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Jagsbch
07-13-2010, 07:43 PM
Is the running back position a bigger concern than the offensive line?







http://bleacherreport.com/articles/419727-texans-preview-10-concerns-heading-into-training-camp

b0ng
07-13-2010, 07:56 PM
I don't think the backfield is that much of a concern. Fumbles from the backfield, sure, but not as much as the interior of either offensive or defensive line. Or the secondary.

Texan4Ever
07-13-2010, 08:10 PM
I'm more concerned about our offensive line and our defensive secondary. The reason being is that our offensive line is the main reason why we weren't able to run the ball as our backs had small holes to run through. Our secondary is concerning because it is young and our division rival Colts would love nothing more then to tear our secondary apart.

JB
07-13-2010, 08:21 PM
I thought this guy was pretty much spot on for his first 8 points. I am not concerned about AJ's contract nor about the coaching changes. In fact, I think both of those situations may turn ito a boon for us.

thunderkyss
07-13-2010, 08:34 PM
The reason being is that our offensive line is the main reason why we weren't able to run the ball as our backs had small holes to run through.

Not exactly. The line was looking good from the Monday Night game on... from then, it was all on the Running Backs.

ATXtexanfan
07-13-2010, 09:05 PM
I'm more concerned about our offensive line and our defensive secondary. The reason being is that our offensive line is the main reason why we weren't able to run the ball as our backs had small holes to run through. Our secondary is concerning because it is young and our division rival Colts would love nothing more then to tear our secondary apart.

not reading the report .... this

Texan4Ever
07-13-2010, 09:16 PM
not reading the report .... this

My opinion was based strictly off of what I saw when the Texans played. I wasn't able to access the linkas its not workng for me.

ATXtexanfan
07-13-2010, 09:25 PM
My opinion was based strictly off of what I saw when the Texans played. I wasn't able to access the linkas its not workng for me.

exactly bro, the o line couldnt get us a yard and the secondary isn't full of gamebreakers. dont need to the read the article when you are a fan.

Jagsbch
07-13-2010, 09:27 PM
10. How will coaching staff adapt to new offensive coordinators?
After finishing a franchise-best 9-7 last year, the pressure is on the Texans and coach Gary Kubiak to earn their first ever playoff berth this season. At the end of every practice during Organized Team Activities in May and June, the team huddled together and chanted "Super Bowl."

Houston suffered several excruciating defeats in 2009 and could have been 11-5 or even 12-4 had a few plays turned out differently. As the Texans head into training camp, questions remain at several key positions. They include: running back, tight end, corner back and the interior offensive line. The uncertainty of wide receiver Andre Johnson's contract re-negotiation still lingers and the coaching staff needs to adjust to the additions of new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and quarterback coach Greg Knapp.

The heat will be on during the steamy training camp days in the Houston bayou.

1. Who will emerge from crowded backfield?

Without a doubt the biggest concern heading into training camp for Texans coach Gary Kubiak is at running back. Kubiak personally stayed after practice on several occasions to watch 2nd round pick Ben Tate’s individual sessions as he rehabbed from a hamstring injury. The Texans ranked 30th in the run last year and Steve Slaton led the team with just 437 yards. Slaton has recovered from a neck injury that caused him to fumble frequently last year and has worked on keeping a firmer grasp on the ball. Tate will fit in nicely with Dennison’s one cut and go attack in the zone blocking scheme. Second year back Arian Foster made major strides in the offseason and worked with the first team in OTAs. Chris Henry impressed the coaching staff with his bursts into the hole during spring workouts.

2. Can secondary withstand loss of Dunta Robinson?

After the loss of CB Dunta Robinson to free agency, the Texans hope first round pick Kareem Jackson can fill his void. During mini camp, Kubiak lauded Jackson for his experience in playing in a pro-style defense at Alabama and for his readiness to adapt to facing NFL offenses. The Texans coaching staff expect Jackson to start right away. At the other corner spot, Glover Quin has made major strides from his rookie season in 2009. Antwaun Molden, Jacques Reeves and Fred Bennett will likely battle for the nickel position.

