For those of you who haven't checked the stat board this week, I feel the need to mention who is on top after one quarter of the season has elapsed. That's right, of all QBs that have played in at least 2 games this season; the Texans own QB David Carr is sitting above names like Donovan McNabb and the Manning brothers.
Carr has notched 7 TD passes in the Texans first 4 games against some decent defenses and completed 81 passes in 111 attempts. That's nearly a 75% completion rate and should be respected in any football circle. Not to mention that he is getting the job done on his feet to rushing for a TD against Miami as well.
The Houston Texans have undergone some significant changes offensively since last year's 2-14 season. There is a new coaching staff, several players have moved positions, and there have been personnel changes made in the offense even after the start of the season. Houston is 1-3 at this point in the season, but has put up good numbers statistically.
The Texans WR corps has been readily available to support Carr's league leading QB rating. Andre Johnson is already having a breakout season to this point. Johnson is just 2 yards shy of being the league's leading WR. He was edged out by Jets' WR Laveranues Coles. Both have 30 receptions, but Johnson has double Coles' touchdowns.
In fact, Johnson was named the AFC's Offensive Player of the Week after his performance against the Miami Dolphins. He holds an NFL best of 3 100 yard games this season.
The Texans #2 wide receiver has also done well for himself in his new home. Eric Moulds has 18 receptions for 230 yards with a touchdown.
But the amazing thing about this offense under the tutelage of Head Coach Gary Kubiak is the use of the tight end position. Two of the Texans tight ends have two touchdowns apiece. Rookie TE Owen Daniels has been worked into the offense making 14 receptions that include his 2 touchdowns. Veteran TE Mark Bruener (yes, the same Texans' Mark Bruener who had yet to score a touchdown since joining the team in ‘04) has been thrown the ball twice. Each of those receptions resulted in a touchdown. Not bad for a blocking tight end.
The sore spot on the Texans is still the offensive line. The Texans have addressed the issue by investing in young players and an experienced center. Unfortunately the O-line was forced to do some shuffling when LT Charles Spencer broke his leg and C Mike Flanagan injured his foot. If this area of the offense can improve, Carr will finally have a moment (no pun intended) to shine in the NFL.
The Texans' running game hasn't been a consistent source of yardage, but Kubiak has used it over and over again in an effort to assist getting the ball in the hands of Johnson with reasonable success. This aspect of the offense would be in a much better position if Domanick Davis were healthy enough to play this year.
What you are witnessing now is what the right coach can do with the right players. The Texans have battled nearly every year in the franchise's short history, but it seems that Kubiak may show the City of Houston the light at the end of the tunnel.