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TEXANS84
08-27-2009, 12:37 PM
One of the best (and funniest) articles I have seen written about the Texans in some time.

Even has comments from aj and Texans Chick at the predictions (click here) part of the 2nd paragraph.

Long article, but very accurate and correct.

Houston is a football-crazy town, of course, but the Texans have taken so long to get even mediocre that the fans are starting to get testy. If they bumble their way once again to an 8-8 record and miss the playoffs, look for yet another new coach (their third) in the eight-year history of the franchise.

Attendance has grown spotty — late-season games against blah opponents tend to expose huge swaths of empty seats. Talk-show callers who once began each year with optimistic predictions of the playoffs, even when that was a pipe dream, are now grumbling darkly about enduring another crappy year.

What happened?

The relationship between Houston and the Texans started off so well. What went wrong? We mean, besides terrible performances by quarterbacks, general managers and coaches.

Only history can hold the answer. So let us take a look at The History of the Houston Texans.

Remainder of story.... (http://www.houstonpress.com/2009-08-27/news/no-more-bull/)

Brisco_County
08-27-2009, 02:09 PM
I found this story last night. Both entertaining and painful to read.

My favorite part:

Needing help just about everywhere, GM Charley Casserly decided to trade a second- and third-round pick in the upcoming draft for Phillip Buchanon, a DB from the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders had absolutely wowed everyone in the league with their secondary work on their way to a 5-11 record the previous year, Casserly analyzed, so he outbid whatever other teams were throwing draft picks at Oakland for Buchanon. (Answer: none.) Buchanon went on to have an impressive career of sucking as a Texan.

El Tejano
08-27-2009, 02:32 PM
The one thing that made me smile was that I now realize Tennessee hasn't scored a TD in Reliant in two years.

That's kind of nice.

barrett
08-27-2009, 02:53 PM
Very entertaining. Thanks for the link.

drewmar74
08-27-2009, 03:09 PM
Season Highlight: In no year will the "season highlight" be easier to pick. On Opening Night, the Texans not only won, they beat the Dallas Cowboys. This was like the French standing behind the Maginot Line, insouciantly smoking Gitanes while getting head from some Montmartre hooker and cheerfully mowing down the Wehrmacht. While Edith Piaf sang about regretting nothing, just for them.

Scientists estimate that the Texans' 19-10 win over Jerry Jones's Cowboys will remain the franchise highlight until at least 2023, barring any unforeseen developments such as the front office suddenly getting good.

oh man, that's rich!

Thorn
08-27-2009, 03:17 PM
Some very funny and true stuff in that article. It was an entertaining read.

drewmar74
08-27-2009, 03:21 PM
Some very funny and true stuff in that article. It was an entertaining read.

Some of it hurts, though.

Inexplicable Moment Which Summed Up the Texans' Futility: The Texans were at 3-4 on the season, still nursing playoff hopes, when they went into San Diego. Down 7-0, they lined up to punt it from their own 33-yard line. The snap sailed way over punter Matt Turk's head and into the end zone. Turk followed it there and reached the ball, which he could have then kicked out of bounds or fallen on for a safety. Or, possibly, picked it up and scrambled 104 yards for a Texans TD. Instead he attempted to fall on it...and somehow missed. The three or four feet between him and the ball on the ground proved to be too much, and he simply whiffed on his attempt to land on it. A Charger managed the acrobatic feat, however, and San Diego was on its way to a 35-10 victory.

So much profanity after that play......

Mr. White
08-27-2009, 03:35 PM
A great quote about everyone's favorite pre-teen:

With their first draft pick, the Texans looked at how their consistent policy of picking defensive players had led them nowhere and picked...a defensive player. Amobi Okoye was only 19 years old, trying to play against grown men, but Texans officials were confident he would...he would...Don't ask too many questions, dammit!

Marcus
08-27-2009, 04:20 PM
Someone is revising history here ( and revising history has been a common occurrence on this MB ) if they are saying that the Okoye pick wasn't a very popular pick in that draft. Some people even had his picture on their avatars.

He's not playing like a first rounder now, but given his age, I'm going to give him another couple of years.

Mr. White
08-27-2009, 04:25 PM
He's not playing like a first rounder now, but given his age, I'm going to give him another couple of years.

Makes sense to me. In a couple of years, he'll be due for a new contract.

Hervoyel
08-27-2009, 04:27 PM
Someone is revising history here ( and revising history has been a common occurrence on this MB ) if they are saying that the Okoye pick wasn't a very popular pick in that draft. Some people even had his picture on their avatars.

He's not playing like a first rounder now, but given his age, I'm going to give him another couple of years.

I agree. It's one of those picks that really drives me nuts because you just keep thinking that he'll get it one year eventually and you're afraid that this will happen the year you finally give up and send him packing. It would be sickening to have to watch him grow up here and then play like we always wanted him to somewhere else.

So the years go by and you always hope he's going to turn the corner. I like the idea of starting Robinson and Okam over him and then bringing him in on passing downs and to give those guys a breather. Challenge his pride a bit and see what happens.

