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Jarrett Stidham earns Raiders’ respect in leading near upset of 49ers

LAS VEGAS — Fresh off his first career start with 365 passing yards and three touchdowns, Jarrett Stidham gathered his Las Vegas Raiders teammates to apologize.

He was disappointed in his inability to finish off the San Francisco 49ers and their No. 1-ranked defense in the Raiders’ 37-34 overtime game at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday.

Raiders receiver Davante Adams had seven Stidham passes for 153. yards and two touchdowns.

“We have to find a way to help him, defend a little more, catch the ball, score first downs and points. It could have been a dream situation for him as well.”

The Raiders’ locker room is bittersweet after being duly eliminated from the playoff race after the Raiders took a 6-10 lead for the fifth time and trailed by at least 10 points (leading 24-14 in the 3rd quarter). was.

Stidham was also picked twice, first by hitting the ball at the line of scrimmage and second in OT when he ran into left tackle Colton Miller and was bullrushed by the quarterback by Niners defensive end Nick Bosa. And Stidham’s shot deep to the left sideline to Adams landed harmlessly into Gipson’s waiting arm as Tashawn safely landed on him.

Kerr, the team’s starter since his rookie season in 2014, was benched Wednesday and will be out of the team for the final two weeks of the season by mutual decision.

But while Kerr didn’t seem really happy with Josh McDaniels’ first-year coaching system, Stidham has been McDaniels’ former employer since he was drafted out of New England in 2019. It is the only NFL scheme acquired in a May 13 trade with the Patriots.

Raiders tight end Darren Waller said Stidham teaches players schemes during OTAs and minicamps.

“What does this word mean when everyone was just learning things? What does that word mean? — Jarrett… reoriented players and maneuvered with confidence.” I was,” Waller said. 72 yards, including a 24-yard TD.

“So he knows everything – [the playbook] There was no need to water down or simplify [Sunday]He jumped right in and was able to do everything we’ve been doing. ”

Stidham has at least 350 passing yards and three passing touches in his first career start since the start of 1950, alongside Mike White of the New York Jets in Week 8 of the 2021 season against the Cincinnati Bengals. Became the second QB on downs.

Stidham threw for 122 yards more than any other Raiders QB, surpassing Todd Marinovich’s 243 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1991 regular season finale, making his first career start.

Those Raiders also lost that day.

“I just wanted to go out and play freely today,” Stidham said. “Attempted to facilitate the attack, [find] how to win. It was a little lacking.

“It’s hard to finish like this, but we have another week here where we can all be on the same page about how we need to end this year.”

McDaniels, on the other hand, said he didn’t change his game plan much when moving from Kerr to Stidham.

“Anyone who plays quarterback for us will have the same opportunity,” McDaniels said of the call change on the line. They were given the same opportunity.The game today could not be said to be fundamentally different than it would otherwise have been.And I thought Jarrett took advantage of the opportunity presented to him…”

With Kerr all but gone for next season, rumors have begun that general manager Dave Ziegler, who also hails from New England with McDaniels, will pursue another veteran quarterback who is already familiar with the system. .

But while the Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo storyline heats up, Stidham may have given the front office something else to chew on.

“He hit the ball,” said Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, the league’s leading rusher with 1,539 yards. calm down…you couldn’t say he was a backup.

“It’s one of the best, if not the best, defense in the league. For him to go out there and do what he did, it’s talking to his campaign as a ‘guy.’ I feel like ”

The Raiders’ defense was also impressive.

Defensive end Max Crosby said, “Jarrett kicked his ass off.” “The man is a competitor…I’m looking forward to seeing him play at full strength next week.

“You see a guy like him and you’re very excited and hyped and talking about him.

This is just one game of a lost season. The Raiders returned to the playoffs last year with a 10-7 record and were expected to return to the playoffs after roster upgrades and regime changes. But Stadum’s performance, beyond his ability and willingness to stretch the play on his feet, roll out and take hits, also won over his teammates.

Like the big shots he took on 60-yard TD passes from Talanoa Hufanga and Samson Ebcam, one of Kerr’s best friends since Fresno State and a major reason the receiver came to Las Vegas.

“I saw Jarrett sticking to me, sticking to me, sticking to me, finding a gap in my defense and finding a way to get it back,” Adams said. ran into it and threw it.

“He came to the sidelines and greeted me with blood coming out of his teeth. That’s what you want in your quarterback. I’m really proud of him. He’s a tough guy.” He’s not the greatest man and will stick there. He’ll seek out his men and find a way to get it done.”

ESPN Stats & Information contributed to this report.

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