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MorKnolle
08-08-2006, 11:44 PM
After getting to see several training camp practices, Coach C and I thought we'd put together our evaluation of the team so far and a few expectations for the pre season. On the grading scale, an A means that area is a definite strength of the team, possibly a top-5 group in the NFL, a B represents a good group, nothing special but definitely in the top half of the league, a C represents a group that is somewhat solid, it won't kill the team but it isn't really good, and anything worse is bad news.

QB
Lock for final roster: David Carr, Sage Rosenfels
On the bubble: Cody Pickett, Quinton Porter
Talent: B-
Potential: B+
Depth: C+
I personally think David Carr has a ton of untapped talent and he's looked immensely better in Training Camp than he has at any point in his career. The system fits him better, he has much better talent around him, and his confidence is soaring. However, the only game evidence we've seen so far prevents me from grading him anything higher than a B- at this point in time, but I'm very confident he'll end up being better this year and I think he has the potential to grow into about a B+ rating this year. As for his backups, Rosenfels has been in the league for 5 years but has seen limited action, Cody Pickett has seen very little action, and Quinton Porter is obviously a rookie. Rosenfels has looked pretty solid for a backup thusfar in training camp, but once again I have seen little of him in actual games to this point, and the others are obviously in the same boat so I can't rate the depth as anything better than average.

RB
Lock for final roster: Domanick Davis (maybe on PUP), Antowain Smith, Vernand Morency, Chris Taylor, Jameel Cook
On the bubble: Wali Lundy (likely practice squad if not active roster, likely not on active roster if DD is active)
Doubtful: Damien Rhodes (possible practice squad if Lundy is not on it), Nick Luchey
Talent: B-
Potential: B
Depth: C
Domanick Davis' knee situation drops the grade on this group, although this is a RB-friendly system. Outside of him, we are left with a trio of RBs that have looked quite good in Training Camp, although two of them have limited or no NFL experience and the third is on the downside of his career, although he has been a solid runner when given the chance and has been a part of several winning teams. Taylor has been one of the biggest surprises of camp and could end up being a starter for much of the year. I personally think Morency has the most talent among this group but Taylor is a little more of a power runner, ideally I think the two of them split the majority of the carries if Davis can't go, with Smith seeing some short yardage or change of pace carries. Lundy has looked fairly solid but unspectacular in camp and should make the active roster if Davis starts out on PUP and also likely allow for Rhodes to stay on practice squad, but if Davis is on the active roster I don't see us carrying 5 active RBs which would bump Lundy to practice squad (assuming no other team picks him up) and bump Rhodes into waivers. Jameel Cook looks like a good fit at FB for their system, he can block pretty well and he can get out and either run or catch the ball out of the back field. While this system has a history of producing solid rushers and production out of less-than-stellar RBs and I expect it to do likewise here, the talent of this group has relatively lmited potential so I can only grade that a solid B. I think we have pretty solid depth and will make use of it during the year, but since so much of it is unproven at this moment I can't grade that too high either.

WR
Lock for final roster: Andre Johnson, Eric Moulds, Kevin Walter
Probable: Derrick Lewis, Jerome Mathis (PUP to start the year)
On the bubble: Derick Armstrong, Jake Schifino, David Anderson
Doubtful: Kendrick Starling, Richie Ross, Donovan Morgan
Talent: A-
Potential: A
Depth: C
Andre Johnson and Eric Moulds are one of the top WR duos in the league. We are one of the few teams that have two legitimate #1 WRs, and both have looked phenomenal in Training Camp and David Carr is thoroughly enjoying having both of them together. Both should have great seasons, and Moulds should open things up for Andre and I expect him to have his best year yet, barring injury. As for depth, Kevin Walter has looked quite good so far as well and should be an excellent #3, although as with Carr he's shown fairly limited proof of stardom in real games thusfar. After Walter, Lewis has looked very good in Training Camp as a WR and KR, I'm quite sure he will make the final roster and will likely be our #4 WR option. Jerome Mathis will be out the first 6 weeks or more of the season, so he will start the year on PUP but should be activated after that, which might cause someone else to be dropped off the roster unless a spot opens up due to injury. I personally like Derick Armstrong, he has great hands, but he just can't create much separation from DBs at all and he's seen relatively few reps so far, so I'm not sure he makes the roster. Schifino has probably looked the next best at WR and has a good chance of making the roster depending on how many WRs they keep. David Anderson also has a decent chance, he is very small and not very fast but he's quick, he runs good routes, has good hands, and he's decent on special teams. Starling, Ross, and Morgan have not showed a whole lot of positive plays and I don't really see any of them making it, Ross probably has the best chance among them but I'd still be surprised to see him, although he or Anderson could be kept on practice squad. I think Johnson, Moulds, and Walter can end up being about as good as the Colts trio, maybe even as good, although they won't put up near the production because of different styles of offense. However, I am a little concerned about our depth and injuries to one or more of our top guys could really hurt us.

TE
Lock for final roster: Mark Bruener, Jeb Putzier
Probable: Bennie Joppru, Owen Daniels
Doubtful: Aaron Halterman, Patrick Hape
Talent: C+
Potential: B-
Depth: C+
Bruener and Putzier are definitely locks for our team. Bruener is still a premier blocking TE, and he has surprisingly decent hands, although he is really slow. Putzier is a nice pass catching TE and is an ok blocker, and he will help our passing offense a lot this year. Both Daniels and Joppru are also pretty good pass catching TEs that have a good mix of athleticism and hands, although both are somewhat small and not great at blocking. Both have seen time in the backfield as a FB/H-Back and will likely maintain that during the season. Halterman and Hape have also seen time in the backfield (especially Hape), but I think Joppru and Daniels have the upper hand as of this moment. Ben Steele was looking pretty nice until his season-ending injury. I think we finally have a solid group of TEs, but I can't really say they're anything better than average, although they will still be instrumental in our offense in many ways. We have decent depth and there isn't much of a drop off from Bruener and Putzier to Daniels and Joppru.

