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dalemurphy
08-15-2009, 11:47 PM
1. Duane Brown looks amazing. I think he got caught leaning once and may have missed an assignment, but he was often dominating in the run game and very athletic getting to the 2nd and 3rd level. For those of you with a DVR, watch the TD run... he blocks the DE and then pancakes the LB. He was the reason for the TD.

2. Connor Barwin is certainly raw but his athleticism is evident. Clearly they plan to stunt him quite a bit. He is a ways away from an every down player but he'll certainly be a big help for our pass defense.

3. Okam certainly flashed a number of times, but did anyone else notice how often he simply stood up at the snap instead of firing into the line?

4. I'm trying not to get excited about Chris Brown. I need to see him stay healthy for awhile.

5. Kasey Studdard.............. umm........... I do appreciate his hustle and effoert. He's kind of like an old, stray mut. You kind of like him and appreciate him but you don't want him hanging around your house.

6. Caldwell looked like he belonged but he did appear to get beaten a couple times in pass protection.

7. Until Bowe starting picking on guys like Richardson, the LBs and DBs seemed more aggressive and in better position in coverage.

8. We are VERY deep at LB!

9. Jacoby Jones is in trouble! I think Darnell Jenkins is going to make the team.

10. I love Casey!!

11. A. Hill appears to be every bit the blocking he was advertised to be.

12. I'm interested in seeing Orlovsky throw in good weather. His passes wobbled quite a bit and I'm unsure if it was weather-related or simply his ball. I remember guys like Roger Staubach threw the ball with a lot of wobble... but his velocity seemed to be affected by it tonight.

13. This team is so much more talented and athletic than anything we've seen in Houston in 15 years!!

14. I'm concerned about our depth at tackle after Butler... Washburn worries me and I didn't see a lot from Adrian Jones.

Honoring Earl 34
08-16-2009, 12:00 AM
1. Duane Brown looks amazing. I think he got caught leaning once and may have missed an assignment, but he was often dominating in the run game and very athletic getting to the 2nd and 3rd level. For those of you with a DVR, watch the TD run... he blocks the DE and then pancakes the LB. He was the reason for the TD.

2. Connor Barwin is certainly raw but his athleticism is evident. Clearly they plan to stunt him quite a bit. He is a ways away from an every down player but he'll certainly be a big help for our pass defense.

3. Okam certainly flashed a number of times, but did anyone else notice how often he simply stood up at the snap instead of firing into the line?

4. I'm trying not to get excited about Chris Brown. I need to see him stay healthy for awhile.

5. Kasey Studdard.............. umm........... I do appreciate his hustle and effoert. He's kind of like an old, stray mut. You kind of like him and appreciate him but you don't want him hanging around your house.

6. Caldwell looked like he belonged but he did appear to get beaten a couple times in pass protection.

7. Until Bowe starting picking on guys like Richardson, the LBs and DBs seemed more aggressive and in better position in coverage.

8. We are VERY deep at LB!

9. Jacoby Jones is in trouble! I think Darnell Jenkins is going to make the team.

10. I love Casey!!

11. A. Hill appears to be every bit the blocking he was advertised to be.

12. I'm interested in seeing Orlovsky throw in good weather. His passes wobbled quite a bit and I'm unsure if it was weather-related or simply his ball. I remember guys like Roger Staubach threw the ball with a lot of wobble... but his velocity seemed to be affected by it tonight.

13. This team is so much more talented and athletic than anything we've seen in Houston in 15 years!!

14. I'm concerned about our depth at tackle after Butler... Washburn worries me and I didn't see a lot from Adrian Jones.

I wonder how Watkins is doing ?

m5kwatts
08-16-2009, 12:01 AM
I'll throw a few in:

-The 1st team offense looked great after first 3 and out. Schaub was on fire, line got better as game went on.

-Defense felt different. They looked on their toes and excited. This one is hard to put into words but I could sense the "attacking" attitude even though they weren't blitzing much.

-Loved the dominance from the D-line early. They controlled the game vs. KC's first team offense. The stunting is a nice addition this year, they were more effective doing this, I can see Barwin dominating in this phase and can't wait til he gets experience. Barwin next to Okam on the d-line was clearly difficult for KC to block.

-I felt like if this was a normal game the Texans could've hung up a 40 spot and held KC under 13. Great to see us play well on the road but KC isn't very talented either.

Jackie Chiles
08-16-2009, 12:21 AM
I'll throw a few in:

-The 1st team offense looked great after first 3 and out. Schaub was on fire, line got better as game went on.

I think they did get a first down and on the second set of downs they were stopped.

powerfuldragon
08-16-2009, 02:09 AM
i don't like seeing mario ten yards past the qb ever other snap. if it's some kind of o-linemen tai chi, it needs to be stopped.

El Tejano
08-16-2009, 02:37 AM
I thought Kasey played a good game. Our defense looked good but you can run slants on them all day.

I didn't notice Okam standing up but there were alot of things he did well that outweighed that.

We drafted Barwin to rush the passer and if he is showing he can do that then we got something here.

Schaub needs to stay healthy. I will take 7-7 with the pressure he was getting.

Chris Brown showed how this team is going to be hard to stop. He gets yards quickly in open space.

I liked our young DBs. Brice Mccain didn't disappoint. He did well in run support which is what I've been concerned with because both Dunta and Reeves do well in run support.

