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CloakNNNdagger
06-18-2010, 09:05 AM
Thankful for his opportunity and trying to make the most of it.


HOUSTON — Whether you look at them as baby steps or giant steps, it’s all the same to Malcolm Sheppard, who just keeps walking a straight path toward the NFL.

Sheppard, an undrafted free agent from Bainbridge who was a star at Arkansas, took another huge step this week. He didn’t just emerge from the Houston Texans’ mini-camp alive and well, he finished the camp with an invitation to team’s training camp that begins July 30, and had the coaches beaming about his progress.

“Probably the young kid who has surprised me the most through OTAs (organized team activty days) and everything has been this Sheppard kid that we got from Arkansas,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak told the media after the team’s final practice on Wednesday. “I’m not trying to put pressure on him or anything, but he’s been a very pleasant surprise.

Kubiak all but said he will give Sheppard every chance to make the team when training camp begins.

“I think he’s going to make a good push for this football team,’’ Kubiak said. “He’s played extremely hard, very physical, better athlete than we thought coming out. We thought he was going to get drafted but he didn’t, and we were lucky to get him.”

Sheppard, a 6-foot-2, 280-pound defensive tackle, was a force at Arkansas, where he had 24.5 tackles for losses, including nine sacks. He was twice named to the All-SEC second team defense, and arguably could have been an all conference player in just about any other conference in the nation.

Surprisingly, he went undrafted, but might have been picked if not for a nagging shoulder injury that affected his performance at the NFL combine.

“I had a slight shoulder tear,’’ Sheppard said. “It affected the way I ran and it affected my strength. I couldn’t train properly for the combine.’’

The day the draft ended, Sheppard’s phone started ringing with offers to sign as a free agent. He looked over the future and it took him less than a minute to choose Houston over the other offers because he felt he had the best chance with the Texans.

To say he has taken advantage of it is an understatement, but that’s in great part to Sheppard’s attitude, a bigger force than his pass rush.

”I feel like I’m a first round pick, because I got the opportunity to show what I can do,’’ Sheppard told The Herald in a phone interview on Thursday. “I take a humble approach. Some guys feel like they should have been drafted (and get down). Every guy in the world feels he should have been No. 1. But I just look at it as an opportunity. It doesn’t matter of you’re the No. 1 draft pick or a free agent, you still have to prove yourself. All you can ask for is the opportunity, and I just look at this opportunity as a blessing.’’

The Texans might have gotten one of the biggest steals out of the college crop.

“He has done a great job for us,’’ Texan general manager Rick Smith told the media this week in Houston. “What you look for is you look for some redeeming qualities, very similar to the latter part of the draft when you’re looking for… guys who have good football character and guys that have something about them that you like. He has shown flashes out here over the last few weeks that he is capable of playing in this league, and that’s exciting for him.”

Still, it’s one step at a time for Sheppard.

“I think I did pretty good. I got better every day, and that was my goal,’’ he said. “I don’t feel like I accomplished everything I wanted, but it was enough to be invited to training camp. The last couple of weeks I got a chance to work with the coaches and the players and learn a lot. It’s one step at a time. There’s the OTAs, the training camp, the preseason games — it’s one phase at a time.’’

He has heard the compliments and knows his name is being bounced around as a guy who could make the team, but Sheppard’s keeping both feet on the ground.

“When I hear that it just humbles me down even more,’’ he said. “It makes me want to work even harder. It doesn’t make me want to relax. It just give me more motivation to make the team.’’

Sheppard has always been an underdog. He didn’t play his ninth grade season at Bainbridge and was over looked by colleges coming out of high school. Houston Nutt, who was then the Arkansas coach, saw what should have been obvious: Sheppard is a powerful and fierce defensive lineman who creates havoc, a player who lives in the opponent’s backfield.

Now it’s just a matter of Sheppard proving himself all over again.

“It’s exciting,’’ said the ever-positive Sheppard, whose shoulder is now 100 percent. He doesn’t have to hold back anything. “It’s a lot of hard work, but a lot of fun. Every day I’m learning something new. I’m having a blast.’’

Sheppard is staying in Houston for another two weeks to work out with the strength coaches and run on his own, then he’ll come home to Bainbridge for about 10 days, then head back to Houston to work out on his own for another 10-12 days before training camp begins. He doesn’t mind the work or the grind. He relishes it.

“It kills your social life in a good way,’’ he said of his regimen. “You’re getting up every morning thinking about nothing but football. When you’re really focused on something that’s the way it is. You don’t have time for other things. You want to be 100 percent football.’’
It’s simply a matter of knowing what’s at stake.

“If you don’t take care of business, you’ll be going home,’’ he said. “There’s no time for slacking off. They can do without you if you don’t take care of business.

“The way I feel is that the good Lord has blessed me with an unbelievable opportunity just to be here,’’ he said. “It humbles me and makes me excited to be here every day I’m here, and makes me want to work that much harder every day.’’

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kiwitexansfan
06-18-2010, 09:09 AM
You know your weak in a position when the UDFA feels they have a chance to make your roster in their position. Especially when the UDFA is highly sought after (as much as a UDFA can be ).

HuttoKarl
06-18-2010, 09:41 AM
I'd really love to see this kid make the team...he's hungry to succeed while Okam is hungry for donuts.

nero THE zero
06-18-2010, 09:46 AM
More omens for Amobi.

HOU-TEX
06-18-2010, 09:47 AM
I've been hearing a lot about this kid the past couple days. I'm already going to be watching the Mitch during camp. I reckon I'll be keeping an eye on Sheppard too? Imagine if 2 rookies make the final DT rotation.

Maddict5
06-18-2010, 09:52 AM
More omens for Amobi.

id be thinking theres alot more guys like okam, bulman, deljuan etc worried about these guys than amobi

rmartin65
06-18-2010, 09:58 AM
Well, I need to go watch more Arkansas tape. I was expecting this guy to be cut, because like the Texans FO, I thought he had limited athleticism. The shoulder tear definitely would impact the combine and such.

This team's DT rotation could be really young. Mitchell, Sheppard, and Okoye are all rookie aged. Odds are one of them pans out.

nero THE zero
06-18-2010, 10:10 AM
I don't really understand why Okoye's age matters. He might be the same age as some rookies, but he's also had the benefit of 3 years of NFL training and coaching, and hasn't made anything of it. His age is pretty much irrelevent, unless you can explain to me what benefit a 3 year NFL veteran aged 26 has over a 3 year NFL veteran aged 23.

rmartin65
06-18-2010, 10:14 AM
I don't really understand why Okoye's age matters. He might be the same age as some rookies, but he's also had the benefit of 3 years of NFL training and coaching, and hasn't made anything of it. His age is pretty much irrelevent, unless you can explain to me what benefit a 3 year NFL veteran aged 26 has over a 3 year NFL veteran aged 23.