OL
Lock for final roster: Seth Wand, Chester Pitts, Mike Flanagan, Steve McKinney, Zach Wiegert, Charles Spencer, Fred Weary, Drew Hodgdon, Eric Winston
On the bubble: Ephraim Salaam, Brad Bedell, David Loverne
Doubtful: Chris Watton, Mike Brisiel
Talent: C
Potential: B-
Depth: C-
Our OLine looks a lot better than last year, and has looked better every day of Training Camp thusfar, especially in team drills where the whole line is working together. However, our individual talent is still not real great and I can't rate it anything better than average to slightly below average, although I think our scheme will help improve their production. Seth Wand looked horrible at the beginning of Training Camp, and he has been looking better more recently, but he's still the weak link on the OLine, and Spencer has been getting a lot of the 1st team reps at LT. I think Wand is more or less holding down the spot until Spencer is ready to be our guy there, spencer is much stronger, is at least as athletic, and seems much tougher, although he is still making some rookie mistakes and has some work to do before he's ready to be a solid starter. He has an amazingly strong punch and if he gets into the defensive player the battle is over, however he still doesn't sink his weight down quite well enough and tends to lean and reach for guys rushing around the edge rather than getting his body over there, but he's improving. Zach Wiegert has looked quite solid at RT, definitely one of the best at the 1-on-1 drills with the DLinemen and he's looked solid in the team drills too. He has been pretty injury prone in recent years, and if he does go down Eric Winston will be there to step in. Winston has also looked pretty good so far but he has made a lot of rookie mistakes and has some work to do before he's ready, although he's picking things up pretty quickly. He naturally has fairly short arms and he's letting guys get in close to him too much in pass protection, although he is very athletic for an OLineman and has looked solid in run blocking. He will be a very good OT for years to come, although he has some more work to do before I'm comfortable with him being a starter for us, so hopefully Wiegert lasts at least half the year. Winston has also seen some time at TE in goalline sets. Ephraim Salaam has looked ok but not very good, he definitely shouldn't be starting and is ok for depth, but definitely behind Winston and Spencer. Chester Pitts is currently our most talented OLineman and has played well. He has been solid in 1-on-1 drills and pass protection in team drills, and he's been good in run blocking and has shown good mobility and ability to get to the 2nd level. He's definitely a starter and needs to stay healthy for us. Steve McKinney has looked solid at times but bad at times. He has gotten destroyed by Weaver and Mario in 1-on-1s but has been pretty solid otherwise. He has looked pretty good in team drills, although he's not the OG he used to be. Fred Weary has seen a lot of action as McKinney has sat out some practices, and he's looked quite good in the opportunities he's been given. He has looked pretty solid in 1-on-1s and also is quite strong, and he's been pretty good in pass protection and run blocking in team drills. I wouldn't especially mind if he ends up taking McKinney's spot or if he has to step in for injury for him. Mike Flanagan has also looked quite good so far. He has been pretty good in 1-on-1s and has looked good in team drills, although he too has a recent history of some injury problems. Drew Hodgdon has not looked very good so far, he's been badly overmatched against our DLine in 1-on-1s and hasn't looked real solid in team drills against our 1st team defense. He needs to get a lot stronger and work on his technique some before I'm comfortable with him being our eventual starter. None of the other guys have looked very good, Loverne and Bedell have probably been the next best but hopefully if either one make the team they never have to play for us. I think our depth at OT is fairly good as Wand and Wiegert should be able to do pretty well until Spencer and Winston are ready to step in, but I am worried about our depth at interior OLine and that our C, RG, and RT have all had some injury issues.

