David Carr and the Texans hit another low on Sunday afternoon losing to the Patriots by 33 points. The game was ugly, so I won't recap too much. I know some or most of you are still recovering from the butt kicking they received.
Carr had a terrible day. He was hurried for much of the contest, sacked four times, and threw four interceptions which is a new career high for him. He totaled 127 yards passing and zero touchdowns. Many of you are wondering what happened in this game and simply put there was a breakdown in protection and Carr didn't handle it well at all. He made mistakes he shouldn't be making anymore and turned the ball over which accounted for 19 of the 40 points the Patriots scored.
Special teams coughed up what should be considered a turnover on that botched fake punt and let the Patriots special teams rack up a touchdown on a kickoff return. Those two errors accounted for 14 points. David Carr is not the only problem this team has but he hasn't been helping much either. The only meaningful game Carr has had this year was in week seven where he threw for 224 yards, two touchdowns and had 73.5% completion rating in a 27-7 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Since then he has done almost nothing to help the Texans win games or even be productive to help score some points.
In the blowout that was the Patriots game there were some good things that came out of it. The defense held Brady to 109 passing yards and the Patriots total offense of 230 yards. Ron Dayne had another great day rushing for 94 yards and a touchdown averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Dayne has really stepped up his game the past three weeks which has helped the Texans stay on the field more and create first downs.
Lately there has been a lot of criticism and controversy over the quarterback position and what will be made of it after the season is over. So far, no information has surfaced from the Texans organization to suggest that Carr will not be the guy next season but Kubiak has stated publicly that "everyone will be evaluated after the season is over". I think that if the Texans want to start winning a change is needed.
The Texans are playing for pride now more than anything. They need to finish the season strong, keeping it close or winning against the Colts and a must win against the Browns. The end of the season will set the tone for the off-season and how the team will look forward to the start of the 2007 season. Kubiak and Smith will evaluate all the talent or lack thereof, make the necessary changes and have another good draft.
A winning season for the Texans is on the horizon. It's just a matter of how fast it comes up and whether the fans will keep the faith they are sorely lacking. It takes time!