If it all clicks for him this year, then he is still young. Which is good, because the Texans can have him longer, barring injuries.

Wolfiegrrl
06-18-2010, 10:36 AM
I don't really understand why Okoye's age matters. He might be the same age as some rookies, but he's also had the benefit of 3 years of NFL training and coaching, and hasn't made anything of it. His age is pretty much irrelevent, unless you can explain to me what benefit a 3 year NFL veteran aged 26 has over a 3 year NFL veteran aged 23.

Physically, males don't stop growing until about age 21. When we picked up Amobi, his body hadn't stopped changing. That alone can play havoc on any athlete. Imagine playing in the pros and you are still trying to adjust to a constantly changing body.

I found this link interesting for general info: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20060614090736AAUWUnZ

CND would know more. I think that Amobi will be a beast this year.

El Tejano
06-18-2010, 10:38 AM
“I’m not trying to put pressure on him or anything, but I am putting the pressure on Amobi Okoye and the rest of the DTs."

Fixed it for you guys.

nero THE zero
06-18-2010, 11:09 AM
Physically, males don't stop growing until about age 21. When we picked up Amobi, his body hadn't stopped changing. That alone can play havoc on any athlete. Imagine playing in the pros and you are still trying to adjust to a constantly changing body.

I found this link interesting for general info: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20060614090736AAUWUnZ

CND would know more. I think that Amobi will be a beast this year.

So, it's your contention that Amobi has struggled the past two seasons because he has reached the age in which some men stop growing? I guess I fail to see the connection, even if that were true.

infantrycak
06-18-2010, 11:13 AM
So, it's your contention that Amobi has struggled the past two seasons because he has reached the age in which some men stop growing? I guess I fail to see the connection, even if that were true.

Amobi played well last year. How can you fail to see the connection between not being fully physically mature and not being at max potential performance level? Seems pretty obvious.

b0ng
06-18-2010, 11:17 AM
I'll be really surprised if Sheppard supplants a starter in his rookie year. I think Frank Okam is as good as done though.

nero THE zero
06-18-2010, 11:30 AM
Amobi played well last year. How can you fail to see the connection between not being fully physically mature and not being at max potential performance level? Seems pretty obvious.

She said the age in which men stop growing is 21. He was 22 last year. Whatever that age may be, it's that age for some men.

Further, Amobi played at 300 lbs., heavier than he was his rookie season, and he played worse than his rookie season. So, I find any argument about physical maturation being the cause of his play weak.

He has NFL size, NFL training, and NFL coaching, I don't really see how it matters that he's 23 or 25.

badboy
06-18-2010, 11:58 AM
Well, I need to go watch more Arkansas tape. I was expecting this guy to be cut, because like the Texans FO, I thought he had limited athleticism. The shoulder tear definitely would impact the combine and such.

This team's DT rotation could be really young. Mitchell, Sheppard, and Okoye are all rookie aged. Odds are one of them pans out.
You are reading him right. Kubes loves this kid's intensity and fire like he does Studdard. Sheppard will be a TC tool to push those assuming a roster spot. He might make the team but I'll be surprised.

ArlingtonTexan
06-18-2010, 12:02 PM
Glad the guy is impressing, but want to see how a smallish DLman holds up with the pads on.

HJam72
06-18-2010, 12:16 PM
You know your weak in a position when the UDFA feels they have a chance to make your roster in their position. Especially when the UDFA is highly sought after (as much as a UDFA can be ).

Yep, that's what I was thinking...

Maddict5
06-18-2010, 12:17 PM
out DT situation is going to be extremely interesting this year thats for sure. between the new guys impressing & amobi at his best pass rush weight, we might finally see a bit more production there. just hope the run D continues to hold up

TheRealJoker
06-18-2010, 12:49 PM
The more competition the better. I hope Sheppard can supplant someone.

I guess Zgonina is finally gonna retire? Mitchell and Sheppard combined are about the same age... that's crazy to think about!!!

beerlover
06-18-2010, 01:20 PM
very strong 2010 draft class, lots of UDFA's will stick w/teams. I just hope this evolution to a carbon-copy of the Denver system can hold up against the more prototypical sized teams of today (going undersized in trenches both sides of the ball)?

thunderkyss
06-18-2010, 04:10 PM
id be thinking theres alot more guys like okam, bulman, deljuan etc worried about these guys than amobi

I don't know if Bulman has anything to worry about. he is still involved in our DE rotation. So unless you see Mitchell/Sheppard sliding to the outside, he'll be ok.

thunderkyss
06-18-2010, 04:15 PM
I'll be really surprised if Sheppard supplants a starter in his rookie year. I think Frank Okam is as good as done though.

I think we'll be seeing Sheppard & Mitchell rotating in. We may even see them together.

I believe Okam's development is probably along the same time-table as Amobi's... this might be the year he has to show something. But I think he'll definitely be on the team for 2010.

Carr Bombed
06-18-2010, 04:44 PM
I don't know if Bulman has anything to worry about. he is still involved in our DE rotation. So unless you see Mitchell/Sheppard sliding to the outside, he'll be ok.

Bulman might want to start getting worried...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wEo1qL4q9U

This kid is a tweener and just by looking at some tape, it looks like all he did was make plays no matter where they lined him up.

Also when I went and watched some youtube clips of his highlights after reading this article. I found myself asking why anybody would question his athleticism because of his combine results. This is one of the things I hate about the combine. Seriously check out some of his clips.....do scouts put any weight into actual game tape anymore? This kid has one of the best bursts off the ball that I've seen at the college level....and he looked fast and quick while playing in the SEC (if you look very athletic in that conference...your very athletic regardless what happens at the combine.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWqQTEl5tU8&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89uaI1qXnD0&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIEdXn8pEco&feature=fvw

I can't believe this kid did not get drafted......he reminds me of Justin Tuck. A player who's quick and athletic enough to play on the outside, but also strong enough to move inside. Seriously, how can a player consistently flash those level of skills in the SEC and then go undrafted? I hope this kid makes the team....he looks like he has a ton of upside.

CloakNNNdagger
06-18-2010, 05:11 PM
Physically, males don't stop growing until about age 21. When we picked up Amobi, his body hadn't stopped changing. That alone can play havoc on any athlete. Imagine playing in the pros and you are still trying to adjust to a constantly changing body.

I found this link interesting for general info: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20060614090736AAUWUnZ

CND would know more. I think that Amobi will be a beast this year.

