Raiders’ Derek Carr re­mains op­ti­mistic

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - By An­thony Galaviz

As the Oak­land Raiders be­gin the sec­ond half of the NFL sea­son against the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers on Sun­day, Derek Carr will con­tinue to be op­ti­mistic de­spite a 1-7 record.

Even when the ex-Fresno State star was sacked six times dur­ing a 34-3 loss to the San Fran­cisco 49ers last week at Levi’s Sta­dium.

“I hate los­ing,” Carr said Wed­nes­day. “I may not be some­one is see­ing on TV yelling all the time or get­ting an­gry or up­set, but this stuff hurts. I’m prob­a­bly one of the most com­pet­i­tive peo­ple you’ll ever meet. I want to dunk on my neph­ews or I’ll block my 2-year-old’s shot . ... My wife gets mad at me, but I make it hard on them. I hate los­ing. I hate it with ev­ery­thing in me. I hate los­ing more than any­thing and I work my tail off to make sure our city, our fans, our team, coaches can just en­joy win­ning.”

Oak­land will face the Charg­ers on Sun­day at the Oak­landAlameda County Coli­seum be­fore hit­ting the road again to face the Ari­zona Car­di­nals and Bal­ti­more Ravens in back-to­back weeks.

Carr promised that the mis­ery the Raiders are fac­ing will turn into pos­i­tive re­sults soon.

“Sit­ting here at 1-7 sucks, but noth­ing in me is go­ing to stop un­til I see the other side of it. Trust me, I’m go­ing to see the other side of it. When is it go­ing to come? I don’t know. I wish I knew be­cause it would make it eas­ier on my heart, but I do know I will see the other side of it and I can’t wait to see it be­cause you’ll be more thank­ful be­fore than go­ing through this stuff.”

When Carr started in the NFL, the Raiders opened 0-10 be­fore fin­ish­ing the sea­son 3-13. The Raiders im­proved the next two years, go­ing 7-9 in 2015 and 12-4 in 2016.

Oak­land had high hopes last sea­son but fin­ished 6-10, lead­ing to the fir­ing of Jack Del Rio.

Jon Gru­den’s re­turn to the Raiders as coach hasn’t gone the ex­actly way Carr hoped for, but he said he re­mains op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture of the team.

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