Thoughts From the Dark Side on Chris Carr

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Thanks to Patrick Patterson, who writes on MVN’s Oakland Raiders site, Thoughts From the Dark Side, for his opinion on ex-Raider Chris Carr:

      The Tennessee Titans got themselves a real asset when they signed Chris Carr, formerly of the Oakland Raiders. Carr is a little guy with the heart of a lion. He plays fearlessly, almost to the point of recklessly on special teams, and leaves it all on the field on defense. He is not the type of player who is going to be a Pro Bowl starter at any position in the secondary, but he can fill in anywhere in the secondary in a pinch.
      Carr was acquired by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2005, making the team as the return specialist and extra defensive back. Much of his first season, he did not fair catch on punts as he had a reckless style. This began to change about midway through his first season, but he had developed a reckless reputation that would follow him for all his years in Oakland. In fact, I remember listening to a game on the radio, and on a punt Greg Papa’s call was, “Carr is back waiting for the ball. The coverage team is coming in. Is he going to fair catch? He never fair catches…”
      As a kickoff returner, he was much more successful than he was on punts. He is the all time leader of the Raiders in kick return average. He was a threat on every return, but never was able to break one for six. I remember a game against Kansas City in his rookie year where he took one deep into Chief’s territory late in the half, but for some reason Norv Turner never called a deep throw from Kerry Collins to the newly acquired receiver who was supposed to be great at such catches, and it ended up being Sebastian Janikowski putting it through for three.
      As a defender, Carr’s strength is being a jack of all trades. His weakness is that he is a master of none. The best use of his skills is as a zone defender in nickel and dime situations. His height is a liability as a cover corner. His small size inhibits him as a hitter from the safety position. His biggest highlight as a Raider came against the defending champion Steelers in 2006 when Chris Carr took a Rothlisberger pass back 102 yards for six.
      The most valuable asset that Carr will bring to Tennessee is his heart. He plays his ass off every time he is on the field, and holds absolutely nothing back. He is a great spare part player where you can plug him in at multiple positions and get some results. He is also one of the players who does not shy away from the fans. He has been popular in the Nation for being one of the guys that would do signings and show up at fan events, and spend time interacting with the fans. The Raider Nation wishes Chris Carr well, except for when he is playing against Oakland.

Thanks again to Patrick for sharing his insight with us. Looks like the Titans fans have got themselves a keeper.

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14 Responses to “Thoughts From the Dark Side on Chris Carr”

  1. Raider Mike Says:

    We at the Raider Nation will miss Carr’s presence on the field. He is only in the NFL because of his lions heart. If he were bigger he would probably play RB as well. Thanks for the good years in Oakland Chris!

  2. Raider Till Death! Says:

    Carr was always a valueable asset in Oakland and the Titans have really landed themselves someone special. We wish you the best of luck, Carr!

  3. PitchBlack Says:

    You’re pretty much right about Carr, except saying he’s going to be Pro Bowl starter at any position in the secondary. That’s a stretch.

  4. I.jason Says:

    PitchBlack:
    The quote is “He is NOT the type of player who is going to be a Pro Bowl starter at any position in the secondary…” (emphasis mine).

  5. jrtitans Says:

    Another high-motor, high-character guy. The Titans are doing a great job of getting really dedicated guys that want to win and be TITANS!
    Bring on the Draft–and then the next victims. The new Logo says 10 and so does VY. Anybody feeling the magic?

  6. Patrick Patterson Says:

    I wish him all the best except against Oakland.
    I kept thinking with each of his kickoff returns, the next one was going to the house.

  7. David H. Says:

    Im feeling the magic, jrtitans! At first I thought it was a coincidence that we are celebrating our tenth year and VY wears number ten. With the aqusitions we’ve made this offseason all we need is a solid draft and I can really see us contending for a Super Bowl title. If not that, definately a division crown!!!

  8. Dan Says:

    division maybe, superbowl not a chance in hell, this year. You have to look at this objectivly not just as a fan.

  9. David H. Says:

    You gotta believe baby!!! Bud Adams predicted a super bowl birth at the Titans inception press conference in Nashville almost ten years ago. In their first year as the “Titans” they made it. Anything’s possible Dan. As far as “Objectively” is concerned, we have all the components except one. We’ve got the defense, with the addition of Stamer and Carr, we have special teams. We have a coach who’s been there and knows what to get out of his team. We have a quarterback who thrives when the games on the line. All we need is explosiveness on offense and I think we have a legitimate shot.

  10. jrtitans Says:

    Cmon Dan,
    Feel the fever! If we get to the playoffs again , we have a chance and are in contention. Nobody said win the superbowl ( yet).
    Im waiting till we draft one of your number ones and then we’ll see. 2 1/2 weeks away from more help coming. 10=10=postseason.
    10 is a number used as the highest rating. Appears Roos, Stewart and AL will be back. Freak is back. Dinger is back. Its the law of 10! And the only lawbreaker is leaving:)

  11. Dan Says:

    jrTitans the odds that some of my picks help this next year is very low, but for the future is pretty god though. I sort of disagree about our special teams, everything is good besides that electric return man. Carr does not give us that, and pacman used to but hes gonna get moved soon. David you are right the defense is really good, top 5 in the league, but the offense just can not score points on a consistent basis, thats why I think we are a long shot even against the new and improved jags but still with the colts were it takes 60 yrd field goals to beat them. We still have a long way to go but at least we see the light at the tunnel and in maybe 3-5 years can win a superbowl.

  12. jrtitans Says:

    can we move to the nfc central division?

  13. Stacey Says:

    Chris is my brother and I really appreciate all the great things you said about him. They are all true. Oakland wasn’t a good fit for him and I know he will find much more success with the Titans. (and hopefully win more games!)

  14. Drexel Perry Says:

    Stacey,
    We’re looking forward to seeing what your brother can do in a Titans’ uniform. Judging from the thoughts of Raiders’ fans, it appears as though we have some things to be excited about.
    Thanks for your comment.

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