The Raiders fell behind early and lost 26-15 at Arrowhead Stadium, putting Oakland (6-7) a game behind the Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC West.
In a YouTube chat with his viewers on Monday, Carr said “it was terrible” to not be able to continue the momentum the Raiders had built in two straight wins.
“We don’t control our own destiny,” he said. “We don’t control everything, and in football that’s tough because you always want to be in control. Trust me, there is no one more disappointed than myself with how our team played. We have to be better, and we will be better.”
The Raiders trailed 26-0 in the fourth quarter. It was too little, too late to manufacture the kind of come-from-behind win that was the norm in 2016.
“These though times are not going to be forever, I can promise you that,” Carr said. “We have too many good dudes and good leaders on this team doing it the right way. We’re going to continue to do that and we’re going to continue to do things the right way and come out on the other side of this.”
Carr was hard on himself after the loss, saying at the interview podium, “Don’t you blame one coach, one player. It is all my fault.”
Monday, he talked about his frustration.
“I don’t play this game to squeak by. I play this game to absolutely go out and shred people. When we don’t do that as a whole it makes it difficult on me and it hurts because I know certain things we’ve put effort and work into.”
Carr completed 24 of 41 for 211 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for a passer rating of 60.1. He surpassed 14,000 career passing yards to become just the 10th quarterback in NFL history with over 14,000 yards passing in his first four years.
“We know we have good players and a lot of talent, but we haven’t put it together so far,” he said. “That’s one thing we gotta do and be able to execute at a high level and it’s ridiculous that we haven’t been able to. A lot of people in life want to give in and they point a lot of fingers and they think they know it all and it’s funny to me that people decide to go that way. Those are the same people who are trying to promote togetherness and unity. I will never be someone who will point fingers like a lot of people want to. That’s easy to do especially when you’re not in the situation.”
Carr said he has read the social media buzz about the Raiders’ struggles – after all, Oakland fired defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. midseason and now the heat is on offensive coordinator Todd Downing, who replaced Bill Musgrave this season. In particular, defended not throwing down the field often and not throwing to tight end Jared Cook when he was wide open.
“I just want to help you understand football instead of listening to some people talk. That’s what I want people to understand, the game. Coordinators change their calls where you can’t do certain things. It’s like a chess match.”
The Raiders’ remaining chess matches are Sunday night at home against the Dallas Cowboys, a Christmas road game against the Philadelphia Eagles and the season finale against the Chargers at the StubHub Center on Dec. 31.