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EmDiggy
04-08-2011, 08:51 AM
Good Morning TexansTalk! Saturday Morning I will be interviewing Connor Barwin on "The Football Gameplan Radio Show" at 11am EST.. What questions would you like me to ask him?

You can listen to the show live at www.blogtalkradio.com/footballgameplan
and the Call-in number is (323)657-1489

Thanks for your input gang...you guys did an AWESOME job with Fan questions! I really appreciate that!:smooch:

idymoe
04-08-2011, 11:13 AM
Obvious ones. How is the strength in the ankle? Overall strength in leg compared to healthy leg. What is he doing to learn his responsibilities in Phillips' 3-4? I remember an interview during his combine when he said he thought his best position in the NFL could be OLB in a 3-4. How does he feel about that now?

Ole Miss Texan
04-08-2011, 12:05 PM
Will he please please get 100% fully recovered so he can become an All Pro OLB!!???

Obvious questions regarding the injury, his rehab and if there could be any lingering issues associated with the injury.

Also, about Wade's playbook. If he's allowed to study (on his own) some of what Wade may implement. And what he thinks Wade will bring to the defense that they haven't had.

EmDiggy
04-08-2011, 02:41 PM
Thanks Gang as always!! It should be a great interview!

steelbtexan
04-08-2011, 03:38 PM
Ask him if going on a humanitarian mission set his rehab back.

If he says it didn't ask him how his fully rehabbed ankle is doing and how he thinks it will hold up to the riggors of an NFL season. If there is a season.

Dutchrudder
04-08-2011, 04:00 PM
Ask him if he blames Antonio Smith for losing his balance and falling down and Rolling over his ankle.

Ask him what sort of workouts or physical fitness he is capable of doing at this time. Ie jogging, running, type of weight lifting upper/lower body and the weight he uses.

Has he been training with any other Texans? If so, who? If he says Cushing, ask him about the workouts.


Keep up the good work EMdiggy!

Wolf6151
04-08-2011, 04:13 PM
Ask him how the injury has affected his lateral agility and explosiveness. Where does he feel that he'll fit into Phillips 3-4 system? Has he talked with Phillips about the 3-4 and Barwins role? Has he had the chance to study a Phillips 3-4 play book? I envision Barwin as the SOLB in Phillips system, where does he see himself?

Also ask him if he knows anything about other injured players (Ryans and Tate) and how their rehab is going?

TimeKiller
04-08-2011, 04:15 PM
How would he feel about the texans taking another OLB to rush the passer at 11?

Ask how he felt about being a situational guy and how he feels about being expected to play every down.

Ask is he feels (or really, if he's aware) that his presence is a big reason why the Texans think they have the talent to make the switch to 3-4.

Rey
04-08-2011, 06:28 PM
Ask him when/if he expects to get to pre-injury form.

Also can you ask him if he is expecting to play on the strong or weak side.

CloakNNNdagger
04-08-2011, 07:01 PM
How many times have you heard any player say that he is NOT "there" or almost "there" .......unless they can't crawl to the microphone?

Because of the type of injury that he sustained, and the position he is expected to play, besides the obvious importance of regaining muscular strength, the maneuver that is most difficult to regain with stability is that of sharply "cutting." If he regains this, he will probably regain close to his preinjury status. If not, he won't. Optimal performance should not be expected before the end of the season, if not next season.

Rey
04-08-2011, 07:08 PM
How many times have you heard any player say that he is NOT "there" or almost "there" .......unless they can't crawl to the microphone?

Because of the type of injury that he sustained, and the position he is expected to play, besides the obvious importance of regaining muscular strength, the maneuver that is most difficult to regain with stability is that of sharply "cutting." If he regains this, he will probably regain close to his preinjury status. If not, he won't. Optimal performance should not be expected before the end of the season, if not next season.

See...That's what I'm worried about...

With him and Demeco...

Lot's of folks just penciling these guys in as productive starters, but I'm not going to be sold on it until I see it. Especially with Barwin...

Rey
04-08-2011, 07:09 PM
How many times have you heard any player say that he is NOT "there" or almost "there" .......unless they can't crawl to the microphone?

