After Monday’s win over the Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa decided to stir the pot when he suggested that quarterback Derek Carr “shuts down” when he’s under pressure. That used to be a common criticism of Carr after he broke his leg but that hasn’t been the case over the last two seasons and it wasn’t the case Monday night. Despite being down 21-0 in the first half and facing consistent pressure, the quarterback almost led his team back to a big comeback before eventually falling 28-14.
The Raiders and Chargers have had a fierce rivalry for decades and there’s been trash talk from both teams. However, Bosa’s comments seemed unfair. Long-time NFL analyst Jim Trotter had a major issue with what the Pro Bowler had to say about Carr.
“You were way out of line with your comments on Derek Carr [on Monday],” Trotter said on NFL Network. “If he was as bad or as cowardly as you intimated, why was he nine of 10 for 76 yards and two touchdown passes in the third quarter behind a line that couldn’t protect him? Look, even if what you were saying was true, and it is not, why would you say it about a member of your NFL fraternity? You’re better than that, Joey.”
There’s nothing wrong with a little trash talk but Bosa’s comments were unnecessary and simply not true.