Former Raiders star Charles Woodson says it’d be a good thing.
And now it’s a possibility after Oakland fired coach Jack Del Rio after Sunday’s season-ending 30-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
“I know Jon Gruden loves the quarterback position,” Woodson said on ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown. “I believe he would really have a strong interest in going in working with Derek Carr and getting Derek Carr to the next level. I believe he could help him out tremendously and make him into the Hall of Fame type quarterback we think that young kid could be.”
The Raiders finished the season losing four straight, with Carr shouldering some of the blame for the downturn. In 2016, the Raiders finished 12-4 and returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
Carr had a subpar season with 3,496 yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. His numbers were down considerably after having an MVP-type season in 2016 with 28 touchdowns against six interceptions and 3,937 yards before his season was cut short because of a broken fibula in the next-to-last regular-season game.
Carr addressed the issue – sort of – in postgame comments Sunday:
“I am aware of what was said because of how the world works today. Even if you try to stay away from stuff, you can’t get away from it. If (Jon Gruden) is our coach or if he is not, who knows? We don’t know. We just lost to the Chargers and Coach Del Rio is our coach. I know him and I’ve known him for a while, but it is still pretty fresh.”