Wolfiegrrl, you're correct. Males can continue to grow to about 21, but some even up to 25 years old. However, this refers to HEIGHT. What's actually quite interesting is that well-trained drug-free athletes do not attain their peak strength until their mid to late 30's...............when most NFL players are gone........many from fatigue.......many from injury.

As far as NFL players, if the training is equal, I believe their 3 years of experience are more likely to allow them on par rather than their age factor..............of course, ONLY if their maturity, disclpline, focus, drive and their ultimate inborn ability are at the same level. Many huge strong players, young and older, don't make the cut in the NFL for long. You might be able to pick out one or two from past Texans pools. To me, from this point on, the latter factors are the most important question marks which will determine Amobi's performance/fate.

thunderkyss
06-18-2010, 05:22 PM
Bulman might want to start getting worried...


I'm good with it. After that post, I was thinking it might be nice to have better rotation on the outside as well.

Amobi, Cody, Okam, Mitchell/Sheppard

Mario, Smith, Barwin, Sheppard

Sounds good to me.

painekiller
06-18-2010, 05:22 PM
I can't believe this kid did not get drafted......he reminds me of Justin Tuck. A player who's quick and athletic enough to play on the outside, but also strong enough to move inside. Seriously, how can a player consistently flash those level of skills in the SEC and then go undrafted? I hope this kid makes the team....he looks like he has a ton of upside.

Thank you for the links, and I agree with you what the hell was wrong with the scouts around the league?

One factor has to be the number of teams going to the 3-4, they are looking for the bigger guys. But IIRC the Colts have been one of the best defenses in the league with smaller quicker guys for some time. Eric Winston talked how that combination of size and speed gives the OL fits.

I would love to see a package that got our quickest DL guys on the field at the same time. Everyone shoot a gap and meet in the backfield at the ball.

thunderkyss
06-18-2010, 05:31 PM
Bulman might want to start getting worried...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wEo1qL4q9U


His nick-name is "The Wood"

sign him up.. so long Timmy.

CloakNNNdagger
06-18-2010, 05:42 PM
His nick-name is "The Wood"

sign him up.. so long Timmy.

Thanks for the video. Be nice to translate into NFL intimidation.

thunderkyss
06-18-2010, 05:59 PM
Thanks for the video. Be nice to translate into NFL intimidation.

That's the video CarrBomed provided

CloakNNNdagger
06-18-2010, 06:24 PM
That's the video CarrBomed provided

Then I guess a thanks to CarrBombed.

Grforces
06-18-2010, 07:40 PM
It's great to hear anything about the DT position. Hoping that Amobi becomes the player we drafted him for is frustrating. I hope this kid does great and we can move past Amobi.

gary
06-18-2010, 08:18 PM
It is great to see a few young DT's in mix maybe they even make Amobi hungry to play better.

ATXtexanfan
06-18-2010, 08:23 PM
nice to hear and good luck to him

TimeKiller
06-18-2010, 10:43 PM
Awesome highlights. I would LOVE to see anything like that coming from the center of the :d:

He's partially deaf? I wonder if that had anything to do with him being undrafted? Maybe him and Barwin can think up a sack dance when they meet at the QB!!!!!

bckey
06-23-2010, 12:45 AM
Bulman might want to start getting worried...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wEo1qL4q9U

This kid is a tweener and just by looking at some tape, it looks like all he did was make plays no matter where they lined him up.

Also when I went and watched some youtube clips of his highlights after reading this article. I found myself asking why anybody would question his athleticism because of his combine results. This is one of the things I hate about the combine. Seriously check out some of his clips.....do scouts put any weight into actual game tape anymore? This kid has one of the best bursts off the ball that I've seen at the college level....and he looked fast and quick while playing in the SEC (if you look very athletic in that conference...your very athletic regardless what happens at the combine.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWqQTEl5tU8&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89uaI1qXnD0&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIEdXn8pEco&feature=fvw

I can't believe this kid did not get drafted......he reminds me of Justin Tuck. A player who's quick and athletic enough to play on the outside, but also strong enough to move inside. Seriously, how can a player consistently flash those level of skills in the SEC and then go undrafted? I hope this kid makes the team....he looks like he has a ton of upside.

Repped for an outstanding post. I just don't see how this guy went undrafted either and I think he will make the team easily.

CloakNNNdagger
06-23-2010, 07:23 AM
Most teams were not willing to take a chance on a player with a history of a "nagging" shoulder problem, especially when it compromised his performance at the Combine. Hopefully, this time, we plucked a diamond rather than a lump of coal. I feel the excitement of a positive return.

NitroGSXR
06-23-2010, 09:53 AM
Awesome highlights. I would LOVE to see anything like that coming from the center of the :d:

He's partially deaf? I wonder if that had anything to do with him being undrafted? Maybe him and Barwin can think up a sack dance when they meet at the QB!!!!!

Where does it say that he's partially Deaf? If its from the youtube videos... could someone PLEASE transcribe for me??

FWIW, no such thing as partially Deaf. Either one's Deaf or HoH (hard of hearing).

rmartin65
06-23-2010, 09:55 AM
Where does it say that he's partially Deaf? If its from the youtube videos... could someone PLEASE transcribe for me??

FWIW, no such thing as partially Deaf. Either one's Deaf or HoH (hard of hearing).

I think he is blind in one eye, actually.

drs23
06-23-2010, 10:28 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by NitroHonda
Where does it say that he's partially Deaf? If its from the youtube videos... could someone PLEASE transcribe for me??

FWIW, no such thing as partially Deaf. Either one's Deaf or HoH (hard of hearing).


I think he is blind in one eye, actually.

Don't tell, his nickname is "Lucky"?

Sorry, couldn't resist:runaway:

CloakNNNdagger
06-23-2010, 11:39 AM
I've never come across any source referring to any hearing deficit. But several sources have referred to him being "partially blind" in one eye. He incurred an arrow to his left eye at the age of 7, which apparently left him legally blind in that eye. That would certainly affect depth perception on the field.

HOU-TEX
06-23-2010, 12:17 PM
I've never come across any source referring to any hearing deficit. But several sources have referred to him being "partially blind" in one eye. He incurred an arrow to his left eye at the age of 7, which apparently left him legally blind in that eye. That would certainly affect depth perception on the field.

A freakin arrow in the eye?? Makes my eyes start watering by just the thought. Dang!

CloakNNNdagger
06-23-2010, 02:53 PM
A freakin arrow in the eye?? Makes my eyes start watering by just the thought. Dang!


And it was delivered by his brother. Here's piece built around the accident. Note the comments about Sheppard the player...........he evidently doesn't know his size.

