San Francisco 49ers: It's Time for the David Carr Era To Begin in the Bay Area

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IOctober 11, 2010

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 12:  Quarterback David Carr #5 of the San Francisco 49ers warms up prior to the NFL season opener against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on September 12, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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San Francisco 49er fans are done with the Alex Smith experiment. They're done watching their team lose and they want someone else to take the reigns of their team.

Unfortunately, coaches and front office personnel don't often listen to what the fans are chanting for, even if that name is "David Carr."

The former Fresno State quarterback and first round pick of the Houston Texans has been sitting behind Smith for the first five games and has watched every game fill up the loss column with no end in sight. Why there's still confidence in Smith is beyond even my own reasoning.

Tim Kawakami, who I respect as a writer but disagree with his opinion, says Carr is "not a real option."

When I heard those words, I have to admit that I felt a little Allen Iverson rant start to come on. Reason being is that opinion is based solely on what he's done in practice.

Practice? We're talking about practice? Apparently that's how they measure how good a quarterback is these days.

Carr is better than a lot of people give him credit for. I've watched this young man's career though his days under Pat Hill at Fresno State. The same young quarterback that was picking apart teams like Wisconsin, Kansas State, and a host of others during his days as a Bulldog.

He's shown what he's capable of during his college days. Say what you want about what school he came from and the conference they play in, but you could also say the Houston Texans were worse than where he came from.

When you're drafted first overall in the National Football League, you're expected to put out results almost immediately. However, when you have the kind of bad offensive line that turned Carr into more of a punching bag than a quarterback.

He left Houston with more bumps, bruises, and broken bones than he did touchdowns during his tenure there. When you're sacked 76 times in one season as Carr was his rookie season, I'm surprised he could feel anything at all.

After Houston, he headed to Carolina where he appeared in just six games. After that, he was the backup quarterback with the New York Giants and, in nine combined games in two season, Carr wasn't intercepted once.

The San Francisco 49ers signed Carr as a free agent after the 2009 season but don't seem willing to give him a chance to prove that he's not the guy that was exiled from Houston.

Call me biased if you will but are you really wanting to keep losing games or are you willing to see what Carr can bring to the table?

It's time to give the former Fresno State Bulldog a chance and not assume that he can't do it only because of what you might have seen during a practice session or two.

While the season might be this close to being lost, it doesn't have to be a complete loss, at least not yet.