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Rich Gannon to attend Raiders minicamp, sit in on QB meetings

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Gannon is doing what he said he wanted to do back when he passed on the Raiders QB coach job.

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On a day Rich Gannon was remembered for having the Raiders franchise best career passer rating (91.2), the former MVP Raiders QB made it known that he will be attending Raiders 3-day minicamp this week.

Gannon had the best years of his career after Jon Gruden brought him over to the Raiders in 1999 at the age of 34. At that time, Gannon was a savvy NFL veteran of 11 seasons. In the next four seasons in Oakland, he would lead them to heights the franchise hadn’t seen in nearly 20 years and have not seen since.

This offseason, Gannon considered the idea of joining the Raiders as a QB coach, but it never came to pass and Gannon stayed with his on-air analyst gig for CBS Sunday football lineup, for which he is considered one of the best in the business. Meanwhile the Raiders eventually hired Brian Callahan to the QB coach job, son of Bill Callahan — who was Gannon’s offensive coordinator and then Head Coach during his time in Oakland.

While the rumors were flying around that Gannon could take the job, Gannon had a lot to say about Derek Carr. First he said gave several details on what he would do to ‘fix’ Derek Carr. He later said Carr had to take on a personality which he wasn’t sure Carr had in him.

“I just said to him that I really believe you’ve gotta be more demanding of your teammates and you’ve got to hold them to a higher standard,” Gannon said of Carr. He went on to add, “I don’t think that’s his personality.”

After it was for sure he wasn’t going to be taking the job in Oakland, Gannon said he would still like to mentor the young franchise QB.

“I’m gonna sit down with a number of different people and just figure out is there a role that I can help and really just be a mentor to Derek,” said Gannon.

His first dip into that mentor role looks to be happening this week. And I gotta say, I don’t see a better example for Carr than Gannon. The kind of attitude Gannon brought to the field may be the one thing Carr needs to take his game to the next level.