MorKnolle
08-08-2006, 11:47 PM
DL
Locks for final roster: Mario Williams, Anthony Weaver, Robaire Smith, Seth Payne, Antwan Peek, Jason Babin
Probable: Travis Johnson
On the bubble: N.D. Kalu, Alfred Malone, Earl Cochran
Doubtful: Phillip Alexander, Devarck Scandrett, John Chick, Jeff Charleston
Talent: A-
Potential: A
Depth: B
Our DLine is another strong group and will be a major improvement for our defense, and I think we can potentially have a top-5 unit, although I can't put us quite at the level of Philly or Carolina yet. We also have pretty good depth on our line, only two players would really hurt us if they went down with injuries. I'll start with the depth first on this unit. Alexander, Scandrett, Chick, and Charleston have 0 chance of making the team, they aren't real good and we have too much talent ahead of them. Alfred Malone had a decent year last year and looks pretty solid so far, he could beat out Travis Johnson depending on how the two of them do in the preseason. TJ definitely has more talent but has been out of shape, missed time for nagging injuries, and seems to have a motivation problem, hopefully Malone is still qualified for practice squad so we can keep him around in case of injuries. N.D. Kalu has looked quite solid as well, and has even seen some time at DT in pass situations. He has decent size and athleticism and seems to get after things pretty well, I think he'll fill our final roster spot for DLine. Earl Cochran has come on of late and looked pretty solid too, he's a little bigger and has pretty nice athleticism and can play inside or outside, I see him having an outside chance of making the roster. As for the locks, Robaire Smith and Seth Payne have both looked good so far and have both seen a lot of time on both the 1st and 2nd team defenses. They will play the same position on the line in their base defense, and both are about equally effective, Payne is probably a slightly better in pass rushing and Robaire is probably slightly better plugging holes against the run. Similarly, Antwan Peek and Jason Babin also play the same position (weakside DE) and are relatively equally effective. Both are looking much better being back on the DLine, and while Babin is probably the better overall DE and has gotten more reps with the 1st team, I still like Peek better as a pass rusher, and so far both have been in on nickel formations with Mario and Weaver in the middle. Anthony Weaver was a great pickup for us, and I like him being at DT. He has very good athleticism for a DT (would not be anything special as a DE), he has looked dominant in 1-on-1 drills and has been solid both against the run and pass in team drills. He is probably our most talented DLineman at this moment, Mario is still much more athletic but Weaver is ahead of him technique-wise. Mario has looked very good so far, and he still has a lot to learn. He has been dominant in 1-on-1 drills and very disruptive in team drills. He still doesn't know how to use his hands and everything real effectively, but Karm is working on him every day, frequently for 10+ minutes individually before practice, and other guys like Weaver, Payne, and even Wiegert have also pulled him aside at times and showed him a couple pointers, and Mario has been eager to learn. He is always approaching Karm at any break in the action to hear what he needs to work on, I love his attitude and work ethic. A great example that both Coach and I noticed during 1-on-1 drills a while ago, Mario was lined up at DT going against McKinney. He pushed right thru McKinney and ripped the bag down maybe 1.5 seconds after the snap, and while all the spectators at that end of the field were applauding and several of the players were shouting compliments at him, he came over to Karm and said (not a direct quote, but close enough) "I need to get there faster, the QB could have had a chance to do something with the ball." He has looked great and is still eager to learn and get better, and as he keeps improving various techniques and learning the nuances of the position he's only going to get better. Our DLine has good size, great athleticism, and is quite versatile and will give opponents many different looks and do so effectively. Weaver and Mario are the only two that I'm worried would really harm our line if they get hurt, as we have good depth at the other positions. These two will be in almost every down of the game and both should be dominant players for our defense. Overall our DLine is our best position on the team, and I can't wait to see them in action.

LB
Locks for final roster: Demeco Ryans, Morlon Greenwood, Shantee Orr, Sam Cowart
On the bubble: Barrett Green, Charlie Anderson, Saleem Rasheed
Doubtful: Dashon Polk, Troy Evans, Kenneth Pettway
Talent: C+
Potential: B
Depth: C-
Our LB crew has looked ok, although it is a little difficult to tell in non-tackling practices, and some of our better guys don't have a whole lot of game experience to grade them on. Unfortunately Rainer went down for the year with an injury, because he was looking very good in Training Camp and likely would have been our starting MLB this year. Demeco has been the 1st team MLB for the last week or so and has looked quite good at it, my only concerns are he doesn't break out of blocks real well and he is sometimes a little hesitant on running plays offtackle where he will sit back and wait to see what hole the RB hits rather than bursting thru the hole and going for a tackle in the backfield, although maybe that is what he's supposed to do for the system. Otherwise he has shown good recognition of plays, good athleticism, and he looks pretty nice in coverage, we will have to see if he tackles as well on this level as he did in college. Morlon Greenwood has seen most of the 1st team action at WLB and has looked pretty good but nothing special, we will have to wait until the games start to see if he will be a more effective player than last year. Barrett Green has seen a little action with the 1st team lately and has also looked ok, but not real good. Both are fairly small LBs but seem to move ok. Shantee Orr has gotten most of the playing time at 1st team SLB and has looked pretty good, especially when they bring him down on the line. He is ok in coverage on TEs or RBs and is good in pass rushing, but it remains to be seen how strong of a LB he can be in all game situations. Charlie Anderson has seen most of the 2nd team action at SLB and is probably one of the more athletic LBs on the team, although I question his toughness a little. Saleem Rasheed is pretty athletic and could be a decent LB and special teams player, while Polk, Evans, and Pettway are likely not going to make the final roster IMO. Ryans and Greenwood have been the primary LBs on nickel situations (was Rainer and Ryans before Rainer went out). We have a decent-looking core of LBs, many of them are pretty small but seem to move ok, although LBs are one of the hardest groups to judge in practice. I think we look fairly solid there but nothing special, and I am worried about our depth there as well.

DB
Locks for final roster: Dunta Robinson, Philip Buchanon, C.C. Brown, Glenn Earl, Demarcus Faggins (likely on PUP to start the year), Lewis Sanders
Probable: Dexter McCleon, Michael Stone, Jason Simmons
On the bubble: John Walker, Tramon Williams (probably a practice squad to start the year), Kevin Garrett
Doubtful: Kevin Curtis, Mark Estelle, Earthwind Moreland, Ramon Walker, Anthony Floyd
Talent: B-
Potential: B
Depth: C+
Dunta Robinson should be a Pro Bowl-caliber player for us this year, especially with our improved DLine gettine more pressure on opposing QBs. Philip Buchanon has looked a lot better in Training Camp than last year, and he's in a contract year, so hopefully he will continue improving and will benefit from the change in system and will be a solid CB to start opposite Dunta and won't be a pressure outlet like last year. He's missed some time the last few days with a nagging hamstring injury that hopefully won't bother him throughout the year. C.C. Brown has looked a lot better this year, he looks much better in coverage and seems to read plays better. Glenn Earl has looked pretty solid too and should be a pretty good starting S for us this year. Faggins hasn't seen much action this year as he was injured early on, so hopefully he'll be able to come back and make a positive impact later in the year. Lewis Sanders has looked pretty solid in the extra action he's seen i Faggins and Buchanon's absence. He could end up being a decent starting CB and should be a solid nickelback. Dexter McCleon has looked fairly solid so far. He's not real fast anymore so he can't cover deep routes real well but he's been pretty solid otherwise. Michael Stone and Jason Simmons have both looked pretty solid with the 2nd team defense and in nickel/dime situations and should make the roster. John Walker has looked pretty solid so far, as has Tramon Williams. Williams probably has the better hands and is probably slightly quicker, but Walker is bigger and has also seen time at FS as well as CB, so as of now I think he has a slight edge over Tramon. Kevin Garrett has also looked ok since joining the team late, although I think between him and Tramon/Walker that he will lose out and likely won't make the team depending on how many DBs they keep. Kevin Curtis, Mark Estelle, Ramon Walker, and Anthony Floyd haven't looked overly good thusfar and I don't see them making the team. Earthwind Moreland hasn't seen much action yet as he just joined the team, but I'm not counting on him making it. D-Rob is definitely the star of this group, and I think we have a decent crop of young talent, although much of it is pretty unproven thusfar. I think the improved line and system will help the DBs a lot this year, and as long as D-Rob stays healthy I think this group will be pretty solid, although not spectacular.

