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autch14
03-05-2007, 05:07 PM
Does anyone have a link to the press confrence?

Navy_Chris
03-05-2007, 05:08 PM
Does anyone have a link to the press confrence?

click on the Live Press Conference at 1pm link in the Bull Pen.

Texans_Chick
03-05-2007, 07:00 PM
Here it is (interesting bits to me highlighted):

Link to Ahman Green and Rick Smith Presser (http://www.houstontexans.com/news/detail.php?PRKey=3345)

Smith, Green speak to media
March 05, 2007
HoustonTexans.com


Texans general manager Rick Smith and running back Ahman Green spoke to the media Monday to announce that Green had signed a free agent contract with the team.

Texans General Manager Rick Smith

(opening statement) I want to thank everyone for joining us this afternoon. We are very, very excited about today and about having a guy like Ahman Green join our organization. When we started free agency, we targeted Ahman as a guy who could come in and really make a difference for our football team, for our organization and for our city. He is a high character individual who has a passion for the game of football. I just think that the leadership he will provide for our team as well as the production on the field will be something that we all will be excited about watching, and he brings a great deal to the table. So, without further ado, I would like to introduce and welcome Ahman Green to the Texans family.

RB Ahman Green

(opening statement) Thank you, Rick. I would like to thank the Houston Texans for giving me the opportunity to basically further my career playing football, one of the great loves in my life right now, along with my family that I have. Just to be here feels good. When I got off the plane, I definitely got the big Texas welcome flying down here from my first visit on the private jet and all that.

For me, this is definitely a big change. The majority of my career was in Green Bay and I did a lot for them and the organization and the state and the city. Personally, it was a tough decision, but from being in this profession and being a fan of it, I know that changes happen. For the most part what Ive learned growing up as a kid, most change is good. The changes in my life that I have experienced, moving back from California and Los Angeles and being a Cornhusker and making that decision and leaving college early to get drafted and end up in Seattle to Green Bay, all of this has been a blessing for myself; I never look back. Its a good opportunity. Ive been to Houston many times before and every time Ive visited and left Im like, I could live here. Its a nice city. Now to become a part of the community and part of this team, I cant wait. I love football. One of the reasons I played football when I was a kid, it was a sport that I just had the knack for. Playing running back, I played most of the time; sometimes I played linebacker and I punted. So if you guys ever need me to do punting, I definitely could oblige no problem. Once again, Im really overwhelmed. I know Ive said a lot, but there is a lot more I would love to say, but its just a good feeling going on right now.

(on his thoughts on the Texans) I have always been watching the Texans from their inception with the picks they made with (QB) David (Carr) and some in the supplemental draft they had to have. And with (DE) Mario (Williams), they are definitely making the moves to get in the situation to be a contender. Knowing what they have offensively, (WR) Andre (Johnson) being one of the weapons and David getting the ball to him and knowing a couple guys on the offensive line, (T) Ephraim Salaam and (C) Mike Flanagan and also in the back field (FB) Vonta Leach and some of the other running backs as well that we have in terms of offensive. I know what they have on defense, (LB) DeMeco (Ryans) being Defensive Rookie of the Year, just knowing that we definitely have what we need to get there. First, become a contender in the division, first and foremost, and basically from there getting to the playoffs. And with me coming into this equation and knowing coach Sherman and how he runs an offensive game and coach Kubiak, Im patiently waiting, but very anxious to get the ball rolling.

(on his perception of the Texans' offense) From the offensive standpoint, it was a lot of David Carr needs protection in terms of the O-line and getting the running game going. Hes getting the ball to Andre (Johnson) and making big plays down the field, just the fact that, as a running back, seeing a quarterback getting hit a lot, I dont like. A lot of the young guys in Green Bay, Ive taught them that; were the last line of defense on a pass play and I will bring that to the table down here. I love picking up the blitz outside of running the ball. Im not going to say Ill block every guy, but pretty much Ill say 99 percent of the time Ill pick up the blitz and protect David or (QB) Sage (Rosenfels) or whoever is back there. Im going to do my job, along with the offensive linemen, tight ends, guys of that nature and give the quarterback a little bit of extra time to get the ball down the field.

