Thursday, October 16, 2003
Carr foggy on Testaverde's college exploits
HOUSTON -- As David Carr prepares to duel Vinny Testaverde
when the New York Jets visit the Houston Texans on Sunday, the
second-year quarterback was asked for his thoughts on the 17-year
Carr then illustrated the gap between their ages by admitting he
has a limited memory of Testaverde's college days.
"People tell me he went to Miami, but I just remember him
playing for the Bucs and the other teams he played for," said
Carr, 24. "He's one of the guys whose football card I had growing
up ... so it's going to be fun to play against him."
Memo to Carr: Before the 39-year-old Testaverde came into the
NFL, he had a nice little career for the Hurricanes. He led Miami
to an 11-0 record as a senior and won the 1986 Heisman Trophy as he
continued the school's run of top quarterbacks in the 1980s.
Testaverde arrived at Miami in 1982, when Carr was 3, and waited
his turn behind Bernie Kosar before becoming the school's career
passing leader with 6,058 yards. He remains third on Miami's
all-time list behind Ken Dorsey and Gino Torretta.
Jets coach Herman Edwards, 49, appreciates having a contemporary
on the team.
"The great thing about Vinny is we actually listen to the same
music," Edwards said during a conference call this week. "So
that's pretty good when you have a player that understands the
music you used to listen to in the late 70s."
BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?: When the Jets and the Texans play
Sunday, there will be plenty of brotherly love on the field.
Houston cornerback Aaron Glenn and Jets linebacker Jason Glenn
are brothers and played one season together in New York in 2001,
before Aaron left in the expansion draft. Both are looking forward
to seeing each other, though Aaron is doubtful with a groin injury.
Jason expects 85-90 people at the game, and their family had
T-shirts made up with a Jets helmet on one side and Texans helmet
on the other.
"This whole thing is going to be fun," Jason said. "I always
tell him about kicking his tail."
Though they are seven years apart, the two are close. Jason
wishes he took more advantage of their time together with the Jets.
Aaron said he is proud of his brother.
"I think I really paved the way for him because of the fact I
was in there for a while and he was a rookie coming in so I think
he got a chance to see the way I did things," Aaron said. "I
think he took hold of that and he's doing them now."
NEW FACES, NEW PLACES: Texans coach Dom Capers is being
typically circumspect about some problem spots in his lineup, but
if playing time in practice is any indication, running back
Domanick Davis and free safety Marlon McCree are in for greater
playing time against New York.
Capers isn't expected to say if Davis and McCree will start
until Friday, and he might wait until Sunday for a decision.
Davis, drafted in the fourth round in April as a kick returner
and third-down back, has been productive in Houston's three-wide
receiver sets. He is assured of getting more chances in all
formations. Free agent acquisition Stacey Mack has struggled in
five games, averaging just 2.9 yards per carry.
McCree, cut earlier this season by the Jaguars and snapped up by
the Texans, would replace Matt Stevens. Stevens has been on the
wrong end of a few big plays this season and has become a
particular target of talk-radio callers.
"We're working Marlon more. We'll go through the week of
practice and make a decision at the end of the week," Capers said.
"We feel now that we've had Marlon long enough. He's been around
here, and you very well could see us work him in."
Associated Press writer Andrea Szulszteyn contributed to this