Porky
08-27-2009, 04:53 PM
Someone is revising history here ( and revising history has been a common occurrence on this MB ) if they are saying that the Okoye pick wasn't a very popular pick in that draft. Some people even had his picture on their avatars.

He's not playing like a first rounder now, but given his age, I'm going to give him another couple of years.

I know what you are saying Marcus, but you can get a guy that takes a few years to develop in the later rounds. If you pick a guy 10 overall you want that guy to produce early in his career. This isn't baseball. There is no minor leagues. He made a boatload of money and his ROI has been diddly squat. He needs to produce and produce now, or send his sorry ass to the bench and get someone who can produce. We don't have another decade to wait for him to mature.

maddogmrb
08-27-2009, 10:54 PM
I know what you are saying Marcus, but you can get a guy that takes a few years to develop in the later rounds. If you pick a guy 10 overall you want that guy to produce early in his career. This isn't baseball. There is no minor leagues. He made a boatload of money and his ROI has been diddly squat. He needs to produce and produce now, or send his sorry ass to the bench and get someone who can produce. We don't have another decade to wait for him to mature.

Porky knows his stuff!

Brisco_County
08-28-2009, 02:11 AM
I know what you are saying Marcus, but you can get a guy that takes a few years to develop in the later rounds. If you pick a guy 10 overall you want that guy to produce early in his career. This isn't baseball. There is no minor leagues. He made a boatload of money and his ROI has been diddly squat. He needs to produce and produce now, or send his sorry ass to the bench and get someone who can produce. We don't have another decade to wait for him to mature.

His casual attitude after the Saints game revealed a lot. I don't think he's indifferent or uncommitted, I just think he's in a fog. In the post game interview, he indicated that he didn't know what went wrong or how to focus on a solution. I'm sure he works hard, but he hasn't developed his instinct.

El Tejano
08-28-2009, 11:54 AM
I'm still pretty pumped that Tennessee hasn't scored a TD in Reliant the past two seasons.

HOU-TEX
08-28-2009, 12:04 PM
I'm still pretty pumped that Tennessee hasn't scored a TD in Reliant the past two seasons.

I'm not sure why you keep saying that. Do you not remember the high scoring shootout the season before last?

2007

1-1-HOU 1 (5:49) 25-L.White up the middle for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.

2-4-HOU 4 (3:05) 42-C.Henry left guard for 4 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2007102103/2007/REG7/titans@texans#tab:analyze/analyze-channels:cat-post-playbyplay

El Tejano
08-30-2009, 01:48 PM
I'm not sure why you keep saying that. Do you not remember the high scoring shootout the season before last?

2007





http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2007102103/2007/REG7/titans@texans#tab:analyze/analyze-channels:cat-post-playbyplay

Wow, mud in my face. I guess I got distracted by the fact they had to kick eight field goals to beat us. I must've forgot the TDs.

Brando
08-30-2009, 03:11 PM
Someone is revising history here ( and revising history has been a common occurrence on this MB ) if they are saying that the Okoye pick wasn't a very popular pick in that draft. Some people even had his picture on their avatars.

He's not playing like a first rounder now, but given his age, I'm going to give him another couple of years.

I was on board with the pick when we drafted him and I hope he steps up this year.

Double Barrel
09-04-2009, 03:53 PM
No More Bull

The past, present and future of the Texans breaking our hearts

By Richard Connelly

It is time again for the newest of Houston traditions the annual point in August when you realize the Astros suck beyond all hope and will disappoint you once again, and it has become time to turn your attention to the Houston Texans and how they suck and will disappoint you once again.

Houston is a football-crazy town, of course, but the Texans have taken so long to get even mediocre that the fans are starting to get testy. If they bumble their way once again to an 8-8 record and miss the playoffs, look for yet another new coach (their third) in the eight-year history of the franchise.

Attendance has grown spotty late-season games against blah opponents tend to expose huge swaths of empty seats. Talk-show callers who once began each year with optimistic predictions of the playoffs, even when that was a pipe dream, are now grumbling darkly about enduring another crappy year. (Click here to check out predictions from around town.)

What happened?

The relationship between Houston and the Texans started off so well. What went wrong? We mean, besides terrible performances by quarterbacks, general managers and coaches.

Only history can hold the answer. So let us take a look at The History of the Houston Texans.

Full Story (http://www.houstonpress.com/2009-08-27/news/no-more-bull)

Texans Chick and AJ are mentioned in a side bar at the end (http://vvoice.vo.llnwd.net/e7/3786968.0.pdf).

After reading the history of our beloved team - one which I lived with the rest of y'all - I think I need a drink now (even though I don't drink anymore!).

Here's to a new season and new hopes! :beer: :texflag: :fans:

Double Barrel
09-04-2009, 05:01 PM
texans chick and aj are mentioned in a side bar at the end (http://vvoice.vo.llnwd.net/e7/3786968.0.pdf).

After reading the history of our beloved team - one which i lived with the rest of y'all - i think i need a drink now (even though i don't drink anymore!).

Here's to a new season and new hopes! :beer: :texflag: :fans:

***edit: Thanks for merging! I figured it was already here, but couldn't find it with a search for "houston press". :)