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Houston QB David Carr has had an up-down-and career since being the first pick in the 2002 draft, often the result of a porous offensive line that has gotten him sacked time and time again. There was speculatioon the Texans were ready to let Carr go this offseason, but they eventually decided to stick with him. He touched on that subject and more in a chat with South Florida media on Wednesday.

Q. What are your thoughts on the Dolphins secondary

Carr: "I think the defense has been in the top 10 the last 15 years it seems like. They're a good team. I think the strongest part of their secondary is the fact that they all play together. They know where their help is. It's hard to find a secondary that's, as far as knowing where their help is and knowing where their leverage is, it's hard to find a secondary that plays as a cohesive unit. Similar to Indianapolis in how they try and funnel guys to each other, it's pretty effective."

Q. How do you feel about your performance so far this season?

Carr: "Obviously we haven't won any games, so it hasn't been too much fun. There's still a long way to go. I've tried to play as well as I can, it's just the points at the end of the game haven't lead to a victory. So it's tough to kind of evaluate how I feel. Some of my numbers are good, but as far as how I feel, it doesn't equate."

Q. How have you been able to withstand all the pounding you've taken as Texans quarterback?

Carr: "We had a party after 200 (sacks), it was kind of cool. Other than that, I haven't got too much praise for it. Sacks are difficult and they make it hard to score points because they're just drive killers. Our guys did better last week. I see them continually get better."

Q. How difficult is it continuing to look downfield when you're getting pressured rather than looking for the pass rush?

Carr: "If I did that, I'd turn into a very bad quarterback. I'm not fast enough to run the quarterback draw. The only salvation I have is trying to keep my eyes upfield and getting the balls to those guys, those receivers that are much faster than me. I'd be even worse if I tried to do that."

Q. As a former No. 1 overall pick yourself, what advice he would give to Mario Williams, this year's first overall selection?

Carr: "I think the most important thing you have to remember is that you're going to get evaluated on how you play ball, not how you do everything else. There's a lot of pressure being a first pick, interviews and what not you have to do and things off the field and appearances. He's just got to be a football player, what got him here, what got him to the level he's at right now, and go out and try and do that as well as you can."

Q. What was your relationship with Dom Capers like?

"I loved him. Being through all the things I've been through, he's still one of my favorite people that I've met in this sport. He's probably top two as far as his credibility, his moral standing. There's not a guy that I respect more than Dom. With all the things that we had to go through together, we definitely have some history. So it's going to be good to see him on Sunday."

Q. Will you see Capers before or after the game?

"If I get a chance to. If he's down on the field, I'm definitely going to make it a point to go find him."

Q. Why didn't work out in Houston for Capers?

Carr: "There's so many things. In 2004 we were playing some decent ball, got to 7-9. And then the next year we ended up going a different direction as far as our offensive coordinator the second week, that didn't help as far as our offense on that side of that ball. It didn't translate well for us. The defense was going to keep us in games, we just didn't make enough plays to keep (Capers) here."

Q. How has the team progressed this year?

Carr: "It's a hard deal for me to kind of evaluate because I go out on the field on Sundays and I feel really good and feel really confident. I feel like we can win outside at any time. I think we have three or four guys that can make plays, Eric (Moulds) and Andre (Johnson) have really stepped up and made some plays for me. The point total just hasn't, we haven't been ahead by one at the end of the game. It's been difficult."

Q. How do you stay positive after losing so much recently?

Carr: "I think the hardest thing as a quarterback is you've just got to realize that as much as you can you don't have control over it. What you can do is evaluate your position, evaluate what you do every week, go out there and try and move your football team, try and put some points on the board, try and get the ball in the playmakers' hands. After that, we get a lot of credit and a lot of heat for a lot of things, but you've really got to realize that you can only control what you do. As far as that goes, that's all I try to do."

Q. How do you avoid letting the defensive linemen know they're getting to you?

Carr: "There's a point where you kind of try to hide it, but after a while you're like, ‘I don't really care what they think, right now I'm just trying to make sure my body's all right.' I guess you can do that, but sometimes I stay down there just to try and catch my breath. I'm just worried about the next play, not so much what the defensive line's worried about."

Q. Do you have a game that stands out as far as you getting sacked a lot?

Carr: ""My first year I played the San Diego Chargers. That was the roughest game I've had. I think I got sacked eight or nine times and I was hit at least 20. It was fun, good times. Good homecoming back to California for me."

Q. How would you describe your relationship with new Texans head coach Gary Kubiak?

Carr: "He sends me tough love but I welcome it. I'm from a small town called Bakersfield, Calif. I wasn't handed anything, trust me. It was a situation where I had to go out and work. I think I still might be the only guy to get a scholarship out of my high school for football. It was something that I had to work for, and that's something I like. I don't like being handed anything. From the moment I came here I didn't want people to just hand me a job, I wanted to battle for it. Go out and earn the coaches' respect, earn the players' respect. I think we have a good working relationship."

Q. Was it a relief that Kubiak's first decision was to keep you?

Carr: "Yeah, it was nice. Obviously you feel confident about yourself and what you can do, but to have an owner before that and then to have him, when he came in, tell me that he was my biggest fan. It's kind of nice coming from a guy that's seen a lot of good quarterbacks play to think as highly of me and keep me around here. Hopefully we can try and win some games together. So it was a good feeling."

Q. When did Kubiak tell you he was your biggest fan?

Carr: "The first time we met he said, ‘I see a lot of qualities in you that I like, I'm one of your biggest fans, I've enjoyed watching you play all the way through college and even in the NFL when we had chances to play against you. I think we can do some good things together.' So it was nice coming from a guy that's seen a lot of good quarterbacks play."

Q. What makes you so resilient?

Carr: "My faith, definitely. The people around me, I've got a great support group: my wife, my boys at home, my grandparents, my parents are out here. I'm not a quarterback when I go home, I'm just a dad and a brother and a son. It's nice for me once I leave here I try and let it all go. We enjoy the wins but we don't get too bummed out over the losses, we just try and fix them. They've been great about that and keeping our spirits up. It's been tough the last 20 games, but I've got some good people around me."

Q. What has been your toughest moment in your five years in the league?

Carr: "Probably going through what we went through last year with changing the coaches and losing Dom. Losing our offensive coordinator after the second week, that was tough. These first three games were tough, but we've got a lot more games. We're going to bounce back, we're going to win some games. But going through what we went through last year with the indecision, that was probably pretty difficult."

Q. How is the morale of your team?

"Actually pretty good. Confidence is still high, it's just we've got to find a way to win a football game. It's tough to win football games in this league, especially against three good football teams. We've got another team coming in here that's a good football team, well coached. So we test again. It's going to be up to us in this room. Not a lot of people outside this room are going to give us much of a chance, we've just got to make sure we're all in this together and we'll be fine."

Q. What concerns you most about the Dolphins defense?

Carr: "Zach Thomas is a pretty good football player. Jason Taylor's a pretty good football player. These guys have been good for a long time. Zach's probably the best I've been around at diagnosing plays and just seeing things before they happen. It's going to be fun to play against him and it's going to provide a good challenge for us."

Q. If you could give Daunte Culpepper advice on dealing with being sacked so much, what would it be?

Carr: "Hang on to the ball when you're going down. It's a tough deal when you're getting sacked. It's not just his fault, it's not just the offensive line's fault. Like it is around here for us, it's all of our faults as far as the sacks. We're still working on it. It's not like the problem's gone for us, we've still got some things we've got to work on too. So, ‘I've been in your boat, buddy, and still in it. It's a tough deal, but you get through it.'"


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