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Spike
08-26-2009, 04:15 PM
There has been a lot of discussion regarding the concern at DT. Obviously, we all hope that the perfmance against the Saints is an aberration. Some think that what we saw is what we have. I tend to think the reality is somewhere in between.

The question is, if the issues we saw last week continue to be a problem going forward, what options do we have with the current players we have on the roster?

(1) Travis Johnson - Some of my favorite posts are people's predictions on the final roster, and a lot of people don't even have TJ making this year's squad. While I have never been a huge fan of TJ, I think there is a very strong argument that he would be an upgrade for what we saw last Saturday. I think he is in a contract year, which can be a big time motivator. All in all, has never been a world beater - but when he gets back up to speed, I would think that he would be an upgrade.

(2) Antonio Smith - When AS came to the Texans, I think his expectation was that he would play most of his snaps at DE. It is my understanding that he split time in Arizona, and if the need is there, I would think it would be something that the staff would at least have to explore.
- If AS slides in, you need to plug in the other DE spot. Clearly, this result in a deficiency at DE - but we just have to pick our poison. I just feel like we have more depth at DE.

(3) Robinson - I haven't heard his name as part of the discussion. Did he play last week? In large part, I thought he played well last year.

(4) Cody/ Zgonina - I haven't heard much about their play. Maybe it is worth giving these guys an opportunity with the first team to see what they can do.

This post isn't suggesting that Okoye and Okam should be cut, but maybe just placed in a reserve role - and never to be on the field at the same time again - ever.

I don't know what to expect, but it does seem to me that we have options, in addition to possibly finding a diamond in the rough on the waiver wire. At the very least, I'd like to see the staff shake it up this weekend and see if there is another combination that works.

TheRealJoker
08-26-2009, 04:21 PM
The team can swallow their pride and play the best players regardless of pay grade (which would probably mean we end up with Deljuan Robinson and Shaun Cody or Frank Okam starting opening day). Obviously this is still not an ideal lineup but if we decide to play the two best DTs it could motivate the players we already have on the roster to play their best.

OR

the team could hit the panic button and trade draft picks for a starting caliber DT. This could help ensure we get to the playoffs THIS season but the team has always built for the long haul, even if adding quality older vets in the short run would ultimately help the team in the long run. EX: Remember Casserly's "under 30" rule for signing players our first season... :(

PS: Speaking of our first season, how does a pro bowl LT like Willie Roaf fail his physical for the expansion draft but a salary cap landmine like Tony Boselli pass his physical?

HOU-TEX
08-26-2009, 04:24 PM
The team can swallow their pride and play the best players regardless of pay grade (which would probably mean we end up with Deljuan Robinson and Shaun Cody or Frank Okam starting opening day). Obviously this is still not an ideal lineup but if we decide to play the two best DTs it could motivate the players we already have on the roster to play their best.

OR

the team could hit the panic button and trade draft picks for a starting caliber DT. This could help ensure we get to the playoffs THIS season but the team has always built for the long haul, even if adding quality older vets in the short run would ultimately help the team in the long run. EX: Remember Casserly's "under 30" rule for signing players our first season... :(

PS: Speaking of our first season, how does a pro bowl LT like Willie Roaf fail his physical for the expansion draft but a salary cap landmine like Tony Boselli pass his physical?

OR

Roll a portable brick wall around the field with two very large football players painted on the front.

TheRealJoker
08-26-2009, 04:27 PM
OR

Roll a portable brick wall around the field with two very large football players painted on the front.



I'm sure Jerry Jones is working on adding that for his stadium... along with Tiger pits at random points on the field :)

Silver Oak
08-26-2009, 04:51 PM
OR

Roll a portable brick wall around the field with two very large football players painted on the front.


LOL.

rep.

dalemurphy
08-26-2009, 05:06 PM
The combination of Robinson, Cody, and TJ should be at least servicable on running downs. That's what is so frustrating: seeing Okoye in the game so often when clearly better options are on the bench.

The Pencil Neck
08-26-2009, 05:10 PM
I have to admit that I was surprised when the starters for that game were Okam and Okoye. I expected Okoye and Robinson to start.

