Is Steve McNair a good QB?

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  1. infantrycak

    infantrycak Mod. Staff Member

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    The Texans part will get here--just a minute.

    Been a lot of complaining about Carr around here and dreadful predictions on his future from complete bust to Kerry Collins. Just curious what that says about Steve McNair, last year's co-mvp?--or what it says about fan impatience?

    How many years did it take McNair to have a QB rating better than Carr's so far this year?

    Answer 5th year as a starter--after two years on the bench for the most part.

    How many years out of 8 as a starter has McNair had a better QB rating?

    Answer 2.

    How many years has McNair had a better yards per attempt?

    Answer 1.

    How many times in McNair's 10 year career has he thrown more balls over 20 yards than Carr has this year (48 so far)?

    Answer 2.

    Plus, unless Carr gets knocked out for the remainder of the year, he will have thrown for more yards in a season than McNair ever has.

    Now keep in mind the team around McNair--Eddie George, an OL that actually sent people to the pro-bowl (in fact the worst season McNair has ever endured has already been met by Carr this season--37 sacks)--a team that until this year had only one losing season since leaving Houston and had gotten to the Super Bowl.

    The point of this?--well it isn't that McNair isn't any good. JMO, looking for places to improve the team is one thing, but pulling out the negativity crystal ball is silly unless it is the same one that predicted the Chargers would go to the playoffs this year and that Drew Brees really was a good QB. The other point is that QB's and OC's get too much credit when teams do well and too much criticism when teams do poorly.

    Build an OL that gives up less than 35 sacks a year on a consistant basis and we will see what Carr and Palmer are made of.

    EDIT--Disclaimer addition--as there seems to be some confusion, nothing in this thread is intended to state or imply that McNair is not an excellent QB or as a prediction that Carr is or will be as good or better a QB than McNair. Whooh--hopefully that get's it done.
     
  2. HJam72

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    Um, can I give give this thread about 8 stars?
     
  3. HJam72

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    Oh, I knew the Chargers would be really good this year. I was joking when I called them the "Worst team in Football". :fib
     
  4. Marcus

    Marcus Ruthless pragmatist

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    The problem is that too many people believe that unless we have a John Elway/Peyton Manning/Brett Favre type clone at QB, this team will never go anywhere.

    Carr is good enough. Just give him some protection. Just give him a running game. Just give him a defense.

    When the Texans go to the Super Bowl, it won't be "Carr leads Texans to Super Bowl", it will be "Texans Go To the Super Bowl".
     
  5. nunusguy

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    I have not been timid in my criticism of Dave Carr, but I would never take
    these things away from him - he is a classy young man and the sacrifices
    he made and courage he showed in the Texans inaugural season re. the sack
    record set a standard for team leadership by an individual.
     
  6. TheOgre

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    Trent Dilfer has a Super Bowl ring. If he can get one, it sets the bar pretty low for others to get one.
     
  7. gwallaia

    gwallaia Moderator Staff Member

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    A better title for this thread would have been: Was Steve McNair a Good QB?
     
  8. ArlingtonTexan

    ArlingtonTexan Moderator Staff Member

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    i have written in detail on my thoughts on carr as QB on another site, and don't have energy this morning to rehash the detail but there are a couple of thought.

    I beleive Carr is in the range between the jake plummer/Kerry collins qb and steve MeNair Qb. IMO, he will have a couple of probowl type seasons but will be inconsistent throughout his career. The inconsistency will sometime show in game, game to game, or even year to year.

    I have seen all over the place where Carr is only in his 3rd year and give him time, etc. the only QBs in the NFL that get 3 year full years to develop while playing are top 10 draft choices, which Carr is one. If you get 3 years, you had better have shown at least flashes of playmaking ability and leadership or the 4th is not guaranteed to you (see Harrington).

    In short at some point i expect the 4,000 yard 28 TD/15 Int year from Carr, but I expect that to be followed by 2800 yard 16TD/18 int disaster. that is what i see.
     


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    That is probably not a bad assessment of Carr. I don't see quite that much divergence in his season to season stats in the future. I think he will hit a plain and stay there. He might have some high INT seasons but I think he will have consistent seasonal yardage. I see some remarkable games and some downright awful games in his future.

    I see a cross between Plummer and Favre in there. Hopefully he doesn't suffer from the same rollercoaster ride that Plummer has.
     
  10. I focus more on how a line an protect a QB before I criticize the QB. I mean watching Wand in 2 games against Freeney will make you puke. Then you want to scream and hollar at Pitts for making those false starts AT HOME even. We've seen what Carr can do when he has time and is confortable with his protection, clearly is not right now.
     
