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76Texan
11-26-2012, 05:14 PM
Was listening to it on 610, but I missed the first part.
Anybody caught it?

Sounds like James is day-to-day but will probably miss the next game.
Texans don't plan to bring in anybody new.

Tate is not practicing today (?) but should be back tomorrow.

76Texan
11-26-2012, 05:15 PM
Pro Football Weekly ‏@ProFootballWkly
RT @NickScurfield: Rookie Whitney Mercilus starts at Will LB while Brooks Reed is out. Connor Barwin moves over to Sam #Texans

Lance Zierlein ‏@LanceZierlein
The SAM LB spot is a much better fit for Barwin who is a natural at that position. Mercilus gives Texans better edge speed at WLB now.

Lance Zierlein ‏@LanceZierlein
The loss of Brooks Reed may end up changing the future of the Texans OLB rotation and starting spots for years to come. We'll see.

Nick Scurfield ‏@NickScurfield
Kubiak said 2nd-year OLB Bryan Braman will be part of the rotation w/ Connor Barwin & Whitney Mercilus #Texans

Tania Ganguli ‏@taniaganguli
"We went from suiting 9 linebackers up ... to now if we played a game today there'd be 7 available players," Kubiak #Texans

Tania Ganguli ‏@taniaganguli
"Braman's been an exceptional special teams player for us. ... He's very talented. He can rush the passer. He can run." Kubiak said.Yeah, I heard all that, too.

JCTexan
11-26-2012, 05:19 PM
Lance Zierlein ‏@LanceZierlein
The loss of Brooks Reed may end up changing the future of the Texans OLB rotation and starting spots for years to come. We'll see.

What would they do differently?

76Texan
11-26-2012, 05:20 PM
Shaun Cody is back. He should play this week.

J Jo is day to day, may be available.

76Texan
11-26-2012, 05:21 PM
What would they do differently?

Barwin to play more at SOLB instead of his normal spot at WOLB.

thunderkyss
11-26-2012, 05:22 PM
What would they do differently?

It moves Connor Barwin to SAM & allows us to put a true pass-rusher at the WOLB.

Maybe it will also open the doors for a Cushing/Reed ILB for the future.

nero THE zero
11-26-2012, 05:24 PM
What would they do differently?

I think the presumption is that Mercilus becomes a fixture (as a natural fit) at WOLB and forces more competition at SOLB for Barwin and Reed.

Rey
11-26-2012, 05:25 PM
Barwin is a much better fit a SOLB...

And Merci is a better fit for the WOLB position than Brooks or Barwin. I hope Braman gets some snaps at WOLB though because I want to see what he has as I haven't seen anything out of Merci that leads me to believe he's a long term solution for that position and the answer to our pass rush prayers...

DocBar
11-26-2012, 05:33 PM
I just hope teams don't start running draw plays towards the gaping hole left by Merci as he speed rushes the outside. The dude is cat quick but he doesn't set the edge very well. Hopefully he is getting coached up on that and a week with a 1's reps will help him. Along with being able to ride the pine early in the season. He hasn't hit that rookie wall, yet.

I must say, the lineup looks interesting.

silentassassin
11-26-2012, 05:43 PM
I just hope teams don't start running draw plays towards the gaping hole left by Merci as he speed rushes the outside. The dude is cat quick but he doesn't set the edge very well. Hopefully he is getting coached up on that and a week with a 1's reps will help him. Along with being able to ride the pine early in the season. He hasn't hit that rookie wall, yet.

I must say, the lineup looks interesting.

Yeah, he's been caught a few times this year. I'm confident he'll get the hang of it as he'll get a lot more opportunities now, like you mentioned.

GuerillaBlack
11-26-2012, 05:48 PM
Shaun Cody is back. He should play this week.

J Jo is day to day, may be available.

Hope they just hold JJo out until New England.

76Texan
11-26-2012, 05:51 PM
Hope they just hold JJo out until New England.

I hope so, too.
In fact, I think it would be good not to practice him for a few days, or just do some light stuff.

Also, just remember that Kubiak also said that Newton is day-to-day.
That and not bringing any new guy in probably means that his injury is not too bad???

badboy
11-26-2012, 05:56 PM
I am probably in a fog but I think this forced change could make the team even stronger next season. Issue is can we keep winning this year? I say yes.

GP
11-26-2012, 08:10 PM
I won't flinch when we draft LB in round 1 again.

It'll be an annual event.

Thorn
11-26-2012, 08:13 PM
I won't flinch when we draft LB in round 1 again.

It'll be an annual event.

It'll be a much lower 1st round pick than we are used to. Hopefully though, we get used to it.

Texan_Bill
11-26-2012, 08:33 PM
Hope they just hold JJo out until New England.

I hope so, too.
In fact, I think it would be good not to practice him for a few days, or just do some light stuff.

Also, just remember that Kubiak also said that Newton is day-to-day.
That and not bringing any new guy in probably means that his injury is not too bad???

