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Raiders QB Carr on Gruden: ‘I want him to be hard on me’

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Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr wants new coach Jon Gruden to be “really hard” on him after he regressed this season from his level in 2016.

Carr said he is looking forward not only to being reunited with Gruden but also to being pushed by the quarterback guru.

“I want him to be really hard on me because I want to win,” Carr told ESPN at a Pro Bowl practice in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday. “He can pat me on the back and tell me he loves me, which he does, and he will. But at the same time, I want him to be hard on me and let’s talk about, ‘Hey, if we grade out at 90 percent, let’s talk about the 10 percent I didn’t do well.'”

Carr, who has been Oakland’s starter since his rookie season, went through Gruden’s QB Camp show on ESPN in 2014 before the Raiders drafted him out of Fresno State in the second round.

Just one season removed from being in the MVP conversation and completing 63.8 percent of his passes for 3,937 yards, 28 touchdowns and only six interceptions in 15 games, Carr dropped off by throwing for 3,496 yards (62.7 percent), 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 15 games this season.

Gruden addressed Carr’s 2017 struggles at his introductory media conference earlier this month.

“Three broken bones in your back,” Gruden said Jan. 9. “I think that is a reasonable reason why you might not have the same season you had a year ago.”

–Field Level Media

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