Kubiak Talks About Carr Trade Possibilities

While the Vikings have been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Houston Texans quarterback David Carr if he is traded, Carr's current head coach talked about his trade possibilities and his development.

Despite reports that the Houston Texans are looking to trade quarterback David Carr, head coach Gary Kubiak said at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis that he expects Carr to be with the team next year.

"That's our approach. We all have to get better. David has to get better. He's part of that," Kubiak said. "We start our approach right now with that offseason, quarterback school, and as we go into free agency. We all have to get a lot better, including this coach right here. And I have to continue working with David. He's the key to our franchise getting better."

That may come as a surprise to some, as the Texans have admitted to receiving multiple inquiries about Carr's availability in a trade and, according to the Houston Chronicle, would be willing to take anywhere from a second- to a fifth-round draft pick. Yet they claim they are not actively shopping Carr and that he remains their starting quarterback and admit that the reports can be difficult for a player to deal with.

"That's difficult. It's part of the business. I've had conversations with him this offseason regarding that," Kubiak said. "But if you're going to play in this league, especially if you're going to play quarterback, you have to have some tough skin. That's just part of the process. He's got to prepare and get ready to come back and play. And I have to get ready to do a better job of coaching him. Get more out of that spot for our football team.

"We need to get better at everything. The No. 1 thing I think he improved upon last year was preparation. From where we started early in the preseason to throughout the season, I thought he prepared extremely well. It's about consistency with David, in my opinion. If you're going to be a great quarterback in this league – be one of the top five in this league – you're there every week, playing well every week. I think it's about consistency with David. It's my job to get him there."

In five seasons with the Texans, Carr has completed 60 percent of his passes for over 13,000 yards. Part of the issue is his 59 touchdowns and 65 interceptions.

Yet, when asked, Kubiak said he believes Carr can still be a top-five quarterback in the NFL.

"I think he has the ability to do that. He's a very skilled young man. He's a very smart young man," Kubiak said. "But it is about consistency. There were times when he didn't play as well as he could play, and it's my job to figure that out and find that consistency in him as a quarterback because our team was inconsistent. And the more consistent I can get him, I think the more consistent our team will become."


  • The free-agent list at defensive end could have a new player rated at the top if Patrick Kerney voids the final two years of his contract, as he indicated would happen, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. After Dwight Freeney of the Indianapolis Colts and Justin Smith of the Cincinnati Bengals were given the franchise tags by their teams, Kerney waited until after the franchise-tag designation deadline on Thursday to void his contract, thereby preventing the Falcons from using that tag. Franchised defensive ends will make $8.66 million in 2007 if they don't reach a long-term deal with their clubs.

  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also speculated this week that quarterback Matt Schaub, a restricted free agent, could receive a tender offer that would require teams to compensate the Falcons with first- and third-round draft picks if they signed him to an offer sheet and the Falcons declined to match. However, the AJC also wrote that "a straight trade for a draft pick or a player should not be ruled out."

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