One-Carr Accident, Carr Runs Out of Gas, etc.
By Mark Fagan,
4:33PM, Mon. Oct. 30, 2006
The Houston Texans may have to come to terms with the fact that David Carr is not the franchise QB that they have been counting on him to be. After re-signing Carr in the offseason and thereby passing up Vince Young, Jay Cutler, and Matt Leinart in the draft, the Texans placed all their hopes in Carr and the tutelage of first-year head coach Gary Kubiak. While Carr's play has improved under Kubiak, he is still prone to turning over the ball, the most heinous sin an NFL QB can commit. Carr turned the ball over three times last Sunday, including a crushing fumble with eight seconds left in the first half that Tony Brown ran 40 yards into the end zone.
Replacing Carr in the third quarter of the Texans 28-22 loss to VY and the displaced Oilers, Sage Rosenfels completed 18 of 25 for 186 yards and three TD passes.
Houston sports radio has been blowing up with Texans fans calling for Carr's head and the immediate promotion of Rosenfels. That is until Rosenfels has a bad game. Kubiak has named Carr the starter in next week's road game against the New York Giants, but expect him to be on a short leash. Giving up on Carr at this juncture seems pointless due to Houston's long-term investment in him and Rosenfels probably not being the answer to the franchise's problems. May as well give Carr the rest of the season to prove himself (reaching the playoffs isn't gonna happen) and then reassess.
Wali Lundy ran for 116 yards on 18 carries, averaging 6.4 per run giving the Texans their first hundred-yard rusher for the year. Tight end Owen Daniels also had an exceptional day catching two TD passes with 99 yards on nine receptions. Houston had 427 to Tennessee's 197 total yards but by turning the ball over five times, the Texans gift-wrapped and handed the Titans their Xmas present early this year. Vince Young ran for a 20-yard TD and managed to keep his team out of trouble well enough to secure the win.
Adam “Pac Man” Jones played on Sunday after allegedly spitting in the face of a 21-year-old Tennessee State female student at Nashville hot spot Club Mystic late Thursday morning. Jones rewarded head coach Jeff Fisher's decision to put him in the lineup by intercepting a pass and taking a punt back 53 yards for a TD. Maybe this week he can knock down a few old ladies in preparation for Sunday's game versus Jacksonville.