The Raiders have lost four consecutive games — make it five if the latest one against the Los Angeles Chargers at home counts double — and quarterback Derek Carr says it’s all about the “details” or lack of attention thereof.
Well, here’s another detail that shouldn’t be forgotten: Carr’s contract has a $15.7 million salary cap hit, which represents nearly 10 percent of the team allotment. Now you know why the Raiders stink at multiple positions and have one foot in the grave and the other in Las Vegas already.
When Carr signed a five-year $125 million contract extension before the season, he bragged that it came with a hometown discount. The deal made him the highest-paid player in NFL history at the time despite a 22-25 career record, nary a postseason victory and an injury that limited him to 12 games the previous season. Yeah, some discount.
Don’t blame Carr if he took full advantage of a skewed system that rewards potential as much if not more than actual production. After all, he plays the most important position in team sports. If and when you get a chance to cash in, girls and boys, do not punt.
Yet if Carr really was the ultimate team guy, he would have accepted less money (gasp!) or had the deal structured in a way that would have allowed the front office to fill more holes around him. You know, like six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady does every year, although he prefers not to tell the world.
Carr said he instructed his agent to keep the team in mind, but to see it on the field, more should have been done.
Worse yet, Carr hasn’t played like a $25 million quarterback, although a fractured back, offensive coordinator Todd Dowling and coach Jack Del Rio deserve some credit for it. In a panic move, the QB was allowed back on the field last weekend, and not surprisingly, the guy was a Carr wreck. The Chargers picked off a pair of his passes, one in the red zone.
“At the end of the day, this is my fault,” Carr manned up afterward. “It’s not my players’ fault, it’s not my teammates’ fault. This is all on me. I have to be better. Put all the blame on me. It’s my fault.”
Well, not all of it but a lot it. So, yeah, consider it done.
THE LIST: Ten Ballsy predictions for the Warriors’ season that opens on Tuesday …
Kevin Durant sat out five weeks last season, yet the Warriors still won 67 games. They’ll make a serious run at their record 73 wins this time.
The Warriors will become the first team to lead the league in offensive and defensive efficiency in the regular season. … But their real season won’t begin until April. Everything else is an hors d’oeuvre.
Steve Kerr will sit out a bunch of games, have a worse win percentage than interim coach Mike Brown and be named Coach of the Year again.
Bargain newcomer Omri Casspi will play like a guy who has gone from Sacramento to hoops heaven.
Rookie Jordan Bell will be some of the best $3.5 million that owner Joe Lacob ever spent.
Every third possession, Nick Young will do the unthinkable — attempt to play defense.
The Warriors will become the first NBA team to run the table in the postseason. You read right — 16 and oh. Fo’, fo’, fo’, fo’.
Stephen Curry will take his turn as NBA Finals Most Valuable Player.
The Warriors will make short work of the Cleveland Cavaliers again. Then LeBron James will head to Los Angeles and the fun will really start.
JUST SAYIN’: If it’s true that Santa Clara coach Kyle Shanahan paid no attention to would-be free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins in Washington on Sunday, then he was afraid of either tampering or his defense …
The football gods took Odell Beckham, Aaron Rodgers and J.J. Watt and gave us Adrian Peterson in return. Who negotiated this deal, anyway — Billy Beane?
If the Brent Burns of the first four games is the real one — one point, minus-6 rating — then the sixth-place Sharks are in deeper do-do than we thought before the season.
WHERE HAVE YOU GONE … Patrick Marleau?
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