I'm in y'alls camp!

Look, at the end of the day, we're not gonna go 15-1 in the regular season. So if they can get JJo extra rest, I'm all for it.

As far as Newton goes, I think Harris did "okay".. Not great, but by the same token, not terrible.

badboy
11-26-2012, 09:17 PM
It'll be a much lower 1st round pick than we are used to. Hopefully though, we get used to it.Depending on one or two being there, I'll probably be hoping for a trade down for a high second and high 3rd round.

CloakNNNdagger
11-26-2012, 09:35 PM
Barwin is a much better fit a SOLB...

And Merci is a better fit for the WOLB position than Brooks or Barwin. I hope Braman gets some snaps at WOLB though because I want to see what he has as I haven't seen anything out of Merci that leads me to believe he's a long term solution for that position and the answer to our pass rush prayers...

From what I've heard, he is obviously a beast on STs, but we haven't seen him in regular play because he has had a major problem assimilating the D LB playbook effectively enough for Wade. Despite this, at the right point, I would like to see what Braman can do when they "throw" him in there and let him rip.

Brisco_County
11-26-2012, 11:47 PM
Why hasn't Barwin been playing SLB before now? It makes sense that he would, but what's Wade's reason?

kiwitexansfan
11-27-2012, 12:06 AM
Why hasn't Barwin been playing SLB before now? It makes sense that he would, but what's Wade's reason?

My guess would be that Reed can't play the WLB and Barwin could.

wolf123
11-27-2012, 01:02 AM
Why exactly can Reed not be moved to Inside LB next year? He is relentless and one of the strongest players on our team. Has coverage ability, blitzing ability and is used to taking on bigger players.

thunderkyss
11-27-2012, 09:14 AM
Why hasn't Barwin been playing SLB before now? It makes sense that he would, but what's Wade's reason?

Who would you put on the weak-side?

The only "pass rusher" we have is Mercilus & they probably didn't want to overwhelm him if we didn't have to. Barwin showed some ability from WOLB last season, but this year, even at WOLB, he hasn't been used exclusively as a pass rusher.

So some of his "lack of production" is due to not being on kill all the time. But only some.


Why exactly can Reed not be moved to Inside LB next year? He is relentless and one of the strongest players on our team. Has coverage ability, blitzing ability and is used to taking on bigger players.

I'd love to see it. However, there are two things they've got to think about when assinging positions.

#1, I think, is getting your best players on the field.
#2, rotation/depth.

I want Brooks, Barwin, Mercilus, & Cush on the field, I think that's our best four. But then what? Barwin & Reed are our only SOLBs. I imagine when Whitney comes on the field, he plays WOLB & either Barwin or Reed plays SOLB. I like Brahman, but he's really a weakside guy, I think, and Nading is lucky to have a job..... still.

Maybe Mr Alexander can play the SOLB, I think Dobbins & Sharpton are straight inside players.

ChampionTexan
11-27-2012, 10:02 AM
Maybe Mr Alexander can play the SOLB, I think Dobbins & Sharpton are straight inside players.

We cut Mister Alexander when we signed Jonathan Grimes.

Rey
11-27-2012, 10:18 AM
Brooks Reed is not the right type of athlete to play ILB full time. He doesn't have good enough lateral agility.

Barwin has a beter shot at being an ILB than Brooks Reed.

76Texan
11-27-2012, 11:09 AM
Brooks Reed is not the right type of athlete to play ILB full time. He doesn't have good enough lateral agility.

Barwin has a beter shot at being an ILB than Brooks Reed.

I don't know Rey, his numbers in the short shuttle and three-cone are comparable to Sharpton. He's faster in the 10-20 and 40.
And he's much bigger than Sharpton.
I think he should be able to handle it.

wolf123
11-27-2012, 11:16 AM
Brooks Reed is not the right type of athlete to play ILB full time. He doesn't have good enough lateral agility.

Barwin has a beter shot at being an ILB than Brooks Reed.

If bradie James and Ryans can play ILB with their agility then Reed can too.

nero THE zero
11-27-2012, 11:52 AM
They talked about playing Reed in the middle in the preseason. I posted about it here (http://www.texanstalk.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1991031&postcount=13).


Herring also talked about Reed’s “linebacker body.”

“That’s where people get discombobulated with him,” Herring said. “Look, he’s 6-2½, 250. The fact that he was playing with his hand in the dirt (the three-point stance of a defensive end) in college turned him into a ‘tweener’ to some people. But he was always a ‘Mike’ linebacker to us. Half the teams in the draft wanted him bad, and the other half didn’t think he could (make the transition). We were in the half that saw the upside potential. He’s still projecting and growing as a player. The sky’s the limit.”

76Texan
11-27-2012, 11:55 AM
They talked about playing Reed in the middle in the preseason. I posted about it here (http://www.texanstalk.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1991031&postcount=13).

Thanks, I remember that piece now that you mention it.

