Browns Hope to Keep Carr Running

Texans QB David Carr has been under attack all year, and is somehow managing to stay healthy under a barrage of sacks. The Browns hope to continue that trend this weekend, according to beat writer Fred Greetham. Here is Thursday's Browns report from Berea: The FIRST and FREE daily update for all Browns fans!

BEREA – The Browns hope this isn't the week they wake up the winless Houston Texans and David Carr.

Entering his fourth NFL season, Carr had been sacked 140 times heading into the 2005 season. After being sacked 76 times as a rookie, the Texans cut it to 15 in 2003. However, he went down 49 times last year and has been sacked 35 times this season for an average of just under six times a game.

He was sacked eight times by the Steelers in the second game and seven times against the Bengals and the Titans. He's on pace over a 16-week schedule to be sacked nearly 100 times. In 2003, Carr missed four games due to injury.

Carr has spent more time running for his life than a fugitive. How has he been able to hold up?

"By the grace of God," Carr said in a conference call Wednesday.

Orpheus Roye feels this is a chance for the Browns pass rush to get some sacks, as the Browns have just eight sacks through six games.

"You get excited," Roye said. "But, some teams seem to have their best protection against us."

For the season, Carr is 85-of-142 (59.9 pct.) for 769 yards, including five touchdowns and five interceptions. His QB rating is 71.6.

Carr has been the Texans second-leading rusher behind Domanick Davis with 29 rushes for 192 yards (6.6 avg.), including one touchdown.

Last year, in the season finale the Browns sacked Carr six times as the Browns went on to win 22-14. Carr was 15-of-25 for 114 yards with one touchdown in that game. In his career against the Browns, Carr is 37-of-61 for 381 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He has been sacked 14 times by the Browns in just two games.

"I think it's a combination of getting behind and him trying to make a play and maybe holding on to the ball too long," Roye said.

Roye knows not to take the Texans lightly.

"They have moved the ball against every team," he said. "We just need to get ready to let it all go on Sunday."

Quick Hits

Romeo to NY: Crennel will miss Friday's practice to travel to New York to attend the funeral of Welllington Mara, former owner of the New York Giants.

"Wellington Mara gave me my first job with the New York Giants," Crennel said. "He had no ego about him. Wellington knew the business in and out. I'm very respectful for what he's done for the NFL and for New York."

To Play or Sit: Despite the rough start to his career, Carr said he would not change anything if he were to do it all over again. The Browns are in a similar quandary trying to decide if it would be better for Charlie Frye to watch and learn from the sidelines, rather than being thrown right into the fray like Carr was as a rookie.

"It gave me the opportunity to play from the beginning," Carr said. "If I were to do it all over again I would want to play, rather than sit."

Browns Fault: Carr said he thinks the beginning of the end for Chris Palmer in Houston was the season finale last year when the Browns beat the Texans, 22-14.

Palmer was fired as the Texans' offensive coordinator after the second game of the 2005 season.

"I think it started in the off season and the loss to Cleveland last year" Carr said.

Roye Near Top: Unofficially, DL Orpheus Roye is near the top of the NFL among defensive linemen in tackles. Roye has 43 tackles, including one tackle for loss, one sack and four QB pressures. He has also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.

"I've heard that I'm at the top in (linemen) tackles," he said. "I haven't checked it out, but I've made a lot of plays at the line of scrimmage."

Red Zone Blues: The Browns have been plagued all season on third down. Last week, against the Lions the Browns were 0-of-8 in that department and for the season are at just 32.8 percent.

"If we can do a better job on third down and in the red zone that will help," Crennel said. "If you do a better job on first and second down, that'll help on third down. Third and three is better than third and 13. We're going to try to have more manageable third down situations, so we have a better chance to convert on third downs."

Crennel said that is a primary focus at practice this week.

"I just want better execution on first and second down, so if we don't get a first down we have a chance at third-and-3, instead of third-and-13," Crennel said. "The defense wants third-and-13 because the odds are against the offense making a first down. On third-and- three, your choices are expanded."

Pool Coming On: Crennel said rookie second-round draft choice Brodney Pool is coming along fine.

"Brodney has made a lot of progress," Crennel said. "He's starting to make plays. He has shown flashes and will continue to develop. He's going to be a good player for us, but he's not ready to be a starter."

Pool played in most of the sub packages and has seven tackles, including one sack and two passes broken up.

Injury Update: Other than RB Lee Suggs (thumb) being out, no other player is expected to miss Sunday's game with the Texans. CB Daylon McCutcheon (ankle), OT Ryan Tucker (neck), DL Orpheus Roye (knee), LB Nick Speegle (ankle) are all probable.

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