Left Eye’s No Handicap For Sheppard (http://byu.scout.com/a.z?s=338&p=10&c=745925&refid=4781)
Story URL: http://byu.scout.com/2/745925.html
Alex Abrams
HawgsIllustrated.com Apr 13, 2008

FAYETTEVILLE — Malcolm Sheppard was about to go inside his house for dinner when he turned around to tell his older brother to hold his fire.

It was too late, though.

Despite repeated warnings from their parents, Malcolm and Zenard Sheppard had been shooting arrows made from wooden sticks at their house in Bainbridge, Ga. They thought nothing of it until after the freak accident.

Sheppard, who was seven years old at the time, didn’t see the arrow that nearly cost him his left eye until after it had left his brother’s bow.

Since then, Arkansas’ new starting defensive tackle has learned to view the world through only his right eye.

“I’ve been looking out of one eye for so long, it’s natural,” Sheppard said, recalling the incident last week. “I’ve learned to live with it.”

The childhood accident has made Sheppard’s left eye all but useless. The images are so blurry he tries not to look out of it.

Of course, it’s hard to tell by the way the 6-foot-3, 277-pound junior bursts off the line of scrimmage and charges into the backfield that his vision is limited.

“Malcolm is a special kid, and one thing we’re not going to do is use (his left eye) as an excuse for him,” Arkansas defensive line coach Bobby Allen said. “... So far I haven’t seen that to be a handicap.”

Sheppard no longer considers his vision to be an issue, and he instead has spent the past two weeks adjusting to his move from defensive end to defensive tackle.

Sheppard started the first four games of last season at defensive tackle, but he had some reservations when he learned he was moving back to the position before the start of spring practice.

Sheppard said he always saw himself as a defensive end, the position he started eight games at as a sophomore last season. But it’s not in his nature to complain.

The junior is soft-spoken and regularly uses the phrase “Yes, sir” when talking. He has also been the player that Arkansas’ coaches single out for having a team-first attitude.

So Sheppard went along with the coaches’ decision to switch him to defensive tackle.

“I’m starting to like defensive tackle. I just don’t like it, I love it,” Sheppard said. “I’m thinking about it all day. Just when I’m away from the field I’m thinking about my position or how I can get better at it.”

Sheppard, who’s regularly going up against offensive lineman at least 20 pounds heavier than him, said he enjoys the “fist fight” that comes with every play at defensive tackle.

Arkansas defensive coordinator Willy Robinson said Sheppard will remain at the position in the fall. Robinson believes the junior can be an inside force for the Razorbacks if he can control his energy on the football field and be more fundamentally sound.

“He has a tremendous motor. He’s a very prideful young man, and the thing is he’s so conscientious of doing everything right,” Robinson said. “Those are big-time qualities that are probably passed down through his parents and his coaches in the past.”

Sheppard learned discipline and the love of football from his father, Ricky, who works as a prison guard in Georgia. Growing up, Sheppard’s parents required that he and his four other brothers be respectful and go to church on Sundays.

They also taught him to not let his damaged left eye — which wanders to one side — keep him from playing football.

“It didn’t bother him like say (if other) people just give up,” said Evelyn Sheppard, Malcolm’s mother. “No, Malcolm wasn’t like that. He kept battling on.”

Still, Sheppard said he didn’t play football as a kid because he couldn’t pass the eye-test part of a physical exam. He also suffered severe headaches from the blurred vision in his left eye.

“No parent wants to see their child have that accident, where he could have completely lost the eye 100 percent,” Ricky Sheppard said. “... It was just a freak accident, but thank God that we came through it. But he didn’t let it stop him.”

Sheppard said his vision doesn’t hamper him on the football field, adding that he can see everything he needs to with his right eye. It’s all just football.

“I’m at the point in my life where it is either now or never, and that’s how I’m approaching every day at practice,” Sheppard said. “Every workout it’s either now or never.”

barrett
06-23-2010, 03:30 PM
I remember reading the article when it came out and I didn't follow up. I'm glad you guys did! His highlight reel is very promising. All the praise Mitchell has received as well as Amobi dropping weight to get quicker is going to make the DT's fun to watch this fall.


I can't wait for preseason!

So what was the "tear" that he references? Anyone know? Is it an injury that can nag?

HOU-TEX
06-23-2010, 03:34 PM
Great read, Cloak, +rep.

NitroGSXR
06-23-2010, 04:44 PM
Pirate Sheppard!

I smell an eyepatch giveaway day down the road.

Manning walks the plank! Arr arr!!

TimeKiller
06-23-2010, 04:45 PM
Where does it say that he's partially Deaf? If its from the youtube videos... could someone PLEASE transcribe for me??

FWIW, no such thing as partially Deaf. Either one's Deaf or HoH (hard of hearing).
I heard it (I think) on one of the linked videos.

I'm asking because you know, not because I'm trying to be a smartass (I have to clarify because 99% of the time I AM being a smartass) but if you are deaf in one ear and not the other...isn't that partially deaf?

I've never come across any source referring to any hearing deficit. But several sources have referred to him being "partially blind" in one eye. He incurred an arrow to his left eye at the age of 7, which apparently left him legally blind in that eye. That would certainly affect depth perception on the field.

Maybe it was a vision impairment? I guess so but one of those vids talked about his hearing....lemme try to find it again...

EDIT: It's this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wEo1qL4q9U

He really only says "Amazing story about Sheppard, he only hears out of one ear" and it cuts off.

NitroGSXR
06-23-2010, 04:49 PM
I heard it (I think) on one of the linked videos.

I'm asking because you know, not because I'm trying to be a smartass (I have to clarify because 99% of the time I AM being a smartass) but if you are deaf in one ear and not the other...isn't that partially deaf?



Maybe it was a vision impairment? I guess so but one of those vids talked about his hearing....lemme try to find it again...

Being Deaf isn't so much a medical label anymore. Either you are or you aren't. If you aren't then you're hard of hearing. Think about it... partially Deaf is an awkward statement although it's not necessarily incorrect in the English language but don't go around calling a culturally HoH dude partially Deaf. Hell will be paid.

IDEXAN
06-23-2010, 05:04 PM
Further, Amobi played at 300 lbs., heavier than he was his rookie season, and he played worse than his rookie season. So, I find any argument about physical maturation being the cause of his play weak.

And this year he's reportedly at a lighter weight than he's ever been in the NFL, so does that mean his body is now going in reverse ? No I think this whole explanation of his body being immature compared to other rookies when he came into the league because of his relative youth was a rationalization for a misguided pick by the Texans.
Anyway I beleive Okoye is older than both Mithcell & Sheppard,
so he can't use that as an excuse anymore, especially since they are rooks and he's now a 4th year vet.

CloakNNNdagger
06-23-2010, 05:07 PM
I remember reading the article when it came out and I didn't follow up. I'm glad you guys did! His highlight reel is very promising. All the praise Mitchell has received as well as Amobi dropping weight to get quicker is going to make the DT's fun to watch this fall.


