The Oakland Raiders ran 952 plays from scrimmage last season. Some worked very well. Some didn’t work at all. Some still stand out months later.
For example, the first-and-goal at the 2-yard line in a September game against the Jets.
Quarterback Derek Carr had Marshawn Lynch as a single back, Amari Cooper in the slot and Michael Crabtree outside to the left of the formation.
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The Jets had nine defenders in the box. Carr checked to “Seattle, Seattle.” Three seasons earlier, the Seattle Seahawks lost the Super Bowl after attempting a pass at the goal line that was picked off rather than hand the ball to Lynch.
Carr lofted a touchdown pass to Crabtree.
Derek and David Carr will offer Valley football fans an opportunity to dissect plays like that from the 2017 season at Inside The Huddle, a program Saturday evening at the Saroyan Theatre with all proceeds benefiting Valley Children’s Heathcare.
They will break down plays, complete with some good-natured ribbing between big and little brother, both former Fresno State quarterbacks.
“Anytime we get to talk about football we tend to enjoy ourselves,” said David Carr, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2002 NFL Draft.
“We definitely make fun of each other. We try to keep it as serious as possible, but you’ll know that we’re brothers really quick. It comes out pretty fast.”
The program, which starts at 7 p.m., includes a question and answer session and everyone in attendance will be entered into a raffle for one of four autographed No. 4 jerseys.
“It’s very important for us, David and I and our families, to be involved with Valley Children’s Hospital and the entire Fresno community,” Derek Carr said.
“Valley Children’s Hospital is an incredibly special place with incredibly special people. Heather and I, along with David and Melody, will always stand up for Valley Children’s and do anything we can to support the hospital.”
The check against the Jets – and the humorous name attached to it – likely came out of the quarterback’s meeting room.
“A lot times a lot of those plays are thought up in the quarterback’s room by the quarterback’s coach and then he says, ‘OK, what are we going to call it? Whatever we say has to trigger all of these guys that it’s this certain call,’” David Carr said. “You can just imagine the conversation that happens.
“The quarterback room is always fun as far as naming plays and you see it throughout the league. It usually comes down to a vote, honestly, and then we have to take it to the offensive line room to get a final say on it. If the center says, ‘It’s stupid. It’s dumb. We’re not naming it that,’ then you’re, ‘OK, what do you want to name it?’ The offensive line, more than any other position, they act as one and the collective herd of 12 or 15 of those 300-pounders is pretty convincing, especially when they have your livelihood in their hands. You tend to listen to them.”
Inside The Huddle will go there and break down a series of the Raiders’ plays, good and bad, using game film available to coaches and players – the All-22 film, the end zone view, as well as the television clips.
“You get a little more than the highlight you would see on TV after the game,” David Carr said. “You get to hear the stories. You get to hear why the play was called and what was said on the sideline. You get to know, ‘What were you thinking in this situation?’ which is a question I like to ask Derek all the time.”
“The really cool part is what it benefits and who it benefits. That makes it more enjoyable for us because we know firsthand the effects of that hospital in the community and what it means for the Valley.”
Robert Kuwada: @rkuwada