will regardless of how well he plays. That’s why we have the term “haters”.

    1. EJ, Very well said! Get the O-line healthy and we’ll be laughing at all these haters… Go Raiders…

  11. It’s always an excuse. That’s the problem with Derek. I get the feeling he isn’t very bright.

  12. Enough is Enough! Defensive cord. Needs to be fired. I get the relationship but he sucks! We made no adjustments to outside/inside run. Play calling is predictable. Jacobs isn’t going to last getting all the work load! Carr needs to find himself (balls) hang in the pocket or scramble and make some **** plays! No excuses next man up. It’s the NFL, next man up$$$ Tired of this BS!

  13. Blaming Carr you dudes are blind.

    1. Grudens play calling is horrible and outdated.
    2. Why is Gutter still our DC (waiting)
    3. Earl Thomas waiting for our call
    4. Down to 4th and 5th string OL
    5. Defense is horrible oh wait that #2 lol

  14. Need to use offense and defense players more Real Raiders Team let everyone play I’m sick of the BS one player the Man Stop complaining Play Ball beat your Man that’s Football 🏈🏈🏈🏈 Have Fun Doing It Play Ball

  15. Its Raidrers Kenny G. From Independent Mo you guys can you all are getting so close fo be a real team ifs come just keep pushing. Foward. Need to work on that defense people not in the right spot. does win game get back in the game. need to work on the second back area. Do what Mr. Al David. Say the quarter back must go down hard with in frist 5 min of the game. And Just Win Baby. Mr. D .Car is great Quarterback you got this. Keep up you. With what you do lead that team its your ok love you raiders. Please stay focus we can beat Buffalo and we have to beat k c chiefs please. Go raiders football. Your Truly Mr. Raiders Kenny G

    1. Carr is like that fine chick you meet and ain’t nothing a tease. He won’t step up in the pocket and run. He doesn’t take the team on his back. A few times you could see Gruden’s frustration with carr, but carefully shows it to prevent controversy. Carr has yet to win a big game he has the next 2 weeks to do so. Especially against the chiefs whose defense always intimidates him when it gets tough. I always support carr. The bottom line is he’s not a winner. Time to find a young hungry quarterback not afraid to make it happen. Nuff Said….

  16. Fire Paul *** he has had plenty of time to fix his defense and they’re still playing like **** so send his *** packing and get a new DC with a different schem his style of play doesn’t fit his players

  17. Nobody should ever second guess Lincoln Kennedy! This man knows the game & he’ll say it as he sees it…

  18. Coach mj…..
    I guess ur not a true RAIDERS FAN if you stopped watch the RAIDERS real RAIDER fan never stop or quit on them. WIN LOSE OR TIE RAIDER TILL I DIE.
    RAIDER NATION!!!
    JUST WIN BABY!!!

  19. Carr is like that fine chick you meet and ain’t nothing a tease. He won’t step up in the pocket and run. He doesn’t take the team on his back. A few times you could see Gruden’s frustration with carr, but carefully shows it to prevent controversy. Carr has yet to win a big game he has the next 2 weeks to do so. Especially against the chiefs whose defense always intimidates him when it gets tough. I always support carr. The bottom line is he’s not a winner. Time to find a young hungry quarterback not afraid to make it happen. Nuff Said….

  20. Lmao kennedy. I know this loss was the offense. Watched every second of it. Carr will never win a chip…lmao…it’s so obvious by now. He’s a robot. And it sucks for him that he’ll b compared to mahomes. Feel sorry for him. Love my raiders but we’re still nowhere. It’s just a fact. Best possible thing we could do is give up the ship for trevor. If we wanna win the quickest. I feel so sorry for my raider brothers that hope in carr lol. He’s a joke! I’ve watched! Joke! Play fantasy big fella? Lol. Got him on your team? Lol. No! Nobody does! Joke! But hey…he got his payday…I’m happy for him lol. But it was a mistake. Bench him…start over. Cus facts r facts! Start over NOW! Carr is a waste of time. Every start he makes I know we’re going nowhere with him. I know it!!! Uuuuuuugh!ol. New QB…rebuild. and I guarantee this!

  21. RAIDERS baby 4 life,I’m so tired of everyone bkaming carr for the problems he’s doing just fine it’s a defense that playoff there receivers by 10 yards every time it gives you these receptions defense can’t stop the run think about it if Derek scores 27 points defense should be giving up 20 or less points Everytime the offense scores 30 + points vs Panthers and the defense gives up 30 plus points raiders still win car don’t play defense how is he giving up those points so I RAIDERS can D needs to get their act together far as I’m concerned they need to put some pressure on Josh Allen Sunday Carr does not play defense it’s always the same thing every year every year change up you guys want to win. old saying from a raider great let’s
    just abuse them like rod Martin used to say team needs a play 4 quarters of defense same goes for the offense they need to start doing something I can’t take anymore I’ve been from Oakland to Los Angeles back to Oakland now to Vegas they could become the first team to win in three different cities once they win a super bowl in Vegas go raider Nation…

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