Refs review final play of Raiders' loss in Buffalo


Refs review final play of Raiders' loss in Buffalo

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- For about 10 minutes after the final whistle blew on the Raiders' come-from-ahead 38-35 loss to the Buffalo Bills here at Ralph Wilson Stadium, referees and Oakland coaches milled about the artificial turf.The replay of the final play of the game -- Bills defensive back Da'Norris Searcy wrestling the last-second 56-yard Hail Mary away from Raiders receiver Denarius Moore for the game-sealing interception -- was being shown on the big screen and being reviewed. Even after the television broadcast had long cut away.Or was it? Because while the initial call was upheld, the review actually took place minutes before, making the dog and-pony show on the field a non-factor.So why did the officials come back out to seemingly review the play?

"I got a beep in the locker room, a buzz in the locker room, that said 'review,'" referee Mike Carey told a pool reporter. "Went back out, put the headset on. They weren't set up. But it was an erroneous transmission, and they had already confirmed the ruling on the field."Meaning, since every touchdown is reviewed, as well as close plays in the final two minutes, the original ruling on the field of an interception was upheld. And the beep that told Carey the play was going to be reviewed was "erroneous," since it had, in fact, already been reviewed."There was no need to review (the play again)," Carey said. "It was an erroneous transmission to my buzzer for review."The Raiders, though, were confused. Their understanding was that if there was simultaneous possession, the ball is awarded to the offense. Which would have meant, touchdown Raiders and ballgame Raiders."I was competing for the ball at the last minute," Moore said. "I thought I came down with (it), coach thought I came down with it, but the referees thought different."It was all a blur, but I think I got my fingertips on it first and came down with it and he just wrestled it, and his teammates helped him out to pull it away ... I actually saw his teammates come in, pushing me off, so it's one of those where the referees thought different, so there's nothing you can do about it."Chaz Schilens was right above the scrum."I saw D-Mo and what's-his-name come down with the ball, then, after about two seconds of them wrestling on the ground, I (heard) the referee say, 'Touchback,'" Schilens said. "I was like, 'What?' If you watch the tape, it took him awhile to call it. He didn't even know what to call, so obviously there's something more there than whatever they saw. I don't know what took so long to figure it out out there."The coaches, obviously, also had different angles and hopes."The official came in (our locker room) while we were high-fiving and congratulating each other," said Buffalo's Chan Gailey. "I've been through that once before in New England. I knew they had to look at it. Searcy said he had the ball the whole way and it wasn't an issue. You have to trust your players, but when (the ref) puts his head under the hood, you never know."Said Oakland's Hue Jackson: "You always believe that there's hope, but I kind of seen the play. I'm glad they looked at it at least. Denarius did have his hand on the ball, but it looked like the defender had control of it. Obviously, they came away with that one."

Carr plans to spread new wealth after Raiders contract extension

Carr plans to spread new wealth after Raiders contract extension

ALAMEDA – Derek Carr isn’t one for extravagance. The low-key Raiders quarterback already has some nice cars, a house and some luxury items to his name, but signing a $125 million contract extension Friday morning won't prompt a spending spree.

Cornerback Sean Smith suggested he get a Bugatti. That’s a $1 million car.

“Yeah,” Carr said with a smirk. “That’s not going to happen.”

That isn’t the 26-year old’s style. Carr had a his own plan after signing on the dotted line.

“I’ve been eating clean,” Carr said. “I’ll probably get Chick-fil-A.”

That makes sense. This is a guy who celebrated his first NFL victory with a trip through a Carl’s Jr. drive-in.

There will be other purchases. His wife Heather will get something nice in the near future. His family, especially Heather and sons Dallas and Deker, will be taken care of for life.

After all that, Carr plans to spread the wealth.

“The exciting thing for me moneywise, honestly, is this money is going to help a lot of people,” Carr said. “I’m very thankful to have it, that it’s in our hands because it’s going to help people. Not only in this country, but in a lot of countries around the world. That’s what’s exciting to me.”

Carr and former Raiders running back Latavius Murray took a missionary trip to Haiti, an impoverished nation had a profound impact on the star quarterback.