I can't wait for preseason!

So what was the "tear" that he references? Anyone know? Is it an injury that can nag?

Some sources have referred to it as "tear" some "ligament tear." However, none of the sources have gone into anatomic details. Many lay writers refer to shoulder rotator cuff tears and labral tears as "ligament tears" even though neither are actually ligament structures. Nevertheless, all three situations can be caused by dislocation type of trauma and all "minor tears" can be treated conservatively with NSAIDS, ROM and strengthening excercises. If the pain resolves and the ROM and strength is re-established, the treatment is considered successful and surgery can be avoided. Remember ligaments and labrum and rotator cuff (tendons) cannot really be expected to repair themselves in that they have such poor supportive blood supply. If the tear is more major or is extended with recurrent trauma, pain may not be able to be resolved and ROM and strength returned, function at one point in time cannot be compensated by only strengthening of surrounding structures.......and surgery cannot be avoided. If we are getting half way valid information from Sheppard and the Texans, then we just may have gotten a real PLAYAA!

barrett
06-23-2010, 05:15 PM
Some sources have referred to it as "tear" some "ligament tear." However, none of the sources have gone into anatomic details. Many lay writers refer to shoulder rotator cuff tears and labral tears as "ligament tears" even though neither are actually ligament structures. Nevertheless, all three situations can be caused by dislocation type of trauma and all "minor tears" can be treated conservatively with NSAIDS, ROM and strengthening excercises. If the pain resolves and the ROM and strength is re-established, the treatment is considered successful and surgery can be avoided. Remember ligaments and labrum and rotator cuff (tendons) cannot really be expected to repair themselves in that they have such poor supportive blood supply. If the tear is more major or is extended with recurrent trauma, pain may not be able to be resolved and ROM and strength returned, function at one point in time cannot be compensated by only strengthening of surrounding structures.......and surgery cannot be avoided. If we are getting half way valid information from Sheppard and the Texans, then we just may have gotten a real PLAYAA!

And best I can find there was no surgery correct?

CloakNNNdagger
06-23-2010, 05:17 PM
I heard it (I think) on one of the linked videos.

I'm asking because you know, not because I'm trying to be a smartass (I have to clarify because 99% of the time I AM being a smartass) but if you are deaf in one ear and not the other...isn't that partially deaf?



Maybe it was a vision impairment? I guess so but one of those vids talked about his hearing....lemme try to find it again...

EDIT: It's this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wEo1qL4q9U

He really only says "Amazing story about Sheppard, he only hears out of one ear" and it cuts off.

You're correct about what you heard. But I will make book that the sportscaster got the wrong telepromter info:cool:........how many times have we heard announcers give stupid information, let alone inaccurate information?

CloakNNNdagger
06-23-2010, 05:20 PM
And best I can find there was no surgery correct?


That is correct. The injury occurred during the Liberty Bowl and he has not undergone any surgery.

CoastalTexan
06-23-2010, 07:48 PM
He needs an eyepatch with the Texans logo on it.

TimeKiller
06-23-2010, 07:54 PM
You're correct about what you heard. But I will make book that the sportscaster got the wrong telepromter info:cool:........how many times have we heard announcers give stupid information, let alone inaccurate information?

my bad :shrug:

Sheppard's potential: Something like Antonio Smith? I'd take that.

Hardcore Texan
06-24-2010, 10:24 AM
I'm excited about this guy. But *sigh* every year this part of the offseason rolls around I get my hopes up for a longshot like his guy will pan out and be a force.

So I am hoping for the best but I have learn to manage my expectations.

thunderkyss
06-24-2010, 03:43 PM
I'm excited about this guy. But *sigh* every year this part of the offseason rolls around I get my hopes up for a longshot like his guy will pan out and be a force.

So I am hoping for the best but I have learn to manage my expectations.

This guy is just icing on the cake. Barwin should step it up some, earning more snaps on the outside. If nothing else, that means Antonio may play more on the inside, unless Sheppard or Mitchell show they deserve more snaps.

I think Barwin proved enough last year, that he isn't a "longshot"

Antonio is the real deal..

Mitchell should push Amobi

Sheppard is icing.

Hardcore Texan
06-24-2010, 04:09 PM
This guy is just icing on the cake. Barwin should step it up some, earning more snaps on the outside. If nothing else, that means Antonio may play more on the inside, unless Sheppard or Mitchell show they deserve more snaps.

I think Barwin proved enough last year, that he isn't a "longshot"

Antonio is the real deal..

Mitchell should push Amobi

Sheppard is icing.

Sheppard would be icing if he just makes the PS, which is about as far as I think he'll go at this point.

thunderkyss
06-24-2010, 06:05 PM
Sheppard would be icing if he just makes the PS, which is about as far as I think he'll go at this point.

He was a backfield terror in the SEC.

You don't think he might have something worth putting on the field once??

DocBar
06-24-2010, 10:05 PM
With Bush's scheme, this guy could fit right in. Quick, strong DT's is just what the Dr. ordered.
When it's all said and done, I just want the best players on the field. I don't care about draft position or anything else. Put the best on the field, then allow them to play to their strenghts.

Hardcore Texan
06-24-2010, 10:10 PM
He was a backfield terror in the SEC.

You don't think he might have something worth putting on the field once??

Yes I do, but you see I am not trying to get excited about anyone at this point, especially a UFDA, reverse physcology and all that jazz ;)

beerlover
06-24-2010, 11:33 PM
if a player can standout in the SEC defensively chances are he can play in the NFL.

GP
06-25-2010, 12:20 AM
I like his long-term chances better than Barwin's.

Sorry if that's not a popular stance, but oh well. Sheppard looks very sharp and very well-accustomed to pass rushing. He looks so natural at it.

barrett
06-25-2010, 03:50 AM
Some key points against your theory that Barwin may not be a player:

He lead the NFL in rookie DE sacks in '09.

He has only played the position of DE for 2 years.

He has expressed intrest in some of the MMA training that Brian Cushing has been doing during the offseason that helps players with leverage and hand fighting as well as boxing to increase hand speed.

Most players make their biggest leap from year 1 to year 2.

Hardcore Texan
06-25-2010, 10:37 AM
if a player can standout in the SEC defensively chances are he can play in the NFL.

Don't you get it! He has no shot, none! He sucks!

*now the opposite will come true

GP
06-25-2010, 10:47 AM
Some key points against your theory that Barwin may not be a player:

He lead the NFL in rookie DE sacks in '09.

He has only played the position of DE for 2 years.

He has expressed intrest in some of the MMA training that Brian Cushing has been doing during the offseason that helps players with leverage and hand fighting as well as boxing to increase hand speed.