It's going to be interesting to see how this ends up. As said elsewhere in this thread and as I've said in other threads, I just hope that our coaching staff puts the best guys out there. And at this point, I don't think that includes Okoye. I think we need to pull him out and try some other combinations. We need to try him in a rotational role and see how it goes. I think the starters should be some combination of Robinson, Okam, and Cody BUT I expect to see Okoye out there regardless of how he plays. And that worries me.

I don't think Smith is going to be the full time answer at DT. I could be wrong about that but I don't think he'd be happy there except in pass rushing situations, either.

TJ? I left TJ off my roster prediction because he's injured. The coaches have always praised him but I haven't seen what they're seeing. So, for me, I can lose this guy at this point. He may flourish under Kollar's tutelage but I'm going to have to see it to believe it.

barrett
08-26-2009, 05:19 PM
There has been a lot of discussion regarding the concern at DT. Obviously, we all hope that the perfmance against the Saints is an aberration. Some think that what we saw is what we have. I tend to think the reality is somewhere in between.

The question is, if the issues we saw last week continue to be a problem going forward, what options do we have with the current players we have on the roster?

(1) Travis Johnson - Some of my favorite posts are people's predictions on the final roster, and a lot of people don't even have TJ making this year's squad. While I have never been a huge fan of TJ, I think there is a very strong argument that he would be an upgrade for what we saw last Saturday. I think he is in a contract year, which can be a big time motivator. All in all, has never been a world beater - but when he gets back up to speed, I would think that he would be an upgrade.

(2) Antonio Smith - When AS came to the Texans, I think his expectation was that he would play most of his snaps at DE. It is my understanding that he split time in Arizona, and if the need is there, I would think it would be something that the staff would at least have to explore.
- If AS slides in, you need to plug in the other DE spot. Clearly, this result in a deficiency at DE - but we just have to pick our poison. I just feel like we have more depth at DE.

(3) Robinson - I haven't heard his name as part of the discussion. Did he play last week? In large part, I thought he played well last year.

(4) Cody/ Zgonina - I haven't heard much about their play. Maybe it is worth giving these guys an opportunity with the first team to see what they can do.

This post isn't suggesting that Okoye and Okam should be cut, but maybe just placed in a reserve role - and never to be on the field at the same time again - ever.

I don't know what to expect, but it does seem to me that we have options, in addition to possibly finding a diamond in the rough on the waiver wire. At the very least, I'd like to see the staff shake it up this weekend and see if there is another combination that works.

Travis Johnson: So many are down on him. I think the only way he doesn't make the roster is if his sports hernia surgery keeps him from contributing. He's better at taking up blockers than most of our options on the roster. One of the reasons people are down on him is they don't like his work ethic. Others are down on him because he doesn't get his name called much. He plays the 3 technique. The Texans in the past have asked him to take on blocks. He does that. They like him. I think you can expect him to be in there on gameday.

Antonio Smith: An aggressive DE/DT that is small for a DT but big for a DE. It seems as if the Texans have expected him to be the DE on running plays and slide in on passing. I don't think it's a sign of deficiency at the position as much as it is a testament to his abilities. Unless Connor Barwin develops quickly I think he'll be our best option at that spot.

DelJuan Robinson: He's looked terrific last season and into the preseason. He played with the 3's but I think the team wanted to give Okam a chance to do something. He didnt. Robinson is above average. He's the best penetration guy. I think he should be starting in place of Okoye.

Shawn Cody: Has shown signs of good play. Hasn't gotten in with the 1's yet so it's hard to judge. He seems more stout than Okoye.

Frank Okam: INCONSISTENCY. If he plays up to what he's capable of, he'd be a lock to start. But he's shown nothing that suggests that that's going to happen.


Zgonina is 6034 years old. If he makes this team we are in bad, bad shape.

mussop
08-26-2009, 06:14 PM
Haynseworth and that big contract are looking pretty good right about now.

thunderkyss
08-26-2009, 07:17 PM
The only time I've seen anyone on this team play NT better than TJ was Okam/Robinson against Kansas City. But that was against Kansas City in the Pre-season. To date, none of us has seen anyone play NT better than Travis Johnson on this team, during the regular season. He is your starter.

