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bubbajaxonbrown
04-27-2005, 12:46 AM
They've gotten faster. It remains to be seen on whether or not that is better. It's hard to believe losing 2 former pro-bowlers in Glenn and Sharper would make us better. We'll see.

michaelm
04-27-2005, 12:47 AM
I think that they may have either taken a small step back, or stayed even in the short term. But, I think that the moves have set the team up for real improvement in 2006 when AG, Sharper and Foreman's contracts are off of the cap... we will have a D that has a year of experience as a unit, is young, fast and athletic.
We will also have some cap room to pursue FAs and we will have some extra picks in the draft.
In all, I think that we can threaten for the playoffs this year and make a serious run in 2006.

Corrosion
04-27-2005, 01:10 AM
With the turnover on the defensive side of the ball this season have the Texans improved their personel .

First the LB's
M.Greenwood replacing J.Foreman i believe is an upgrade although im not so sure about Wong being an upgrade over Sharper and in relation to that Peek being an upgrade over Wong . This in effect is putting one player out of position and asking a volatile , mistake prone reserve to become a starter . No way i can call this an upgrade and is probably a huge loss at the position . Lets hope they prove me wrong . :thumbdown

In the secondary there is only one significant change with P.Buchanon replacing A.Glenn . This may be a physical / speed upgrade but when you weigh the experience / performance factors I think AG is clearly the better player . This I think is a downgrade :thumbdown

The D-line is one place i think an upgrade was accomplished with the first round pick (Travis Johnson ) almost sure to be an upgrade from the pathetic G-Funk , other than that its status quo . :thumbup

On the Offensive side of the ball there arent that many changes to speak of ...


QB stays the same .

The aquisition of Vernand Morency has to be an upgrade over the oft injuried Hollings and the slow to hit the hole J.Wells who makes the team based on his special teams play . So we have a plus here in terms of depth but no one should expect Morency to be the starter .

The O-line see's NO Change as far as the starters are concerned although 5th round pick Drew Hodgdon has some potential in a couple seasons . I expect DC to run for his life again mainly because of the poor play @ the center position ..

Tight end ....... Is this the season Joppru finally plays some meaningful time or will he continue to spend his time on IR ? ..... I wont venture a guess here and call it even .

That leaves the WR position . AJ is a stud reciever , Gaffeny is a viable 3rd option , Armstrong shows promise but hasnt shown us he can do it for a full season . Bradford .... just cant seem to get his hands on the ball enough (could this be the fualt of the O-Line ? or the fact that he just isnt good enough ?) Jerome Mathis the 4th round pick ran the fastest time ever recorded @ the combine in the 40 but is this the classic track guy trying to play football or does he have what it takes ? ..... Ill call the WR's a push for the time being as its unfair to judge the rookie without seeing him play .


Special teams JJ. Moses hasnt been spectacular on ST but he has been consistant and doenst turn the ball over , it seems that P.Buchanon or Jerome Mathis will be the PR / KR's this coming season . Both have speed to burn but will they hold onto the ball ? For now ill give them the In the secondary there is only one significant change with P.Buchanon replacing A.Glenn . This may be a physical / speed upgrade but when you weigh the experience / performance factors I think AG is clearly the better player . This I think is a downgrade

The D-line is one place i think an upgrade was accomplished with the first round pick (Travis Johnson ) almost sure to be an upgrade from the pathetic G-Funk , other than that its status quo .

On the Offensive side of the ball there arent that many changes to speak of ...


QB stays the same .

The aquisition of Vernand Morency has to be an upgrade over the oft injuried Hollings and the slow to hit the hole J.Wells who makes the team based on his special teams play . So we have a plus here in terms of depth but no one should expect Morency to be the starter .

The O-line see's NO Change as far as the starters are concerned although 5th round pick Drew Hodgdon has some potential in a couple seasons . I expect DC to run for his life again mainly because of the poor play @ the center position ..

Tight end ....... Is this the season Joppru finally plays some meaningful time or will he continue to spend his time on IR ? ..... I wont venture a guess here and call it even .

That leaves the WR position . AJ is a stud reciever , Gaffeny is a viable 3rd option , Armstrong shows promise but hasnt shown us he can do it for a full season . Bradford .... just cant seem to get his hands on the ball enough (could this be the fualt of the O-Line ? or the fact that he just isnt good enough ?) Jerome Mathis the 4th round pick ran the fastest time ever recorded @ the combine in the 40 but is this the classic track guy trying to play football or does he have what it takes ? ..... Ill call the WR's a push for the time being as its unfair to judge the rookie without seeing him play .


Special teams JJ. Moses hasnt been spectacular on ST but he has been consistant and doenst turn the ball over , it seems that P.Buchanon or Jerome Mathis will be the PR / KR's this coming season . Both have speed to burn but will they hold onto the ball ? For now ill give them the benifit of the doubt and say this is an upgraded area . :thumbup


All in all i expect the Offense to perform as it did last season , the Special teams to be much better and the Defense to be markedly worse .