Because of the type of injury that he sustained, and the position he is expected to play, besides the obvious importance of regaining muscular strength, the maneuver that is most difficult to regain with stability is that of sharply "cutting." If he regains this, he will probably regain close to his preinjury status. If not, he won't. Optimal performance should not be expected before the end of the season, if not next season.

See...That's what I'm worried about...

With him and Demeco...

Lot's of folks just penciling these guys in as productive starters, but I'm not going to be sold on it until I see it. Especially with Barwin...

I would not count on Barwin to be a starter there...I'd definitely bring in some competition for his spot.

SAMURAITEXAN
04-08-2011, 08:25 PM
Ask him when he is expecting to become all pro OLB. And, please tell him that we all love him and hoping for full recovery.

edo783
04-08-2011, 08:55 PM
I am worried about Barwin and Meco getting back anywhere near normal this year and doubt very much that Meco ever gets there given the nature of his injury.

steelbtexan
04-08-2011, 09:01 PM
How many times have you heard any player say that he is NOT "there" or almost "there" .......unless they can't crawl to the microphone?

Because of the type of injury that he sustained, and the position he is expected to play, besides the obvious importance of regaining muscular strength, the maneuver that is most difficult to regain with stability is that of sharply "cutting." If he regains this, he will probably regain close to his preinjury status. If not, he won't. Optimal performance should not be expected before the end of the season, if not next season.

If you had to guess,

Which one of Ryans or Barwin would be closest to 100% to begin the 2011 season ?

CloakNNNdagger
04-08-2011, 09:30 PM
If you had to guess,

Which one of Ryans or Barwin would be closest to 100% to begin the 2011 season ?


Barwin's road to recovery is dependent on what I wrote above and will probably be predictable.

Demeco with his ruptured Achilles unfortunately may be more predictable......but in a bad way. This is the most quoted study for such an injury in an NFL player. I would suggest that anyone interested in this serious injury carefully read this little summary taken from Epidemiology and outcomes of Achilles tendon ruptures in the National Football League presented at American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 73rd Annual Meeting, Chicago, March 2006.

Compared to the general population, athletes in the National Football League (NFL) are at increased risk for injury because the game involves explosive acceleration and sudden changes in direction.3 Very little is known about the epidemiology of Achilles tendon ruptures in the NFL. Utilizing data publicly available on the Internet, one retrospective review identified 31 Achilles tendon ruptures in NFL players over a five-year period (5.2 injuries/year).3 During the 2008-2009 NFL season, six players suffered season-ending Achilles tendon ruptures. Although the incidence of Achilles rupture is low, 0.93% per NFL game, nearly 36% of affected players never return to playing at the NFL level.3

Parekh et al used a player’s power rating as a measure of functional outcome in the evaluation of “skill players” in the NFL, which included defensive tackles, cornerbacks, linebackers, wide receivers, and running backs.3 The power rating is a measure of a player’s performance using statistics gathered during game play, such as passing and rushing yards for an offensive player and tackles and interceptions for a defensive player. This study showed that 31 acute Achilles tendon ruptures occurred in NFL players between 1997 and 2002. The average age of a player sustaining a rupture was 29, with an average career before injury spanning six years.

Of the 31 players who sustained an Achilles tendon rupture, 21 (64%) returned to play in the NFL at an average of 11 months after injury. In the three seasons following their return, those 21 players saw significant decreases in games played and power ratings compared to the three seasons preceding the injury.

The percentage of players returning to play at the NFL level is consistent with a meta-analysis performed by Bhandari4 in 2002. The authors reported return to function rates of 63% for patients treated nonoperatively and 71% for those treated operatively. If we assume that all the NFL players were treated operatively, as would be the standard for young athletes, the return to play rate of 64% is slightly lower than the 71% reported in the meta-analysis. This difference could be attributed to the excessive demands placed on the operatively repaired Achilles tendon in NFL players combined with a body size, strength, and explosiveness that would further increase these demands.

The length of time to allow full activity after Achilles tendon repair is generally thought to be four to six months.4-6 The 11 months needed to return to play as a professional football player seems considerably longer. However, there is a major difference between allowing full activity and returning to play in the NFL. Even when the typical patient is allowed to participate in full activity, it does not mean that he or she is adequately rehabilitated to perform at maximal efforts. Studies to determine maximal improvement after surgical treatment are lacking in the orthopedic literature.