I'm not worried about his injury either... the lazy bastard played through it most of last year. No doubt in my mind, he'll do it again when the season starts.

So.... IMHO our best DT combo on 1st & second down, would be Frank Okam, and TJ. That's who I'd like to see on the majority of running situations. I don't care who you call the starter... I don't care who makes the most money... But on obvious run situations, I want these two. TJ at the Nose, and Okam at the Up Tackle.

On passing downs, I'd like to see DelJuan & Bulman as the Tackles. Or a combination of Okam/TJ (at NT) & DelJuan/Bulman (at UT)....

Every now and then, I'd put Okoye in there... but not often.

At DE, my starting line up would be Mario on the Strong side, and Barwin on the opposite side. If they run it to the strong side, Mario will take care of it. If they run it at Barwin, you've got Diles at WILL if Cushings in. Smith would back up Mario..... it's okay, Mario rarely ever comes out of the game.

I originally liked the Antonio Smith signing. Thought about getting a Jersey. But after two preseason games, I wish we'd have kept Weaver to play tackle.

Honoring Earl 34
08-26-2009, 08:45 PM
http://southernfriedfatty.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/fatbastard.jpg

Brisco_County
08-26-2009, 08:56 PM
http://southernfriedfatty.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/fatbastard.jpg

Harry Knowles?

b0ng
08-26-2009, 08:57 PM
http://southernfriedfatty.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/fatbastard.jpg

Mike Meyers in a fat suit>?

Brisco_County
08-26-2009, 09:21 PM
If you take someone who has a very steep learning curve and give them a break so they can process their experiences, they usually go through a rapid learning phase. It's human nature, and I've seen it happen. I think it would benefit Okoye to play him only on third down pass plays this season.

barrett
08-27-2009, 01:18 AM
I originally liked the Antonio Smith signing. Thought about getting a Jersey. But after two preseason games, I wish we'd have kept Weaver to play tackle.

I think we've been watching different games.

Carr Bombed
08-27-2009, 01:30 AM
The only time I've seen anyone on this team play NT better than TJ was Okam/Robinson against Kansas City. But that was against Kansas City in the Pre-season. To date, none of us has seen anyone play NT better than Travis Johnson on this team, during the regular season. He is your starter.

I'm not worried about his injury either... the lazy bastard played through it most of last year. No doubt in my mind, he'll do it again when the season starts.

So.... IMHO our best DT combo on 1st & second down, would be Frank Okam, and TJ. That's who I'd like to see on the majority of running situations. I don't care who you call the starter... I don't care who makes the most money... But on obvious run situations, I want these two. TJ at the Nose, and Okam at the Up Tackle.

On passing downs, I'd like to see DelJuan & Bulman as the Tackles. Or a combination of Okam/TJ (at NT) & DelJuan/Bulman (at UT)....

Every now and then, I'd put Okoye in there... but not often.

At DE, my starting line up would be Mario on the Strong side, and Barwin on the opposite side. If they run it to the strong side, Mario will take care of it. If they run it at Barwin, you've got Diles at WILL if Cushings in. Smith would back up Mario..... it's okay, Mario rarely ever comes out of the game.

I originally liked the Antonio Smith signing. Thought about getting a Jersey. But after two preseason games, I wish we'd have kept Weaver to play tackle.

Deljuan deserves a starting spot on this line......after the way Okam embarrassed himself last Saturday, he's still has alot of work to do, before he gets a starting spot over Robinson. After that game I'm willing to concede that TJ will make the team and could even move into a starting spot.....that's how bad Okam and Okoye played, which is sad and depressing.

RipTraxx
08-27-2009, 05:36 AM
I really like Robinson. For the defense that were SUPPOSED to be playing (1 gap, penetrating DTs) hes the perfect fit.

He's 320 but he plays like he's 280; in terms of getting the the QB.

TimeKiller
08-27-2009, 07:36 AM
I just think Okoye needs to stay off the field for at least the 1st downs. They've been hyping up the depth and use of rotations on the dline but I haven't seen it. Robinson looks like the most talented DT we have now.

