If David Carr thinks he's going to be wearing that number-eight around Santa Clara, he can just think again. But that's not the case. I can already tell - he knows where he is.
Carr's impact has already been shown in his attitude, less than a week after being signed to a two-year deal. I'm already a little impressed. The first overall pick of the 2002 NFL Draft is showing the poise and charisma of a 30 year old QB, and the chemistry is fizzing well.
Carr want's to be here. A Bakersfield Native, he played college ball at Fresno State.
Describing discussions with Eli manning on the state of the NFL, his opinions of the 49ers is strong and telling.
"This was a good spot. This team has a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. We used to talk about what defense we didn’t want to face and these guys always came up. We used to talk about the young talent with Crabtree and Vernon and it seems like they have enormous talent on the team."
Music to my ears.
Alex Smith is not the odd man out either - Carr has bonded with other quarterbacks in the past and could likely jump in as a mentor and a friend to Smith. Carr signed in time to take part in the 49ers voluntary off-season workout program, and seems to enjoy spending time with Smith.
The two have a similar history - drafted first overall, being thrown into the fire as rookies, and eventually coming out of shell-shock as stronger football players. If we didn't know any better, the two could pass as brothers.
But that's not all Carr is bringing. Guard Chester Pitts should be in town this week; it's not a coincidence.
“Yes, I called Chester. I think it’s awesome. He’s a great football player. I know when we were in Houston, a lot of those guys got a bad rap for giving up so many sacks and just struggling. In reality, they were moving around so much, Chester was the one guy that stayed at his position and played every snap up until maybe last year. I think he got hurt this last year, I’m not sure. He was solid. He’s a really good football player. He’d be a great addition to these guys and he’s a great guy to have in the locker room too.”
This is the type of free-agent coaxing that made the 49ers a desirable place to land so long ago - the same type of invitations Reggie White sent to players in Green Bays path back to Title-town.
Furthermore, David Carr isn't expecting to simply be handed the starting job, so don't just give it to him, Alex! Carr knows he's here to compete though.
"They have said that competition is what they love around here... It makes you feel better. One of Singletary's things is 'Iron sharpens iron.' The thing that I wanted to hear from all those guys was I'll have a chance to be on the field if I play the way I know I can play, and they said yes. Once I get on the field, I feel confident that we are going to play well."
Iron sharpens iron? Lord have mercy, Singletary makes the best quotes. If that doesn't send a shiver down your spine, get a pulse already.
Carr is a tactically intellegent move as well when fully considered; he admits he would have gone to Arizona if SF hadn't beaten them to the signing. Deny the enemy - love it!
He's reconciled with Patrick Willis as well.Regarding the Twitter drama, Carr told all.
"...As a player, you wouldn’t be human if you didn’t [take offense] but after talking to him, he was very apologetic and I told him, ‘You don’t have to apologize for anything. You said what you said and you believe that and that’s fine. It’s my job to change your opinion of me,’ and that starts from day one working out here and getting around those guys and showing them that I can play the game and I want to help you guys win.”
He's coming into town with a chip on his shoulder, and that's what NFL QB's need. And suddenly, I'm excited.
A quick thank-you to the writers and web pages I plundered in writing this. The Chronicle, the Merc, Wiki, etc.