Derek Carr Jan 15, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) warms up before the AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Since UFC owner Dana White dropped the bombshell that Tom Brady considered joining the Las Vegas Raiders but ex-Raiders head coach Jon Gruden nixed the deal, many have been questioning why he’d decide to do so.

Why would Gruden turn down a chance to win another Super Bowl with the greatest quarterback of all time? One former Raider seems to have the answer.

Lincoln Kennedy seems to think that the reason Gruden decided to stay with current quarterback Derek Carr is out of loyalty.

“Well, Jon Gruden is a little bit of a loyalist himself,” Kennedy told “The Zach Gelb Show” on CBS Sports Radio. “He was loyal to Derek Carr for all those years, believing in him for all the years that he had him.”

“Even when Derek Carr supposedly tore his groin in one of the games towards the end of the year (in 2020), (Marcus) Mariota went in there and played pretty well and almost beat the Chargers that game. Derek still got the start the next week when he was supposed to be out for at least 10 days or two weeks. Jon Gruden has always been somewhat of a quarterback loyalist, maybe to error, but it’s always been a part of him.”

Fans will see this season if Gruden made the correct choice by keeping Carr, who has yet to win a playoff game as a starter, or if they’ll watch Tom Brady win another Super Bowl with the Bucs this season.


About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.