Romanowski: No Excuses For Carr This Season

Derek Carr "got a bye the last two years," Bill Romanowski says; he won't get one in 2019

Zach Gelb
July 31, 2019 - 8:53 am
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Four-time Super Bowl champion Bill Romanowski spent a few days with the Oakland Raiders during training camp, and he came away highly impressed. He saw a much-improved defense, a much-improved receiving corps, and a much-improved offense line.

The Raiders’ success, however, still hinges on Derek Carr.

“You gave him a great offensive line,” Romanowski said on The Zach Gelb Show. “This is probably the greatest offensive line the Raiders have ever had. They got that, they got Antonio Brown, they got receivers, they’ve got running backs – this is a talented offense. Derek has to execute. Go out there and get his confidence and his mojo.”

Carr, 28, was an MVP candidate in 2016, but he has struggled early and often in each of the last two seasons. Last year he threw 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 16 games.

“At the end of the year last year, it’s hard to really gauge where he was because they were awful,” Romanowski said. “I always say this: How many mules have you seen win a Kentucky Derby? They had a lot of mules on that team, both offensively and defensively, and this is a much-improved team.”

But can Carr lead this much-improved team to the playoffs? That will be the barometer for success in 2019.

“He got a bye the last two years,” Romanowski said. “We can make excuses – no talent, offensive line was terrible, didn’t have time. Excuses are like you-know-what, and everyone’s got one. The great ones find a way to take guys, especially at the quarterback position, that are average and they make them good, and they take good players and make them great, and they take great players and make them Hall-of-Famers. That’s what the great quarterbacks do. 

“I really do believe Derek was making those strides when he got into the league,” Romanowski continued. “When he had the ankle injury, call it PTSD, call it whatever you want to call it. He had some kind of a mental block when that happened. I’m excited for him, I’m fired up for him, I’m nervous – I’ve got a lot of emotions wrapped up in Derek Carr. I want nothing but the absolute best for this young man because he is a really good person.”

It will be interesting, of course, to see how Carr and Brown co-exist when they’re not on the same page.

“What’s going to happen when it doesn’t go that well?” Romanowski asked. “Antonio Brown wants to score touchdowns. He wants the ball in his hands. . . . That’s what you want. You want guys, especially at the receiver position, that want the ball in their hands. The more times they can get the ball in Antonio Brown’s hands, the better off the Oakland Raiders are going to be.”

Click below to listen to Romanowski’s interview in its entirety.