David Carr surprised Jack Del Rio ‘lasted that long’ as Raiders head coach

David Carr was not surprised when Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio was fired this offseason.

You’ve got to have the right coaching staff, David Carr said. Jack, although I love the guy, I played against him in Jacksonville, he was brought in as a defensive coach. Let’s just be blunt with it. And their defense didn’t play up to par.

David understands the problems a young quarterback can have with a defensive-minded head coach. When Carr was drafted by the Texans, Dom Capers was a the head coach and Houston never got its offense going and David never lived up to being the No. 1 overall pick.

Lions general manager Dan Quinn confirmed that the team will add someone to the backfield mix this offseason.

Will we add someone probably to that room? Absolutely, Quinn said earlier this month, via detroitlions.com.

But who? Will the Lions tap into the NFL Draft’s abundant running back talent pool, try to sign a free agent like Carlos Hyde, or try to swing a trade for the likes of DeMarco Murray? All three seem like good options, and they might even consider multiple.

Tion Green, currently on the Lions’ roster, hopes his late-season cameo was enough to gain a look as the team’s feature back. Green rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns on 42 carries, finally providing the Lions with a power runner.

I’m going to work on my body and my nutrition and just try to develop myself, Green said. Work on my hip mobility and find all my weaknesses and try to get better. I’m a competitor. Those (first) 13 weeks last year were hard knowing that there were a lot of situations last year I could have helped the team.

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