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Texans GM: 'Not Pleased With The Play of David Carr'

Jan 8, 2007 – 10:33 AM
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Stephanie Stradley

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In January 5th interview on ESPN 790am morning show, Texans GM Rick Smith in responding to a question stated that they, "were definitely not comfortable, and not pleased with the play of David Carr this season."

Okay, that might seem to be sort of a no duh kind of statement, but the Texans have always been very hesitant to criticize Carr's play. Probably because they feel a little uncool slamming him after the front office chose to go first round defensive linemen for the third year in a row instead getting an offensive playmaker by the name of Reggie Bush.

Smith explained that Carr has followed the directions of Gary Kubiak with somethings but not others. He said that Carr is under contract for two years, and that is where the Texans are right now, but that he will be looking to bring in players to compete with him for the starting position in free agency or through the draft. He was quick to point out that they are not just doing this with Carr, but looking to do this throughout the team.

Kubiak, before the season started, identified in-team competition for positions as something that would make the Texans better. This last year, if often seemed like there was competition everywhere with exception of quarterback, kicker and punter. To be fair, it would have been interesting to see what would have happened at the quarterback spot had Sage Rosenfels not broken his hand during the Jets game. Certainly, he would have gotten a serious look during the Raiders game, a game that Carr had negative passing yards in.

Of course, to get serious competition, you have to have options that are better and make those options work within the cap. Carr's current contract makes this a little difficult, and Smith acknowledges this generally in the interview.

Smith talks about Texans things other than the quarterback position, and if you follow the team, you really should listen to this interview.

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