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RagingBull
08-18-2009, 12:58 AM
It seems that every year since Kubiak has taken over, one or two positions on the team are dramatically upgraded. In 2006, I think they kind of found out what they had to work with. In 2007, they dramatically upgraded the QB position, WR, and TE. That is when we got Schaub, Walter, Andre Davis, and OD. In 2008, It was running back and offensive line, when both positions were solidified with the additions of Slaton and a dramatic drop in sacks and improved Gibbs run blocking.

This year, it seems that there is a major push to improve LB and DL with Cushing, Smith, and Barwin.

It seems that they are systematically going through the team and focusing on improving one or two aspects each year.

This leads me to believe that next year they will be focusing on the secondary and bolstering the OL even further.

So far, these guys seem really smart and to know what they are doing. I think they are still in the process of building a championship caliber team and I give them 1-2 more years before they become a perennial playoff team. This may be the first year though.

Wolf6151
08-18-2009, 11:19 AM
Your right they have focused and improved 1-2 areas of the team each year and systematicaly the team is getting better. It's pretty obvious that the D-line and LB's were the subject of their focus this offseason and should be much improved. The only thing they lack is experience and playing time together. In a couple years they should be a great front D7. The biggest weakness left to improve upon is the secondary and depending on the Dunta situation, and where we finish at the end of the season, hopefully we can pick CB, FS, SS in the first 2 rounds of next years draft while continuing to upgrade the O-line a little each year. The only thing that stands in the way are injuries, that make a team change the focus of their draft, and greedy players with over inflated egos like Dunta, and free agency.

Nawzer
08-18-2009, 11:22 AM
Winning.

Allstar
08-18-2009, 12:20 PM
Hopefully defensive turnovers.

Dan B.
08-18-2009, 12:24 PM
I'm going to be a completely delusional optimist and say that we are going to improve in turnover ratio and red zone offense. I think those are two areas we addressed with our OL picks and defensive choices. They are also IMO the two areas where we will see the greatest improvement in our record if we fix them.

badboy
08-18-2009, 03:38 PM
I'm in the minority, but I say Bennett, Quin, McCain and DR will vastly improve the CB positions. This will bring relieve to safeties and make that position better also. The improvement of line and backers will have defense climbing the chart but the CBs will be very, very good.

The major improvement however will be at running back. We will have a power runner to eat up clock and move the chain in Arian Foster. Slaton's productivity will continue but on reduced attempts. Expect him to add more yards this season as a "Bush" type player on reverses and setting up wide. Brown will be the 3rd down and short and red zone producing machine. Moats if he runs as he did against KC can offer Slaton some down time. Mixing and Matching will allow RBs to be most improved unit.

Biggest question is who is going to do most damage to the opponents? Our running backs or WR/ TE.

Tailgate
08-18-2009, 03:42 PM
I remember when Kubiak first arrived, Denver fans were saying it would take years for the offensive system to be fully implemented and up to full speed. Well, last year we saw a huge spike in yardage. This year I am expecting them to convert more TDs and take the leap in actual points on the board.

thunderkyss
08-18-2009, 04:50 PM
I think last year was the year of the Line Backer. Adding Adibi & Diles really bolstered that position. Cushing is icing on the cake, with Adibi & June now making quality depth.

Even though I think June should be starting. We've also got those that think Adibi should be starting, so that says alot. I think.

This year, I think our DL, especially our interior is going to make some noise. Amobi looked fresh, and strong against KC. Cody looked quick & lethal, & Okam looked like bad news. I can't wait to see them when the season starts.

The defensive backfield, is the only area left that needs major improvement. With the investment of low round picks...... I can't imagine that to be this year.

But I think the OL & the running game is going to take a real jump this season.

m5kwatts
08-18-2009, 04:59 PM
giveaway/takeway needs to be 1+ ATLEAST by seasons end

TimeKiller
08-18-2009, 05:36 PM
Even though I think June should be starting. We've also got those that think Adibi should be starting, so that says alot. I think.

This year, I think our DL, especially our interior is going to make some noise. Amobi looked fresh, and strong against KC. Cody looked quick & lethal, & Okam looked like bad news. I can't wait to see them when the season starts.
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At first I disagreed but thinking about it...a hurdle never hurt anybody and Adibi isn't a proven player yet. I doubt it works out like this but I can see June making the team.

I didn't see much of Okoye but the big O certainly showed up to play ball didn't he? He's not fast but boy is he strong. He plays like that he not only makes the team but he's getting regular reps, possibly starting if he can condition properly.

DocBar
08-18-2009, 05:42 PM
I gotta say our secondary will be the most improved unit on the team as a function of better DL play. We may or may not get a lot of sacks, but I bet we see a much improved passrush and the O will be better at putting TD's on the board instead of FG's, so teams will have to pass more to try and stay in the game.