3. How will Cushing's supsension impact team?

The Texans will sorely miss LB Brian Cushing during a four-game suspension to start the season for testing positive for a performance-enhancement drug. Though Cushing played with the first team during OTAs, one question to look at is whether he will receive first team reps in training camp. Kubiak has a couple of options during Cushing’s suspension - he can either start Danny Clark at strong side linebacker or he could move weak side linebacker Zac Diles over and insert Xavier Adibi into the starting lineup. Clark has experience starting at strong side linebacker in the past.

4. Can Daniels return for the start of season, if not who starts at TE?

Houston is in a unique situation at tight end with six currently on the roster. During mini-camp Kubiak said Pro Bowl tight end Owen Daniels might miss all of training camp as he continues to recover from knee surgery. Backup tight end Joel Dreessen is coming off shoulder surgery and Anthony Hill is also recuperating from knee surgery. In OTAs, rookie tight end Garrett Graham and James Casey split reps with the first team. In a worst case scenario, Kubiak expects Daniels to be ready for the opener against the Colts.

5. Who will prevail in kicker battle between Brown and Rackers?

The Texans will likely have an intense battle for the starting kicking position between incumbent Kris Brown and Neil Rackers. Brown has served as the Texans’ starting kicker since 2002, but struggled in 2009 when he missed two game-tying field goals against the Colts and the Titans. Brown signed a four year, $10 million contract before the 2009 season. Rackers spent seven seasons with the Cardinals before signing with the Texans in April.

6. Who will step up as interior line positions are up for grabs?

All three spots for the Texans interior offensive line are up for grabs. Right guard Mike Brisiel is back after missing 11 games last year with several broken bones in his foot. Brisiel is still playing with pain and will be challenged by Antoine Caldwell. Kasey Studdard is the favorite to start at left guard, but will be pushed by Chris White. At center, Chris White Myers has the starting position for now, but will be tested by Wade Smith, a free agent from Kansas City.

7. Can Orlovsky kick John David's booty in backup qb battle?

While the Texans are set at starting quarterback as Matt Schaub led the league’s top ranked passing attack last year, questions remain at backup. Last year’s backup Rex Grossman is in Washington and Dan Orlovsky is the likely choice to win the position. Kubiak is notoriously difficult on quarterbacks and it may have helped Orlovsky in his development. For now, John David Booty is the third-string quarterback and needs to learn the system before he can realistically unseat Orlovsky.

8. Can Defensive Line created added pressure in 2010 on opposing QB's?

Last year, the Texans ranked 25th in the league in sacks with 30 and defensive end Mario Williams was held to nine, partly because of injury. With Williams fully healed, defensive line coach Bill Kollar expects the fifth-year end to rack up more sacks this year. He needs help from his fellow linemen. Amobi Okoye has shed 15 pounds and looked quicker in OTAs. If Okoye does not produce, he could be replaced by rookie Earl Mitchell. DE Connor Barwin looked impressive in the weight room in the off-season and is making a bid for extended playing time.

9. Will Andre Johnson's contract be a distraction?

In May, Andre Johnson missed several days of OTAs to express his displeasure towards the team with his contract. Johnson has five years remaining on his current contract and will earn a base salary of $5.8 million. The University of Miami receiver will likely seek a deal similar to one the Miami Dolphins reached with Brandon Marshall in the off-season.

Johnson, team owner Bob McNair, and general manager Rick Smith said they are open on discussing the restructuring of the contract before training camp begins. Nearly two weeks before the start of training camp, there is no word on how close the two sides are to reaching an agreement. Will Johnson hold out if he is not given a new deal? If so, how much will a holdout cause a distraction for the team?

10. How will coaching staff adapt to new offensive coordinators?

With the loss of former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the Texans signed former Broncos offensive coordinator Rick Dennison in the off-season. The team has also added former Seahawks offensive coordinator Greg Knapp as quarterbacks coach. Kubiak has worked with Dennison before in Denver and Knapp has worked with Schaub previously in Atlanta. The head coach expects the transition to be seamless.




Omar Brown

They say don't mess with Texas, but what fun would it be not to rock the NFL boat now and again?