(on his injury and the work ethic he used to return) I can detail that very well: Minnesota Vikings, Oct. 24, third quarter on a toss play to the right. I felt it go right away, no pain at all from the time it popped. I was carted in and basically right there I looked into Bryan Engel, one of our trainer's eyes who was in the X-ray room with me to kind of see exactly what it was. I said, What is the soonest time I can get surgery and get back in the workout room? And he said, Thats up to you. And I said, Ok, alright. I talked to the doctor and he said, Tuesday, or we can wait a week or a month or we can go in, and I said, What is the soonest we can go in? And he said, Its up to you, and I said, We can go in a couple days, no problem, and we did. Two days later, on the 26th, I had surgery.

From that point on, my mindset, I wasnt the typical woe is me, dang it, Im missing out a year, it's deep in my career and it's going to be tough to come back from this. I was pretty much the opposite because Ive been around guys who have had ACLs, who had season-ending injuries that put a burden in their brain about their career. I have been around that so I looked at it the opposite way. I said, You know what? This is my time to have a vacation but Im rehabbing and Im still working. I had a chance to have a normal Thanksgiving, a normal Christmas, staying up late wrapping gifts, stuff like that, having a good time and enjoying my God-given time off from a profession that I put 110 percent into everyday out there on the field. So I pretty much had a chance to get back to my family and be with them.

I would say with that, my family knew how important it was for me to get back on the field so when it was my time to get back rehabbing they were all supportive. They knew I could put in a little bit of extra time stretching and getting the rehab and building the muscle back up. And before I know it, I was walking and running way before the doctors wanted me to and surprisingly to know that I was out there doing it. I remember I had surgery on Thursday and Dr. (Patrick) McKenzie basically told me, We want you on crutches for at least two weeks. I was off of them in two days; I couldnt take it. It was a handicap to be thinking that you have to do the crutches. I was walking around without crutches two days later. From that point on, I had the mental mindset, Im going to beat this and Im going to get back on the field in nine or ten months, which I did, and it was just a slow process once I got back running on the field in practice and two-a-days in July and August, and I was back on the field feeling normal. It took a couple games to really get full tilt, but once I got back in the groove, I got back in the groove.

(on if he feels hell be better in his second season after the injury) Thats what Dr. McKenzie said, and Im feeling that right now. Im a gym rat. Ive been working out on my own at my home in Green Bay; I have a workout room there. Ive been champing at the bit to be running in some good weather down here and get in shape a lot quicker.

Rick Smith

(on the impact of Greens signing on the teams draft priorities) Ill tell you, it doesnt from the standpoint that were going to prepare in our draft and were going to evaluate the players and rank our board where it is and take the player at that position that warrants the pick. It does certainly answer our question at running back. We feel like weve got a guy who can produce in this offense and can carry the load for us.

(on the status of RB Domanick Williams) Domanick actually went and visited the doctor. He had some swelling in his knee. Hes been doing a really nice job in the rehab process and it actually had gotten to a point in the rehab process where he was strength training more than anything. He had some swelling in his knee a couple of weeks ago and we sent him to a specialist in Atlanta, and hes going to have to have some additional surgery, so the jurys still out on where he is in his rehab process. He did experience a setback, so were not sure whats going to happen with Domanick.

Ahman Green
(on how he developed his work ethic) Ive been like this since I was a kid; since the ripe old age of, Id say 13, where I could hit the weights physically. My brothers all played high school football and they made me do push-ups and sit-ups prior to lifting weights because they knew you dont want to lift too early and you dont want to stunt your growth. My mom and dad were worried about that, so they were like, Dont you touch any weights until you get to high school, and basically I did that. My older brother, who is about to retire as a policeman in Omaha, Nebraska right now, he basically would take me once or twice a week my freshman, sophomore, junior and senior year with him to his gym and work out. That right there, I knew to do what I want to doI was a baseball player as wellso to do one of them, Ive got to go hard in terms of the weight room.

I already knew how important academics was; I was an A-B student, and I learned that in little league when I was growing up in Los Angeles playing for Baldwin Hills and we had to have a B average to stay on the team. Also, my mom and dad were no joke either. I had to abide by their rules, too. With that, once I got in that weight room, the sky was the limit. I already had God-given talent of speed and strength, but when I got in that weight room, it took me to another level. Then I started running track my freshman year of high school at Omaha North, and my junior year I transferred to Omaha Central, where also I added power lifting to my rsum of extracurricular activities. With that, that basically made me into a football-built speed demon with size that a lot of college coaches and a lot of high school coaches wished they had in the backfield, but one coach definitely did and was happy I was there at Omaha Central.