Wolf6151
08-27-2009, 08:49 AM
I'd like to see the Texans move Okoye down and start Robinson at DT and Okam at NT provided Okam plays well in the rest of the preseason. My D-line would look like this:

Smith-Okam-Robinson-Williams

On obvious passing downs pull Okam, move Smith inside and put in Barwin.

Hervoyel
08-27-2009, 09:10 AM
I just think Okoye needs to stay off the field for at least the 1st downs. They've been hyping up the depth and use of rotations on the dline but I haven't seen it. Robinson looks like the most talented DT we have now.

This. The man with the non-stop motor looks better to me than the physical freaks with the measurables who only seem to care every third or fourth play. Robinson should be starting and the fact that he isn't tells me that the Texans haven't changed their M.O. when it comes to who plays and who doesn't. High draft picks play and big contracts play while guys who can do the job sit on the bench and come in when the busts need a breather.

Hopefully Kolller can motivate TJ and Okoye (and then Okam) because they're our starters (and potential starter) no matter what I'm afraid.

Vinny
08-27-2009, 09:14 AM
I'd start Robinson and Okam and do a heavy, heavy, down and distance style rotation, right off the bat. The only non-situational DT would be Robinson, who is hands down our best DT if you look at how he played last year and how he seems like the only DT that can penetrate and anchor both at a credible level.

painekiller
08-27-2009, 09:24 AM
I'd start Robinson and Okam and do a heavy, heavy, down and distance style rotation, right off the bat. The only non-situational DT would be Robinson, who is hands down our best DT if you look at how he played last year and how he seems like the only DT that can penetrate and anchor both at a credible level.

Again we're on the same page.

TimeKiller
08-27-2009, 10:10 AM
This. The man with the non-stop motor looks better to me than the physical freaks with the measurables who only seem to care every third or fourth play. Robinson should be starting and the fact that he isn't tells me that the Texans haven't changed their M.O. when it comes to who plays and who doesn't. High draft picks play and big contracts play while guys who can do the job sit on the bench and come in when the busts need a breather.
I guess. This is really the only example of this I can think of. Duane Brown got the job last year over Salaam who was a place-holder at best. Cushing got the job over two unproven guys who are still battling for positions anyway. Reeves got a spot because with obvious defeciencies he's still a better all-around CB than the young and the hurt. Schaub's upside was always miles higher than Rosenfalls. Smith...well, who did he really replace? Weaver was out anyway, Bulman maybe? It just seems silly to me to criticize the team for playing guys they've chosen with their most valued picks and given the big money in FA to when obviously you WANT them to be playing, otherwise what's the deal with picking them or paying them?

Nobody has taken TJ's job away from him. Okoye probably lost his starters role but TJ hasn't.

Spike
08-27-2009, 01:23 PM
If you take someone who has a very steep learning curve and give them a break so they can process their experiences, they usually go through a rapid learning phase. It's human nature, and I've seen it happen. I think it would benefit Okoye to play him only on third down pass plays this season.

I tend to agree that, in the long run, it might be best to play Okoye in a more limited roll. I assume the thinking has been to get him in the games to get valuable learning experience. Perhaps he is overwhelmed...and maybe his play last year has affected his confidence.

He is not getting the job down as an every down player.

I am extremely interested who we have starting at DT on Monday. I just can't believe we will see Okoye and Okam again...

barrett
08-27-2009, 03:49 PM
I don't expect to see Okam starting. Okoye, maybe. I think they wanted to see if Okam could follow up his play against KC. He couldn't. Then again....

Mr. White
08-27-2009, 04:06 PM
OR

Roll a portable brick wall around the field with two very large football players painted on the front.

How about the Diet Pepsi Machine (www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRKpKqylR_o)?

He's a space eater but he always comes into camp in shape.

Spike
08-27-2009, 04:34 PM
Just saw something on McClain's blog that Okoye is being pushed by Shaun Cody...I guess not much of a surprise, but it is good to hear from the coaching staff come out and say that starting positions are up for grabs.

Brisco_County
08-28-2009, 02:54 AM
This. The man with the non-stop motor looks better to me than the physical freaks with the measurables who only seem to care every third or fourth play. Robinson should be starting and the fact that he isn't tells me that the Texans haven't changed their M.O. when it comes to who plays and who doesn't. High draft picks play and big contracts play while guys who can do the job sit on the bench and come in when the busts need a breather.

