A headline in Sunday's Houston Chronicle reads "Young had Reeve's endorsement from the get-go: Former adviser to McNair thought UT product was right fit for Texans." The headline seems to overstate what is said in the article.
This story is not new, but has been revisited now that Dan Reeves is in Houston to coach during the East-West Shrine game. He says:
"I don't know if they ever asked my advice, but I looked at (Young) and told them that he was a guy they would have to consider even with David Carr there."
Reeves was still working as a consultant when he recommended that the Texans exercise the buy back option on Carr, something that they were required to do before the draft, and what they actually did in February 2006. At the time, the Texans said that this did not preclude going quarterback with the first pick.
The question I would like to know is what was the extent of Reeves' consultancy at the time of the draft? What does it mean that he "looked at Young?" How forceful was he in making his point that he liked Young and to whom did he make it? Did he recommend in January 2006 exercising all three years of Carr's option or a shorter term? Did he tell them at that time that he thought Carr's option should be picked up and that the Texans needed to draft Young as well?
Exercising three years of Carr's option (which is what was done) and thinking that you should also pick Young makes no sense to me at all. Salary cap wise it would be nuts to have double first pick money at the QB position, and it would have been difficult to envision Carr trying to learn a new system with hometown hero Young waiting in the wings.
I doubt we ever get the full story of Reeves' consultancy. Maybe this situation illustrates why consultants might work sometimes for the business world but are awkward for the NFL. They can make recommendations without having to deal with the consequences, and then repudiate the parts of it that could reflect badly on them.
For those who will use this news to make the predictable comment-sniping of shoulda taking Bush/Young, please check out Rick Gosselin's revised 2006 draft evaluations of all the teams. His April grade of the Texans draft was a "B" but his revised evaluation is a "A:"
"There was controversy at the top when the Texans passed up Reggie Bush and Vince Young to take DE Mario Williams. But GM Charley Casserly's going-away present to the Texans was a draft that gave coach Gary Kubiak's rebuilding program a jump start with five starters."
Though Casserly managed the draft, ultimately those were Kubiak's decisions.