Saints HC Dennis Allen discloses the ‘real reason’ why Derek Carr flipped out at Chris Olave despite throwing the ball out of bounds himself
Allen disclosed inconsistency is plaguing the Saints hence the sloppy plays.
Dennis Allen, Chris Olave and Derek Carr (via IMAGO)
By all means, the New Orleans Saints won’t remember Thursday night fondly. Among the bad plays was a deep incompletion from Derek Carr in the direction of Chris Olave. It had Carr riled up, but at that moment, it wasn’t clear why because he missed Olave by almost 10 yards. Yesterday, head coach Dennis Allen shed some light on the matter.
According to Allen, the second-year wide receiver did not run the designated route that he was supposed to. On 3rd and 5, with 10:44 left in the game, Carr spotted Olave on the flanks, with just one man covering him. He threw the ball, and it went out of bounds.
Allen said after the game:
Derek thought there was a good chance to get a one-on-one on the outside lane, [but] Chris didn't run that route. We ended up having a throwaway there.
Carr was not happy with the play and looked visually agitated, as per NBC Sports. The broadcasters mentioned that the receiver appeared to slow down and pull up before the ball even reached him. But that doesn’t mean the quarterback should lose patience. The four-time Pro Bowler understands that he has been a bit short-tempered lately.
Derek Carr said:
I have been showing my emotions a little too much. I have got to kind of chill out.
As one of the veteran members of the Saints squad, he needs to be the one that the rookies look up to. But if he keeps losing his cool, then it doesn’t set a good example. Carr acknowledged that. He went on to add:
I'm just trying to be a calming influence in those moments. I can be that presence to calm everybody down.
Inconsistency is plaguing Derek Carr and Dennis Allen
The Saints were a no-show in the first three quarters as the Jacksonville Jaguars dominated the proceedings. Not only that, they blew a few good red zone chances, which could have proved pivotal on the night. They were 3-of-18 on third down and only managed to score a touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter. Being 25th in third-down conversions and 28th in red zone efficiency is not a great look for a team that was tipped to win the NFC South.
This is the thing that I'm most frustrated about—the inconsistency.We have to get those guys on the same page.
It’s not the first time Chris Olave and Derek Carr have not been on the same wavelength. Even against the Houston Texans the week prior, the Saints faced the same problems. Receiver Michael Thomas claimed that it’s not like they are trying to communicate. Sometimes their definition of the word ‘communication’ is different.
There’s still positive news for the offense. Saints, hurry up, fast approach, play paid dividends, and it could be further explored in future games. Allen’s team will face the Indianapolis Colts next.
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