GLENDALE, Ariz. – Both Jon Gruden and Derek Carr in the first half of the Oakland Raiders' 23-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
Nor wants to be the last
Lee Smith played peacemaker, of sorts, by putting a hand on the back of Gruden's neck in an effort to calm the situation
Gruden got rid of an impersonal grin, "but it's not right."
"That's the first time you've seen it," he said We're competing hard there We had a man-to-man situation and he went for the big play.
"We had a mild disagreement. But you know what, that's part of this business. We're going to have times where we clash a little bit but we're so very supportive of one another. I'm really proud of him. He's been through a lot this year, and I'm glad he's our quarterback. "
A storyline coming into the season revived around how Carr would adapt to the notoriously-hard-on-his-quarterbacks Gruden. But Gruden has made
Still, Carr said he was "surprised" it took this long for cameras to catch them getting after it on the sidelines.
"We're both very fiery ̵
Derek Carr and Jon Gruden had a heated argument on the sideline. AP Photo / Rick Scuteri
Carr completed 19 of 31 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns in Arizona but was sacked four times. The sideline show was brought to mind with Grush and Rich Gannon in Gruden's first tour of Oakland, which lasted from 1998 through 2001. Gannon joined the Raiders in 1999, and then became a league MVP the year after Gruden was traded to Tampa Bay, Gannon said he was best in the NFL with Gruden.
"He wants everything to Be so perfect, "Carr said. "This stretch of games, every play … every detail."
"We're just learning each other. And again, no one wants to hear it, but it is a process. It takes time. The beautiful thing about that, people saw that [sideline spat] so we went down and we won the game.
Carr later said he was actually embraced, but Smith did get physical, so to speak.
After the cameras went back to the game, Raiders radio sideline reporter Chris Townsend said he was in a hurry because he was in trouble The Situation, Townsend reported.
Asked if Smith was a "peacemaker" on the team, Gruden smiled.
"That's how it looked?" Gruden laughed. "I can handle my own business."
Smith said he was not trying to be a peacemaker, though.
"It was just, I happened to be in the vicinity and I saw the wild man's face red," Smith joked of Gruden, "so I figured I'd Join the party. "Coach Gruden's a wild man, he's a lot of fun to be around, so I told him, the way he's g Oing to the grave is having a stroke on the sideline. It was all in fun. It was all good. There is no intention to be angry at anybody. It was just our head coach and our quarterback were being competitive.
"I probably did not grabbed the head coach," Smith said, "but I do not have any lingering issues." got a little fired up. But it was all good fun. No negativity at all. "