As the 3-5 Oakland Raiders head into Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins with their season on the brink, Derek Carr is operating under an unexpected philosophy: Do less and let it flow.
“My mistake is trying to do too much for my team,” Carr told reporters before Wednesday’s practice at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. “Instead of letting our team just do it together.”
“I’ll try and make a hero throw or hero check or whatever it is and that’s my mistake,” Carr continued.
One of those teammates who Carr will be leaning on is Marshawn Lynch, who was back on the practice field after he sat out the Week 8 loss to the Buffalo Bills due to a suspension.
Lynch had just nine yards on a pair of carries in the Oct. 15 win over the Kansas City Chiefs before he was ejected for running onto the field and barging into a referee.
“He’s a physical guy,” head coach Jack Del Rio said of the veteran. “He brings passion for the game. So, those are things we’ll welcome back.”
During an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Del Rio revealed his immediate reaction when Beast Mode bolted onto the field.
“I wanted to have a shock collar on Marshawn Lynch to bring him back to the sideline when he ran on the field,” Del Rio said.
“My conversation with him was very short: ‘You can’t blanking do that … period.’”
Nothing wrong with the plan
In the wake of the Buffalo loss, which saw the offense go quiet after a game-opening drive of 81 yards on 13 plays, Carr offered a vote of confidence for offensive coordinator Todd Downing.
“I thought our plan was great,” Carr said. “It was on us players. There was nothing in that Buffalo gameplan-wise that was wrong.”
Safety remains a ‘question mark’
Second-year safety Karl Joseph, who missed the club’s loss to the Bills, took a step closer to rejoining the secondary.
“We’re hopeful,” Del Rio said when asked if he expects Joseph to return against the Dolphins.
“Yeah, I think he’s going to try and practice a little bit today. We’ll see how it goes and we’ll see how the week goes, but that’s still a little bit of a question mark.”
JDR on baseball
Asked for a World Series Game 7 prediction, Del Rio said he’s not in the prognosticating business.
“I’ve been enjoying it,” Del Rio said. “My team’s been out [and has] been out for a long time.”
And which team is that?
“The A’s are my team,” the East Bay native said. “Yeah, I grew up an A’s fan.”