The second half of the NFL season begins this weekend and the Oakland Raiders are on the outside looking in at the playoffs.
Quarterback Derek Carr and others assessed the dire situation the Raiders are in with a 3-5 record, a year after finishing 12-4 and making their first playoffs appearance since 2002.
“There is an urgency. It has to be,” Carr said Wednesday as Oakland prepares for a Sunday night game at Miami. “Coach (Jack) Del Rio said it best to this team: ‘Being urgent doesn’t mean go away from your process.’ We have to attack our process with urgency, but don’t rush things when we get on the field. When you get on the field, let it flow.
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“My mistake is trying to do too much for my team instead of letting our team do it together,” Carr added. “I’ll try to make a hero throw, or hero check or whatever.
“We have a lot of work to do. We want to accomplish our goals. Is it possible? Absolutely. Not a lot of people believe that except they guys through that door. We always believe and we have to take care of business.”
Middle linebacker NaVorro Bowman has been with the Raiders two games (and made 22 tackles) since coming over as a free agent from San Francisco. His assessment: “We have the guys here to do it. We just have to hone in and play a full 60-minute game and understand it’s not going to be easy. We have to go and take it.”
Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper said simply, “We need to get our groove back.”