Preseason Preview
We have a couple of extra points to add on what to expect this preseason. I expect that we will see a lot reps for all the RBs with each of the teams. They aren't really settled on who will be the starter/main guy(s), so expect to see at least Smith, Taylor, and Morency get a lot of reps with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams, Lundy and Rhodes will probably see a decent amount of reps too although moreso with the 2nd and 3rd teams. I think we will see a similar rotation of TEs as there isn't a clear gap between the guys. Both of these groups will largely be decided by each players' performance in the preseason.
My personal prediction is that Morency will emerge as our #1 option at RB during the preseason, although I expect Taylor and probably Smith to get a lot of carries too.

I expect to see a lot of pressure created by our DLine, I think they are a solid group with a lot of athletic, high-motor guys, and that we will switch players around and give opposing offenses a lot of different looks with our front 4. Expect to finally see an aggressive scheme and playcalling from our defense.

Expect to see a lot of play actions and bootlegs. I'm not real confident with our OLine's ability to maintain a pocket for Carr at this point, but when they get the pocket moving and Carr on the move it should make it harder for opposing defenses to contain the passing game, and I expect a heavy dose of play action passes as well, especially if the running game is working effectively. Also expect to see a lot of quick slant routes, especially to AJ and Moulds, and then some deep routes worked in off of play actions. Bottom line, expect to see a much more competent and effective offensive system.

TexanFan881
08-09-2006, 12:05 AM
Best thing I've read all off season :thumbup Thanks for the hard work and the insight :)

MightyTExan
08-09-2006, 06:57 AM
A great example that both Coach and I noticed during 1-on-1 drills a while ago, Mario was lined up at DT going against McKinney. He pushed right thru McKinney and ripped the bag down maybe 1.5 seconds after the snap, and while all the spectators at that end of the field were applauding and several of the players were shouting compliments at him, he came over to Karm and said (not a direct quote, but close enough) "I need to get there faster, the QB could have had a chance to do something with the ball."
:superman::mario:


Excellent post, thanks for the info. A lot of people (incuding me) are hungry for Texans' updates and reviews.

aj.
08-09-2006, 07:00 AM
Good job fellas.

texan279
08-09-2006, 07:18 AM
Excellent job guys, thanks for all of your time and input.

ccdude730
08-09-2006, 07:25 AM
We have a couple of extra points to add on what to expect this preseason. I expect that we will see a lot reps for all the RBs with each of the teams. They aren't really settled on who will be the starter/main guy(s), so expect to see at least Smith, Taylor, and Morency get a lot of reps with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams, Lundy and Rhodes will probably see a decent amount of reps too although moreso with the 2nd and 3rd teams.Thanks you guys for all the work and good info. found this out and thought i would share about how they are going to do their evaluations for the preseason
Antowain Smith will definitely be seeing playing time this Saturday, according to Kubiak. Vernard Morency, Wali Lundy, Chris Taylor and Damien Rhodes will not all get to play against the Kansas City Chiefs. Instead, two will join Smith against the Chiefs and the other two will play at St. Louis.

“We are going to make sure that they get a chance to play and not try to play four guys and end up with three or four carries each,” Kubiak said. “We aren’t going to do that; when they play we want them to get some reps.”

Who will play Saturday will be decided Thursday afternoon. Link (http://www.houstontexans.com/news/detail.php?PRKey=2729&section=N%20Latest%20News)

Cjeremy635
08-09-2006, 07:56 AM
Excellent job guys, thanks for all of your time and input.


Couldn't have said it better myself. Thanks for your input and spare time you are giving up to post back what you see on the practice field for those of us who do not get to be there in person. :redtowel:

chuckm
08-09-2006, 07:59 AM
good job guys ...

Texans_Chick
08-09-2006, 08:33 AM
Most excellent work. Nice job. :)

joshri
08-09-2006, 09:04 AM
Nice Work!
Thanks for the insight

cdastros
08-09-2006, 10:26 AM
Your forgot special teams. jk great read, nice work.

U4ikrob
08-09-2006, 10:49 AM
Had tickets to almost every TC this year again and was unable to attend any of them due to schedule conflicts so Much Thanks to you gusy for your reports and in depth coverage - Some of the best analysis stuff ive seen on the team this season. :highfive: :redtowel:

:fieldgoal :gotexans1

WWX
08-09-2006, 11:07 AM
Thanks to both of you for the evaluation. It’s by far the most informative piece of Texans news this TC.

And for those who don’t already know there’s a show INSIDE TRAINING CAMP on the NFL channel. And of course they will be reporting on the Texans camp tonight 5pm.

Thanks again.