Hopefully Kolller can motivate TJ and Okoye (and then Okam) because they're our starters (and potential starter) no matter what I'm afraid.

A player's draft pick ranking or contract value isn't going to make a difference this year. Kollar, Bush, and Kubiak will make their own job security their highest priority.

I'd like to see the Texans move Okoye down and start Robinson at DT and Okam at NT provided Okam plays well in the rest of the preseason. My D-line would look like this:

Smith-Okam-Robinson-Williams

On obvious passing downs pull Okam, move Smith inside and put in Barwin.

This makes the most sense.

Also, something to ponder: What kind of a player would Okam look like if he had as many reps as Okoye?

barrett
08-28-2009, 02:58 AM
apparently Cody will be playing along side of Amobi on Monday. So I guess that means that it's Cody and Okoye first and we'll see after that. I know many were hoping to see the lineup change but this probably isn't what they were intending.

Robinson is still hurt so it makes sense that they're experimenting with what they have available.

Specnatz
08-28-2009, 11:01 AM
Just saw something on McClain's blog that Okoye is being pushed by Shaun Cody...I guess not much of a surprise, but it is good to hear from the coaching staff come out and say that starting positions are up for grabs.

McClain has a reputation of making his opinion look like facts and or that it is what the coaching staff is doing.

But here is the quote from Kubiak

"I think he's pushing for a starting job," Kubiak said. "That's how well he's played. So (it's a) big two weeks for him. We'll see how he comes along and see what happens, but he's doing a good job."

Cody had one tackle in the preseason opener at Kansas City. Against the Saints at Reliant Stadium, he had two tackles, including one for a loss. He also ran a stunt with Barwin on the play that Barwin sacked Joey Harrington; Barwin credited Cody with an assist on the sack after the game.

"He's playing very well," Kubiak said of Cody. "When he's had his chances to play, he's been very effective. He's made plays. So we've got to look at a way of getting him on the field with our 11, and that's how well he's playing out there.

"Does that mean we use him with Amobi together? Does that mean he's getting more reps at the three (technique)? I don't know, but he's going to get an opportunity to play with our ones a great deal this week because he's earned that right."

HOU-TEX
08-28-2009, 11:04 AM
Maybe Roy O could lend his dozer to the defense. That'd be a nice option, no?

BigBull17
08-28-2009, 11:05 AM
I'd start Robinson and Okam and do a heavy, heavy, down and distance style rotation, right off the bat. The only non-situational DT would be Robinson, who is hands down our best DT if you look at how he played last year and how he seems like the only DT that can penetrate and anchor both at a credible level.

Thats what I'd do, but they have to justify the draft pick...I hate that. It'll be Okoye and Okam.

barrett
08-28-2009, 11:32 AM
McClain has a reputation of making his opinion look like facts and or that it is what the coaching staff is doing.

But here is the quote from Kubiak

No doubt Kubiak is being intentionally vague. I think they have a plan at least for this week. McCain may know what it is.

I have to give him credit, He was saying Barber will start all off season and so far, that's been the case.

It wouldn't suprise me if they're trying each of those guys with the 1's to see if anyone can get it done.

Plus, DelJuan is hurt. Otherwise I think he's in there. Depending on health, you're two most stout guys are DelJuan and Travis and Okam 1-4 times a game. Cody is you're 3rd best penetrator After DelJuan and Smith (when he slides down). Against the pass I really like what we have. Okoye, Robinson, Smith and Cody are all pretty quick and in this system can pressure the QB much better. Of course we have to stop the run to get the QB to throw.

steelbtexan
08-28-2009, 11:43 AM
I'd start Robinson and Okam and do a heavy, heavy, down and distance style rotation, right off the bat. The only non-situational DT would be Robinson, who is hands down our best DT if you look at how he played last year and how he seems like the only DT that can penetrate and anchor both at a credible level.