Most players make their biggest leap from year 1 to year 2.

I said long-term, btw.

It's a marathon....not a sprint.

infantrycak
06-25-2010, 10:51 AM
I said long-term, btw.

It's a marathon....not a sprint.

Aaron Schobel (10 year vet) disagrees with you.

Goldensilence
06-25-2010, 11:07 AM
Looks like the guy has a TON of upside and a natural pass rusher.

Hell if this guy was literally thinking about how to get better at his position every time he walked away from the field....cut Okam and get this guy reps.

GP I wasn't big on the Barwin pick either, but at this point I don't really care I just hope the guy goes out there and does great things for the team. He should look a little more polished this year.

barrett
06-25-2010, 01:34 PM
Some key points against your theory that Barwin may not be a player:

He lead the NFL in rookie DE sacks in '09.

He has only played the position of DE for 2 years.

He has expressed intrest in some of the MMA training that Brian Cushing has been doing during the offseason that helps players with leverage and hand fighting as well as boxing to increase hand speed.

Most players make their biggest leap from year 1 to year 2.

I said long-term, btw.

It's a marathon....not a sprint.

I don't think that makes any of those points less telling of his potential. If anything, it suggests that he could be a very good player for years to come. To have been that successful with such minimal experience might lead one to think that with increased experience, he should continue to improve.

I don't think "beginners luck" really applies in the National Football League. Especially not when someone works diligently to improve in the off season.

dc_txtech
06-25-2010, 04:09 PM
I don't think that makes any of those points less telling of his potential. If anything, it suggests that he could be a very good player for years to come. To have been that successful with such minimal experience might lead one to think that with increased experience, he should continue to improve.

I don't think "beginners luck" really applies in the National Football League. Especially not when someone works diligently to improve in the off season.

I pretty much agree with everything here. Except it seemed like Okoye had some "beginners luck".

barrett
06-25-2010, 04:41 PM
well, it will certainly be interesting to see him back at or near that playing weight for the first time since his rookie season.

b0ng
06-25-2010, 10:25 PM
I like his long-term chances better than Barwin's.

Sorry if that's not a popular stance, but oh well. Sheppard looks very sharp and very well-accustomed to pass rushing. He looks so natural at it.

I don't see what you could base this on since we (fans) have yet to see this player practice, much less take the field.

GP
06-26-2010, 12:24 PM
I pretty much agree with everything here. Except it seemed like Okoye had some "beginners luck".

That's what I am getting at. Hell, Busing looked decent at safety back in the preseason and it got him starter reps in the first few games of the reg season...and he was torched badly. Gone.

Obviously, Okoye/Barwin > Busing, but still...I look at the film on Sheppard and I see a guy who has good lateral movement as he's knifing around or spinning around his man. He continuously moves at an angle toward the QB, whereas I watch Barwin and I see a better version of Babin (Taking the wide loop around the edge of his man).

Sheppard looks impressive, and I think the shoulder bug is what made him go undrafted. Plus, he's small'ish for a DT. When I watch his film, it makes me think that THAT is what Okoye should look like on the field.

I am not severely "down" on Barwin. I just think there's a bit of a cult following around here that I don't connect with. Doesn't mean he's bad, it just means I still don't think he's going to be a long-term powerhouse for us. I'd love to be wrong, and I'd gladly eat crow without a fork if I'm wrong. I just don't buy the hype nor the first-year stats.

I will be watching Barwin this year. Very closely.

beerlover
06-26-2010, 01:06 PM
I like the fact Sheppard has embraced the move to DT, means he likes contact & will do whatever the team asks him to do but I can't shake the impression his natural position is not DT but DE in the NFL. relentless pursuit & strength for his size reminds me of a Dwight Freeney type, hustling pass rusher. I would think a team like the Colts would have their eye on the waiver wire for a player like him come preseason & 53 man roster cuts.

Regarding Barwin, as a project he remains on track his upside is still very high. Again its over projecting how a player fits in a particular scheme that defines his level of play so in Connor's case coming out I thought he would go to a 3-4 team like New England to play OLB. Sheppard is more of a three point stance down lineman while Connor is best standing up, but there is no reason why both can't carve themselves a nice little niche with the Texans is Frank Bushes defensive scheme.

CloakNNNdagger
06-26-2010, 02:24 PM
Sheppard looks impressive, and I think the shoulder bug is what made him go undrafted. Plus, he's small'ish for a DT. When I watch his film, it makes me think that THAT is what Okoye should look like on the field.

I see things pretty much the same. Thank G-d the Texans don't feel ANYONE is too smallish to player DT...........or any other LINE positions.:chef:

GP
06-26-2010, 04:41 PM
Sheppard looks like one of those Arizona Cardinals type of down linemen, maybe almost a bit like Antonio in a sense. Embraces the physicality, the hand-fighting, and buzz-saw instinct.

I see Barwin as being more of a fluid, "I'm going to get around you from the edge before you can put your hands on me" type of lineman. In the NFL, you have got to be able to control the battle with your feet AND your upper-body.

To me, Sheppard seems to understand that it's a combination of all factors and not just racing around the corner. With Sheppard's spin move, it looks like he;s still churning up-the-field with it...never standing still. With Barwin and Babin, it looks like the spin move is stationary as if that's going to completely throw the o-lineman off his balance or something. It doesn't. The o-lineman has time to recover and get his feet underneath himself and shove the guy to the ground or out of the play.

Sheppard is moving the man, or the pile, toward the QB. That's what we need: A closing pocket and not a bigger pocket created by Mario Williams and Barwin racing around the edges too far off the QB's drop-step. With our extremely versatile LBs in the middle, we need that pocket closing down like a hangman's noose. This is going to force throws, instead of a bigger pocket giving the QB time to step into the void and prolong the play.

It would make our DBs look like all-stars. Consistently.

GP
06-26-2010, 04:51 PM
I'd like to see this on downs 1 and 2:

Sheppard LE, Smith LT, Mitchell RT, Mario RE

And I'd like to see this on 3rd downs:

Barwin LE, Okoye LT, Okam/Bulman/Robinson RT, Smith/Mario RE

What this will do:

1. Puts tougher guys in the middle, guys who will hand-fight and go balls-to-the-wall in the trenches, on 1st and 2nd down. Puts Mario and Sheppard on the edges. Leaves Okoye/Bulman/Robinson for rotation throughout 1st and 2nd downs and 3rd down substitutions as well, keeping their legs fresh for that 4th quarter push at the end of the game.

