Sport Del Rio has no regrets playing Carr late in blowout win
Damian Lillard rips struggling Blazers: ‘This is on us’
The Portland Trail Blazers lost to the Golden State Warriors by 45 points on Saturday night, marking their sixth defeat in seven games. That was more than guard Damian Lillard could take.A frustrated Lillard called out the entire team after the blowout loss, essentially saying they played with no heart.“Man, it’s OK to turn the ball over, it’s OK to make mistakes, but we have to play with some damn heart and compete out there,” Lillard said, via Chris Haynes of ESPN.Lillard called out the team directly, repeating his points for the assembled media.
It created a natural question for coach Jack Del Rio. Given that the Raiders were up 33-14 with 11 minutes remaining, should Carr have even been in the game?
Del Rio has no regrets.
“Andrew Luck, people here in the Bay Area, I think, have a pretty good understanding of what he is capable of. I know I do,”. “We felt like you had to keep the pedal down on that opponent, that quarterback in that game. You’re talking about a team facing elimination. We knew we were going to get everything they had to close the game anyway they could, and we were prepared for that.”
Raiders QB Derek Carr suffers broken leg, done for season
The Raiders have already clinched a playoff berth, but now they have lost starting quarterback Derek Carr. The third-year pro was helped off the field in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game against the Colts. Carr left the game after being sacked by Colts linebacker Trent Cole, who spun Carr around. Carr was trying to scramble away from pressure and Cole grabbed him from behind and twisted him to the turf. Carr grabbed the back of his thigh and motioned to the sideline.
That isn’t wrong. Del Rio also noted (correctly) that the Colts fought back and lost the game by only eight points. Indianapolis forced Oakland to convert a third-and-eight on the Raiders’ final possession. If that didn’t get converted, the Colts would have gotten the ball back with roughly two minutes remaining. So while a 33-14 lead appeared insurmountable, the game was not over at the time of Carr’s injury.
So, he belonged in the game. But should the game plan have been different?
The play in question was a second-and-18 from the Colts’ 41. The Indy pass rush hadn’t touched Carr all day. But on a second-and-18, a heavy pass rush is likely. Oakland could have called a quick pass (or even run) as a way to pick up some of the yards to make third down more manageable. At the very least, picking up a few yards would have put Sebastian Janikowski in range to kick a field goal to put the Raiders up 36-14.
Sheldon Richardson takes shot at Brandon Marshall after Jets' blowout loss to Patriots
The war of words between wide receiver Brandon Marshall and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson escalated Saturday following the Jets' 41–3 loss to the Patriots. This time, it was Richardson doing most of the talking. The war of words between wide receiver Brandon Marshall and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson escalated Saturday following the Jets' 41–3 loss to the Patriots.
Of course, there’s no way to predict an injury. But a deep drop back in an obvious passing situation definitely exposes the quarterback to risk. If you’re losing 33-14 in the fourth quarter, you may not have much of a choice. But with that lead, a more conservative call would have made more sense.
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