(on Texans offensive coordinator Mike Shermans role in his decision to sign with Houston) Well, when I sat down with him when I got here this weekend and just talking to him about our days back in Green Bay, and we laughed and joked about that, and what I would bring to the table and where hes at in terms of scheme and things, and how hes implementing the power game and mixing it in with the zone blocking scheme. That right there, I just felt real comfortable with it. It was a big part of my decision. With learning the zone blocking scheme last year with (Green Bay head coach Mike) McCarthy, and prior to that knowing what I know in terms of the power game and the counter game with coach Sherman, its an ideal mix. Its a good little thing that I cant wait to be a part of.

(on not playing with Green Bay QB Brett Favre anymore) Its going to bewith that part, Ive gone through a range of emotions over the last several hours, over the last night, so yeah, its going to be different. Its definitely going to be different. When you play with a guy that long, quarterback, wide receivers, linemen, everybody I was with, you get used to the way they play and the way they react to certain things. You can just look at each other. Brett could just look at me and give me that look that I know that hes coming to me if its a pass play or he needs me to pick up the blitz; he lets me know right away. Hell just make a gesture. So that part is going to be different back there, so Ive basically got to pick that up with my new guys, the same thing. We got there basically by just hanging out with each other, not just on the field but off the field; learning about where theyre from, where their familys from and how many kids theyve got, things like that. Thats what weve got, and I know I can do the same thing here.

(on Favre hanging out with him off the field) Yes he did. I wasnt a hunter like he is, but we had a good time.


Mixing the power game with the zone blocking. Ick. I don't know how well that goes given that every time they power block they basically are saying, you know what we are fixing to do, but we can do it anyway. You don't have the beef up front to be doing that. The Denver ZBS is supposed to look from a defenders standpoint the same every play--run or pass.

Yeah, Sherman knows more about this than I do, but it sure does sound different than what Shanny the Younger was talking about blockingwise last summer in the coaching camp I attended.

Texans_Chick
03-05-2007, 07:00 PM
Link to Dre talking to press (http://www.houstontexans.com/news/detail.php?PRKey=3346&section=N%20Latest%20News)

'Dre speaks to press
March 05, 2007
HoustonTexans.com


Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson attended the press conference of running back Ahman Green on Monday. Afterward, Johnson spoke to the media about his new contract extension, among other topics.

(on potentially playing for the Texans his whole career) Once I quit playing football, this was the team I wanted to be with. I didnt want to be a guy who went from city to city.

(on renegotiating his contract to create some more room under the salary cap) It was a win-win for both of us, both the team and for me, and it was something that I thought about going into the situation where you go in and get the deal done and then you can be able to bring some other guys in to help this team get to where it wants.

(on his thoughts during the offseason) Its great. Im excited. I cant wait to get it going here in April, once we start offseason workouts.

(on not going into next season without a new contract in place) I think its very critical, because when that happens, some guys get mixed feelings about whether the team really wants you here or not, and I was just, if it happened, it happened, and if it didnt, then you have some other things to think about. My biggest thing is I want to be a part of special. I want to take a team that hasnt been performing well and get it to where it wants to be. Thats something I want to do, and Im just excited about it.

(on the quarterback situation) You never know whats going to happen and if whoever is back there, like (Ahman) said he wants to block for them, thats all that matters.

(on if he thinks Texans QB David Carr can get the job done) I think that David can. David has all the tools, and like Ive said before, if Davids satisfied with where he is, then thats something you cant be happy about, but if hes a guy thats willing to continue working to get this thing where everyone wants it to be, then thats a guy you want on this team, that wants to get you to that point.

Andre after one of the games this season talked about how he loved Houston as his home. It's nice to see him back up his words with this action.

ledzeppelin229
03-05-2007, 07:05 PM
Ill pick up the blitz and protect David or (QB) Sage (Rosenfels) or whoever is back there.

Definitely sounds like some uncertainty. I think we might just see some legit competition this year at QB between the attempted moves and the lack of unconditional commitment to Carr.

