Originally Posted by Lucky
How would that have played to fans who wanted to see the rookie #1 pick? As you inferred, hindsight is always 20/20. But that would have been tough to explain, when so many other #1 picks (Aikman, Bledsoe, Couch) all started as rookies.
Well, Couch was the only one of those to start on an expansion franchise (though Aikman's first season the Cowboys could have passed for one). I think the fans would have been fine with sitting Carr for a year if the team said he wasn't ready. It's not like the Tim Couch example wasn't pretty recent at that stage. All they would have had to do was point to Cleveland and say "You don't want to see that happen to our new franchise QB do you?"
Of course the sensible way for the Texans to avoid that situation would have been to draft Peppers and build their OL and DL before trying to draft the face of the franchise QB. I like to think that if the same situation came up today McNair would know better than to sign off on that plan.