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Gruden hire 'great news' for Carr - former Raiders QB Gannon

Rich Gannon says Derek Carr will be working with the 'best person in the business' at preparing quarterbacks when Jon Gruden is hired.

05 Jan 2018, 20:57 IST
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Jon Gruden's seemingly imminent hiring as head coach of the Oakland Raiders is great news for quarterback Derek Carr, according to Rich Gannon.

Gannon played under Jon Gruden as a member of the Oakland Raiders for three seasons from 1998 to 2001, winning the MVP award the season after his departure, in which Gruden's Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.

With Gruden looking certain for a second stint with the Raiders, Gannon believes Gruden can coach Carr to similar results.

Carr endured a disappointing 2017 campaign as the Raiders went 6-10, throwing for 3,496 yards with 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

"I think [Carr] should be thrilled that he's gonna get an opportunity to work with what I think is the best person in the business when it comes to calling plays and preparing a quarterback to play that position," Gannon told The Mercury News.

"I'm really excited for him and I hope he'll take advantage of the opportunity and embrace it."

Reports have suggested Gannon could join Gruden's staff in Oakland as the quarterbacks coach. When asked about how to work with Carr, Gannon sounded as if he was already on the job.

"I would start with the lower half of his body," Gannon said. "I don't think there's any question he's got really great arm talent, but he gets lazy with his feet at times, he doesn't push away through center, he gets lazy when he's in the gun sometimes.

"I'd be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and I'd have at least one Super Bowl, maybe more, if Jon never left Oakland. I wish that never happened.

"But I'm just saying I realised when I was with Jon that there were great things in store and it was a special, unique opportunity for me. I embraced the opportunity. I took advantage of the opportunity. I hope Derek will do the same."

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