2. On 3rd downs, let Barwin capitalize off Sheppard's style of play from 1st and 2nd down. Put a very rested Okoye in for Smith, let Okam/Bulman/Robinson eat up that interior and maybe draw the double-team or grab the RB if it's a run play near the center. This leaves either Mario or Smith to rotate with each other and rush the QB from the RE spot.

Barwin can sub for Mario on downs 1 and 2, as well.

GP
06-26-2010, 04:52 PM
I heart Frank Bush, btw.

infantrycak
06-26-2010, 06:32 PM
I'd like to see this on downs 1 and 2:

Sheppard LE, Smith LT, Mitchell RT, Mario RE

And I'd like to see this on 3rd downs:

Barwin LE, Okoye LT, Okam/Bulman/Robinson RT, Smith/Mario RE

That's as bass ackwards as could be. So Mario becomes questionable on passing downs? Smith is a run DT but pass rush DE? 1st and 2nd down you are going to play penetrators and then on third down stick in the run stuffers except at LDE. It's absurd.

thunderkyss
06-26-2010, 06:47 PM
I heart Frank Bush, btw.

I find it curious that you would start Sheppard at DE ( a position he has even less time at than DE) over Antonio or Barwin, who both played well at that very position in 2009.

1st & 2nd down, no Okoye... no Cody... It's kinda like you're slapping Frank with your man parts.

painekiller
06-26-2010, 09:50 PM
I'd like to see this on downs 1 and 2:

Sheppard LE, Smith LT, Mitchell RT, Mario RE

And I'd like to see this on 3rd downs:

Barwin LE, Okoye LT, Okam/Bulman/Robinson RT, Smith/Mario RE

What this will do:

1. Puts tougher guys in the middle, guys who will hand-fight and go balls-to-the-wall in the trenches, on 1st and 2nd down. Puts Mario and Sheppard on the edges. Leaves Okoye/Bulman/Robinson for rotation throughout 1st and 2nd downs and 3rd down substitutions as well, keeping their legs fresh for that 4th quarter push at the end of the game.

2. On 3rd downs, let Barwin capitalize off Sheppard's style of play from 1st and 2nd down. Put a very rested Okoye in for Smith, let Okam/Bulman/Robinson eat up that interior and maybe draw the double-team or grab the RB if it's a run play near the center. This leaves either Mario or Smith to rotate with each other and rush the QB from the RE spot.

Barwin can sub for Mario on downs 1 and 2, as well.

And if I'm an offense, I run right at you with a jumbo package. And by the late 3rd your small guys will be toast.

I agree with cak, you have it backwards.

Smith, Cody, Mitchell, Williams on 1st and 2nd

Williams, Okoya, Sheppard, Barwin on 3rd and long.

GP
06-27-2010, 01:59 AM
That's as bass ackwards as could be. So Mario becomes questionable on passing downs? Smith is a run DT but pass rush DE? 1st and 2nd down you are going to play penetrators and then on third down stick in the run stuffers except at LDE. It's absurd.

I've got Mario playing 66.6% of all snaps, and probably most of the other 33.3% except for situations when he's gassed and needs a rest. One of the chief concerns is how much he was on the field.

Mitchell, Smith, and Sheppard represent a gritty group of guys who are mean and ugly and ready to crack helmets. I want them on 1st and 2nd downs, especially with the LBs we have backing them up.

Then I want Barwin and Mario/Smith as my key pass rushers on 3rd down because of the o-line being worn down from those 1st and 2nd downs. The feet get sluggish, arms start sticking out in order to compensate for the sluggish footwork, and guys like Mario and Barwin are more likely to get around the edge in that scenario. Or draw a holding call while doing it.

Instead of putting Barwin out there on 1st and 2nd downs, reserve him for those downs when we need to get the QB to throw too early. Especially in the 4th quarter.

I don't think I have it backwards.

We're not exactly a monster dline who is going to stop jumbo packages anyways, no matter what down and distance the opposing offense is facing. That's not how we're built. We're built to penetrate the LOS and have those LBs swoop in and clean up.

New_Texans
06-27-2010, 03:07 AM
When Sheppard starts playing regular season games and I get to see what he can do, then I will get excited.

Carr Bombed
06-27-2010, 03:56 AM
When Sheppard starts playing regular season games and I get to see what he can do, then I will get excited.

If he starts popping off the screen during preseason I'll start getting excited. That's usually all it takes for me. If they play like they belong, they usually do.

b0ng
06-27-2010, 09:34 AM
Preseason is usually a decent indicator of individual (not team) performance and the so-called preseason superstars will more often than not see there way into regular season snaps.

I'm kind of shocked that fans are getting this excited about a guy before TC even starts and they get a chance to even see his chops. Especially since a main gripe about the HC is problems identifying talent or giving terrible players a pass to a job.

barrett
06-27-2010, 12:52 PM
I'm kind of shocked that fans are getting this excited about a guy before TC even starts and they get a chance to even see his chops. Especially since a main gripe about the HC is problems identifying talent or giving terrible players a pass to a job.

It's possible that we're 30+ days without any football news and people are just... you know.

By the way, it looks like Matt Schaub is wearing a different helmet this year. I wonder if he has had issues with the concussions. I know he has trouble hearing the play call. Anyway, point is, it's the offseason. People have too much time.

http://www.nfl.com/photos/09000d5d818305ab#id:09000d5d8184a591

ArlingtonTexan
06-27-2010, 01:20 PM
It's possible that we're 30+ days without any football news and people are just... you know.

By the way, it looks like Matt Schaub is wearing a different helmet this year. I wonder if he has had issues with the concussions. I know he has trouble hearing the play call. Anyway, point is, it's the offseason. People have too much time.

http://www.nfl.com/photos/09000d5d818305ab#id:09000d5d8184a591

I shouldn't be, but I just shaking my head over basically two sentences from Kubiak which said he will have a CHANCE to make the team. Usually, a player has to make some pre-season hit against some 4th teamer to get this type of reaction. I mean it is thread worthy news, but not let's see where he fits in the depth chart discussion worthy.

GP
06-27-2010, 01:32 PM
I shouldn't be, but I just shaking my head over basically two sentences from Kubiak which said he will have a CHANCE to make the team. Usually, a player has to make some pre-season hit against some 4th teamer to get this type of reaction. I mean it is thread worthy news, but not let's see where he fits in the depth chart discussion worthy.

I think, for me, I'm just ready to see some finality with the defensive line.

It's been more valleys than peaks, IMO. The interior part of that defensive line has got to just develop into something more dominating than it is.

At this point, I'm thinking it's going to be a complete unknown (such as Sheppard) who gets it done. Because the guys who think they have the inside track to the fame and glory of being considered "the man" on that line...well, they just are not excelling at it.

