HOUSTON (AP) _ David Carr said he’d never been pulled out of a game for poor play at any level of his football career until Sunday.
Coach Gary Kubiak benched the quarterback after his third turnover in Houston’s 28-22 loss to Tennessee, but said he’ll keep his starting job.
Now Carr will have to figure out how to rebound from what he called the hardest thing he’s had to deal with as a player.
“That situation of me standing on the sidelines watching my team go up the field was frustrating for me because I kind of put myself in that situation,” he said. “I’ve got to be more aware of what I’m doing with the football when I have it in my hands.”
Carr, who is in his fifth season, threw an early interception and fumbled the ball twice while being sacked.
Kubiak, a former quarterback, said a component of being a leader is dealing with adversity in many different forms. He said the two discussed the situation last night and again Monday and that he hopes they’ll be able to look back at it in 10 years as a key moment in his development.
“If that’s the worst thing that happens to David Carr throughout his career he’s going to be fine,” Kubiak said. “I think it’s a process where he’s got a chance to mature and grow through it. I’ve seen some great ones go through it. I was with Steve Young in this very situation. I expect David to respond very well.”
Carr was initially angry about the decision, but on Monday said he thinks no one should be above being pulled for making mistakes.
“I don’t want to be singled out as the guy that’s just got a halo around him or a guy that can never be pulled out of a football game for fumbling the football,” he said. “No one’s that important that they can just turn the ball over and then just think that they can go out there with the other guys that are out there battling and lose the game for them.”
Perhaps most disappointing about Carr’s play against the Titans is that he had one of the best games of his career in Houston’s 27-7 win over Jacksonville the week before.
He’s thrown for 1,330 yards and nine touchdowns with five interceptions and is completing 70.5 percent of his passes this season.
“This is not the first time we’ve had a bad game around here or I’ve had one myself,” Carr said. “So I know how to battle out of it and I’ve got a strong faith and a belief in myself. I will be fine.”
And though Sage Rosenfels did well in Carr’s place, throwing for 186 yards and three touchdowns, there is no quarterback controversy in Houston.
“I’m going back to David because I know it’s the best thing for this football team,” Kubiak said.”