Agreed

Robinson is the best DT on the team. He and Cody are the best DT's on the team right now. They may not be the besr DT's by the end of the season but they are right now and should be starting and getting most of the PT. IMO

When/what did Del Robinson get hurt?

badboy
08-28-2009, 11:58 AM
There has been a lot of discussion regarding the concern at DT. Obviously, we all hope that the perfmance against the Saints is an aberration. Some think that what we saw is what we have. I tend to think the reality is somewhere in between.

The question is, if the issues we saw last week continue to be a problem going forward, what options do we have with the current players we have on the roster?

(1) Travis Johnson - Some of my favorite posts are people's predictions on the final roster, and a lot of people don't even have TJ making this year's squad. While I have never been a huge fan of TJ, I think there is a very strong argument that he would be an upgrade for what we saw last Saturday. I think he is in a contract year, which can be a big time motivator. All in all, has never been a world beater - but when he gets back up to speed, I would think that he would be an upgrade.

(2) Antonio Smith - When AS came to the Texans, I think his expectation was that he would play most of his snaps at DE. It is my understanding that he split time in Arizona, and if the need is there, I would think it would be something that the staff would at least have to explore.
- If AS slides in, you need to plug in the other DE spot. Clearly, this result in a deficiency at DE - but we just have to pick our poison. I just feel like we have more depth at DE.

(3) Robinson - I haven't heard his name as part of the discussion. Did he play last week? In large part, I thought he played well last year.

(4) Cody/ Zgonina - I haven't heard much about their play. Maybe it is worth giving these guys an opportunity with the first team to see what they can do.

This post isn't suggesting that Okoye and Okam should be cut, but maybe just placed in a reserve role - and never to be on the field at the same time again - ever.

I don't know what to expect, but it does seem to me that we have options, in addition to possibly finding a diamond in the rough on the waiver wire. At the very least, I'd like to see the staff shake it up this weekend and see if there is another combination that works.A new contract offer would be the only thing that has motivated him longer than 30 minutes.

thunderkyss
08-30-2009, 12:11 AM
Agreed

Robinson is the best DT on the team. He and Cody are the best DT's on the team right now. They may not be the besr DT's by the end of the season but they are right now and should be starting and getting most of the PT. IMO

When/what did Del Robinson get hurt?

The only time I've seen DelJuan & Cody look good, is when they were playing the UT..... neither looked worth a darn as the NT. We can't play them both at UT, some one has to play the nose, especially on Run downs.

Cody looked small as the NT. Even though he's similar to TJ in size, TJ plays bigger at the NT.

jppaul
08-31-2009, 01:46 AM
Well, Terdell Sands is likely going to be available after a ridicolous contract with the Raiders. Not going to push the pocket, just isn't going to be pushed out of the way.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/stats?playerId=2792

http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/features/rumors?date=20090829

hot pickle
08-31-2009, 03:06 AM
wow i didnt know amobi was doing as bad as he is.. i knew he wasnt doing good but not even gonna be starting anymore... i havent watched any preseason games so i cant give my opinion... but WOW i didnt expect that after a great rookie year

BigBull17
08-31-2009, 11:04 AM
wow i didnt know amobi was doing as bad as he is.. i knew he wasnt doing good but not even gonna be starting anymore... i havent watched any preseason games so i cant give my opinion... but WOW i didnt expect that after a great rookie year

He didn't even have that great of a rookie year. He did great in the first 5 or so games and then slowed down alot. He was invisible last year and looks more of the same this year.

hot pickle
08-31-2009, 12:12 PM
well thats just depressing... 3 out of 4 first round d-line picks are busts... not good

Norg
08-31-2009, 02:25 PM
well has of right now we only have like 6 or 8 options

Cody, Shaun - Got from the the 0-16 lions last year hes young he might be good


Leonard, Josh * might not even make the team

Zgonina, Jeff is pretty old

Okam, Frank got dinged up and plus hes not that good if the aints ran on him LOL

our starts will prob be Okoye, Amobi & Robinson, DelJuan amobi get wipped alot and i Deljuan is prob our best DT right now has u can see our depth is slim pickings i say take amobi out and place in cody or Frank okam but thats not going to happen

also i think Antinto Smith can play DT knowing him he will prob be a upgrade in tha POS for who ever we got there now

and thats about it in a nutshell

hot pickle
08-31-2009, 04:17 PM
what ever happened to dwayne robertson??