David Carr: Texans Avoided Distractions By Not Drafting Brother

By: Alex Del Barrio, Sportsradio 610

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – It’s been nearly 15 years since the Houston Texans made David Carr their first draft selection in the history of the franchise.

His time in Houston began positively with a franchise opening victory over the in-state rival Dallas Cowboys. Carr would win just 22 total games in five seasons as the Texans starter and never won more than seven games in a season.

In 2014, David’s brother Derek, who grew up around the Texans organization while his brother was captaining the offense, was one of the better quarterbacks available in a year in which the Texans were looking to add a new signal caller under Bill O’Brien.

The Texans met with several quarterbacks during that draft process and ultimately selected Tom Savage in the fourth round. Derek, was not someone the Texans targeted and he mentioned in a mid-week conference call with the Houston media in November that the Texans ,”didn’t even talk to me one time” during the draft process.

David, now an analyst for NFL Network said he was not surprised by Houston’s move to not target his brother.

“Usually you would want to uncover every stone and make sure you at least had a conversation with (Derek),” Carr said in a media availability at the NFL media center Thursday. “I think having been (with the Texans) and the way we left and Derek kind of was a part of it. I don’t know if (the Texans) wanted that attention or distraction they just wanted a guy they could bring and play football.”

Since 2014, the younger Carr has turned into an MVP candidate as a member of the Oakland Raiders after being taken in the second round, 36th overall. Meanwhile the Texans are still searching for an answer to their seemingly franchise long quarterback woes.

David mentioned that Houston refusing to do their due diligence in evaluating Carr in the draft process was by design and they may have felt that Derek playing in Houston would ultimately have a stunted growth with surrounding distractions.

“I’m not going to sit here and say they didn’t think he was capable of playing for them because that’s crazy,” the elder Carr said. “We all know that that’s not true and I don’t think that they believe that either. I think they just didn’t want the extra stuff that would come along with it and that pressure for him.”

Carr admitted that his brother would have been a good fit with the Texans if he had a different last name.

“I think if it was a different time and I didn’t play here that would have been an easy call for them.”

Alex Del Barrio  and Matt Murphy can be heard on Saturday afternoons 4-7 pm  Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio

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