|02-08-2007, 11:28 AM||#1|
Is this thing on???
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Tulsa, OK
How reliable is the Houston Chronicle? I saw this on Sports Illustrated this morning.
David Carr will be traded, and Jake Plummer will be the Texans quarterback next season. Plummer will compete with Sage Rosenfels and a rookie Gary Kubiak wants to develop.
-- Houston Chronicle
Also, Shanahan said he would like to see an older vet there to mentor Jay. Anyone know who is available at the "older mentor" position?
|02-08-2007, 11:44 AM||#3|
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: The Backside of the Internet
Ive been over this in other threads.
Sports Illustrated is quoting a blog on a journalists speculation.
|02-08-2007, 12:04 PM||#4|
Vote Joe Mays to Pro Bowl
Join Date: Aug 2004
|02-08-2007, 01:35 PM||#7|
Angling in the Deep
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Texas Riviera, Southern Mountains
Replacing Carr requires boldness
By JOHN P. LOPEZ
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle
When Texans owner Bob McNair speaks, especially in light of another season with little more than bruised egos to show for it, you must listen. Closely.
What, exactly, is he trying to tell us? Is there some kind of hidden meaning? Doublespeak?
Last year, Bob McNair and David Carr announced Carr's contract extension.
Craig Hartley: For the Chronicle
Saying all the safe and restrained things is McNair's strength, and by extension it is a strength of the Texans as an organization. Due diligence might as well be the mission statement of this club, which dares not stray from the safe lane on the road to wherever it is headed, driving 60 in a 65 mph zone, so to speak.
But being safe and diligent also can be a weakness.
Be clear about one thing McNair said Tuesday regarding quarterback David Carr's future here. It was unclear.
It wasn't a news conference announcement or a procla-
mation. McNair simply showed up at a Texas Bowl event and answered a few questions from inquiring minds.
"(Carr has) had some good games, and he's had some games that haven't been as good," McNair said. "We've got to get better consistency there, either with David or some additional help."
Perhaps this means McNair finally has had enough, is willing to swallow some salary, and is more agreeable to hand-
ing over the club to another quarterback. Or perhaps not.
Speaking in a practically emotionless tone, McNair even said of Carr at one point: "If we win, everybody will say, 'I knew he could do it.' You won't hear any criticism. It'll be gone. If we win, believe me, everybody will be saying David Carr is the king of the town."
There. Aren't you glad the David Carr issue is all straightened out?
Certainly, no one is expecting the Texans or McNair to come out and state the obvious: that Carr's career in Houston is done. That would be bad football business, showing one's hand to every other NFL team and lessening Carr's value on the market.
But with free agency approaching in March and the combine and draft on the horizon, something clearly is percolating at Reliant Park.
We should hope it's not another safe, restrained move. If McNair has learned anything in five-plus years of NFL own-
ership, it should be that only big moves lead to big things.
The most unnerving thing McNair said Tuesday: "We're not going to go out and get a player and pay more than he's worth. We have to get fair value for what we spend."
That's a nice idea, but sometimes spending more, daring to take a chance, putting the pedal to the metal is the only way significant change comes. Just ask the Astros.
If the Texans want to recapture a little magic and attention, they must lead with their chin. Sure, they risk getting their clocks cleaned. But aren't they already prone on the canvas?
Denver quarterback Jake Plummer appears to be the leading candidate to take over the job if Carr is moved. Plummer could run coach Gary Kubiak's offense safely and carry the team from subpar to perhaps average.
Is that what you want? More significantly, is that — "We strive to be average" — the message McNair wants to send?
The Texans have made a habit of settling for safe draft picks and easy free-agent ad-
ditions, capping off that ap-
proach a year ago when defen-
sive end Mario Williams didn't present the signing difficulty of tailback Reggie Bush.
Now's not the time to be safe. The Texans' next move should be daring, leaving no doubt they're doing everything they can to reverse fortunes.
Actions speak louder than anything McNair might say when reporters gather around. Put the old way of thinking in the rearview mirror.
|02-08-2007, 01:35 PM||#8|
Join Date: Apr 2001
I'd laugh if I didn't think it was actually a possibility...
|02-08-2007, 01:48 PM||#9|
Don't Argue With Me
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Austin, TX
Down here, we call it the "Houston Comical". Ever since they bought out the Houston Post, they have nothing for competition so they get lazy and write all sorts of unsourced crap. I don't know if the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post are seen as rivals anymore (they share weekend editions, I'm told), but reliable information in a one-paper town sucks. They set their agenda and run with it no matter what the truth of the situation is. They protect their favorites and eviscerate their enemies and have no checks and balances thanks to the First Amendment. A second paper at least keeps both of them from being too dishonest.
|02-08-2007, 04:58 PM||#12|
Ring of Famer
Join Date: Oct 2002
When it comes to Houston -- I think Alec will back me on this, believe it's true if the byline is John McClane.
He has the cred.
|02-08-2007, 07:11 PM||#18|
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Escondido, CA