:tv:

edo783
08-09-2006, 11:10 AM
Thanks guys. IMO, couldn't get much better reporting.

powerfuldragon
08-09-2006, 12:02 PM
excellent post.

houstonhurricane
08-09-2006, 12:28 PM
That was some fantastic reporting and analysis. Thank you for taking the time to put that together - especially for those of us that have not made it out to TC.

Doug
08-09-2006, 12:47 PM
The family and I just moved to Delaware 3 weeks ago due to relocation with my company. I have to tell you that I never quite grasped exactly how much Texan's Fans outside of Houston depended on everyone else's eye's and ear's till now. I appreciate everyone's detailed insight and please keep it coming. Awesome write up by the way!!

jdog
08-09-2006, 12:59 PM
Awesomely excellent post! Are you a scout or something?

It sounds like we are going to have a team that is good at passing and good at pass rushing. This is sort of unlike the usual model of running and stopping the run. Does anyone know how successful teams have been in the past when they excel in the passing game on both sides of the ball? It may be a dumb question, but it does seem like our clear strengths so far.

nunusguy
08-09-2006, 01:11 PM
Congrats to both you and Coach for a strong effort ! I enjoyed the read.

TheRealJoker
08-09-2006, 01:18 PM
"Weaver and Mario are the only two that I'm worried would really harm our line if they get hurt, as we have good depth at the other positions. These two will be in almost every down of the game and both should be dominant players for our defense."

IMO, I dont really know if it is the best idea for Weaver to play every down. He's a smaller DT and I would think he'd wear down late in the season at that type of pace.

19-10
08-09-2006, 01:19 PM
Incredible post. Now if you could just give me back about 10 hours of my life I've spent reading other crap with 5% of the info you listed I'd be set.
I thought I was ready for Saturday, now I am drooling AND feel informed.
Great stuff!

ccdude730
08-09-2006, 01:22 PM
IMO, I dont really know if it is the best idea for Weaver to play every down. He's a smaller DT and I would think he'd wear down late in the season at that type of pace.
im sure the coaching staff will have a healthy rotation between the DTs. behind him are smith, payne, and TJ

Porky
08-09-2006, 01:51 PM
Best stuff I have read on what is actually going on on the field during TC. If only the Chronic even gave us 25% of this one post over a weeks time of what is in that one thread, we would be so much better informed. Unfortetnely, they have a model of doing pretty much all feature articles, with no real meat and potatos as far as what is happening on the field. So happy that people like this take the time to do this on their own for no pay, and still beat the hell out of people who are supposedly paid to bring us TC news. I nominate this for post of Training Camp! :yahoo:

Coach C.
08-09-2006, 02:21 PM
Glad you guys enjoyed the post, we will likely do another after two games into the preseason and after some dreaded Turk visits. I dont know about the rest of you, but I am freaking ready for some football...

eriadoc
08-09-2006, 02:54 PM
LB
Locks for final roster: Demeco Ryans, Morlon Greenwood, Shantee Orr, Sam Cowart
On the bubble: Barrett Green, Charlie Anderson, Saleem Rasheed
Doubtful: Dashon Polk, Troy Evans, Kenneth Pettway

....

What is Wong's situation? TIA.

jerek
08-09-2006, 03:05 PM
Great post, but seriously, can we get a paragraph mark or two? :)

real
08-09-2006, 03:06 PM
Great post, but seriously, can we get a paragraph mark or two? :)

were you an english teacher in your past life or what ?:spy:

Coach C.
08-09-2006, 04:04 PM
What is Wong's situation? TIA.

Wong is still Inactive due to injury. So he is going to make the roster, I guess we left his name off. He will make it and will be used sparringly until he is completely healthy.

Coach C.
08-09-2006, 04:05 PM
were you an english teacher in your past life or what ?:spy:

you would think so wouldnt you, he is not just a very good writer. He can read though so damn his paragraph markers, next time Jerek you write it for us... HAHAHAHAHAHA

jerek
08-09-2006, 04:10 PM
were you an english teacher in your past life or what ?:spy:

No it's just hard to read when your sentences run on and on for days and it gets lost in the axsjsdk adkjsakjaskjcawka ksajdkasdjaskdjaskcjSKjxjsak awkd askjxcsakdjawk sakd KCjawk sakjc askfj aksskfj askckjs kafjaskcjskdj a f too much damned text sdsskfjsafjsakj kjdskdj jkwjkwj wdsdkjsj without some friggin spaces sfsal assaldk aslfkawtalksjaksjcawjk aj to separate ideas anjsad sadsak jskad askdsdko kand sorry if I'm being annoying about that but adksdk sd aksjdaskdj sasadjswkdw;qreewfwiecaos fhqwuet qdq akdjawrqwrj it would really help me out.

Mork is my friend so it's all said in love, but it's just a pet peeve of mine.

kcwilson
08-09-2006, 05:19 PM
He pushed right thru McKinney and ripped the bag down maybe 1.5 seconds after the snap, and while all the spectators at that end of the field were applauding and several of the players were shouting compliments at him, he came over to Karm and said (not a direct quote, but close enough) "I need to get there faster, the QB could have had a chance to do something with the ball."


Good pass rush or bad protection? Hmm. Cautiously optimistic.:hairpull:

skysdad
08-09-2006, 08:51 PM
OL
Lock for final roster: Seth Wand, Chester Pitts, Mike Flanagan, Steve McKinney, Zach Wiegert, Charles Spencer, Fred Weary, Drew Hodgdon, Eric Winston
On the bubble: Ephraim Salaam, Brad Bedell, David Loverne
Doubtful: Chris Watton, Mike Brisiel


Why do you think Watton is Doubtful??? He is one of the only ones who knows Denver's system. I have to disagree withyou here.IMO

Señor Stan
08-09-2006, 09:03 PM
Why do you think Watton is Doubtful??? He is one of the only ones who knows Denver's system.

