Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr shares his opinion on Jon Gruden after Gruden’s shameful departure from the team.
Everyone in the NFL world has an opinion about Jon Gruden and his email, but the emotions surrounding him are more conflicting for some of Gruden’s former players.
While Keyshawn Johnson suspected Gruden was a “cheater” while in Tampa Bay, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr offered Gruden sympathy.
Referring to the popular Christian philosophy of loving the sinner when he hates sin, Carr made it clear that he doesn’t like what Gruden did, but he still cares about Gruden as a person.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on Jon Gruden: “I love the man, I hate the sin”
Carr isn’t the only Raiders player who has mixed feelings about his former coach. Josh Jacobs, the Star Raiders drafted by Gruden in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, reminded reporters that “people grow” when asked about Gruden.
“I’ve been with this guy for three years now; I never felt a certain kind of way about him, ”said Jacobs. “He never rubbed me in any particular way. I mean what he said he said at the end of the day. But I mean, I definitely trust him. I mean it was 10 years ago. The people are growing. “
Raiders linebacker Denzel Perryman, who was traded from the Carolina Panthers to the Raiders on September 1, had already forgotten Gruden’s initial comment on DeMaurice Smith at the October 10 game.
“I let it go as soon as we left the briefing room,” Perryman said on Sunday. “I wasn’t focused on that. Still not focused on that. So, I mean, I don’t know what he said. I honestly might not care. I don’t know how many years ago that was, but my main focus this week was on the bears, not what he was up to. “
While Gruden’s emails suggest he’s made many enemies in the NFL, including Johnson, DeMaurice Smith and Roger Goodell, his Las Vegas Raiders players express empathy for the coach they’ve known for four years.