How did the Texans who had a 21 to 24 INT-to-TD ratio in 2007, and a 21 to 20 INT-to-TD ratio in 2008 wind up coming across as being the best passing offense in the league last season?

They say the numbers don't lie, but fact remains that the truth of the strength of schedule can make the numbers do just that. When taking stats into account one must be sure to preserve them with a grain of salt.

With only only 219 yards per game average, and just one touchdown to add to the four interceptions, the Texans exposed their passing offense as being anything but the best in the league when playing against three out of the four top ten passing defenses last season.

If 'the hold on to the ball too long' David Carr or Ben Roethliberger were the quarterbacks playing behind the Texans offensive line, yahoo would have probably ranked the unit 32nd rather than 6th.

When you play 9 games of your regular season, against the 27th ranked passing defense on average, and still not manage to make the 30 touchdown mark in a season, well how can the battle red flag not be raised, especially for a passing offense that was ranked 1st in the league?

Texans waiting till the 6th round to beef up the offensive line does more to hurt than help the Texans passing offense.

The interior of the Texans offensive line is the weak link of the entire offensive unit, and it starts with the finesse center who can be found treated like a rag doll by the monster tackles in the league.

The 2010 Top Ten NFL WR Tandem's (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/418937-the-2010-top-ten-nfl-wr-tandems#page/13)

Texan4Ever
07-13-2010, 09:53 PM
Thanks for posting the article!

Big Lou
07-13-2010, 09:55 PM
3. How will Cushing's supsension impact team?

The Texans will sorely miss LB Brian Cushing during a four-game suspension to start the season for testing positive for a performance-enhancement drug. Though Cushing played with the first team during OTAs, one question to look at is whether he will receive first team reps in training camp. Kubiak has a couple of options during Cushing’s suspension - he can either start Danny Clark at strong side linebacker or he could move weak side linebacker Zac Diles over and insert Xavier Adibi into the starting lineup. Clark has experience starting at strong side linebacker in the past.

I know we have to make the playoffs first, but for sh*ts and giggles lets say we do. Cush will just be getting in to the groove and will be fresher than some of the other LB's in the League. Getting Danny Clark back was a big help. Assuming that Cush is as good as or better than last year this could end up bieng a positive that he's out the first four games.

JB
07-13-2010, 09:58 PM
3. How will Cushing's supsension impact team?

The Texans will sorely miss LB Brian Cushing during a four-game suspension to start the season for testing positive for a performance-enhancement drug. Though Cushing played with the first team during OTAs, one question to look at is whether he will receive first team reps in training camp. Kubiak has a couple of options during Cushing’s suspension - he can either start Danny Clark at strong side linebacker or he could move weak side linebacker Zac Diles over and insert Xavier Adibi into the starting lineup. Clark has experience starting at strong side linebacker in the past.

I know we have to make the playoffs first, but for sh*ts and giggles lets say we do. Cush will just be getting in to the groove and will be fresher than some of the other LB's in the League. Getting Danny Clark back was a big help. Assuming that Cush is as good as or better than last year this could end up bieng a positive that he's out the first four games.
I understand your point and agree to it to a certain degree.

Big Lou
07-13-2010, 10:00 PM
I understand your point and agree to it to a certain degree.

To clarify I would prefer Cush for a full 16 games, I'm just going for that whole glass half full thing I keep hearing so much about.......

JB
07-13-2010, 10:02 PM
To clarify I would prefer Cush for a full 16 games, I'm just going for that whole glass half full thing I keep hearing so much about.......

Any other viewpoint might be suicidal at this point...

drs23
07-13-2010, 10:06 PM
I thought this guy was pretty much spot on for his first 8 points. I am not concerned about AJ's contract nor about the coaching changes. In fact, I think both of those situations may turn ito a boon for us.

JB, I'd like to hear your thoughts.

JB
07-13-2010, 10:20 PM
JB, I'd like to hear your thoughts.

Trust me, you would not.

But as far as the subect at hand is concerned, perhaps AJ comes out figuring he has to prove something.