That's why I'm intrigued by the Earl Mitchell and Sheppard potential. It's like going fishing and you have two new lures you've been dying to test all winter long. If it makes the fish hit it, you're stoked. Can't blame a guy for hoping something better comes out of the gates when the games begin.

I like our LBs, and I surprisingly (for a change) like our DBs. But that d-line is killing me. If it becomes wicked good, then this team is a contender.

thunderkyss
06-27-2010, 07:01 PM
I think, for me, I'm just ready to see some finality with the defensive line.

It's been more valleys than peaks, IMO. The interior part of that defensive line has got to just develop into something more dominating than it is.

At this point, I'm thinking it's going to be a complete unknown (such as Sheppard) who gets it done. Because the guys who think they have the inside track to the fame and glory of being considered "the man" on that line...well, they just are not excelling at it.


GP, don't get me wrong. You know I value your opinion (check out the Avatar, not the one you wanted... but still).. But I feel you won't be happy, until the Texans are doing "exactly" what you want them to do. & it ain't going to happen.

Kubiak came here, 4 years ago, saying we will stop the run. That will then lead to getting the QB. Last year, I saw the best defensive effort that I've seen out of a Houston team in I don't know how long... but your post make it sound like they've done nothing.

You've got an undrafted FA getting major snaps before TC.

Trust me, I understand how this team has let it's fans down, year, after year, after year. & I know there are a lot of questions defensively, that can't be answered by "Mario played hurt all year"

But damn... is it really that bad??

GP
06-27-2010, 09:22 PM
GP, don't get me wrong. You know I value your opinion (check out the Avatar, not the one you wanted... but still).. But I feel you won't be happy, until the Texans are doing "exactly" what you want them to do. & it ain't going to happen.

Kubiak came here, 4 years ago, saying we will stop the run. That will then lead to getting the QB. Last year, I saw the best defensive effort that I've seen out of a Houston team in I don't know how long... but your post make it sound like they've done nothing.

You've got an undrafted FA getting major snaps before TC.

Trust me, I understand how this team has let it's fans down, year, after year, after year. & I know there are a lot of questions defensively, that can't be answered by "Mario played hurt all year"

But damn... is it really that bad??

Under Frank Bush, this defense is looking like it SHOULD look. But the defensive line is still, IMO, lagging in overall effectiveness.

I am not angry with the line. I'm just not fulfilled by their efforts. Robinson was hurt for the majority of the season, and I am hoping he comes back and plays like he did at the end of the 2008 season when he and Bulman were getting late-season snaps and really helping the defense out.

I do admit that I harbor some animosity toward Okoye, and I'm almost there with Mario, too. Not saying they are awful. Just wishing they were each a bit better. This defense needs the line to be unrelenting and dangerous on every down. They are doing better each year. I just want MORE.

76Texan
07-10-2010, 04:58 PM
I've watched 8 or 9 games that Sheppard played in, and I don't understand why he wasn't drafted.

Sure, he was very inconsistent.
He could look really, really good, and then turn to bad, very bad.
He played patsies a bit too much in the pass rush.

But the guys is versatile.
He played NT, DT, DE in the 4-man front.
He also played NT and end in the 3-man front.

I imagine his techniques are not polished having to play at so many different positions.

He has a decent chance of making the team.
If he shows oo well in the Pre-season, we might not be able to stash him on the PS.

threetoedpete
07-12-2010, 08:10 PM
Amobi played well last year. How can you fail to see the connection between not being fully physically mature and not being at max potential performance level? Seems pretty obvious.

I agree. But what is also not in question, is that after three years of being a step too slow or a second too late, we need him and we need him bad to meet team expectations for the first four games. Almost and so close,... is going to leave a very bitter taste in the fans mouths if we start out of the gate 1-3. Or worse. Maybe we are being to impatient. However, if there ever was a time for a player to step up in Texan's History and become beloved in Houston by her fans, It's AO and those first four games. He needs to be a mad dog foaming at the mouth wrecking ball. With out Cushing, someone is going to have to step up and fill that void. It's true he isn't the only one. But no other player has the potential to make enough of a difference to bridge the gap. Okoye has the talent to unleash the hounds of war....if he would just get his stinking mind right. and by God they desperately need him to find out how to do that this summer.

JB
07-12-2010, 08:20 PM
I agree. But what is also not in question, is that after three years of being a step too slow or a second too late, we need him and we need him bad to meet team expectations for the first four games. Almost and so close,... is going to leave a very bitter taste in the fans mouths if we start out of the gate 1-3. Or worse. Maybe we are being to impatient. However, if there ever was a time for a player to step up in Texan's History and become beloved in Houston by her fans, It's AO and those first four games. He needs to be a mad dog foaming at the mouth wrecking ball. With out Cushing, someone is going to have to step up and fill that void. It's true he isn't the only one. But no other player has the potential to make enough of a difference to bridge the gap. Okoye has the talent to unleash the hounds of war....if he would just get his stinking mind right. and by God they desperately need him to find out how to do that this summer.

I think the key for that to happen is for another player to step up & give Okoye some help. He played way too many snaps last year.

thunderkyss
07-13-2010, 12:56 AM
I agree. But what is also not in question, is that after three years of being a step too slow or a second too late, we need him and we need him bad to meet team expectations for the first four games. Almost and so close,... is going to leave a very bitter taste in the fans mouths if we start out of the gate 1-3. Or worse.

I'm telling you, it's a rotation problem. I blame Kubiak. They are playing those guys way too much... Mario should have had 14-16 sacks this year, but he keeps getting close, and not sealing the deal.

Antonio Smith probably should have had 10, but he plays as many snaps as Mario & Amobi.

steelbtexan
07-13-2010, 01:07 AM
It's not a good thing to mention Texan fans and the word impatient.

We as fans have been more than patient in spite of the inept CC years. Followed by the rebuilding Smithiak years.

We've lived through the hype years now it's time to prove it on the field. IMHO

TheRealJoker
07-13-2010, 01:11 AM
I agree. But what is also not in question, is that after three years of being a step too slow or a second too late, we need him and we need him bad to meet team expectations for the first four games. Almost and so close,... is going to leave a very bitter taste in the fans mouths if we start out of the gate 1-3. Or worse. Maybe we are being to impatient. However, if there ever was a time for a player to step up in Texan's History and become beloved in Houston by her fans, It's AO and those first four games. He needs to be a mad dog foaming at the mouth wrecking ball. With out Cushing, someone is going to have to step up and fill that void. It's true he isn't the only one. But no other player has the potential to make enough of a difference to bridge the gap. Okoye has the talent to unleash the hounds of war....if he would just get his stinking mind right. and by God they desperately need him to find out how to do that this summer.

They need to hire you as his motivational speaker. I'm pumped!!! Is your real name Tony Robbins?