Gruden, Carr: Not the first time we've gone at it
10:19 PM ET
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Both Jon Gruden and Derek Carr insisted the heated conversation between coach and quarterback late in the first half of the Oakland Raiders‘ 23-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals was not their first such discussion.
Nor will it be the last.
What was different this time, though, was that the exchange was caught on camera, and that tight end Lee Smith played peacemaker, of sorts, by putting a hand on the back of Gruden’s neck in an effort to calm the situation.
Gruden got after Carr after he missed Jalen Richard badly down the right sideline on a third-down pass.
“That’s the first time you’ve seen it,” Gruden said with an impish grin, “but it isn’t the first time it’s happened. We’re both competitors. We’re competing hard there. We had a man-to-man situation and he went for the big play.
“We had a mild disagreement. But you know what, that’s part of this business. We’re going to have times where we clash a little bit but we’re also very supportive of one another. I’m really proud of him. He’s been through a lot this year, and I’m glad he’s our quarterback.”