And Dennison is much more in tune to what is needed out of the OL. Baby Shannahan was never a line coach, just a WR, QB, OC. He relied on others to tell him what could be accomplished by the OL, and how it would fit. Dennison knows the ZBS from a OL coach's perspective, and what it takes to make the running game work. BS knew the passing tree just like Kubiak does. Denver did not win SB's because Kubiak was a great OL coach, but because he was a great QB coach and called a great game plan after Denver discovered a running game.

And there are my thoughts. Take them as they are with a consideration that they are influenced by a healthy intake of JB.

76Texan
07-14-2010, 12:55 AM
Omar Brown



Is this guy just a reader who put in his comments?

76Texan
07-14-2010, 12:58 AM
Is the running back position a bigger concern than the offensive line?







http://bleacherreport.com/articles/419727-texans-preview-10-concerns-heading-into-training-camp

Matt Rybaltowski, seems like he's a free-lance writer, is he not?
Seems like he covered the Seahawks last year?

Some of his concerns are the least of my worries.
In fact, some represent the strength of our depth.

Texecutioner
07-14-2010, 01:04 AM
Secondary is the biggest problem followed by the offensive line. Kubiak's decision making is what I worry about probably third. Other than that, I feel pretty good about everything else.

76Texan
07-14-2010, 02:27 AM
Secondary is the biggest problem followed by the offensive line. Kubiak's decision making is what I worry about probably third. Other than that, I feel pretty good about everything else.
Tex, my thinking is this:

The secondary:

- The CBs:

Last year we started out without Reeves for what 4 games?
And then Reeves didn't start to learn to look for the ball for awhile longer as he gets acclimated with playing again.
(I don't like Reeves on a quick, buzzing receiver like Crabtree - but he ain't too bad otherwise.)

Dunta didn't have the best year of his career (even though I am in the minority who acknowledges that he played a good part in our secondary - but I never like the money we payed him.)

We also started out the year with rookies like Quin and McCain.

Molden played just briefly in the first game and then gone for the year.

Bennett tried to play over his head and ended up hurting the team before he was benched.

How can we be worse to start the year?

McMannis and Polk (Indiana - he played against the slot a bunch) are long shot, but one of them can also emerge in case the other don't pan out.
But I expect our other guys to improve as a group.
My concern here (at CB) is less than last year at the same time (before the season.)

76Texan
07-14-2010, 02:39 AM
The safeties:

Well, we will still start the year with Wilson, I hope.

But we didn't have Pollard to begin the season last year.
Barber was never thought of by most fans here as the long-term answer, myself included in that majority.
(But I also want to mention that after sitting in the doghouse for a long time, Barber came back and played pretty decent in weeks 13-16.)

Busing is going to be addition by subtraction.

I've watched Nolan play in 3 games his senior game; and while I wasn't high on him, I disagree with rrmartin. Nolan, if he can play under control (this is somewhat a Football IQ thing, somewhat similar to Bennett, but differently) he will be heck a lot better than Barber.
Basically, Nolan can be pretty aggressive, which is a good thing.
But he needs to know he can't do that when he's the last line of defense.
It's correctable, it's coachable... we hope!

Big Lou
07-14-2010, 10:52 PM
Trust me, you would not.

But as far as the subect at hand is concerned, perhaps AJ comes out figuring he has to prove something.

And Dennison is much more in tune to what is needed out of the OL. Baby Shannahan was never a line coach, just a WR, QB, OC. He relied on others to tell him what could be accomplished by the OL, and how it would fit. Dennison knows the ZBS from a OL coach's perspective, and what it takes to make the running game work. BS knew the passing tree just like Kubiak does. Denver did not win SB's because Kubiak was a great OL coach, but because he was a great QB coach and called a great game plan after Denver discovered a running game.

And there are my thoughts. Take them as they are with a consideration that they are influenced by a healthy intake of JB.

I'm anxious to see the chemistry of this years team.

Gibbs is gone
New OC
2nd year for the new DC

Maybe they have the right fit, who knows!!!!

GoGoTexans
07-15-2010, 12:18 AM
thk u for posting :goodpost: