David Carr's issues: Chicken or Egg debate

By looking at the cover of the Houston Chronicle's sports section Thursday, you could get the impression that the team has announced that David Carr's farewell games will be versus the Colts and Browns. The media is behaving like they recovered a fumble and ran it into the end zone. But the whistle blew the play dead, and Carr still has the ball. I know it's a forced metaphor, but I took a shot.

Carr still has a couple of games to prove something this season. He could possibly change the way some folks feel about him. I'm amazed at the amount of supportive calls and e-mails I've seen for Carr this week. Perhaps it's because the prosecution rested it's case after the New England game.

Evaluating Carr is so perplexing you get the feeling that the Iraq study group might be called in at any moment. Is he a talented QB beaten down by years of sacks and sub-par talent around him? Or is he just good enough to make you think that further upgrades in that talent will turn him into a great signal-caller?

The answer is probably somewhere in between. There's no doubt Carr would have been better off in an existing proven system than having to grow with six rookies his first year. There's no doubt that he could have used better protection through the years. But there are still too many unforced errors and unmade plays to confidently give him a prognosis for a glowing future.

Here comes another battle with the Colts. This would be a real good time for Carr and the Texans' first-ever win against Goliath. It's Christmas Eve and the fans and players need a little boost. If the team can get Ron Dayne going early and avoid the sloppy turnovers and special teams play from last week, they should be able to hang with them. But they are going to need a couple of sacks and turnovers themselves if they are going to close the deal.

We love sports because something magical can happen at any time. Maybe Santa can deliver something special a few hours early. Here's hoping that happens. **


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