BAKERSFIELD –- Darren Carr was named head football coach at Bakersfield Christian High this offseason. The former University of Houston defensive lineman was excited about the opportunity to lead his own program, but there were stipulations to taking the job.
His father Rodger and big brother David had to support this endeavor.
“When Darren got the head job at Bakersfield Christian, he called David and said, ‘If you’re not my offensive coordinator and dad isn’t my QB coach, I’m not taking it,’” Rodger Carr said. “He just wanted us all together.”
Darren got his wish. The Carrs are going to run the Eagles football program. It was an excellent get. His father Rodger is a private quarterback instructor, and helped sons David and Derek become NFL signal-callers. David was a former No. 1 overall draft pick and a bright football mind.
They’ll man the offense, and Darren’s defensive background will guide score prevention.
Little brother felt left out, even at his alma mater.
“Derek was so funny after Darren got hired,” He said, ‘I can’t wait to be coaching with all of you guys.’ Then David told him how much we make. Then he laughed and said, ‘I guess I can wait a few years.’”
Derek Carr is otherwise engaged. He’s the Raiders starting quarterback, a job title he plans to hold for years. At some point, Derek Carr will join a family coaching staff if there is an opportunity.
The Carrs have been talking about running a team together for years. The Carr boys can’t unite in season while Derek is with the Raiders, but they come together a few times a year for Carr Elite football camps, where they work with kids just picking up the sport through the high school ranks.
The Carrs allowed CSNBayArea.com to attend a camp on July 18 at Bakersfield Christian, which was equal parts instruction and play during a pair of three-hour sessions. Nobody, even the famous quarterback brothers, get special treatment. That goes for No. 4, who doesn’t get any special treatment during family time.
“Derek isn’t an NFL quarterback when he’s here. He’s a little brother, a guy grabbing sandwiches and setting up tents and doing work,” David Carr said. “We throw him out there and make fun of him. We really keep it loose, and I think the kids respond to that.
“We aren’t special. Derek and I are two kids from the Valley who worked really hard and were able to play at a high level. We were able to earn that opportunity, and we want to give the same shot to these kids.”
The first session was designed for younger kids, and focused on fundamentals and enthusiasm for the game. High school players came next, with more technical expertise being taught. That included a classroom session where Derek and David explained defensive coverage schemes and how to quarterback against them. They were passing knowledge to a younger generation, just as David did with Derek a dozen years ago.
That gave Derek an advantage heading into competitive football. The Carrs are hoping to do the same with their instruction. While athletes shy away from being role models, the Carr brothers embrace that responsibility. That’s certainly true for Derek, even at 24 years old.
“I want to be an example of someone who’s doing it the right way,” Derek Carr said. “I want to help those kids and adults who need someone to look up to, and show them that someone’s figured it out.”