DBCooper
08-19-2009, 07:49 AM
The Defense got better the moment we fired R. Smith

Insideop
08-19-2009, 01:46 PM
Overall, I'm hoping the defense will improve the most! With all the draft picks and FA's we got, as well as the addition of Bush, Gibbs and Kollar, the whole defense should make a big improvement. I agree the back end is still a little weak, but I think they may surprise us. Once Dunta and Molden get up to speed the CB's could turn out to be a pretty good group even without Reeves. As for the Safety's, I was disappointed we lost Nolen but I think Busing may be a pretty good find. We should be OK with Barber, Ferguson and Wilson as long as injuries don't kill us, but this is definitely an area for upgrade in the offseason. JMHO!

NitroGSXR
08-19-2009, 02:06 PM
I gotta say our secondary will be the most improved unit on the team as a function of better DL play. We may or may not get a lot of sacks, but I bet we see a much improved passrush and the O will be better at putting TD's on the board instead of FG's, so teams will have to pass more to try and stay in the game.

Why? We haven't even began to shown the ability to score TDs. Even against a horrendous KC team, we only scored a single TD with two field goals. I know it's only been just one preseason game but it was nothing but much of the same RZ troubles.

We gain yards in gobs but we sputter as we near the goal line. 1st team, 2nd team, 3rd team. It's all still the same when we're running out of gas as space shrinks. I think we might be a very good CFL team but our RZ troubles have to disappear against New Orleans and Minnesota.

Kris Brown is easily my favorite player on the Houston Texans but I want him doing only kickoffs, not field goals.

infantrycak
08-19-2009, 02:44 PM
Why? We haven't even began to shown the ability to score TDs. Even against a horrendous KC team, we only scored a single TD with two field goals. I know it's only been just one preseason game but it was nothing but much of the same RZ troubles.

We gain yards in gobs but we sputter as we near the goal line. 1st team, 2nd team, 3rd team. It's all still the same when we're running out of gas as space shrinks. I think we might be a very good CFL team but our RZ troubles have to disappear against New Orleans and Minnesota.

Kris Brown is easily my favorite player on the Houston Texans but I want him doing only kickoffs, not field goals.

The only time the 1st team got to the RZ they got the TD. Too early to tell though.

rmartin65
08-19-2009, 04:16 PM
I want to see improvement across the board, but the one great improvement will be sacks. We will dramatically increase our sack total while decreasing the sacks allowed.

76Texan
08-19-2009, 04:36 PM
We certainly need to do better in the redzone.
But those stats are quite misleading.

The INTS and Fumbles, some were unforced, some were forced.
The penalties, most of them were unforced.

There were also many instances where we didn't have enough time so we had to settle for the FGs.

And there were times that we simply wanted to run out the clock.

steelbtexan
08-19-2009, 06:13 PM
The give away/take away margin better improve or Kubes could be in trouble.

I think they will be more efficient in the red zone.

I hope the pass rush improves or with this secondary (can you say toast)

I look at Okam as a 1st/2nd down run stopper this team hasn't had since S.Payne. Okam is going to come into his own this year.

TheRealJoker
08-19-2009, 06:41 PM
The DL (I know...its always supposed to be improved). By adding Barwin we upgrade the pass rush and allow Smith to move inside on passing downs bolstering DT and further improving the pass rush. Smith opposite Mario is a huge upgrade over Weaver as well. If Okoye plays up to his draft slot and someone steps up at the NT for running downs then the DL will be the most improved unit this season.

DocBar
08-19-2009, 07:38 PM
Why? We haven't even began to shown the ability to score TDs. Even against a horrendous KC team, we only scored a single TD with two field goals. I know it's only been just one preseason game but it was nothing but much of the same RZ troubles.

We gain yards in gobs but we sputter as we near the goal line. 1st team, 2nd team, 3rd team. It's all still the same when we're running out of gas as space shrinks. I think we might be a very good CFL team but our RZ troubles have to disappear against New Orleans and Minnesota.

Kris Brown is easily my favorite player on the Houston Texans but I want him doing only kickoffs, not field goals. We didn't play our 1st team very long and they managed a TD in a driving rainstorm. Did they look like the 80's 49ers? The 90's Bills? No, but it was the 1st PREseason game. Like cak said, we'll have to wait and see, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it. On that note, I sure do hope Schaub stays healthy. I'm not at all comfy with the backups.

Thorn
08-19-2009, 07:47 PM
On that note, I sure do hope Schaub stays healthy. I'm not at all comfy with the backups.

I'm thinking DanO will be OK late in the season to come in and play if need be, but not anytime soon, so I share your concern with the QB backups.

beerlover
08-20-2009, 04:13 AM
defense, defense defense. DL/LB/DB across the board not to mention coaching....that about sums it all up:smiliedance:

badboy
08-20-2009, 10:34 AM
I think last year was the year of the Line Backer. Adding Adibi & Diles really bolstered that position. Cushing is icing on the cake, with Adibi & June now making quality depth.

