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Texans_Chick
07-27-2007, 02:00 PM
OMG.

Best read of the offseason. Must must must read for Texans fans. Man, tons of quotes. It's awesome:

link (http://www.houstontexans.com/news/Story.asp?story_id=3424)

The season must start now now now.

Lots of good stuff. I don't even know where to begin to talk about it.

HoustonFrog
07-27-2007, 02:05 PM
OMG.

Best read of the offseason. Must must must read for Texans fans. Man, tons of quotes. It's awesome:

link (http://www.houstontexans.com/news/Story.asp?story_id=3424)

The season must start now now now.

Lots of good stuff. I don't even know where to begin to talk about it.

Thanks TC. I just want to go do my fantasy draft and have the season start. I'm fired up about this season in general.

Vinny
07-27-2007, 02:10 PM
McKinney stated what I've stated for a many years here....a QB and his ability to feel the rush and make good decisions makes a big difference in how your line is perceived.

(on how much change a new quarterback brings to the offense) “I think that changing quarterbacks can change a lot of things. When I was in Indianapolis, the year before I got there, Indianapolis led the league in sacks. Pretty much the same line, maybe not even as good of a line, with me starting as a rookie, gave up the fewest number of sacks in the league. And the only thing that really changed was the quarterback, Jim Harbaugh to Peyton Manning, and a different coaching staff as well. The results were a lot different, so even small changes like that can have a big effect."

Texans_Chick
07-27-2007, 02:12 PM
McKinney stated what I've stated for a while...

That McKinney would say that is kind of a big thing. Here's Winston being blunt:

(on the team impact of new Texans quarterback Matt Schaub) I think hes already had an impact. I think if you go out there, our mini-camps were like night and day from last year. I think were a lot more of an efficient unit with him out there, I think were in and out of the huddle. I think his leadership role has already been asserted on the offense, and everyone has taken to him really well. Hes a great guy. Im excited about the possibilities in the passing game, in the way he gets rid of the ball, how he sight adjusts, and things like that. Add the combo with Ahman and all those guys in there and its exciting. Its a big deal.

Texans_Chick
07-27-2007, 02:17 PM
Going back to McKinney's quote...

I think the other thing that is completely missed in talking about the team nationally is how basic and odd and training wheeled the offensive coaching/scheme was in 2005.

It's like the 2006 Raiders--their offensive coaching staff was a huge joke, probably more of a joke than the Texans 2005 offensive coaching staff--they had some guy who had been out of the league for years as their OC.

You could immediately see a difference in the Texans between 2005 to 2006 coaching/scheme-wise, but not the consistency. It was the first year that they looked to be playing NFL offense--but only at times, then they looked like they didn't get it. I'm not looking for amazing QB play, just consistent play.

Porky
07-27-2007, 02:32 PM
Going back to McKinney's quote...

I think the other thing that is completely missed in talking about the team nationally is how basic and odd and training wheeled the offensive coaching/scheme was in 2005.

It's like the 2006 Raiders--their offensive coaching staff was a huge joke, probably more of a joke than the Texans 2005 offensive coaching staff--they had some guy who had been out of the league for years as their OC.

You could immediately see a difference in the Texans between 2005 to 2006 coaching/scheme-wise, but not the consistency. It was the first year that they looked to be playing NFL offense--but only at times, then they looked like they didn't get it. I'm not looking for amazing QB play, just consistent play.


We had consistent play before....



Consistently bad. :gun:

HoustonFrog
07-27-2007, 02:33 PM
I know every year starts with positive quotes but it seems from reading those that there seems to be alot more "belief" behind the words and not rhetoric. People are seeing a pattern of different players being brought in and they have this urgency to win. Like you said TC, I think some of this can be attributed to trusting the system you are in.

HOU-TEX
07-27-2007, 02:51 PM
I know every year starts with positive quotes but it seems from reading those that there seems to be alot more "belief" behind the words and not rhetoric. People are seeing a pattern or different players being brought in and they have this urgency to win. Like you said TC, I think some of this can be attributed to trusting the system you are in.

Additionally, having coaches with a winning attitude. The coaches attitude eventually rubs off onto the players that are willing to believe.:texflag:

Texans34Life
07-27-2007, 02:52 PM
Man, I'm pumped for this upcoming season!!!

