When your team resides in the midst of a disappointing season, quotes become the source of hilarity and little information. Under those consequences, here are this week’s quotes that require more translation.

Lee Smith, on reports of players lacking faith in Carr

“All these reports about this locker room being fractured with Derek Carr is the most obnoxious and ridiculous thing I’ve heard, ever, Smith said. “ It’s to the point to where it’s comical and laughable that I’m even sitting here talking about it.

“Us as players have zero issue with Derek Carr. He is our leader; he’s always been our leader. We put a ‘C’ on his chest for a reason.”

First, Marcus Thompson remains a widely respected media members that covers the Raiders fairly. Next, in a locker room filled with 53 players, knowing every words remains impossible for Smith. Someone said something. Whether anyone needs to know who remains to be seen.


Gruden on Carr trade rumors

“I don’t see us making any more trades,” Gruden told reporters. Followed by “I didn’t see us making a trade the other day. I really didn’t. But sometimes, like I said, your plans change whether you like it or not. You don’t know who’s going to call you and what they’re going to say, you really don’t. … I don’t see us making any more trades. But I’ll never say never again to anybody.”

If you  read the state ment twice, nothing makes sense. Never say never, however, Carr stays in Oakland? How does that make any sense? With Jon Gruden, always expect the weirdness. Granted, the Raiders could retain Carr. Yet, we thought the same thing about Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper.


Jason Garrett on Amari Cooper

“He’s a football guy, there’s no question about that,” the Cowboys coach said. “He knows football, he understands football. He broke the huddle with us, ran plays, didn’t seem to have a lot of issues.

“There will be a lot more stuff coming as we go here, but he’s certainly into it. He’s engaged and football smart and handled the work well.”

When did Amari Cooper say anything of consequence in Oakland? On the week, he arrived to Dallas, Cooper starts speaking up? Meanwhile, Jason Garrett looks at Cooper like someone that can save his job. In Dallas, Cooper does not have the burden of being the fourth overall pick on a veteran team. Instead, he plays on a youthful offense. With one year remaining on his rookie deal, Cooper can cash in with huge numbers. In hindsight, the Raiders made the right call with


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