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Derek Carr had ‘planned the next 10-15 years of our life’

in F r e i s t i l 06.12.2018 09:26
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with Khalil Mack on Raiders Cheap Leon Hall Jersey , forced to say goodbye to his ‘brother’ Sunday night Khalil Mack will suit up for the Chicago Bears’ season opener against the Packers. That was a difficult sentence to write, and perhaps an even tougher line for Raiders fans to fully wrap their heads around. But no measure of pain from Mack’s departure can measure up to what Raiders quarterback Derek Carr must be feeling from watching his best friend leave. Carr awoke Saturday morning and was blindsided by the news that the Raiders and Bears had reached an agreement to trade Mack. His immediate reaction was summarized in two simple words he tweeted, “no way.” The fourth-year quarterback told the media Monday that nobody in the organization saw the Mack trade coming “from top down.”“That’s my brother,” Carr continued. “The hardest part for me is, obviously, you lose a good football player, but he’s my brother man. That’s one of my best friends. I think that’s the hardest part, is that I don’t get to see my friend every day.”As the Raiders first and second round picks from the 2014 NFL Draft, Carr and Mack shared a close bond throughout their time in Oakland. Both players became the unquestioned leaders of the Silver & Black, combining for six Pro Bowl appearances during the past four years. So when Carr was signed to a five-year, $125 million extension that at the time was the richest in NFL history, Mack rightfully thought he would receive his deal the following year. Instead, Mack found out Saturday he would be traded to Chicago, a move that left him shocked. Just hours later, the Bears made Mack the highest-paid defender in NFL history inking their new defensive end to a monster six-year http://www.raiderscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-jared-cook-jersey , $141 million extension with $90 million guaranteed. While Carr is happy for his friend, he would have preferred the extension could have been with the Raiders instead. “When we first came in, we planned the next 10-15 years of our life,” Carr said. “I think that’s the weirdest part, because it’s a little bit of a different chapter now.” I can’t help but feel for Paul Guenther. The guy came here excited to work with Jon Gruden and try to improve this Raiders defense and now is probably asking himself what he got himself into. Normally you expect to take over a team and stick with what works and fix what didn’t. And by the season opener, the team was without their leading tackler (Navorro Bowman), sack leader (Khalil Mack), and top interior defensive lineman (Justin Ellis) from last season.This left them with a defensive line that can’t stop the run, no pass rush to speak of, and a linebacking corps that can’t stop anything. The only thing after that was the secondary where Guenther has been rotating players all season trying to find the right mixture. “I’ve really never been through anything like this before because when I took the job there were a lot of guys that were either up for free agency or that I thought were going to be on the roster,” said Guenther. “Obviously, there was a lot of changes. Guys got signed to other teams and we had to fill those spots in with some of the veterans with the cap money that we had. It’s been a challenge.”For the first six weeks of the season, winning was the priority for Guenther. Hard to say if it Jon Gruden had the same priority considering he essentially gave up on the season before it started by trading Khalil Mack to Chicago. The reason, I say six weeks is because that was the game in London against the Seahawks when, heading into the bye week Gabe Jackson Jersey , the team was 1-5 and the hard shift began. Of course Gruden isn’t going to say the team is no longer focused on winning. He responded directly to that question, insisting the rest of the season is not about “auditioning” guys.The thing is though, it should be. And it would appear Guenther realizes this and knows the shift to the evaluation phase of this rebuild project is now in full effect.“Having our vision was to bring in some young guys in the draft, we did that and they’re playing,” Guenther said Friday prior to Sunday’s game. “We’re going through some growing pains with the young guys. Hopefully the more and more snaps they get, the back end of the year here and going into year two we’re going to see massive improvements.”Sunday the Raiders saw five rookies start and ten rookies play significant snaps. Half of those rookies were on the defensive side of the ball — Maurice Hurst, Arden Key, PJ Hall, Jason Cabinda, and Nick Nelson. Other young players also saw extensive work as the team looks to see what they have in them. All with the aim of evaluating them over the final eight games of the season.All season the Raiders have seen a whole host of rookies taking considerable snaps. They have no choice. Combining them with aging veteran castoffs has made this defense the worst in the NFL. That’s not something Guenther is used to. He has to remind himself there is a plan here.“Every day,” Guenther said of how often he has to tell himself to be patient. “Every day, because obviously, I’ve been a part of and with a lot of good defenses in the past. There’s certain things and breakdowns that we’re having that we shouldn’t have – that I’m not used to seeing. And again, it is a patience thing, but I’m not the most patient guy and I want to get this stuff fixed quickly Cheap Derek Carr Jersey , because otherwise, that’s part of the evaluation process with the guys we have now moving forward in the last eight games to see what guys we want to keep here and what guys we want to move on with.”That evaluation was kicked into another gear against the Chargers. Guenther gave undrafted rookie Jason Cabinda the start at middle linebacker and moved second year linebacker Marquel Lee to the strong side. Second year man Nicholas Morrow saw his most snaps of the season as well. Gruden liked what he saw with the changes at linebacker.“I thought Marquel had the best game playing that position,” said Gruden. “Morrow, we’d like to see more and more from him. I thought Cabinda did some good things at the middle linebacker, too. I was pleased with a lot of things I saw from our young defense.”Rookies Maurice Hurst and Arden Key started along the defensive line while rookie PJ Hall and third year man Shilique Calhoun saw significant minutes as well, nearly getting his first sack of the season.Most notably he increased rookie cornerback Nick Nelson’s snaps and gave third year safety Karl Joseph his first start of the season. Nelson taking over the nickel corner for veteran Leon Hall is the natural transition that must take place at this point.“Pretty good, pretty good. We like him,” Gruden said of Nelson. “He had five or six coverage opportunities yesterday. You saw for yourself what he’s capable of doing. He has some quickness and size and strength to play the nickel position. I think he played 25, close to 30 snaps, something like that. Leon Hall’s snaps were down at the nickel position, but for his debut I thought he played pretty good. I was excited about it.”With the exception of Erik Harris, last Sunday the Raiders put every young hopeful they had on the field to get a long look at them. They have seven more games for that to continue and even increase. There won’t be many wins to come from that strategy — perhaps none at all — but as difficult as that might be for Guenther and the Raiders struggling defense, it’s the only way to proceed.Follow @LeviDamien

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