Here is his NFL career in a nutshell...(from the Texans site)

http://www.houstontexans.com/team/roster_detail.php?PRKey=240

Signed as a non drafted free agent in 2002 by the Arizona Cardinals…
Waived by Cardinals on June 30, 2002…Released by the Broncos on August 31, 2003…Re-signed to Broncos practice squad on November 26, 2003…Signed by the Denver Broncos on January 18, 2004…Released by the Broncos on September 5, 2004…Signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on June 16, 2005…Released by Buccaneers on July 31, 2005…Acquired off waivers by Broncos on August 2, 2005…Released by Broncos on September 4, 2005…
Signed by Houston Texans on June 5, 2006.


BTW what is up with you and Watton? Are y'all friends or something? All four of your posts are about him, including one from 2005.

http://www.houstontexans.com/fan_zone/messageboards/showthread.php?p=207469#post207469

Somebody needs to tell Capers to bring in G/C Chris Watton (Broncos/Crush). This kid can REALLY play and could help this dilapatated line out. The amount of sacks that Carr gets is totally unacceptable. Just my opinion. Peace!!


Its not like that's weird or anything, it's just, well....weird.

skysdad
08-09-2006, 09:40 PM
Here is his NFL career in a nutshell...(from the Texans site)

http://www.houstontexans.com/team/roster_detail.php?PRKey=240




BTW what is up with you and Watton? Are y'all friends or something? All four of your posts are about him, including one from 2005.

http://www.houstontexans.com/fan_zone/messageboards/showthread.php?p=207469#post207469



Its not like that's weird or anything, it's just, well....weird.


Yeah he is my brother in law and you gotta root for family!!!

DocBar
08-09-2006, 09:57 PM
Great post. I DO have some questions, though. I may sound like an idiot asking these, but I'm used to it.
A. You have talent AND potential listed. Aren't they pretty much the same thing? I would have preferred potential, depth and an overall grade for the units. Maybe just add overall rating of the unit, as is. I think you have talent on an individual basis and potential as a whole.

B. Can you really rate the receiving corps as high as you have if you think the QB is only OK? We're all VERY familiar with a QB who can't get the balls to receivers. Receivers go as the QB goes.

C. Can you rate the DL so high while the OL so low? If the OL is so markedly inferior, it's hard to rate the DL with any accurracy.

D. I haven't seen one second of TC, but a B for RB with all the questions about DD and only 2 other vets(who are decent at best) in the group? Seems kinda high.

E. Where on earth did you get a B rating for the secondary?

I'm not hating here. Just trying to get off the preseason high and really look hard at the team(took my rose colored glasses off after seeing Philly's 1st team). My questions are also related to the team as a whole, not as individuals per se. I really appreciate the effort that went into this and envy your access to the team. I'm sure you have much more insight than I do.

Señor Stan
08-09-2006, 09:58 PM
Yeah he is my brother in law and you gotta root for family!!!


Well alright then! I hope he makes the squad and contributes! :redtowel:

It's gotta be exciting to have family in the game.

skysdad
08-09-2006, 10:14 PM
It has its perks!!!He at least has a chance here to make the team. I really think after this game or maybe the next the thoughts of alot of people will change. He has played for the Crush tthe last 2 seasons and the year before won the arenabowl. I am sure the AFL is probably frowned upon by some in here, but it is still football.

DocBar
08-09-2006, 10:19 PM
It has its perks!!!He at least has a chance here to make the team. I really think after this game or maybe the next the thoughts of alot of people will change. He has played for the Crush tthe last 2 seasons and the year before won the arenabowl. I am sure the AFL is probably frowned upon by some in here, but it is still football.
I'm not sure if that's a compliment to our team or not. 31 other teams don't want him but he'll make our team??? Family is family, but we're talkin FOOTBALL here!!!!!

aj.
08-09-2006, 10:27 PM
Even though Hodgdon hasn't exactly been tearing it up, Watton has been getting few reps at second team.

skysdad
08-09-2006, 10:30 PM
I'm not sure if that's a compliment to our team or not. 31 other teams don't want him but he'll make our team??? Family is family, but we're talkin FOOTBALL here!!!!!


Actually a couple others did but he thought Houston was his best bet.

skysdad
08-09-2006, 10:33 PM
Anyway I'm just saying give him the chance to prove himself good or bad. You never know what any of these guys are capable of.

DocBar
08-09-2006, 10:39 PM
Anyway I'm just saying give him the chance to prove himself good or bad. You never know what any of these guys are capable of.
I was just playing...I wish him well and wish I had the ability to even make a TC!!!!

jerek
08-09-2006, 10:39 PM
Great post. I DO have some questions, though. I may sound like an idiot asking these, but I'm used to it.
A. You have talent AND potential listed. Aren't they pretty much the same thing? I would have preferred potential, depth and an overall grade for the units. Maybe just add overall rating of the unit, as is. I think you have talent on an individual basis and talent as a whole.

B. Can you really rate the receiving corps as high as you have if you think the QB is only OK? We're all VERY familiar with a QB who can't get the balls to receivers. Receivers go as the QB goes.

C. Can you rate the DL so high while the OL so low? If the OL is so markedly inferior, it's hard to rate the DL with any accurracy.

D. I haven't seen one second of TC, but a B for RB with all the questions about DD and only 2 other vets(who are decent at best) in the group? Seems kinda high.

E. Where on earth did you get a B rating for the secondary?

I'm not hating here. Just trying to get off the preseason high and really look hard at the team(took my rose colored glasses off after seeing Philly's 1st team). My questions are also related to the team as a whole, not as individuals per se. I really appreciate the effort that went into this and envy your access to the team. I'm sure you have much more insight than I do.

