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Derek Carr Addresses Gruden Ordeal: ‘We’ve Got To Move On’

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Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said he loves former coach Jon Gruden and that he’ll miss him. But he also added that he understands Gruden being dismissed, and now, he wants the Raiders to move on.

“I have a lot of emotions — angry, sick, upset, mad, frustrated,” Carr told reporters. “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.”

The Raiders (3-2) have lost two straight heading into Sunday’s road game against the rival Denver Broncos.

Earlier in the week, Carr said he was ready to move forward with Gruden as coach. Then more Gruden emails surfaced.

“It was a lot to handle, I’ll say it that way,” Carr said. “You all know me, man. I don’t condone that kind of talk. I don’t talk that way. My kids sure as heck will never talk that way, and it’s hard because I love the man so much. Like I have family members that have done things, I’ve done things that I’m glad that I’m still loved. I think more than anything, coach needs people to help him, to love him in whatever areas that we can.”

Carr wasn’t finished.

“But at the same time, what’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong,” he said. “I’ve never seen something like this happen and so you don’t know the precedent. I don’t know is he going to get suspended? Is it a fine? I don’t know. I’m not good at figuring those kinds of things out. But when that came out, shortly after my wife sent it to me. I was getting ready studying and stuff, she sent it to me, I read it and about time I got done reading it, it was over, and he resigned.

“So, you could imagine there was a lot going on in my head and again I’ll probably get more into it someday about everything that went down for me, but again, you all know I got a job to do.”

In other words, Carr is placing his focus back on football under interim coach Rich Bisaccia.

“I’m trying my best personally, honestly, just to make my mind focused on football as hard as it is, and I hope that makes sense and I’m trying to be respectful,” he said. “But personally, I have to keep my mind as focused as I can or else I’ll start drifting and start feeling some type of way.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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