ALAMEDA, Calif. -- With Jon Gruden expected to become the next coach of the Oakland Raiders by next week, the team's radio voice said on his show Tuesday that Gruden's first task will be to "fix a broken Derek Carr."
This in light of a late-season tongue-lashing by former coach Jack Del Rio and assistants following the Raiders' 26-15 loss at the Kansas City Chiefs on Dec. 10, a game Oakland entered with a record of 6-6 and tied for first place in the AFC West.
"This coaching staff turned on Derek Carr as well," Greg Papa said Tuesday afternoon on 95.7 The Game. "After the Kansas City game, they called him out in front of a whole team meeting. It wasn't just the offense or the quarterbacks, [or] a segment of the team. It was the whole team. And they ripped him in front of everybody and Derek's a prideful guy.
"But when you have a head coach that's not designing the play, [or] calling the play, and then second-guessing the play and the quarterback's play on a certain play, it doesn’t go well."
The Raiders would not win another game and Del Rio paid for the 6-10 finish with his job.
Carr blamed himself after that game.
"It sucked," Carr said. "Wasn't good enough and you put it all on me. Don't you blame one coach, one player, it's all my fault.
"There's no easy way to go through this one. This one sucked."
Papa, who has been the voice of the Raiders since 1997, also said former Raiders quarterback and current CBS broadcaster Rich Gannon will be the team's QB coach.
"Basically, the Raiders have a broken car right now and it's Derek, it's No. 4," Papa said. "And they've got to fix this car and I am going to be intrigued with how Jon does that, along with Rich Gannon."
Papa added that Gruden, who was the Raiders' coach from 1998 to 2001 before being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will have to clean up his language in dealing with the deeply religious Carr.
Gruden has been on ESPN's Monday Night Football since 2009.
Carr regressed this season: After signing a five-year, $125 million contract extension, his Total QBR dropped from 62.1 in 2016, when he finished tied for third in NFL MVP voting, to 47.2 this season.
Gruden has to get Carr's confidence and swagger back up, Papa said.
"This organization, right now in the here and now, they've got to fix a broken Derek Carr," Papa said.