The Las Vegas Raiders (2-7) have gone from a lock to make the playoffs to a lock for a top-5 draft pick in a matter of months.

Everything and anything that could go wrong for this team has gone wrong since the season kicked off in early September. It’s obviously taken its toll on the team, as well. All one has to do is point to Raiders quarterback Derek Carr’s postgame presser after Sunday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

But Carr’s presser wasn’t just about his emotions. He, much like wide receiver Davante Adams, alluded to the idea that the Raiders locker room isn’t gelling, right now.

Whether it’s effort, preparation, or just simply the relationship among teammates – there are internal problems that are clearly dragging the Raiders down a hole of futility and embarrassment.

“And for that to be the result of all that effort, pisses me off,” Carr said on Sunday. “Pisses a lot of guys off. It’s hard, knowing what some guys are doing … just to practice. What they’re putting in their body just to sleep at night. Just so we can be there for each other.

“And I wish everybody in that room felt the same way about this place. And as a leader, that pisses me off, if I’m being honest.”

“Guys have to play for one another and play a full game,” said Adams. “You know that is 60 minutes, from start to finish. That’s starting fast and coming in and closing games.

“Making plays. Taking on that burden. Wanting to be that guy… wanting to be the guy that makes that play. Just don’t got enough guys that are fully bought into that right now. I think people like the idea, but when it’s time to execute, it don’t turn out that way.”

When you have leaders of a team speaking out in this manner, it’s clear there is some kind of disconnect -or discord- amongst the team.

And it doesn’t have anything to do with the head coach. It has everything to do with the players.

Well, as it turns out, NFL Network’s Steve Wyche confirmed this suspicion on Monday.

“From conversations I am having with folks that are there; you don’t see the players turning on Josh McDaniels, they seem to be pointing the fingers at other guys for effort,” Wyche recently said on NFL Network’s NFL Now. “[It’s] not on the coaching staff. As Derek Carr said, that coaching staff has had a lot more success than he’s had and some players don’t understand that success.

“… Clearly, it’s not working right now, but the players have issues more among each other than they do the coaching staff.”

This is obviously not a good development, at all. And it’s one that could linger past 2022. There are no guarantees as to what this roster will look like in 2023, but it’s guaranteed that some of these guys will still be on the Raiders.

Meaning, they need to learn how to play together and learn how to play together, now. Because if this doesn’t get fixed, it’s not just a short-term problem. It’s a problem that will easily have a major hand in more miserable seasons to come.

Why can’t the Raiders close out games?