Mork is gone but I will answer my take on your questions, what I can.

B. Yes. Of course a quarterback needs to be able to reliably get the guys the ball, but assuming Carr is going to be an average quarterback (and statistically, he has already proven he can be an average QB in an awful system, let alone what he might be in Kubiak's) then it is safe to rate our receivers that high. Regardless, I believe Mork meant it to be an objective evaluation of our recievers, regardless of QB (and for that matter OL), system, etc. Moulds is a legitimate #1 on most teams in this league. He, Andre, and Walter are going to be a terrific trio.

C. Here again, yes, you just have to bear in mind that the OL is not particularly good. You can watch practice and watch our D-line perform versus our O-line and extrapolate that with sufficient accuracy to real game performance.

D. B- may be a little high as I believe we are heavier on the unproven rookie talent than demonstrable experience. That said, I can personally guarantee you that Morency and Taylor are physically cable of being dominant running backs in this league. We have every reason to believe that they can improve and excel in Kubiak's system and under our coaching. Antowain is a capable vet who can reliably bang out yards. So even with Davis hurt, I think we are still above average. You may not really have heard of Taylor yet, but I feel relatively secure in saying you will.

E. No idea where he got a B-. Objectively speaking, our unit is weak and no better than a C, IMO. However keeping in mind that we should run a high pressure defense and understanding the contributions our D-line will make to the secondary, it's not so far a stretch. C.C. Brown has looked much improved as a cover S and figures to surprise some people this year, and Dunta is still a top-notch CB. Buchanon has looked better when he not hurt. Lewis Sanders and McCleon are sufficient. Even still I'd hesitate to grade above a C, right now.

DocBar
08-09-2006, 11:06 PM
Mork is gone but I will answer my take on your questions, what I can.

B. Yes. Of course a quarterback needs to be able to reliably get the guys the ball, but assuming Carr is going to be an average quarterback (and statistically, he has already proven he can be an average QB in an awful system, let alone what he might be in Kubiak's) then it is safe to rate our receivers that high. Regardless, I believe Mork meant it to be an objective evaluation of our recievers, regardless of QB (and for that matter OL), system, etc. Moulds is a legitimate #1 on most teams in this league. He, Andre, and Walter are going to be a terrific trio.

C. Here again, yes, you just have to bear in mind that the OL is not particularly good. You can watch practice and watch our D-line perform versus our O-line and extrapolate that with sufficient accuracy to real game performance.

D. B- may be a little high as I believe we are heavier on the unproven rookie talent than demonstrable experience. That said, I can personally guarantee you that Morency and Taylor are physically cable of being dominant running backs in this league. We have every reason to believe that they can improve and excel in Kubiak's system and under our coaching. Antowain is a capable vet who can reliably bang out yards. So even with Davis hurt, I think we are still above average. You may not really have heard of Taylor yet, but I feel relatively secure in saying you will.

E. No idea where he got a B-. Objectively speaking, our unit is weak and no better than a C, IMO. However keeping in mind that we should run a high pressure defense and understanding the contributions our D-line will make to the secondary, it's not so far a stretch. C.C. Brown has looked much improved as a cover S and figures to surprise some people this year, and Dunta is still a top-notch CB. Buchanon has looked better when he not hurt. Lewis Sanders and McCleon are sufficient. Even still I'd hesitate to grade above a C, right now.
Thank you very much for those answers. I was thinking along the same lines. Bear in mind that my ONLY source of info is what I glean off the 'net. I'm one of the unfortunate masses that never get to attend camp or even make games(thanks to all you fans who sell them out every week and my work schedule).
I'm still worried about our OL in general, and too high of expectations from our DL, based on TC reports. I'm sure I'll have more answers after about 15 minutes of this Saturday's game.
Thanks again, Jerek

MorKnolle
08-10-2006, 01:51 AM
Mork is gone but I will answer my take on your questions, what I can.

B. Yes. Of course a quarterback needs to be able to reliably get the guys the ball, but assuming Carr is going to be an average quarterback (and statistically, he has already proven he can be an average QB in an awful system, let alone what he might be in Kubiak's) then it is safe to rate our receivers that high. Regardless, I believe Mork meant it to be an objective evaluation of our recievers, regardless of QB (and for that matter OL), system, etc. Moulds is a legitimate #1 on most teams in this league. He, Andre, and Walter are going to be a terrific trio.

C. Here again, yes, you just have to bear in mind that the OL is not particularly good. You can watch practice and watch our D-line perform versus our O-line and extrapolate that with sufficient accuracy to real game performance.

D. B- may be a little high as I believe we are heavier on the unproven rookie talent than demonstrable experience. That said, I can personally guarantee you that Morency and Taylor are physically cable of being dominant running backs in this league. We have every reason to believe that they can improve and excel in Kubiak's system and under our coaching. Antowain is a capable vet who can reliably bang out yards. So even with Davis hurt, I think we are still above average. You may not really have heard of Taylor yet, but I feel relatively secure in saying you will.

E. No idea where he got a B-. Objectively speaking, our unit is weak and no better than a C, IMO. However keeping in mind that we should run a high pressure defense and understanding the contributions our D-line will make to the secondary, it's not so far a stretch. C.C. Brown has looked much improved as a cover S and figures to surprise some people this year, and Dunta is still a top-notch CB. Buchanon has looked better when he not hurt. Lewis Sanders and McCleon are sufficient. Even still I'd hesitate to grade above a C, right now.

