LAS VEGAS — Derek Carr , his voice cracking at times and his eyes growing watery, spoke on a number of subjects in the Las Vegas Raiders quarterback’s weekly media conference Wednesday, less than 48 hours after Jon Gruden had resigned .
The torrent of offensive emails authored by Gruden still fresh in his mind, Carr talked for nearly 15 minutes, saying he was emotional but had a job to do, and that the Raiders’ season was not done. He also spoke of the mood in a shell-shocked locker room and offered a suggestion to the NFL when it comes to private emails and texts.
Here is the complete transcript of Carr’s presser with reporters (questions have been edited for clarity).
What’s been your message to your teammates? And do you get a sense of where everyone else is mentally?
Carr: Yeah, again, I can’t speak for everybody. I’m not in everybody’s shoes. A lot of emotions obviously. Didn’t see all of this coming. I don’t think any of us did. It just caught us all by surprise, but there will be a day for those feelings. There will be a day and a time to talk about all that, and I’ll get into some of it if you have more questions.
But from an emotional standpoint I got a job to do and that’s never changed no matter who the coach is, no matter who’s on the team with me. I have a job to do and that’s to lead these men, especially now. They need a leader more than ever and my job is to lead them with my actions like I always have and my voice. Just trying to be a strong voice for people to continually bring people together and continually push people in the right direction. We’re 3-2. We have everything out in front of us that we’ve wanted from the beginning. It’s not going to be with the same room of people, which is hard, but at the same time nobody cares, and you know how that goes. I think that for me just the message today was I just tried to push everything off.
I mean I’m sick about it. I have a lot of emotions — angry, sick, upset, mad, frustrated. All those things. Empathy. I don’t think there is a book on how to handle all this, or actually there is, but I don’t think that there is a way for a quarterback to stand up here and answer these types of questions is what I should say. But for me, my message today was we have a job to do. It’s Wednesday, if we are still in our feelings, it’s too late. We got to move on.
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