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MojoMan
10-17-2009, 05:11 PM
OK, big Frank. This is your chance to prove yourself.

Frank Okam is a guy who I would like to see finally play up to his full potential and make this position his own for years to come. On paper, he looks like a prototype NT.

Maybe the Frank Okam era starts tomorrow. I will be watching closely with a sense of hopeful optimism.

Texans' Okam to start in place of Cody (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/fb/texansfront/6672615.html)

Frank Okam, who has been inactive for the last three games, will start at defensive tackle on Sunday when the Texans play Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium.

Shaun Cody, the starter at left defensive tackle, is out with the flu. He missed three practices last week.

Because Cincinnati running back Cedric Benson leads the NFL in rushing and gains a lot of yardage between the tackles, the 6-5, 338-pound Okam will play on the nose on running downs next to right tackle Amobi Okoye.

keyser
10-17-2009, 05:22 PM
Yes, sometimes players will seize the chance once it's given to them (see Miles Austin with the Cowboys last week). I haven't seen much out of Okam to make me think he's one of those players, but I hope he changes my mind tomorrow! If nothing else, this should give us a good idea of whether he is going to be a long-term contributor or yet another DT draft failure for us.

m5kwatts
10-17-2009, 05:49 PM
Wonder if its extra motivation going against former Longhorn Benson

DiehardChris
10-17-2009, 05:58 PM
Uh oh.

I love Big Frank, but uh oh.

Silver Oak
10-17-2009, 06:01 PM
Yes, sometimes players will seize the chance once it's given to them (see Miles Austin with the Cowboys last week). I haven't seen much out of Okam to make me think he's one of those players, but I hope he changes my mind tomorrow! If nothing else, this should give us a good idea of whether he is going to be a long-term contributor or yet another DT draft failure for us.

5th rounders are not unexpected failures. it would be disappointing as he does seem to have the body, just not the desire.

NitroGSXR
10-17-2009, 06:07 PM
Uh oh.

I love Big Frank, but uh oh.

Yup. That's exactly right. Uh-oh.

Wasn't Okam playing when those holes were gashed for big runs back in preseason as well as the Jets/Titans? Is that why he went inactive?

DiehardChris
10-17-2009, 06:10 PM
Yup. That's exactly right. Uh-oh.

Wasn't Okam playing when those holes were gashed for big runs back in preseason as well as the Jets/Titans? Is that why he went inactive?

I'm not sure, but the fact that 83 year old Jeff Zgonina is active every week and Okam is not should tell us all we need to know about how much confidence the Texans have in Okam right now.

Sure, he'll look good on a couple of plays here and there, but he's wildly inconsistent and gets gassed in a way I would expect from a dude his size.

I guess DelJuan is still hurting if he's not starting at this position ahead of Okam?

DexmanC
10-17-2009, 06:12 PM
In terms of attitude, Big Frank is no John Henderson.

He's more like Big Tim from Malcolm and Eddie.

"Helloooo"

lol

Clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooQrjBkdoKw)

TheRealJoker
10-17-2009, 06:13 PM
We need Okam to be a beast and take the starting NT job. It would be great if he decides tomorrow that the Okam era has begun against starters instead of just preseason backups.

CloakNNNdagger
10-17-2009, 06:18 PM
Against the Bengals, I predict that Okam at least matches his season tackle total.:tiphat:

DexmanC
10-17-2009, 07:01 PM
Against the Bengals, I predict that Okam at least matches his season tackle total.:tiphat:

I'll raise ya, and say he'll DOUBLE it.

:kingkong:

threeputtsam
10-17-2009, 09:34 PM
Okam sucks

MojoMan
10-17-2009, 09:52 PM
Okam sucks

That was not very nice. I hope you will be willing to apologize to Big Frank here on this board if he plays well tomorrow.

:)

TheIronDuke
10-17-2009, 10:20 PM
I'd rather Okam replace Myers.

False Start
10-17-2009, 10:39 PM
I'd rather Okam replace Myers.

I'd rather have my aunt who weighs about 3 bills replace Myers, she couldn't do any worse. :thisbig:

CloakNNNdagger
10-18-2009, 07:52 AM
I'd rather Okam replace Myers.

Goal line p:aggressive:ower running back.

Lucky
10-18-2009, 07:59 AM
I remember that some internet scribe in an '08 draft recap wrote that the Texans planned to move Okam to the offensive line. He was mistaken, but maybe that's not such a bad idea. He doesn't seem to have the defensive mentality.

DexmanC
10-18-2009, 09:16 AM
I remember that some internet scribe in an '08 draft recap wrote that the Texans planned to move Okam to the offensive line. He was mistaken, but maybe that's not such a bad idea. He doesn't seem to have the defensive mentality.

Okam is not a good enough technician to move to the O-line. It's a
whole 'nother ballgame.

NitroGSXR
10-18-2009, 09:19 AM
Okam is not a good enough technician to move to the O-line. It's a
whole 'nother ballgame.

But it does take a lot of 'smarts' to play on the offensive line. My understanding is that Okam's a very bright person. I kinda like the idea. He won't get gassed as much but he'll never be a ZBS lineman. Too much running involved. Maybe if he was on the Cowgirls or a team with a big, power offensive line.

threeputtsam
10-18-2009, 09:26 AM
That was not very nice. I hope you will be willing to apologize to Big Frank here on this board if he plays well tomorrow.

:)

I'll be more than happy to apologize if I'm wrong, but for the first 8 years of this franchise, the players, coaches, and front office should be apoligizing to me and all the fans.

MojoMan
10-18-2009, 03:22 PM
A very impressive showing by the Texans defense today, anchored in the middle by Big Frank Okam.

:)

Jackie Chiles
10-18-2009, 03:23 PM
A very impressive showing by the Texans defense today, anchored in the middle by Big Frank Okam.

:)

I want to believe that but I sure did see a lot of Zgonina in there today. I was not paying particular attention to it though.

ATXtexanfan
10-18-2009, 05:09 PM
was okam the missing link?

DexmanC
10-18-2009, 06:35 PM
was okam the missing link?

Actually. Zgonina was the most consistent interior lineman of the game
today. Damn shame, too. Frank needed to step up, and he's just "meh."

barrett
10-18-2009, 06:38 PM
I'm starting my "DelJuan Robinson is our best defensive tackle why isn't he playing????!!!!!" investigation again.

mariowillshine15
10-18-2009, 06:44 PM
Whoever it was they helped shut down Benson today. I dont care who it is if it keeps working.

Keep up the good work.

barrett
10-18-2009, 06:48 PM
i can assure you it wasn't 97.

badboy
10-19-2009, 12:38 PM
I'm starting my "DelJuan Robinson is our best defensive tackle why isn't he playing????!!!!!" investigation again.Well the coaches have Z and Okam ahead of DelJuan.