Double Barrel
03-05-2007, 07:35 PM
I like Green's attitude, and it's a big plus that he wanted to come to Houston.

And AJ, what can I say, dude is a Texan in his heart. I think both of these guys will be huge part of our offense, and will help take some of the pressure off of our QB (whoever that may be come September).

Hopefully we'll see some o-line acquisitions soon, too. That'll be another huge piece of the puzzle that must be addressed.

Ole Miss Texan
03-05-2007, 07:57 PM
I like Green's attitude, and it's a big plus that he wanted to come to Houston.


Green's one of my new favorite texans now!

hollywood_texan
03-05-2007, 08:12 PM
I hope you guys are right about Green.

$23 million over 4 years for a 30 year-old back is a gutsy call.

aj.
03-05-2007, 08:23 PM
Forget the 23 million and forget the 4 years (except for s/b proration purposes).

Focus on the guaranteed money (which is far less than 23 million) and when/how it hits.

This is a good deal if Green can stay healthy for two seasons.

Ole Miss Texan
03-05-2007, 08:33 PM
Does anybody know how we're going to be paying him? Salary/bonus per year...how much each year?

Peter King on monday morning QB on si.com wrote that he thought we were paying a 30 year old back too much...that it would be $8 million for 2007. Is there any truth to this? He also said Rhodes and TJ ducket would have been better choices.

I wish we wouldn't get hounded for every single move we ever make! only time will cure that i guess.. i love the signing of green.

Lucky
03-05-2007, 10:15 PM
I wish we wouldn't get hounded for every single move we ever make! only time will cure that i guess...
Winning will be the cure. Until this team wins, everything they do will be questioned.

thunderkyss
03-05-2007, 10:25 PM
Does anybody know how we're going to be paying him? Salary/bonus per year...how much each year?

Peter King on monday morning QB on si.com wrote that he thought we were paying a 30 year old back too much...that it would be $8 million for 2007. Is there any truth to this? He also said Rhodes and TJ ducket would have been better choices.

I wish we wouldn't get hounded for every single move we ever make! only time will cure that i guess.. i love the signing of green.

Dominic Rhodes... would have been a better choice??

Well hell yeah, for $6million guaranteed you damn right that would have been a better choice.

Ole Miss Texan
03-05-2007, 10:31 PM
Dominic Rhodes... would have been a better choice??

Well hell yeah, for $6million guaranteed you damn right that would have been a better choice.

That's what I was thinking...I don't think that King realizes that the other two maay cost more or that Green was the best fit for our team in this situation.

winning is all it'll take ...cheers to that...it won't be too much longer.

mexican_texan
03-05-2007, 10:38 PM
Green has more talent in his beard than Rhodes has in his whole right leg. I'm just saying.

Imatexanfan
03-05-2007, 10:49 PM
Overall on the Green signing, I'm less concerned with age and more concerned with wear and tear from some big carry seasons in his prime, especially 2003. That year, he picked up 355 carries for Sherman in the regular season, 403 overall. In terms of the overall carries, that's 25th most brutal total in a season and looking at the list above him does not promise a lot of future success.

I did a lot of research on the effects of big carry seasons like that near the end of last year and let's just say the effects aren't pretty. It's definitely an accelerator on the RB aging process. I think the best we can hope for is one somewhat solid season (around the caliber of last year hopefully better), maybe another if we go to an RB-by-committee. :shades:

Ole Miss Texan
03-05-2007, 10:55 PM
Overall on the Green signing, I'm less concerned with age and more concerned with wear and tear from some big carry seasons in his prime, especially 2003. That year, he picked up 355 carries for Sherman in the regular season, 403 overall. In terms of the overall carries, that's 25th most brutal total in a season and looking at the list above him does not promise a lot of future success.

I did a lot of research on the effects of big carry seasons like that near the end of last year and let's just say the effects aren't pretty. It's definitely an accelerator on the RB aging process. I think the best we can hope for is one somewhat solid season (around the caliber of last year hopefully better), maybe another if we go to an RB-by-committee. :shades:

I'm one for signing Dayne. If we have both those guys I really think we HAVE to mix our RB's up....'by committee'. we could use them as long as they stay healthy so we should do everything we can to help them do that.

Grid
03-05-2007, 11:10 PM
Dre is my hero.