Love this from Salaam:

(on how Texans quarterback Matt Schaub will help keeping the sack total down) “Well, he has a quick release, and gets rid of the ball. Once he gets a real hang of the offense, and he’ll be able to read defenses I think with this offense, you shouldn’t have a lot of sacks. There are a lot of bootlegs and a lot of play actions and stuff like that, so that definitely helps out the quarterback and the offensive line. Plus, Ahman Green is in the backfield picking up blitzes. Over his career, he played with Brett Favre, and Brett Favre never missed a game, so that itself lets you know the type of blocker Ahman Green is.”

nunusguy
07-27-2007, 02:54 PM
I know every year starts with positive quotes but it seems from reading those that there seems to be alot more "belief" behind the words and not rhetoric. People are seeing a pattern or different players being brought in and they have this urgency to win. Like you said TC, I think some of this can be attributed to trusting the system you are in.

Right now there are 32 very optimistic teams in the NFL saying all the right things. And if you perceive more of that this year than any of the Texans previous 5 starts to TC, then more power to you.
Personally I'm hopeful, but not necessarily optimistic. Need to see them in atleast some limited action before I can get any kind of feel for what they might have.

gtexan02
07-27-2007, 03:48 PM
Sounds like Schaub has brought an entirely new feeling to training camp this year: :)

Quotes from training camp. Yes this is a Carr post, sorry!


“I think that changing quarterbacks can change a lot of things. When I was in Indianapolis, the year before I got there, Indianapolis led the league in sacks. Pretty much the same line, maybe not even as good of a line, with me starting as a rookie, gave up the fewest number of sacks in the league. And the only thing that really changed was the quarterback, Jim Harbaugh to Peyton Manning, and a different coaching staff as well. The results were a lot different, so even small changes like that can have a big effect."[/quote
[quote=Eric Winston]“I think he’s already had an impact. I think if you go out there, our mini-camps were like night and day from last year. I think we’re a lot more of an efficient unit with him out there, I think we’re in and out of the huddle. I think his leadership role has already been asserted on the offense, and everyone has taken to him really well. He’s a great guy. I’m excited about the possibilities in the passing game, in the way he gets rid of the ball, how he sight adjusts, and things like that. Add the combo with Ahman and all those guys in there and it’s exciting. It’s a big deal.”


(on his progression with knowing the plays and quarterback) “I’ve got to know Matt (Schaub) as well as you can in the short time he’s been here. The difference between last offseason and this offseason is huge. I feel much more comfortable in being around and knowing my place around here, my knowledge of the playbook and just feeling comfortable. It’s just a huge difference and I have a lot of confidence.”
(on the effect Matt Schaub will have on this offense) “I think he’s a really good leader and that’s what you need in a quarterback. That’s what we were lacking in the past and he’s ready to go. It’s his first time being in this position, as a starter, but we are all very excited about him and what he brings to the table.”
(on the change in quarterback) “I think it’s an entire change in attitude. I love David (Carr), and he’s a great guy, but sometimes maybe that wasn’t his deal. So to have Matt Schaub back there, maybe it will bring an attitude to the offense, and give them that kick they didn’t have last year.”

(on Texans quarterback Matt Schaub and what he brings to the offense) “Well, my hopes for the offense is to at least be in the top five in offense for the entire season. I think Matt (Schaub) definitely takes us in a different direction than David (Carr). I personally think it was time for in order for David to maximize his potential, and take it to the next level, it was time for us to go our separate ways. I wish all the best to David. He was a good friend and a good quarterback. I’m excited about Matt because he hasn’t been proven in a lot of NFL games, but just what we’ve seen of him in mini-camp and OTAs, I’m excited. He’s just a leader in the huddle, gets the guys together. It’s still a learning process for him because it’s a brand new offense for him. He definitely handles it well and handles the guys, he’s a demonstrative person. But with the guys, like I said, he likes to have a good time, but on the other hand, he likes to compete as well.”

aj.
07-27-2007, 05:28 PM
My favorite quote:

Dunta Robinson (on how the team can bond at training camp):
“Just like I said, just having the guys around each other morning to night, we are going to eat together, we are going to sleep together. Not in the same bed, but separately."

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I think the fact that Salaam, McKinney and Winston all spoke out clearly for the first time in defense of the OL (in the context of the QB change) was telling.

