Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans...
In some ways, this doesn't exactly have to do with the Houston Texans but in other ways it has a lot to do with this team. ESPN the Magazine's Seth Wickersham spent some time with Derek Carr in order to examine the ways in which teams are considering David Carr's past to project Derek Carr's future:
A player who is a near duplicate of a former consensus No. 1 pick would ordinarily have an advantage on draft day. But GMs face a rare conundrum in this case, unsure of how to grapple with scouting reports on Derek. On one hand, his 50 touchdown passes and only eight interceptions last season suggests that he has all the tools to be a franchise quarterback; Browns coach Mike Pettine calls him the "best natural thrower in the draft." But then there are the issues: Below-average poise and toughness within the pocket; will anticipate pressure and look to protect his frame instead of sitting in and delivering the ball.
It's a valid rap. It's also arguably a fixable one. And given Carr's talent, it seems strange that pocket-pressure worries might drop him out of the first round. The problem is that his scouting report echoes what teams said about David -- after it became clear that his career was a bust. "It's an issue," says one NFC scout. "If their makeup is the same, then there is concern."
That's why Derek is grateful that someone is entirely committed to ensuring that his NFL career will not end up like David's.
That someone is his brother.
Joel Corry and Ari Nissim play the parts of the team and agent in the mock negotiations for Texans defensive end J.J. Watt's new contract. Here is Part 2, in which they pick up after the "agent" has had a chance to review the "team" offer to Watt. It's a fun idea and in it, Watt's agent says he should be paid best among non-quarterbacks.
Texans general manager Rick Smith says he is enjoying working with new head coach Bill O'Brien, writes Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com. Smith claims that he and O'Brien have been in agreement most of the time on their evaluations.