Furthermore, in the reviewed 21 NFL skill players who returned to play, there were significant decreases in games played per season (11.67 games per year pre-injury versus 6.17 games per year postinjury) when averaged over the three seasons before the injury and the three seasons after the injury.3 There were also decreases averaging nearly 50% in power ratings of the returning players for the three seasons after the injury compared to the three seasons before the injury. These data indicate that even in players able to return to their former level of play, the quality of play may suffer permanently.

EmDiggy
04-09-2011, 08:06 AM
AWESOME Guys!!! Tune in today for the show and as always, I'm giving TexansTalk the BIGGEST shout out!

Wolf
04-09-2011, 08:49 AM
thanks for the info ..rep to ya!

EmDiggy
04-09-2011, 02:56 PM
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Here's the show recap guys!! Thanks again!!

Wolf
04-09-2011, 03:39 PM
about 64 minutes into it

ankle rehab is going well .. about month away from being 100 percent.
liking the new role in 3-4.. matches his skill set at sam or will.. great opportunity

feels he can play either side. he would like to play the Will (kinda what demarcus ware did) but either side is good.

loves the Texans d-line...awesome guys. very talented players on the line.. he is excited

he is in Houston and is with other players doing conditioning at Rice university.

preparing for the mental side of the 3-4... he was given parts of playbook, pictures and DVD's and he has been watching and studying what he had been given earlier.

76Texan
04-09-2011, 04:40 PM
Very telling is the part where he says in his first year with the Texans, there were a lot of packages that are just like the 3-4 (basically, they were 3-4 or variations of the 3-4; and I've been saying that the Texans system have a lot of similarities to Wade's 3-4; some of their packages are exactly the same; some are variations but with the same responsibilities for players lining up at the same spots or basically the same spots.)

Also, Barwin indicates that he's close to 100%, which reiterates what Kubiak said: that he expected Barwin to recover well.

TimeKiller
04-10-2011, 03:27 PM
Ask is he feels (or really, if he's aware) that his presence is a big reason why the Texans think they have the talent to make the switch to 3-4.

Appreciate you throwin in this question...ha, he kind of disagreed and then agreed by saying he doesn't think he's the reason they switched but then said they did see him as an OLB, even throwing in packages for him.

The BIG reason they switched might be bringing in Phillips but it certainly helps that they have at least one decent candidate to be the rush backer. Not like they have a classic big NT (at that, they're relying more on a 2nd round backer than a top ten DT) or a secondary capable of supporting a blitzing defense. I think Cushing's versatility also helps.

CloakNNNdagger
04-10-2011, 06:55 PM
Appreciate you throwin in this question...ha, he kind of disagreed and then agreed by saying he doesn't think he's the reason they switched but then said they did see him as an OLB, even throwing in packages for him.

The BIG reason they switched might be bringing in Phillips but it certainly helps that they have at least one decent candidate to be the rush backer. Not like they have a classic big NT (at that, they're relying more on a 2nd round backer than a top ten DT) or a secondary capable of supporting a blitzing defense. I think Cushing's versatility also helps.

It appears that there is significant uncertainty at EVERY D position, whether it be due to injury/recovery, a pattern of inconsistent performance or appropriateness of position in a new scheme.

I believe that the Texans are grossly understating the ease of transition for obvious PR reasons. Even if we were using a mixed form of 3-4 in past years, it isn't the one we will be using this year. The personel we have are very questionable to that end. The playbooks are indeed in the hands of the players. However, further complicating things occurs if the lockout extends into the preseason. Having spoken to a number of NFL players in the past, the playbook offers "the basics" of a scheme. The meat of the scheme resides in the mechanics and realtime algorithm that can only be coached on the field.

Players even now would routinely be able to ask their new coaches questions they have about the new playbook. Even the established veterans in this case could not mentor the younger players in that that are not familiar with Wade's D...............add to that, most of the present personel have not played the true 3-4.

False Start
04-11-2011, 10:48 AM
Cool piece EmDiggy. Keep bringing those Texans interviews. :texflag: