David Carr said he quickly realized that he made a mistake when he left the Giants for the 49ers. He was signed there and told he’d be given the opportunity to compete for a starting job last year, but the team quickly changed regimes and it became clear that he would not get much playing time.
“That was kind of frustrating for me all the way back then,” he said. “This was last spring. This was before the season, as far as how they were giving the reps out and what not. That was the tough part for me. I kind of wanted to come back to New York then.”
He couldn’t, of course. The Giants had signed Jim Sorgi and when he got hurt they traded for Sage Rosenfels. But when Carr was released by the 49ers last week, he was happy to be able to return to the East Coast where he played for two years as Eli Manning’s backup.
Carr said it doesn’t feel like he’s been gone very long. Same coaches, same quarterback to backup. He said he sat down for lunch with Justin Tuck today and said: “So, what did I miss?”
Carr will be competing with Rosenfels for the backup job, but Carr said it’s “not a UFC match or anything like that.” It’s a very civil competition between two veterans who actually have known each other for years. Rosenfels’ first year in Houston was Carr’s last.
The hard part, Carr said, will be proving himself. This year especially, with all the new faces and without the benefit of any offseason work, he’ll be working with players in the third-string huddle who have no clue what is going on. He said he’s doing a lot more coaching and explaining than he normally does.
“It’s tough to come in and kind of get those guys going,” he said. “It seems like it’s more teaching. At my position, usually, you kind of come and guys have gone through some OTAs. You’re not trying to coach them up on the way out of the huddle as much. I’m not saying they don’t know their stuff. It’s just it’s their second day, their third day being out there. It’s going to take more for me as far as the coaching aspect. At the same time I’m trying to learn the system again. It’s going to take a little bit more, but I’m confident. We’ll be fine.”