Catherine TyrellESPN staff writer4 minutes to read
Metairie, Los Angeles — Saints quarterback Derek Carr said he apologized to offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael for a sideline outburst in the fourth quarter of New Orleans’ 20-13 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday.
Carr appeared to be signaling frustration when he walked off the field late in the game and spoke to Carmichael on the sideline. In a video of the encounter that appeared on social media, Carr spoke briefly to Carmichael, took off his helmet, then pointed toward the end zone after Carmichael walked away.
“I actually apologized to Pete on the plane,” Carr said Monday. “I was talking to Pete, but I wasn’t talking about Pete. Pete and I know exactly what I was talking about and why. When the game is on the line, that’s when you have to pay attention to every detail of your mission. “I was a little upset about some of this stuff . “It had nothing to do with Pete, he just happened to be the one who stepped up when I was a little grumpy.”
Carr admitted that he was “angry” after the match. The Saints totaled 430 yards of offense but went 0-3 in the red zone and missed two field goals. Carr acknowledged that there were issues of miscommunication that led to some drives being halted.
“Until we get on the same page, there are going to be hard feelings,” Carr said.
Carr said he spent Sunday night and Monday morning talking with receivers Rashid Shahid, Michael Thomas and Chris Olave to try to work out some issues.
“We got it right, but you don’t want to get it right after a loss,” Carr said. “So we all have that responsibility, and if someone points the finger, if we engage constructively with each other and [they] I can’t stand it, it’s their responsibility as a person. We should be able to sit at the table and have a conversation. We have to be able to do these things and move forward. So far things have been very positive.”
Carr wasn’t alone in his frustration with the lack of attention to detail. Linebacker Demario Davis, the team’s captain, addressed the team after the game and asked everyone to look in the mirror and ask if they were doing enough.
Carr said Davis asked him: “Did you do what you did last week, this week? Or did you just enjoy…the week too much?”
Davis downplayed the significance of his speech Monday and said he was just trying to send an encouraging message to the team, but it clearly resonated with Carr and running back Alvin Kamara.
Kamara said the preparation and sacrifice of players like him, Davis, Cameron Jordan, Carr and Thomas is clear, but he cannot speak for everyone on the team. He said that only each individual knows the true level of his effort.
“I don’t know what everyone does to prepare, but there’s a certain kind of sacrifice you have to make to come out here and play at a certain level, an elite level. I just hope everyone does that,” Kamara said. He said.
Kamara said the message was said in the hope that everyone would make the same sacrifice every week.
“I think Demario said it lightly, but it needs more detail,” Kamara said. “Because we keep having this conversation about preparation and players have to execute, this and that. It’s like, well, if that doesn’t happen, what’s the next conversation? Because you can’t keep saying that.”
As the Saints move forward, hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night, Kamara wants Davis’ message to continue to resonate.
“Everyone should be able to raise their hands and say, ‘You can count on me,'” Kamara said. “That might be the message. Can I count on you? If you can’t raise your hand and say you’re doing everything you need to do to be ready and we can count on you to play and give it your all, then… that’s where we have to go.”
The message in the locker room before and after the game was everyone will do their job, or someone else will.
“I think everyone received it, everyone heard it, everyone [is going to implement that]. And then the guys who don’t do that, just like [coach Dennis Allen] “There are hungry guys in this league,” defensive tackle Khalen Saunders said. “Across the league, on this team alone, on the coaching staff. Everywhere you look, there are guys who are ready, and if that doesn’t motivate you, you might not need to be here.”
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