Good answers. As for question A about talent and potential, the talent was more or less how we evaluated the current talent of players at that position (mainly among the starters, the depth ranking incorporated backups) and potential was how good we think they can be rated by the end of this year. For instance, I see a lot of talent in David Carr and I think he could be a B+ by the end of the year, but thusfar he hasn't been able to show much on the field so I can't rate him that high at this point in time, so the potential is what we see their abilities to be this year if they play about as well as we expect out of them, call it a little bit of wishful thinking if you want.

On question B, we were looking strictly at the talent of the WRs, and of course their production is impacted by the QB and the quality of the WRs will impact the QBs production and the evaluation of his talent, but we were just looking at the individual talent of AJ and Moulds on that.

Question C, as Jerek said just from watching both lines very closely and comparing the abilities of the players to that of other teams, but you are right those are somewhat dependent on each other, and bottom line we won't have a real good feel until after a real game or two against a different team.

Question D I agree with you, although the chance that DD will return brings up the grade marginally and I think Morency and Smith have shown enough (obviously moreso Smith than Morency) that combined with our offensive system we came up with that grade.

Question E, I think D-Rob is a top-10 CB in this league, and I think Earl and Brown both had relatively solid years last year considering the circumstances and I think both look better this year, especially CC. Buchanon has also looked a lot better this year although he's missed some time recently with a bum hamstring, plus with the substantially improved DLine I think a B- or maybe C+ is a pretty good evaluation for now, but once again it is extra hard to rate defensive positions individually and without seeing them in a game, so we will have a better idea of all of these in a few short days. 2 days until the preseason!!

SAMURAITEXAN
08-10-2006, 07:46 AM
Morknolle and coach C. Very informative post! Thanks guys.

jerek
08-10-2006, 08:58 AM
Thank you very much for those answers. I was thinking along the same lines. Bear in mind that my ONLY source of info is what I glean off the 'net. I'm one of the unfortunate masses that never get to attend camp or even make games(thanks to all you fans who sell them out every week and my work schedule).
I'm still worried about our OL in general, and too high of expectations from our DL, based on TC reports. I'm sure I'll have more answers after about 15 minutes of this Saturday's game.
Thanks again, Jerek

For future reference, check stubhub.com or eBay for tickets. They may be (and no offense, but hopefully are) harder to come by this season, but there were plenty of them at discount prices last year.

Honoring Earl 34
08-10-2006, 09:12 AM
Jerek , I keep hearing good things about Weary ... is there a chance he beats out McKinney ?

Weary was the #1 ranked center in 2002 and to think he is just now getting a look is crazy.

jerek
08-10-2006, 09:47 AM
Jerek , I keep hearing good things about Weary ... is there a chance he beats out McKinney ?

Weary was the #1 ranked center in 2002 and to think he is just now getting a look is crazy.

I've heard similar things about Weary stepping it up. Right now IIRC he has been practicing mostly with second team and I think McKinney might still eb injured any way, not sure what his condition is listed for this Saturday. In any event, the depth chart lists Weary at LG and McKinney at RG, so I'm not sure at this point, maybe Mork or Coach C or AJ or anyone really has a more informative take.

MorKnolle
08-10-2006, 07:41 PM
Jerek , I keep hearing good things about Weary ... is there a chance he beats out McKinney ?

Weary was the #1 ranked center in 2002 and to think he is just now getting a look is crazy.

I think it is possible, he has looked pretty good so far. I am wondering, if Weary does overtake him, that they might put Weary at LG and move Pitts to RG, so we'd have Spencer and Weary on the left side of our OLine to have our two strongest guys over there to run behind and then get our more athletic, better pass blockers on the right side to protect Carr on play action roll outs, but that is just speculation at this point. I think Weary could very well beat out McKinney at some point this year, and McKinney has had some injury problems in the past and some kind of injury in camp too, so who knows if he'll survive a whole season anyways.

infantrycak
08-10-2006, 08:01 PM
McKinney has had some injury problems in the past and some kind of injury in camp too, so who knows if he'll survive a whole season anyways.

Steve hasn't missed a start since 2001. The guys on the team tease him about getting little injuries in camp so he can sit out but he always makes it for game day in the regular season.

TexanBacker93
08-10-2006, 11:06 PM
Great job to Coach C and Morknolle!! Best stuff I've read in quite awhile. Thanks.

quicksilver
08-11-2006, 03:38 AM
Really superior work, MorKnolle and Coach C. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Vambo, the Marble Eye
08-11-2006, 10:07 AM
What do you guys think about Bruener even making the team?

jerek
08-11-2006, 10:10 AM
What do you guys think about Bruener even making the team?

I don't know much about Bruener other than he is obviously slow, a good blocker with adequate hands, and is supposed to be a great locker room influence/general all-round nice guy. I think we may see even Bruener factor into the passing game this year as something more than a blocker but I believe Putzier is the "starter."

MorKnolle
08-11-2006, 07:13 PM
What do you guys think about Bruener even making the team?

Bruener will make the team and will probably be considered a starter and will see as many plays as Putzier. He isn't the receiving threat that Putzier is because he's slow, but he's still a premier blocker at the position and has pretty decent hands, and he's a veteran and a team leader, so there's no way he isn't making the team, and he should still see significant playing time. In the next year or two he may no longer be here, but he is here to stay this year at least.

pawpaw67
08-12-2006, 12:43 PM
Morknoll, you have a semi-clue of what is.

TK_Gamer
08-12-2006, 02:24 PM
Im a little worried about the 9 O-lineman, I think we definately need to carry 10 or 11 with the uncertainties about rookie ability and injury of vetrans. I would keep the following:

wand
pitts
flannigan
mckinney
spencer
winston
weary
hodgen(sp)
salaam
wiegert
loverne

if we dont keep salaam then we would be light in tackles if we have to move someone inside, if any 2 go out we will need loverne or another acuisition to backup the interior. any thoughts?