Until they win a Super Bowl (not likely on our lifetime), the Houston Texans are heretofore to be known as the Dumbest Team in NFL History. Last year, armed with the No 1 selection in what may prove to be oneof the most talent-laden drafts in years, the Texans passed on Reggie Bush, Vince Young, Matt Leinart, JayCutler and an array of franchise-making, carryin-their-team-to-the-Super-Bowl players and selected a defensive end named Mario Williams.
I wrote at the time that the team should select Young. He was, in short, a QB Stud. And he was a local boy. What better combination would this still-foundering franchise need?
Young had just put on perhaps the finest performance in the history of the college football national championship game in leading Texas to a thrilling upset over Leinart’s Trojans. I was sold – quirky motion and Wionderlik test be damned. Sure, the Texans had David Carr under center. The first player ever selected by the franchise. An American-Idolthrob who seemed capable enough. But I just couldn’t see him leading them to a Super Bowl.
But the Texans passed on Young, Bush, et al, and smugly acted as if they’d outsmarted everyone by taking Williams. Nothing against the fine defensive end, but PLEEEEZE!
Now it looks as if the Texans are admitting they only outsmarted themselves. The team cut Carr on Friday, a day after obtaining career backup Matt Schaub from Atlanta.
What did they learn that they didn;t know last year???
Now, rather than having Young under center, the Texans are now counting on Schaub. And he’ll fare no better no better if they don’t find any offensive linemen who can at least block Pop Warner kids.
As for Carr, he probably couldn’t be happier. In his five seasons as a Texan, he was sacked 249 times.