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McKinney stated what I've stated for a many years here....a QB and his ability to feel the rush and make good decisions makes a big difference in how your line is perceived.

I think anyone who's been watching New England since Bledsoe got hurt - or Miami in the 80's - or Fran Tarkenton in the 70's - or even Romo or Vince last year, see that as a given...

nunusguy
07-27-2007, 05:33 PM
My favorite quote:

Dunta Robinson (on how the team can bond at training camp):
we are going to sleep together. Not in the same bed, but separately."

Thanks D-Rob, we for sure needed that clarification.

GP
07-27-2007, 07:07 PM
DC was actually fairly efficient in the first preseason game or two.

But over time, he just regressed back to his old ways--He couldn't overcome the years and years of being able to act and think and play the way he's comfortable acting, thinking, and playing.

Nobody can change him, and he went to Carolina because the coaches PROMISED they wouldn't try to change him. He was overly ecstatic about that aspect of playing on Carolina's team.

So that right there is all you need to know in terms of the difference that Schaub brings.

Schaub brings a better throwing motion, a firm grasp of the WCO, natural abilities to read-and-react vs. NFL defenses, and he's a a bonified leader.

We're an entirely different team, as all those players seemed to be trying to communicate to us.

There's still a lot that can go wrong (injuries, bad breaks during games), but I like our chances now that the great David Carr debate seems to be settled. He's gone. Schaub's here. 99% of us think it's the best option for our team.

GO TEXANS!

DBCooper
07-27-2007, 07:47 PM
OMG.

The season must start now now now.



Thanks Steph.

And I think the season just started!

BattleRedToro
07-27-2007, 08:02 PM
I wouldn't give :twocents: for what McKinney thinks. He's been beat more times then a pinata. I still think they should have replaced him as well. I guess replacing the Center will have to wait until next year's draft.

HoustonFrog
07-27-2007, 08:08 PM
Right now there are 32 very optimistic teams in the NFL saying all the right things. And if you perceive more of that this year than any of the Texans previous 5 starts to TC, then more power to you.
Personally I'm hopeful, but not necessarily optimistic. Need to see them in atleast some limited action before I can get any kind of feel for what they might have.

I agree and I'm far from some homer that thinks this will be some magially great year. I just think that with a second year behind a man with a system that worked elsewhere, the players seem to exude more of a feeling that things can happen when before they always seemed to be a "but" attached.

barberman
07-27-2007, 08:10 PM
After reading that article I`m ready for some football, bring on the Pre- season games.

awtysst
07-27-2007, 08:12 PM
I wouldn't give :twocents: for what McKinney thinks. He's been beat more times then a pinata. I still think they should have replaced him as well. I guess replacing the Center will have to wait until next year's draft.

Actually I think Mr. Studdard is our future center.

Texans_Chick
07-27-2007, 09:35 PM
Go check out the stuff at TexansTV at the HT.com site (http://houstontexans.com/tv/)too. It's a lot of the same stuff from the quotes, but I always think it is more interesting to watch the games if you have a sense of the guys under the helmet.

:texflag:

vtech9
07-27-2007, 09:58 PM
I just watched the interviews of the veterans, and when it got to the interview with Winston, all I could think of was "It's so easy a caveman can do it."

Double Barrel
07-27-2007, 10:01 PM
The season must start now now now.

Lots of good stuff. I don't even know where to begin to talk about it.

I agree!! :fans: :texflag:

And thanks for the link!

I like what we're hearing about our new QB and RB. Obviously we all hope it translates to the field.

BattleRedToro
07-27-2007, 10:02 PM
I just watched the interviews of the veterans, and when it got to the interview with Winston, all I could think of was "It's so easy a caveman can do it."

lol: I was thinking the same thing. Seriously, he should get a GEICO commercial like Pitts did with Reliant Energy.

ObsiWan
07-28-2007, 12:34 AM
I like the positive vibe that seems to be coming from the team. Its good that they are all so optimistic about the coming year.

But everyone, on every team, is optimistic this time of year. I want to see that optimism evolve into confidence during this training camp and preseason. I want to hear those "we have the talent to win" comments become "we expect to win" statements by the time the season starts.

And I think after they get a few games and a bit of success under their belts, that "winner's attitude" will come too.

I'm liking our chances this year