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The David Carr(wreck) Era is Over

March 21, 2007

ESPN.com and the Houston Chronicle have reported that the Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans have agreed to a deal that will send the Birds’ backup QB Matt Schaub to Houston. They originally tried to sign free agents Jeff Garcia and Patrick Ramsey to no avail, but this may be the best case scenario for Texans fans. However, the QB did not come on the cheap, so the success of this move will be analyzed for years to come. The Texans are swapping first-round picks in April’s draft, which means the Texans will pick 10th and the Falcons will select 8th. The Texans will also send the Falcons 2nd round picks this year and next year.

David Carr was the first-ever pick by Houston, taken with the first overall pick in the 2002 draft that was gifted to them by the NFL in their inaugural season. The David Carr experiment was an unmitigated disaster and attendance was dwindling in one of the best markets for football in the country, so the pressure was on to be aggressive in addressing the most important position in football.

The Texans' Future

This is obviously good news for Andre Johnson. He’s one of the most physically talented wide receivers in the NFL, but his fantasy value has been held in check by the Texans’ poor offense and extremely poor quarterback play by David Carr. Matt Schaub only has 6 career TD passes to go along with his 6 INTs (69.2 QB Rating), but he plays with great poise and has all the tools to be a starting QB in the NFL. David Carr’s unorthodox sidearm delivery has been a major concern since he was drafted, and that could have been a contributing factor in his complete lack of success, but the fact is he simply never learned to make sound decisions.

Carr will go down as one of the most-sacked quarterbacks in NFL history, right up there with Rob “Blindside” Johnson, notching an astounding 78 sacks his rookie season and 49, 68 and 41 the last three years and a total of 249 in his short career. The Houston offensive line was extremely porous for Carr’s entire tenure, but he never adapted. The bet here is that Schaub is able to make that adjustment, as he appears to be a more cerebral quarterback who has been groomed properly. Moreover, Schaub is a more mobile QB and he is familiar with the West Coast offense that Gary Kubiak will be running down in the Heart of Texas.

5 Comments »Posted by Andrew Thell on Mar. 21, 2007 at 9:01 pm in NFL

5 Responses

I’m not sold that this is a good move for Houston. They could have just as easily traded a couple of 2nds and moved up in the first round to grab Brady Quinn. Brady Quinn may have struggled some in the big games in college, but his ceiling is definitely higher than Schaub’s. I think that at best Schaub can lead a team to mediocrity, Quinn has the potential to lead a team to the Super Bowl someday.

Posted by: The Commish on March 21st, 2007 at 9:38 pm

Andrew, I have to disagree quite a bit about your analysis of David Carr. While Schaub certainly presents a good option for the Texans (he does for any NFL team), Carr is not singularly at fault for his imperfect play. Carr’s sacks have largely (actually, almost entirely) been the fault of the horrid Houston offensive line. Just because a quarterback isn’t entirely mobile doesn’t let his line off the hook. Houston also never had a viable #2 receiver option (Jabar Gaffney, anyone?), meaning teams can stack double or triple coverage on Andre Johnson and effectively neutralize their deep threat. I don’t mean to seem totally like a Carr homer, but he clearly didn’t have the kind of supporting cast in Houston to enable him to succeed. This is the team that drafted Mario Williams #1 over Reggie Bush and Vince Young, after all.

Posted by: Rob on March 21st, 2007 at 10:46 pm

I am going to have to agree with Rob on this one. Clearly, the Texans have the worst offensive line in football shown through their completely ineffective running game and the noted sacks on David Carr.
I dont want to seem like a David Carr fan, but you cant ask a rookie to get sacked 4.5 times a game and still be a tough dude that can throw the ball 60yds downfield on a three step drop. I guess its a chicken and egg thing, but there is no question that Houston needs to upgrade their O-Line if they want to keep Schaub alive.
DeMarcus Russell is sick.

Posted by: Mike on March 22nd, 2007 at 2:44 pm

This is all true–Carr is not totally to blame for the sacks–but what’s done is done. Carr has been irrevocably damaged by Houston’s porous o-line, and quite frankly I don’t think he’ll ever recover to the point of being a top starting QB in the NFL. Moving on and bringing in Schaub–while hopefully addressing that line in the upcoming draft–is the right move to make, IMO.

It was always said that Carr and Harrington would always be compared/linked throughout their careers. One doesn’t have a home anymore, the other is an afterthought. On the bright side for Joey, the Toronto Argonauts now have exclusive negotiating rights with him for the CFL. Godspeed, Joey, godspeed.

Posted by: Brian on March 22nd, 2007 at 2:55 pm

As a Viking, at least I can say that I’d take Carr over Tarvaris Jackson and Brooks Bollinger. I suppose I’d rather take Quinn or Russell for that matter, but unless Minnesota moves up in the draft I don’t see them getting either.

But, Brian, you do have a point about him being done in Houston. I don’t think they dislike him there, but certainly he’d have to pull a herculean effort in turning the team around all by himself to change the perception… an unfair situation, but that’s football.

On another note, despite Andre Johnson’s relative lack of widespread WR fame (like contemporaries Ocho-Cinco or TO), I’ve always thought he’s at least a top-20 WR. In any league where he’s not taken within the first five rounds, the participants ought to have some sense beaten into them with an iron pipe.

Posted by: Rob on March 22nd, 2007 at 3:07 pm

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