LINK If Carr continues to be dumped and the Texans suffer more losses inevitable with Seattle and Indianapolis a combined 8-2 at some point Capers may be forced to make the most difficult decision of his four seasons in Houston: Should Carr be given a couple of games off? Capers, owner Bob McNair and general manager Charley Casserly are adamant that Carr isn't the problem, that he is the quarterback of the present and future. McNair will fork over $8 million before the season ends to extend Carr's contract for three years. But sometimes quarterbacks have to sit for a game or two in their best interests and the best interests of the team. It's a decision no one in the organization wants to consider at this point for several reasons. They have confidence in Carr's ability and believe if they solve the blocking problems that his performance will improve. They don't want to shatter his confidence at a time when it must be teeter-tottering considering the beating he absorbs every week. They would be in a precarious position if they sat Carr for a couple of games and Tony Banks was able to avoid sacks and move the offense which could happen in the short term because Banks has six more seasons of experience than Carr and has been hit about 1,000 fewer times. But if Banks were able to move the offense, and the Texans won a game or two, it wouldn't be fair to take him out. That's a decision Capers doesn't want to have to make. But Capers is no novice. He has changed starting quarterbacks before. He's been fired. He knows his job's on the line. So are the jobs of his assistants. So far, Capers has made some tough decisions on his staff and in the starting lineup. Carr's toughness is unquestioned, but his productivity as a passer is drastically off, and there are many reasons why, He has missed receivers, and they've dropped passes. Coaches don't want him to be on pace to surpass his career highs for carries and rushing yards. At the quarter point, Carr's on pace to run 88 times for 580 yards. To Carr's credit, he takes a licking and keeps on ticking, but ask any coach or scout who watches tape of Texans games, and they'll tell you that he is to blame for a lot of the sacks. One NFC coach who has watched tape of the Texans' games said this week that Carr has been hit so much that when he drops back and can't find a receiver immediately, he bails. That's a result of being sacked 167 times and getting hit many, many more. An AFC personnel director who has watched the Texans says Carr has been hit so many times from so many angles that if he sets up and looks down the field and doesn't see a receiver, his head starts to swivel. He feels the rush and instinctively expects to get crushed. When he bails, he might run right into a pass rusher. The blockers have no clue where he's going, so they don't know which way to try to take their man. Carr is experiencing what many highly rated and highly paid quarterbacks have gone through. They play with bad teams early in their careers, and when things start to fall apart, they crater. It's not just in one area, either. And it's impossible to turn it around overnight.