ENEMY LINES An opposing scout's view
By signing veteran defenders in the off-season, they bought time for David Carr to develop. You get the sense there's a plan in place. Carr is a big, strong kid, bright and gifted, but I'm not sure he's got the gut feel you need to be great. He's rote, too mechanical.... Domanick Davis is O.K., but how many of his yards last year came because teams just weren't going to let Houston beat them deep? ... Andre Johnson is the real deal. He's physical and can run like hell, and I think his concentration lapses will be few and far between.... The offensive line is huge and should be solid. I like the move of Chester Pitts from tackle to guard.... They're spending a lot of money on the defensive line, but the line in their 3--4 just doesn't make that many big plays.... Their rush should be improved with Jason Babin, but I wonder how effective he'll be in space and in coverage. I know a lot of teams saw him only as a defensive end coming out--and an undersized one at that.... I like their secondary. Moving Marcus Coleman from cornerback to safety will be a bit of an experiment, but his athleticism and smarts will help him a lot.
" Carr is gifted, but I'm not sure he has the gut feel you need to be great. He's rote, too mechanical."
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP with 2003 statistics
2003 RECORD: 5-11
NFL RANK (rush/pass/total):
COACH: Dom Capers; third season with Houston (39-57 in NFL)