View Full Version : Early jump on '07

12-31-2006, 11:51 AM
The Texans' up-and-down season, which has featured a pair of wins against the Jacksonville Jaguars and one against the Indianapolis Colts, leaves the franchise with many of the same questions as last offseason. The biggest issues: Is David Carr the long-term answer at quarterback, and is there a franchise running back on the roster?

The Texans will get back former 1,000-yard rusher Domanick Davis from a season-ending knee injury, and they are hopeful that rookie offensive tackle Charles Spencer will be back to 100 percent after suffering a major leg injury early in the year. However, Carr's lackluster playmaking ability is what seems to have first-year coach Gary Kubiak most frustrated. Carr has a career-best 68.6 completion percentage, but his critical thinking and ability to get them into the red zone perhaps best evidenced by a 1:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio have not improved enough to warrant another 16 games.

Carr is owed nearly $12 million over the next two years, but there is speculation that owner Bob McNair will endorse either a trade or outright release between now and March 1. The team could turn to a veteran like Jake Plummer or Jeff Garcia in the offseason since both fit Kubiak's scheme.

Second on Houston's offseason list is figuring out the backfield situation, although Ron Dayne's late-season comeback is going to make it hard for a Mike Shanahan-taught staff to invest a top-five pick in a running back like Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson.

One thing hurting the Texans is a lack of a true identity. They need a veteran presence on the offensive line, as well as a safety that can make plays rather than just avoid making big mistakes. If they were to deal down in the draft, LSU safety LaRon Landry would fill that hole perfectly.

One of the biggest off-field questions will revolve around the health of last year's top overall choice, defensive lineman Mario Williams, whom several teammates have indicated might need surgery to repair an injured toe that has hampered him since he arrived with the team.


12-31-2006, 11:55 AM
Wolf is it me or is it going to be another looooooong off season?

12-31-2006, 11:58 AM
A loooooong offseason, but that is what game tapes are for, right?

Ole Miss Texan
12-31-2006, 01:37 PM
Call me dumb if you want but what exactly is Mario's injury? I know he's got plantar fascitis which doesn't feel like roses but in the article above are they referring to when he got his toe nails removed? It makes me nervous that it referrs to some players saying he may need surgery on his toe...that was preseason right?

He's a tough dude and am sure he'll be fine. Another thing they mentioned was us trading down to get Landry to fill CC's spot. I was really pro for us trading down untill recently because I doubt we would be able to get him. Landry and Reggie Nelson from Florida are the 2 best FS worth our #1 imo. If we trade down, we'll probably miss on both.

Ole Miss Texan
12-31-2006, 01:39 PM
Wolf is it me or is it going to be another looooooong off season?

Unfortunately this will be a long offseason but it will still be full of very important decisions. I'm really excited to to see what happens with David Carr and our QB situation. plus all the FA signings will have a huge indication on what we do in the draft particularly 1st round.

It will be loooong but oh soo interesting!