Carr Does Things Kubiak's Way

Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak wanted David Carr to kneel down at the end of regulation against the Tennessee Titans... 'I'll take our chances with any football team in overtime," Kubiak said later. The Titans took the kick in OT, marched down the field and handed the Texans their third loss in four games insuring another losing season for Houston, but the coach wouldn't change his call.

Texans quarterback David Carr willingly took a knee with 53 seconds left in regulation. Carr didn't even hesitate with the Texans on their own seven-yard line. He fully expected another opportunity to have the ball in his hands in overtime.

"Dropping back, I would have been in the end zone," Carr said. "It's not like they weren't rushing the passer well. They were getting after it. It's a toss up, do you want to lose the game there or do you want to take your chances at home in overtime?"

Carr never received that opportunity. The ball went to Vince Young and the Tennessee Titans in overtime -- and so did the 26-20 victory on Sunday at Reliant Stadium.

Carr was stuck on the sidelines, forced to watch as Young scrambled for the game-winning 39-yard touchdown.

"You just feel like you want a shot," Carr said. "I'm not taking anything away from our defense or what (Tennessee) did. It's just one of those things where you wish you could have a chance."

Carr's opportunity came with 3:47 left in the game. Young had just led a scoring drive to give the Titans a 20-17 lead. Carr was given the ball back with plenty of time to turn the game in his favor.

It started out rough though. Carr opened the drive with an incomplete pass to Andre Johnson, in which he was penalized for throwing it past the line of scrimmage. It was the second time in the game he made that mistake.

Two plays later, Carr did connect with Johnson for a 21-yard gain -- the longest Texans' play of the game. But when the Texans needed a 3rd-and-8, the Carr-to-Johnson connection only produced six, setting up a game-tying field goal with 2:14 to go.

"That last third down, we should make that play," coach Gary Kubiak said. "We should stay on the field right there and have a chance to win the game. I think David did his job, but as players and coaches sometimes you've got to do a little more than your job, and that counts for all of us. We needed to do a little bit more to find a way to win."

Carr said the pass to Johnson was intended to be a big play that landed the Texans in the end zone. He credited the offensive line with great protection and said he placed the ball exactly where he wanted it.

Johnson made the catch, but he couldn't get past Pacman Jones.

"I tried to make a play," Johnson said. "I caught the ball and I was turned sideways. I didn't want to stop and cut back across the field. I just wanted to get as much as I could, and we didn't get the first down."

The Texans tied the game with a field goal, and then the defense forced a three-and-out. With 53 seconds remaining the Texans welcomed overtime, and coach Gary Kubiak said he would make the same decision again.

"When the ball is on the six or seven yard line, I'm not going to give them the ball back," Kubiak said. "I'll take our chances with any football team in overtime. Coaching-wise, I'd do the same thing."


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