David Carr has been a starting quarterback in the NFL. He’s also been a backup. So he knows how tenuous the dynamic can be between those two roles. And when he looks across the sports pages and sees what is going on with the Jets and Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow, he has pretty much one thought:
“I’m just glad they have to deal with it and not us,” he said on Wednesday.
Carr made his first public comments of training camp today, a far less in-demand backup quarterback than his counterpart with the Jets. Of course, there have been inevitable comparisons. Even from within the Giants. Like when Eli Manning suggested that Carr take off his shirt and run after practice to attract the kind of attention Tebow got for doing that.
“He was feeling a little excited that day,” Carr said of Manning. “He wanted to take some shots. He had a good practice. So I deflected, that’s for sure.”
All joking aside, Carr said he has never seen a spectacle the likes of the spotlight on the Jets’ quarterback position.
“When we walked in, (coaching assistant Chris) Pridy’s office is next to ours and there is a paper and Tebow has his shirt off and he is running and I am just like, ‘who cares?’” Carr said. “The guy got hot. He took his shirt off. So what? It is a little bigger story that I have seen before. It is pretty intense.”
While the outside world makes it a big deal, Carr imagines that inside the walls of the Jets’ quarterback room can get a little uncomfortable too.
“I don’t think it will be easy (for Sanchez),” Carr said. “You can say what you want when you’re in that position in front of the media, but when it comes down to it there’s going to be a lot of pressure. The first time the guy throws an incomplete pass, people are going to be cheering for the other guy. It’s just the nature of the business. That’s why quarterback is so interesting, because one guy plays … As soon as you take the starting quarterback off the field and you put in another guy for a certain situation, it causes a lot more drama. It’s a tough situation to be in, but like I said, I’m glad it’s not our situation.”
Unlike the Jets' situation, with Carr, the Giants' master plan is that he never takes the field this season. He said that he couldn't imagine being in a situation like what the Jets are facing.
"Everyone wants to play," Carr said. "Obviously I want to play. I’d love to be on the field. But in no way would I let that get in the way of the room we have."