Derek Carr: Raiders Over Shock Of Khalil Mack Trade

Joe Thomas sounds off against Jon Gruden and Raiders  Khalil Mack trade

Draft pick Anthony Miller has been the talk of training camp (before the Mack trade that is) and looks like a solid pick by the Bears.

It's finally here. After seven long months without real football, the 2018 NFL season is upon us.

Working through arduous 3-13 season featuring 10 straight losses and a head coach fired in-season was hard, but it also bonded the group together.

Mack and Carr quickly became franchise cornerstones, and All-Pro edge rusher and Pro Bowl quarterback to anchor both sides of the ball.

Oakland coach Jon Gruden tried to clear the air when he addressed his team before Monday's practice as the Raiders prepared for their season opener against the Los Angeles Rams next Monday night.

While Carr will continue leading the Silver and Black through this season and many others, it admits it'll be unusual to carry on without Mack. And I'll just say what (Reggie) said - I read what he said yesterday - it's a decision that we all came to. I believe that 100 percent. We wanted to make this a place where free agents wanted to come. "We all will miss him, but we will all move on". "It wasn't my goal to trade Khalil when we got here", he confessed. It was our whole class. That's the only thing we won't cross off the list. "They're not going to cancel games, we're going to keep playing", Zimmer continued.

The class has separated some this offseason. They selected CB Kevin King and S Josh Jones with their first two picks in 2017, and corners Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson with their first two picks this past April.

"They traded Jon Gruden for two 1's and two 2's". Not bad for a seventh-round pick. Chicago had no qualms about paying him, making him the highest-paid defensive player in National Football League history with a six-year, $141 million contract extension (with $90 million guaranteed). Based on the fact that Green Bay felt the need to sign the likes of LeShun Daniels and Bronson Hill to contracts in late August, it seems that the team doesn't feel especially comfortable with what it has available.

Gruden: We all Came to a Decision on Mack Together

The Raiders have a week to get over their loss. McKenzie's plan went off the rails.

That said, it doesn't make the former Raider's absence any less weird for the time being. It's one of those things you hope can work out. And the Bears made us an offer that we thought was really unique. Honestly, it hurts. We tried. Over the course of the past five seasons, a 13 win season has been able to wrap up that top spot in the NFC four times. "It just makes it tough".

Carr wasn't the only one shocked by the trade.

"It's not what anybody wanted", Carr said. "I think first-year coaches are probably the biggest challenge". It's one of those things that happen. "We all saw it coming".

"That's a little satire, but it gets over with them".

"It was very hard for all of us", Ellis said.

"It didn't go away, because he's your buddy, but at the same time it went away because we have a game to get ready for". We also forget about the Lions and Matthew Stafford. "But it is what it is - it's part of the business", Carr said to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez.

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