I'd like to hear your opinions on this subject so flame away .

OzzO
04-27-2005, 08:51 AM
No fair extending your post with double copied text. :heh:

But I'll give it a go on my quick thoughts, following your method...

LB - Greenwood over Foreman, Wong from Sharper - push as tackles went to the middle anyway, Peek over Wong - as long as he keeps his head in the game. Plus

secondary - DRob 2nd year - plus, PB from Glenn - don't know enough about PB but age, cost comparison, better system - I'll say a plus.

Dline - agree with ya TJ over Walker, unless Walker some how turns back on his pilot light - then we have some depth. Plus

QB - 4th year, just get away from the happy feet and constant dump offs.. which depends on....

Oline - stays the same for the 1st time, so we'll see if that excuse goes out the window this year. Push

TE - Joppru, time to suit up brutha and see if there is anything behind the hype. Push

Special teams - agree with the burn vs. holding onto the ball... so a push on this one.

So overall - I think we're an upgrade, maybe some early growing pains while we accomodate the new blood - but long term, next year and beyond, we're better off

ThOrNy
04-27-2005, 09:58 AM
there is no way we have gotten better by replacing veteran D players like Sharp and Glenn but i do aggree with the plan to put a very talented and young roster together and let them grow together.

ArlingtonTexan
04-27-2005, 10:28 AM
I think this a different defensive team and an offensive team that will have more experience, but right now I think this still that joined the mediocore of the NFL 6-10 to 10-6 last year and has done nothing to go either way...so it option 3 for me.

FILO_girl
04-27-2005, 10:37 AM
How can I vote? I haven't seen the team play yet! :thumbdown
Too early for this poll!

TheOgre
04-27-2005, 10:38 AM
For the record, Wong is replacing Foreman (LILB) and Greenwood is replacing Sharper (RILB).

b0bby
04-27-2005, 10:42 AM
How many rookies are starting this season..... Maybe one........ Guys like Babin and Robinson coming back on the season where they are supose to show the most improvement! How can we have not improved.

Blake
04-27-2005, 10:48 AM
I think the overall team has improved. We didnt lose Foreman and Sharper and replace them with rookies. Vets are still in place at ILB. We added depth at RB/WR, and maybe get a replacement for Walker with Johnson. McKinney could be beat in training camp, and if he doesnt, more depth. We added depth at safety, and traded out our older CB, for a younger CB, who can return kicks. We really didnt lose any players via FA either. We kept who we wanted, and released who we did not.

TheOgre
04-27-2005, 10:53 AM
How many rookies are starting this season..... Maybe one........ Guys like Babin and Robinson coming back on the season where they are supose to show the most improvement! How can we have not improved.

Which rookie is starting? I don't think any of the rookies start unless we have another unexpected cut.

Honoring Earl 34
04-27-2005, 10:58 AM
:thumbup I don't know if we'll be better this year but we'll be much farther ahead in two years .

Corrosion
04-27-2005, 11:20 AM
They've gotten faster. It remains to be seen on whether or not that is better. It's hard to believe losing 2 former pro-bowlers in Glenn and Sharper would make us better. We'll see.

This is pretty much the point of my post and the overall question of the poll seems to be asking is speed that much more valuable than experience



there is no way we have gotten better by replacing veteran D players like Sharp and Glenn but i do aggree with the plan to put a very talented and young roster together and let them grow together.


This i can agree with to some extent



How can I vote? I haven't seen the team play yet! :thumbdown
Too early for this poll!

Opinions are like @**holes , we all have one

infantrycak
04-27-2005, 11:20 AM
Which rookie is starting? I don't think any of the rookies start unless we have another unexpected cut.

Yeah, barring injury, I don't see any rookies starting this year--I don't count Mathis as a KR as a starter. IMO Walker will remain the starter but Johnson will come in on rotation and some passing downs. Hodgson looks like a lunch pail workout guy who will really benefit from a full year in the Texans' conditioning program and learning the Texans' system and calls. Maybe an outside chance for him to pressure McKinney, but I doubt it this year.

Davis37
04-27-2005, 12:47 PM
Truthfully, I think the only part of our team that has gotten better this offseason is special teams... With Buchannon and Mathis returning punts/kicks our STs look promising. Our offense has a CHANCE to get better this year as our OL has had time to "gel" together. That doesnt mean that they will be better though. They might be better, they might suck as usual, we will just have to wait and see. Im hoping better! Our def is younger/faster, but that doesnt mean they will be better. Thats like saying that we should sign Randy Moss and put him at ILB and he will be a probowler cause he is fast... Some of you people make no sense at all. I think our def will either be good this year, or it will be 32nd. If its good, we may be a playoff team, if its 32nd, at least we will have a top 5 draft pick next year!

