Derek Carr is sorry.
After a poor finish with the Raiders that saw him benched and released, Derek Carr found a new home with the New Orleans Saints in free agency.
The quarterback has been reflecting on his time with the Raiders, specifically last season, and has publicly apologized for not giving his best performance for the team.
Carr feels remorseful that he let down his coaches and teammates and is determined to not repeat his mistakes.
“They just didn’t get my best and that drove me crazy at the end of the year because I felt so spread out in so many different ways,” Carr said this week, via Brett Martel of the Associated Press. “I just didn’t feel like myself and I feel bad for the [Raiders] coaches and players.”
The Raiders had a disappointing season finishing with a record of 6-11, with several games where they fell short.
Last season, Carr threw for 3,522 yards and 24 touchdowns, with a total of 14 interceptions over 15 games played. Carr is now trying to keep things simple. He says he grew from last season and is doing his best to have a “simple” focus now that he’s the QB1 in New Orleans.
“I’ve tried my best to get back to that. Hopefully, it leads to some success,” Carr said. “It’s going to be a great lesson for me to learn to help some guys down the road when they go through a coaching change or a shift in whatever they’re doing.”
However, in 2021, Carr proved he was capable of leading a team to a winning record and achieving his highest career passing yards with 4,804.