Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

13 Nov 2005

Carr's Dad Barred from Texans Practice

Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle criticizes Dom Capers for closing practices to outsiders, which means David Carr's dad can no longer watch his son, which he has done as long as David has played football. I'd criticize Capers, too -- for not doing this years ago. What on earth was he ever doing there in the first place? Quick question for Mr. Justice (whose work I usually like): If a young reporter for the Chronicle brought his dad with him to the newsroom every day for four years, would the editors have a problem with it?

Posted by: Michael David Smith on 13 Nov 2005

7 comments, Last at 14 Nov 2005, 5:02pm by JonL


by Adam (not verified) :: Sun, 11/13/2005 - 2:46pm

I read that article twice and i'm still asking myself if it's serious.

by tom (not verified) :: Sun, 11/13/2005 - 2:57pm

It does sound like one of the biggest non-stories you ever heard, doesn't it? That said, the Carr quote about his dad being able to predict their play-calling in the press box probably isn't helping their case much, and maybe speaks volumes about their play-calling. I wouldn't like to be their offensive co-ordinator and read that even the quarterback's dad can tell what's coming next...

by bobman (not verified) :: Sun, 11/13/2005 - 10:32pm

I have a spelling and genealogy question: Is this the same Roger (no D) Carr who was a standout WR for the Colts in the 1970's? If so, well, I can see an OC or QB/WR coach being intimidated, but I remember Carr as being a true predecessor of Marvin Harrison--except maybe faster. He was quiet. And he might have something to add... If he's gonna hang around for free, hire him for a nominal salary so you can really tell him what to do and maybe get something useful out of him. If they let it happen for all these years, why stop now?

Now it he's just a dad... most of the questions remain. He probably does not have too much to contribute, for better or worse, and he's just a "civilian." But if it's been going on all along, why kill it now? Maybe it's the reverse of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" theory: "Things is mighty broke, so let's change whatever we can." Or they're preparing for Matt Leinart's father, who is not as quiet?

Somehow, I see Tom DeLay's fingerprints all over this. Will launch an investigation tomorrow.

by JonL (not verified) :: Sun, 11/13/2005 - 11:45pm

"Flannnnnders. Flannnnnders."

"What? What is it?"

"The game's out there!"

by Bassett (not verified) :: Mon, 11/14/2005 - 1:25pm

Just proves that athletes live in an alternate universe... hell Giambi's dad and bro sat in the dugout...

by MCS (not verified) :: Mon, 11/14/2005 - 1:53pm

Give him a press pass.

by JonL (not verified) :: Mon, 11/14/2005 - 5:02pm

Carr implied that his dad retired and moved to Texas just to watch his son practice.

How old is David Carr? 25? 26?