TheOgre
04-27-2005, 12:51 PM
2004 Defense vs. 2005 Defense

LDE R. Smith - no changes
NT S. Payne - coming off injuries both years so unsure if he will be better or worse
RDE G. Walker - came off injuries in 2004 and had subpar year. Was the subpar year due to age, health or both?
D-line Depth - TJ is an improvement over the guys they had

LOLB - Babin - should be better 2nd year than 1st
LILB - Foreman replaced by Wong - Foreman was the weakest part of our defense. Wong is a big improvement over him.
RILB - Sharper was our most consistent LB and provided stability. He lacked playmaking ability however. Greenwood has more speed, but he doesn't have a history of making plays in Miami. The verdict is still out whether this is better, worse or a draw.
ROLB - Wong replaced by Peek - Peek has raw talent and pure speed. He is also solid in coverage. He might be a liability against the run. Peek should provide more big plays than Wong, but he also might give up more big plays. He does provide the one thing this team has been sorely lacking, a pass-rusher.

CB - Dunte Robinson - should be improved from his rookie year.
CB - Aaron Glenn replaced by Phillip Buchanon - Glenn was fantastic in 2002, but hasn't been the same since. He got toasted a few times in the second half of the season when teams started to throw away from Robinson. Buchanon was having at least as many problems last year in Oakland. He has a tendency to go for the big play and it has hurt him. I think we might move backwards in this position in 2005, but I think Buchanon in 2006 will be better than Glenn would have been (at 34). A move needed to be made, I just am not sure Buchanon is the permanent answer here. Hopefully it was the chaos in Oakland that contributed to his poor play. He has the physical tools, for that I have no doubt. Hoke has his work cut out for him though.
SS - Eric Brown replaced by Glenn Earl - Earl came in and took over the job at the end of last year. He is more suited to stopping the run than coverage, as was the case with Brown, but Earl appears to be better at both (coverage and stuffing the run). I think he was a real steal in the 4th round last year. I think this is a significant upgrade.
FS - Coleman will man centerfield for the second year. He should only get better. He is getting up in age, but you don't need the speed as much in this position as CB. (Note: I'd like to see if Lord if getting used to playing FS this season. He might be Coleman's heir apparent if he is progressing.)
NB - While Faggins actually plays CB when we go to the nickel, he is considered our nickel back since he comes in for that package. He should be at least as good as last year. He has been one of CC's better surprises in the draft.

So basically we have improved at SS, LILB, and ROLB IMO. We also have improved the depth along the D-line. The verdict is still out what we have done at RILB and CB (Buchanon). LDE, LOLB, CB (Robinson) and FS could and should show improvement with their second year in their respective positions. I think we improved some from last year but I just am not sure how much.

HardCoreTxn
04-27-2005, 12:55 PM
I just heard a rumor that the Texans just got Zeke Moreno ILB from San Diego, has anyone heard of this? :hmmm:

michaelm
04-27-2005, 12:58 PM
I am not maintaining that individual players will make the pro bowl or anything because of their speed, but I do still say that the improvement in team speed will cause an overall improvement to the defense.
Caper's defenses are known for their aggressiveness and blitzing, but that hasn't been the case here in houston.
I still fully believe that with better pass coverage from the LBs and better team speed, Capers will feel a little more comfortable cutting loose the dogs.
I'm sure he's been frustrated that he hasn't been able to be more aggressive with his calls, but he knew that he just didn't have the personnel for it. The current personnel may not be exactly what he would like to have, but I still think we will see a much more aggressive D this season. Much more aggressive...!
Sure, it may cause us to give up a few big plays, but I bet we have amore big plays go our way...

michaelm
04-27-2005, 01:01 PM
I just heard a rumor that the Texans just got Zeke Moreno ILB from San Diego, has anyone heard of this? :hmmm:


they signed him weeks ago...

HardCoreTxn
04-27-2005, 01:21 PM
LMAO! thanks, I need to pay more attention :bag:

HardCoreTxn
04-27-2005, 11:29 PM
I cant find info on this transaction anywhere..Moreno is still on Chargers roster and not on ours...nothing is listed under transactions on eithier team site

TexansTrueFan
04-27-2005, 11:35 PM
to me there is no doubt they have improved, now besides payne, walker and coleman our defense is pretty young. it is better for now and the future.

gr8slayer
04-28-2005, 12:04 AM
Hell yeah, especially with the addition of PB.

ArlingtonTexan
04-28-2005, 12:13 AM
I cant find info on this transaction anywhere..Moreno is still on Chargers roster and not on ours...nothing is listed under transactions on eithier team site

yeah, Carlton Thompson had a note several weeks back, but it was never announced by the Texans.