Hagar
08-16-2009, 11:41 AM
I just watched the first two series in slow motion and noticed a few things:

~ Our O-Line isn't firing off the ball in run blocking. Its more of a stand up and catch the defensive person then try to move them.

~ Okoye isn't quick enough to blow by guards and got pushed around like a rag doll, too. This is bad, real bad.

~ Deljuan Robinson and Mario were the only ones to hold the point of attack.

~ DeMeco is the man but he isn't as effective when he has to jump over Texans player who get blocked backwards.

If this keeps up, stong running teams like Jacksonville and Tennessee are going to give us fits and we're looking at an 8-8 team again.

76Texan
08-16-2009, 11:55 AM
I just watched the first two series in slow motion and noticed a few things:

~ Our O-Line isn't firing off the ball in run blocking. Its more of a stand up and catch the defensive person then try to move them.

~ Okoye isn't quick enough to blow by guards and got pushed around like a rag doll, too. This is bad, real bad.

~ Deljuan Robinson and Mario were the only ones to hold the point of attack.

~ DeMeco is the man but he isn't as effective when he has to jump over Texans player who get blocked backwards.

If this keeps up, stong running teams like Jacksonville and Tennessee are going to give us fits and we're looking at an 8-8 team again.That's how we often block in the ZBS, moving guys sideway. Except for the double team at the POA.

ATXeans
08-16-2009, 12:01 PM
I agree with most of the assessments, not bad for a first full contact game. I am interested in seeing how the running game develops more in game 2. Was impressed with the defensive down 7 for sure, secondary is what we need to watch on the d side

awtysst
08-16-2009, 12:06 PM
Sounds like some good things to take away from this game. I am excited to see how the 1st team D does against the Saints first team offense. That will give us a better indication where the D is. In addition, I also want to see how our 1st team run D can handle the Vikings run offense. If we can handle Peterson and Taylor we should be ok for Tennessee, Jax, and Indy's run games.

76Texan
08-16-2009, 12:10 PM
I agree with most of the assessments, not bad for a first full contact game. I am interested in seeing how the running game develops more in game 2. Was impressed with the defensive down 7 for sure, secondary is what we need to watch on the d side
It was very positive, but the Chiefs shouldn't be our measuring stick!

Maddict5
08-16-2009, 12:11 PM
~ Okoye isn't quick enough to blow by guards and got pushed around like a rag doll, too. This is bad, real bad.


cant say i noticed that & i was half focusing on him. on one 3rd down play especially he fired off the ball really fast- way faster than mario even who was beside him. got close to cassell but it was a short drop & he got the ball out. might have been the demeco hit play

76Texan
08-16-2009, 12:14 PM
cant say i noticed that & i was half focusing on him. on one 3rd down play especially he fired off the ball really fast- way faster than mario even who was beside him. got close to cassell but it was a short drop & he got the ball out. might have been the demeco hit play

I'll have to go back and check them.
But, yeah I did notice Okoye doing some good thing, and some not so good.
Heck, I would worry more about Antonio at the moment.
He was stood up a bit often to worth all that money.
But then again, it's only one pre-season game with no meaning for most of the starters.

Hagar
08-16-2009, 12:17 PM
That's how we often block in the ZBS, moving guys sideway. Except for the double team at the POA.Oh please, unless its a draw, you always fire off the ball and attack the defense on running plays.

cant say i noticed that & i was half focusing on him. on one 3rd down play especially he fired off the ball really fast- way faster than mario even who was beside him. got close to cassell but it was a short drop & he got the ball out. might have been the demeco hit playOkoye never got around any of the defensive players and always had an O-lineman between him and the QB. Unless he picks up his play soon, he'll be a bust.

76Texan
08-16-2009, 12:22 PM
Oh please, unless its a draw, you always fire off the ball and attack the defense on running plays.


We don't fire off as much as in drive blocking.

Now, guys who were supposed to release to the second level will fire off, but otherwise, we move more in a diagonal direction.

Sometimes, we would have a guy trying to walk the D-lineman sideway, so that another guy can continue to push the train.

76Texan
08-16-2009, 12:24 PM
The whole idea of zone blocking is not to allow penetration across the line (where we don't want them to penetrate).

gary
08-16-2009, 12:32 PM
Two things that jumped out at me.
1. Once they get in the redzone instead of counting on a TD I count on a FG.
2. The secondary still scares me.

Maddict5
08-16-2009, 12:33 PM
that PI call was BS

76Texan
08-16-2009, 12:53 PM
The whole idea of zone blocking is not to allow penetration across the line (where we don't want them to penetrate).

There are exception like short yardage and draw plays.
Otherwise, we wanted to create a wedge.
Like a V-shape form, trying to bunch as many bodies in that through as possible so that we have a running lane and a cut back lane.
On the outside, we can have a guy, let's say D.Brown, working to move the defender further out. That would keep him further away from the runner than pushing him backward.

powerfuldragon
08-16-2009, 01:47 PM
also, why can't i find that crazy catch anywhere..? you know, that diving one-hander.. and who made it?

Texans_Chick
08-16-2009, 01:53 PM
also, why can't i find that crazy catch anywhere..? you know, that diving one-hander.. and who made it?

James Casey.

Here's my observations:

Texans beat Chiefs (http://blogs.chron.com/texanschick/2009/08/texans_beat_chiefs_preseason_win.html)

I don't think you can tell too much against KC in the rain. I think KC is going to be a total garbage team. Saints, Vikings not so much.