“I’ve been down to Haiti and I’ve seen some of those struggles that they have and the kids there, and my heart just… I cry sometimes thinking about it,” Carr said. “So, just knowing that we can go down there and make a difference and help, those are the kind of things that the money makes me kind of like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ Because now we can really do some things to help a lot of people.”

He plans to support those in that area, in addition to global and domestic charities he has been involved with over the years. Don’t expect a press release accompanying every donation. Carr would rather keep those decisions private.

“I’m going to do my best to make sure no one knows what we do with it,” Carr said. “I’ll just say this, I can assure you that it’s going to help a lot of people. I’m not stingy. My business manager will probably be on me saying, ‘Hey man, that’s enough.’ I won’t get into when, how or why. It’s not all about that for me. It’s about making a difference. That’s what’s exciting for me is that we’ll be able to do that.”

Carr didn't want to 'take every single dime,' handcuff Raiders long-term

Carr didn't want to 'take every single dime,' handcuff Raiders long-term

ALAMEDA – Raiders quarterback Derek Carr signed a five-year contract extension Friday morning that will pay him $25 million in 2017 and $125 million over the life of the deal.

That’s a lot of scratch. Could’ve been more.

Carr received life-changing money. He didn’t want to handcuff the Raiders front office in the process.

“I just wanted to be a Raider,” Carr said Friday in a press conference. “It’s more than just a team to me. It’s family. The way it went down, it was easy. Both sides wanted it to get done, and it was about family members figuring out to get along. We figured out a way to do it so that we have the opportunity to sign other guys who are important to this organization. That was really important to me, not to just take every single dime that we could”

That list is long but it starts with homegrown talents Gabe Jackson and Khalil Mack. Jackson is up next, and could get locked up before the regular season starts. The Raiders have some time on Mack – his contract doesn’t expire until after 2018 – and Amari Cooper should be a keeper on down the road.

“The bottom line is we’re able to continue to move forward with it, keep all the players that we need to keep in the correct timing,” Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “This affords us to do that. We’re going to start on that ASAP.”

Carr got the deal he wanted. The 26-year old found market value and upped the ante for NFL quarterbacks a smidge while deferring some cash payouts – his big-time bonuses are broken up over two years -- to create windows of financial flexibility to sign other players. Carr’s percentage of the salary cap should decrease over time and won’t become an insurmountable burden to his employers. His deal won’t prevent the Raiders from keeping Jackson, Mack, Amari Cooper in time, or other vital veterans in house.

With Carr locked up, the McKenzie can work deals and the timing of them around his centerpiece.

Carr understands the NFL business and his role in the market, but he wants to maintain a competitive window as best he can and understands other guys will draw huge paychecks in the near future.

He’s scheduled to draw the NFL’s largest sum next season. A record $25 million is headed his way, though that total will decrease a bit in time and will certainly he surpassed by Matthew Stafford and possibly Kirk Cousins in the near future.

“I don’t care if they all do. We got our contract done, that’s all that matters to me,” Carr said. “The other thing that was important to me is that we didn’t worry about what other people were going to do or doing. I just wanted to get mine done and make sure that the team had, again like we talked about, flexibility to make sure my friends stay around.”

Carr was intimately involved in the negotiation process. Both sides said it was easy, wrapped up well before Carr’s training-camp contract deadline. Common ground was found in short shrift once talks warmed up – preliminary talks started months ago -- and a deal was ironed out that produced smiles on both sides once the deal was formally done.

Even after taking a relatively soft-line stance on dollars and the timing of payments – Carr could’ve been difficult all year and eventually forced a franchise tag – he’s still the league’s highest-paid player. His salary will now be compared with his stats. He was a second-round draft steal before. Now he’s a big-money player. In short, expectations will rise.

Carr insists it won’t add pressure to next year’s proceedings.

“You could give me a dollar, you could give me $25 million, it doesn’t matter,” Carr said. “To me, my No. 1 goal is to make sure that I give everything that I have to this organization. There’s no pressure. There’s no we’ll be on the 1-yard line and I won’t give it to Marshawn (Lynch), I’ll throw it. None of that stuff. I don’t care about the stats. That’s not my No. 1 objective. I don’t care if I throw 10 touchdowns next year. If we win every game, that’s all I care about.”