The Houston Texans finally decided on Wednesday that they had it watching David Carr regress instead of progress as a NFL starting quarterback. That is the tone as the team went out and made a swift trade with the Atlanta Falcons to acquire Michael Vick backup and sometime starter Matt Schaub. The Texans are taking a chance with Schaub, as he has not had nearly the starting experience of even a guy like Carr, and while he has been solid in relief of Vick, there is no guarentee that he is going to be the next great NFL QB.
Maybe Carr got a bad rap in Houston, after all, what quarterback could be successful if everytime he goes back to pass he is being rushed like bees on honey? In his tenure in Houston, Carr was sacked 249 times, and the mental beatings were just as bad. Never blessed with much of a running game, the Texans never have been able to get on track, and even when they were within one game of .500 three seasons ago, the team fell in their last game of the season to the Browns to end the year 7-9.
Carr is 22-53 as a starter with the Texans, and while not all of that is his fault, there is enough blame their to send him packing. He is being replaced by a quarterback that many do think has the potential to be a solid NFL starter. He already will have a stud wide out in Andre Johnson, and will be given every chance to succeed with head coach Gary Kubiak giving the offense a few tweaks to make sure that Schaub stays upright.
As for Carr, he will find employment elsewhere. While I am sure that he didn’t want his time in Houston to end the way its going to, heading to another team as a backup is maybe the best thing for him. He can give his body a rest from the beatings its taken the last few seasons, and with a better team with an offensive line, he can maybe stay on his feet and start to complete some passes. Its a move that makes sense now for Houston, Carr needs to go elsewhere, and Schaub deserves a shot. That’s what he’ll get in the Lone Star State.