Texans fans may wish to forget David Carr's time as the "franchise quarterback" of their beloved nascent franchise, but Derek Carr's arrival in the NFL assured that won't be happening for the foreseeable future. To David's credit, he's owning the fact that his brother has already seemed to grasp parts of playing QB in the NFL that he never could. PFT had a link to this story, which includes some words from Carr the Elder via an interview he gave to an Oakland radio station. David, on Derek:
"He understands the game more than I did, so his confidence level is just off the charts," David said. "[His] leadership ability is kind of where I was never at early on in my career. He’s able to go out and get guys that are seven, eight years older than him to actually buy in to what he’s doing, and believe that he can play, and believe that he can go out and lead the team."
Kudos to David for admitting a shortcoming; that can be difficult to do. Of course, given that admission, the inquiry then naturally shifts to "Why?". Why couldn't David Carr do those things?
A former teammate may have shed some light on that issue earlier today. Seth Payne, on the radio show he co-hosts with Mike Meltser on Sports Radio 610, talked a bit about David Carr's time with the Texans this morning. Admittedly, I only caught a bit of it (and it doesn't appear to have been podcasted yet), but Payne mentioned two very interesting things in the brief time I was in the car listening to the show. Things I never knew. Here's what I took away from what Payne said, and I'll gladly accept any different interpretations from anyone who heard all or part of the same segment I did.
1. Did you know that the other Texans' QBs (Tony Banks and Kent Graham were mentioned by name) were instructed not to tease or rag on Carr? Management apparently thought those sort of hijinks would damage Carr's fragile mental state.
2. Texans defensive linemen informed David Carr--on multiple occasions--that he had a tell for when the center was going to snap the ball to him. They were able to time their jumps accordingly in practice. Despite being told he was tipping off the defense pre-snap, Carr never corrected the issue.
I don't want to put words into anyone's mouth, so I won't. It seems to me, however, that these are simply two new pieces of evidence that David Carr was never cut out to be the kind of quarterback who would lead a team to
great good things.
Those who defend Carr's time in Houston--namely, the people who believe that the organization failed Carr by not properly surrounding him with enough talent, both on the offensive line and at the skill positions, and that that failure in personnel was the primary driver behind Carr's inability to flourish--have a bit more difficult case to make now, don't they?