Even though I think June should be starting. We've also got those that think Adibi should be starting, so that says alot. I think.

This year, I think our DL, especially our interior is going to make some noise. Amobi looked fresh, and strong against KC. Cody looked quick & lethal, & Okam looked like bad news. I can't wait to see them when the season starts.

The defensive backfield, is the only area left that needs major improvement. With the investment of low round picks...... I can't imagine that to be this year.

But I think the OL & the running game is going to take a real jump this season.I agree with your assessment and we should have a very good year. What excites me even more is if these players do as expected, our next draft could vault this team to an elite status. Significant players that might need to be replaced next would be Eugene Wilson, Ferguson and Pitts. Only Ferguson is a priority replacement concern to me. Our first three picks in next draft could resolve this issue. We can draft BPA.

Dread-Head
08-20-2009, 12:17 PM
I HOPE they improve on BOTH sides of the ball. Offense needs to lose their Red Zone Malaise and defense needs to start laying some chumps out.

Porky
08-20-2009, 01:52 PM
I agree with your assessment and we should have a very good year. What excites me even more is if these players do as expected, our next draft could vault this team to an elite status. Significant players that might need to be replaced next would be Eugene Wilson, Ferguson and Pitts. Only Ferguson is a priority replacement concern to me. Our first three picks in next draft could resolve this issue. We can draft BPA.

Pitts is the 3rd worst starter on the team? You do know he was a pro-bowl alternate last year right?

Ferguson/Barber is the weakest spot of the starting 22 imo. After that, Wilson could be in the mix for #2 worst starter but he is servicable. On the line, I would choose Myers, not Pitts. The CB situation is so muddled that it's hard to tell what we have and how badly that position needs to be upgraded.

The good news is that we are down to really one glaring weakness, and who knows, Barber may be all that and a bag of chips.

In general, I say D will be much improved, and specifically I think the Dline/pass rush. With the addtions of Barwin and A Smith, the vast improvement I see in Okam, and (crosses fingers) if Okoye can make significant progress, that Dline could be awfully good.

Jackie Chiles
08-20-2009, 01:55 PM
In general, I say D will be much improved, and specifically I think the Dline/pass rush. With the addtions of Barwin and A Smith, the vast improvement I see in Okam, and (crosses fingers) if Okoye can make significant progress, that Dline could be awfully good.

I know im not alone in this when I say don't forget about Deljuan. I think he has a pretty good shot at being the best DT on the team this season. I keep trying to temper my expectations for him but I swear he shows up every game.

euro-Texan
12-26-2009, 06:53 PM
I would say Kubes has surely shored up the LB corps

Norg
12-26-2009, 08:01 PM
Hopefully the win loss Ratio


i dont know but yall but i want to go 10-0 next season that way there is not way we cant make the playoffs LOL

we could be like ARZ and chill for like 5 games LOL

brakos82
12-26-2009, 08:03 PM
Hopefully the win loss Ratio


i dont know but yall but i want to go 10-0 next season that way there is not way we cant make the playoffs LOL

we could be like ARZ and chill for like 5 games LOL

Now if we can just get Indy out of the way... barring a missing 18 that's not gonna happen. :headhurts:

Hervoyel
12-26-2009, 10:02 PM
I think next year the marketing department will be the most improved area of the team. I don't think it will even be close.

Lucky
12-26-2009, 10:08 PM
I think next year the marketing department will be the most improved area of the team. I don't think it will even be close.
If McNair brings Kubiak back, marketing may have the most difficult job.

Goatcheese
12-26-2009, 10:12 PM
I think next year the marketing department will be the most improved area of the team. I don't think it will even be close.

Slogans they're throwing around in the marketing department:

"Don't hate 8 and 8!"

"Are you ready for .500!?"

"You get to see Peyton Manning every year!"

Mari-OWNED!
12-27-2009, 05:33 AM
1a. Interior offensive line
1b. Secondary

edo783
12-27-2009, 04:41 PM
1a. Interior offensive line
1b. Secondary

I would probably reverse the order, but it those are the ones I would focus on. And then a RB in the 1st three rounds. Doesn't look like it's a good year to pick a RB in the 1st or maybe even the 2nd.

PhilpW
12-27-2009, 05:08 PM
Offensive and defensive play calling need the most improvement.

euro-Texan
12-27-2009, 05:22 PM
Hopefully the win loss Ratio


i dont know but yall but i want to go 10-0 next season that way there is not way we cant make the playoffs LOL

we could be like ARZ and chill for like 5 games LOL

Are you suggesting getting everything you need all up front and then relaxing in the 2nd half..... I mean last five games?