Raiders Derek Carr: Chargers Joey Bosa did piss me off with critical comments

Joey Bosa and the Chargers got the better of Derek Carr and the Raiders on “Monday Night Football” 28-14 in Week 4, and Bosa let Carr know it.

After the game, Bosa criticized Carr for his inability to function under pressure.

“We knew once we hit him a few times, he really gets shook,” Bosa said. “And you saw on [Christian Covington’s] sack, he was pretty much curling into a ball before we even got back there. Great dude, great player…but we know once you get pressure on him, he kind of shuts down.”

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Bosa has a point. Carr struggled under pressure against the Chargers and has posted a record of 2-13 when being sacked four or more times during his NFL career.

Nonetheless, his comments didn’t set well with Carr. In fact, the Raiders’ quarterback appears to be using them as motivation.

“I just thought it was unfortunate that he’d even think to say it,” Carr said of Bosa, per ESPN. “Maybe he was just trying to get under my skin. Which, he did piss me off. So, good job for that. But that’s not a bad thing, either.”

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Though Carr might be ticked off now, his opinion of Bosa hasn’t diminished. He still loves and respects Bosa, but he also defended his and the Raiders’ effort from Monday night.

“We’ve gone back and forth,” Carr said, once again addressing Bosa. “He was probably mad because I was talking a lot of crap to him during the game. It was an emotional day for them. Saw a lot of things about their whole team after. Good thing it’s a new week. He’s entitled to that opinion and saying those things. But it’s almost like he watched the game in reverse.

“The game that I watched, we came out and fought a little bit after they got after us a little bit up front. Fine. The opinions I care about are what [Jon Gruden] and [Greg Olson] told me when I came in the building yesterday and today, and it will always be that way. Especially with my teammates.”

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Carr is taking the diplomatic route for now, but Bosa’s comments seem to have added fuel to his fire. That could help him in his Week 5 meeting with the Bears, but it looks like he’s especially looking forward to a second meeting with the Chargers.

“We’ll see them again,” Carr said. “[Bosa]’s entitled to say that. Great player, great dude. I just don’t think he watched the game in the same order I did.”

Los Angeles will travel to Las Vegas to face the Raiders in Week 18, the final week of the 2021 NFL season. Safe to say that Carr will be motivated to put up some big numbers in that one.

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