When the Raiders start the season, their two most important skill position players will test out their chemistry. In football, the relationship between quarterback and top wideout remains vital to the success of any franchise. For Oakland, Derek Carr and Antonio Brown, much of the 2019 rests on their shoulders.
Despite tallying Hall of Fame numbers in Pittsburgh, Brown clashed with Ben Roethlisberger. Brown and Roethlisberger bickered and developed an enmity after years of harmony. While wide receivers possess the reputation for diva-like behavior, talent plays. Eleven thousand yards and seventy-nine touchdowns should have made Brown a permanent Steelers. Yet, Roethlisberger’s grating personality publicly surfaced.
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Granted, Derek Carr loves to compete, just like Roethlisberger. On the other hands, his approach to the game and teammates remain different. While Big Ben seems comfortable in calling teammates out to the media, Carr prefers to lead by positivity. With Antonio Brown, Carr should relish the opportunity to build a lasting bond.
“AB doesn’t get enough credit for how he is,” Carr said. “You know what I mean? He is a little bit like (Tyrell Williams), but also, everyone just watches him on Instagram and think he’s just loud — man that guy works his tail off. He’ll do anything you ask him to do, right? He’s a great friend. He’s always great with my kids. My kids have probably thrown him more balls than I have, right? But that’s the stuff people don’t know about him.”
If you are honest, and hear the whispers, Derek Carr’s time as a Raider could end this season. In order to see Vegas, Carr must give Gruden and Mayock ample reason to keep him. Those statements are not dismissive of Carr and his achievements. Similarly, Brown, for all of his lofty achievements, must enjoy success away from the Steelers. What would silence critics and naysayers is winning. Plus, on that ego level, you must know that Brown wants to thrive while the Steelers fade.
In a perfect world, Antonio Brown steps on the field and fixes what people think ails Derek Carr. The Oakland Raiders don’t need Brown as a handyman. Antonio Brown and Derek Carr need to both take control of the offense and pile wins.