  11. infantrycak

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    I should have added to my post to make clear that I am not implying by the above that Carr will ever be league MVP--the point is more that there is a lot of distance between slag and MVP. There are still a ton of people out there that will argue Aikman was not a very good QB and just played for a good team. My answer to that is well he was good enough for the team to win 3 Super Bowls and I pay to watch the Texans, not David Carr--in other words I don't care if the Texans have a superstar just so long as they don't have an anchor. IMO, there are clearly parts to the Texans puzzle that are holding the Texans back more than Carr at this point--and yes he still has a lot of room for improvement as well.
     
  12. pek281

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    I think Carr HAS shown all of the skills needed to be a great QB in the NFL. He's just simply missing too many pieces around him.
     
  13. Cincinnatikid

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    Maybe flashes of being good, but have you watched him lately? his throws are terrible. and people say he is squirmish because of the line not blocking, but thats ****. If you are in the NFL you cant be afraid of being hit, this guy has played football for atleast 10 years of his life, he has been hit, so get use to it. There is no excuse for his horrible throws and bad audibles. He has had 3 years to learn to play in the NFL, he shouldnt be regressing
     
  14. OzzO

    OzzO .. and then?

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    Arlighton, not calling you out, but I think the stats noted are skewed (to save others from advancing this idea) unless you didn't mean Carr alone but the entire team....

    Carr stats
     
  15. Vinny

    Vinny shiny happy fan Staff Member

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    No way do I compare Carr to McNair. Carr isn't in McNair's league. Numbers are misleading and you can't see McNair convert clutch 3rd and 2's in critical situations or keep drives alive with his fantastic feel for the pocket when you look back at stats. McNair has fantastic QB instincts. Carr's I consider way below average.
     
  16. ArlingtonTexan

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    I am totally missing your point and don't take disagreement as calling out. the "stats" i listed were guesstimation of future years and had nothing to do with actuall stats.
     
  17. infantrycak

    infantrycak Mod. Staff Member

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    To play devil's advocate--it is far easier to convert on 3rd and 2 or 3rd and anything when either George was picking up the 2 or blocking the pass rush or when the OL (you know this better--how many pro-bowlers have the Titans had on their OL?) does its job--i.e. the team is clutch as much as the QB is--getting sacked on 3rd down 4 times last week may partially lay with Carr, but it also (IMO predominately) falls on the OL. And if McNair is so good, why haven't his numbers ever been better, or at least consistantly better?
     
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    Thank you for your informative post.

    I think it's very useful to put things in prespective. I think a lot of people just remember McNair as an MVP, surrounded by pro bowl, experienced talent (also see Aikman) and forget what it took to get him there. The argument is interesting - he's great and it's not just because of what he has around him - and then when he plays badly (last two Texan games) it's not his fault, it's because of what's around him.

    It will be interesting to see the Texans continue to develop in the next few years and see where Carr ends up.
     
  19. Vinny

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    Converting on 3rd and 2 and keeping your team alive and winning games is FAR more important than a stat line showing you can move the ball but can't score, can't keep a drive alive and can't win games. McNair is a winner. The name of the game is getting your team in position to win/score. Racking up yardage is nice but we have done that and we suck.

    Honestly, no offense, but take this topic to an active NFL board without hometown bias and you get laughed at. This is almost as bad as your take comparing Dom Davis to Emmitt Smith. I find you on the money on most stuff. I just don't see what you see when you look at some of these guys.
     
  20. infantrycak

    infantrycak Mod. Staff Member

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    Never said stats were the same as winning games. That still doesn't explain why McNair the great doesn't have better completion %'s etc. There were two main points to this thread (1) that as you have so often pointed out (with the somewhat notable exception of Carr) it takes time for players to develop (hence the fan impatience question at the beginning--the McNair question was tongue in cheek) and (2) that single players cannot be judged by the team record--thank you for reinforcing that point--McNair is not a winner, the Tennessee Titans were winners during those year. Would you seriously argue Big Ben is better than Manning because his winning record is better this year than Manning?

    No offense taken, and no offense, but look back at the original post--nowhere does it say Carr is as good as or better than McNair. In fact it ends with we will no how good Carr is when we get a decent OL.

    And for the record, I never compared DD with Emmitt in a he is as good as fashion. In the context of a discussion on running styles I said he was much more akin to Emmitt (move enough to make a shoulder tackle into an arm tackle and then break the arm tackle) than he was Barry Sanders (juke you out of your shorts and then blow by you) type RB. I believe I even said at the time I was using top backs not as a prediction of future career but because more people would recognize who/what was being talked about. Anybody want to seriously argue DD isn't a lot closer in running style to Emmitt than Barry?
     

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