He has a future behind a microphone
The Raiders and Ravens finished Week 1 of the NFL season on a high Monday night. The teams traded clutch points late in the fourth quarter before Las Vegas kicker Daniel Carlson forced overtime with a 55-yard field goal. The Raiders appeared to have won the game in the first possession of overtime, but a replay exam determined Bryan Edwards was below the goal line after a 32-yard catch. The pitch had to be cleared after players from both teams started shaking hands, believing the game was over. Three games (and a grueling false start penalty) later, Derek Carr threw an interception that bounced off a Ravens defenseman’s helmet.
After a fumble by Lamar Jackson, the Raiders recovered the ball and won the game (for real this time) on a 31-yard pass from Carr to Zay Jones.
It was the kind of game that leaves your head spinning, even if you’re just sitting on the couch, without rooting for either team. But Carr was totally calm when he spoke on the pitch with ESPN’s Lisa Salters. It was one of the best post-game interviews I can remember.
“It reminded me so much of my career so far. Lots of that, you know what I mean? Carr said, moving his hand up and down to illustrate peaks and valleys. “And I’m grateful for this group because on both sides we made plays to help us lose it and to help us win it.”
He was honest, introspective, insightful and humorous, all within two minutes. He never once tripped over his words and didn’t slip in the two-teams-played-hard-type clichés. He even offered key information on the winning play, uninvited, telling Salters that the call of play had been changed at the line of scrimmage.
At Sports center, right after the interview aired, Scott Van Pelt compared it to wrestler Dusty Rhodes’ classic “Hard Times” promo. I wouldn’t go that far, but it was a breath of fresh air compared to the usual grudging, catch-all interviews we usually hear from athletes in the moments immediately after a game.
I didn’t have a strong opinion on Carr until I saw this video. I knew him just as an above average quarterback whose teams consistently underperform. But now I have come away impressed with his ability to sum up wild game and won over by his willingness to speak openly. If I was in charge of a sports network, I would have a meeting with Carr’s agent in pencil six or seven years later.
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