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Vinny
08-31-2009, 08:53 AM
Latest Jerome Solomon article. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire article please. Over at Texanstv (http://www.houstontexans.com/tv/index.asp?mm_file_id=3343) we can see Kubiak stating that the starters will play for 3 quarters and we should see some "new faces" in there.


Kubiak needs to see attitude and toughness from his squad.

Getting off to a good start this season is one of Kubiak's top goals. The schedule sets up well — on paper, at least — for a solid start.
September is key

Fans often talk about the Texans not having played any meaningful games in December. Well, they have played a lot of meaningful games in September and lost most of them. That is why those late-season contests have been for pride only.

While the Texans are 10-5 in December under Kubiak, they are only 3-9 in the first month of the season.

Actually, the Texans have never gotten out of the first month of the season with a winning record. Eight seasons in, isn't it about time for that pitiful run to end?

After tonight we'll know just how ready these Texans are for the 2009 season. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/hotstories/6594460.html

TimeKiller
08-31-2009, 09:01 AM
I don't care what the score at the end of the game is but I kinda care about the score at the start of the 4th quarter. If a bunch of depth/sub players lose a lead in preseason big whoop. Turn the engines on, make sure they'll run properly, shut 'em down. If it's 17-14 Texans at the start of the 4th I'll mark that down as a win.

Runner
08-31-2009, 09:11 AM
I think the "historically" real Texans have been showing up.

What I'd like to see is each player exerting max effort like they are trying to earn their spot on the team. I suggest a trip to the local coffee shop for a quadruple espresso just before game time.

Talk is cheap. It's time for the players to act like contenders.

Specnatz
08-31-2009, 09:39 AM
This article is two weeks to soon.

eriadoc
08-31-2009, 11:18 AM
I think the "historically" real Texans have been showing up.


That's what I was going to say. I feel like the real Texans have been showing up; they just haven't played three quarters yet. The defense has done this preseason what the defense has done for the past two seasons. The "new" DC, who is really one of the old defensive coaches, even told us that the defense was the same.

I'm not too worried about offense, as long as they cure the turnover bug, which hasn't been an issue thus far, with the small sample size.

The Pencil Neck
08-31-2009, 11:30 AM
That's what I was going to say. I feel like the real Texans have been showing up; they just haven't played three quarters yet. The defense has done this preseason what the defense has done for the past two seasons. The "new" DC, who is really one of the old defensive coaches, even told us that the defense was the same.

I'm not too worried about offense, as long as they cure the turnover bug, which hasn't been an issue thus far, with the small sample size.

"The defense being the same" means that the plays in the playbook are the same. This gives continuity to the old guys because they already know the playbook. The defense being more aggressive means that the plays being called during the game are supposed to be different. We're supposed to play more press coverage and call for our linemen to penetrate and cause havoc more.

But it also means that when you're playing vanilla, if you want, you can play the same old crap we had last year. And so far, that's what it looks like.

nunusguy
08-31-2009, 11:39 AM
The reason the Saints game upset me so much was that it marked the reemergance of the team that opened the Regular Season last year in Pittsburg, and the fear that that team was the "real Texans". See that scares the hell out of me.

Mr. White
08-31-2009, 11:51 AM
"The defense being the same" means that the plays in the playbook are the same. This gives continuity to the old guys because they already know the playbook. The defense being more aggressive means that the plays being called during the game are supposed to be different. We're supposed to play more press coverage and call for our linemen to penetrate and cause havoc more.

But it also means that when you're playing vanilla, if you want, you can play the same old crap we had last year. And so far, that's what it looks like.


Speaking of the change in DC, I'm wondering if Frank Bush didn't start making the calls at some point before we went on that 4 game win streak.

There was some media speculation that Richard Smith wasn't making the calls anymore. It also looked like there was some kind of change that came about after we lost to the Ravens and Colts.

Runner
08-31-2009, 07:21 PM
I just wanted to apologize that my negative thoughts about the defense allowed Peterson to have a 75 yard TD on the first play.

The Pencil Neck
08-31-2009, 07:22 PM
I just wanted to apologize that my negative thoughts about the defense allowed Peterson to have a 75 yard TD on the first play.

Oh, come on, man.

Runner
08-31-2009, 07:43 PM
I just wanted to apolgize that my negative thoughts about the defense allowed Peterson to have a 75 yard TD on the first play.

Oh, come on, man.

I'm trying to get better.

Showtime100
08-31-2009, 08:48 PM
After watching the first half I'd say the real Texans have shown up. Both of them.

Norg
08-31-2009, 11:10 PM
yeah they showed up not the good texans the

" 2004-2005 same ol texans"

Vinny
09-01-2009, 01:09 AM
I saw 'em live. Fearlessly mediocre, soft to the touch and not good enough tacklers to play an aggressive man gap-control scheme.

Double Barrel
09-01-2009, 10:57 AM
I saw 'em live. Fearlessly mediocre, soft to the touch and not good enough tacklers to play an aggressive man gap-control scheme.

Tackling, man...we're talking tackling!...it's a fundamental aspect of playing defense...and we're talking about tackling...

If a team cannot overcome the basic fundamentals, how can they be expected to excel at anything else?

dalemurphy
09-01-2009, 11:57 AM
I saw 'em live. Fearlessly mediocre, soft to the touch and not good enough tacklers to play an aggressive man gap-control scheme.

This is the issue, IMO. I think our best hope for this season is that the poor tackling is largely a result of the largely tackle-free training camp and that it will improve pretty quickly as they start playing games. Otherwise, they are going to get gashed for a lot of big plays.

I guess the other thing to look forward to is Dunta's return and even Reeves return. That should help on the edges and on the back end some. Thank God for Demeco Ryans! Is there anybody else on the squad that can actually make a one on one tackle... Oh yeah, Deljuan Robinson. Unfortunately, for reasons beyond comprehension, he's buried on the depth chart.

Norg
09-01-2009, 12:05 PM
after we watching the game on my DVR i dont think we played has bad has i said

and the Dano pick was not really his fault

DexmanC
09-01-2009, 12:08 PM
Hmm.. DelJuan is 320lbs+, and BRINGS it every down.
If he's not one of your starting tackles on Week 1, there
is something wrong with the politics on the Texans' depth
chart.

Runner
09-01-2009, 12:10 PM
I saw 'em live. Fearlessly mediocre, soft to the touch and not good enough tacklers to play an aggressive man gap-control scheme.

Tackling, man...we're talking tackling!...it's a fundamental aspect of playing defense...and we're talking about tackling...

If a team cannot overcome the basic fundamentals, how can they be expected to excel at anything else?

"Overcome the fundamentals"

Now there is a keeper. I like it.

HOU-TEX
09-01-2009, 12:55 PM
after we watching the game on my DVR i dont think we played has bad has i said

and the Dano pick was not really his fault

Yes, it was entirely his fault. It was obvious the DB was playing AJ's inside shoulder. Hell, the freakin commentators even pointed it out. DanO made a bad read.

Specnatz
09-01-2009, 01:31 PM
Yes, it was entirely his fault. It was obvious the DB was playing AJ's inside shoulder. Hell, the freakin commentators even pointed it out. DanO made a bad read.

But what about the DB tackling AJ before the ball got there? Last time I checked it is a penalty against any other team that is not playing the Texans.