76Texan
11-27-2012, 12:34 PM
Also, Herring said somewhere in one of his interviews that Reed is one of the strongest guys on the team (I think it was when they drafted him.

In fact, when I look at the combine results, his 30 reps on the bench is up there for the last 3 draft classes. That's more than a bunch of DT and NT can manage.

Strong, fast, quick, good lateral movement.
Yeah, I think those are some good traits for an ILB.
He should be able to take on the Guards and Centers.

His time in the first 10 yards is better than a bunch of DBs.
Surely he can keep up with the RBs in the short area.

76Texan
11-27-2012, 12:39 PM
Oh, and his times are better than Tim Dobbins in every category by at least 1/10 of a second.

10-yd split, 20-yd split, 40-yd dash, 20 SS, and 3-cone, you name it.

Brisco_County
11-27-2012, 08:15 PM
His 10 yard split is only a hair short of Clay Matthews. We got a steal with Reed, and he has a lot more potential than people realize.

Rey
11-27-2012, 09:16 PM
I don't know Rey, his numbers in the short shuttle and three-cone are comparable to Sharpton. He's faster in the 10-20 and 40.
And he's much bigger than Sharpton.
I think he should be able to handle it.

Lots of guys have posted good times and can't play a lick. I figured someone would bring up his combine numbers.

I can't explain it really, but some guys just have better reactionary and anticipatory athleticism.

When you are running drills you can practice that drill....over and over...you know exactly what you're going to do...the drill doesn't change...

Even if you don't practice, you know exactly what you're doing far ahead of time.

On the field it's not the same. Guys with slower times all of a sudden look quicker and more explosive.

Mario posted great numbers too, but he doesn't play nearly as explosive as those numbers indicate. Doesn't explode off the line like you'd think he should based on numbers.

Really different when your brain knows 'on your mark, set, go' vs. Trying to get off the ball on a qb's cadence.

Are you trying to tell me reed looks quick and explosive out there on the field????

Rey
11-27-2012, 09:20 PM
They talked about playing Reed in the middle in the preseason. I posted about it here (http://www.texanstalk.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1991031&postcount=13).

In Brandon harris' rookie season Vance Joseph basically said the nickel position was his.

They said they liked what reed and barwin were doing, but bow they are saying they need more pressure.

Coaches say a lot of things. Don't take it all as gospel.

76Texan
11-28-2012, 09:30 AM
Lots of guys have posted good times and can't play a lick. I figured someone would bring up his combine numbers.

I can't explain it really, but some guys just have better reactionary and anticipatory athleticism.

When you are running drills you can practice that drill....over and over...you know exactly what you're going to do...the drill doesn't change...

Even if you don't practice, you know exactly what you're doing far ahead of time.

On the field it's not the same. Guys with slower times all of a sudden look quicker and more explosive.

Mario posted great numbers too, but he doesn't play nearly as explosive as those numbers indicate. Doesn't explode off the line like you'd think he should based on numbers.

Really different when your brain knows 'on your mark, set, go' vs. Trying to get off the ball on a qb's cadence.

Are you trying to tell me reed looks quick and explosive out there on the field????
While it's true to a degree, the Combine and pro-day numbers can't be ignored.

Reed's numbers show that he has the tool; whether he has the mentality to play the position is the other important factor.

Let's see, Reed played 2-way in HS, as a DE and a FB; he was around 220 at the time.
The Wildcats worked him at HB and TE.
Then came Sonny Dykes and his Air-raid offense.
They moved Mitchell to DT and Reed to DE.
That guy is not only versatile but should also have a pretty good grasp of both sides of the ball.
Wade and Herring must have seen that and started play him some as an LB on the second level against the Jags.
(So the talk of seeing Mercilus, Barwin, and Reed on the field at the same was fulfilled.)
There was one play in particular that shows his capability at the second level.
I will take some snap shots and show them later.

thunderkyss
01-14-2013, 05:28 PM
I heard much of Kubiak's 3:30 presser. I thought he was asked some pretty tough questions.... Pancakes kept pressing. I thought Kubiak had some good answers. I saw a bit of it on NFLN a few minutes ago I'm sure it will be on Houstontexans.com in its entirety & post a link for you.

If you're interested, you should check out the Gary Kubiak show (http://betaplayer.radio.com/player/sportsradio-610) coming up at 5. They said he's agreed to do the whole hour, should be interesting.

TEXANRED
01-14-2013, 06:20 PM
Gary now on 610.

"I am, 100% committed to Matt"

"Matt will continue to get better"

:vincepalm:

What does Kubiak see that I don't see? Matt Schaub WILL cost Kubiak his job.

wildroot
01-14-2013, 06:24 PM
First time I've listened to this show, seems like a love-fest, no tough questions...yet.

eriadoc
01-14-2013, 06:26 PM
Gary now on 610.

"I am, 100% committed to Matt"

"Matt will continue to get better"

Does he understand the meaning of the word continue?

powda
01-14-2013, 06:28 PM
Gary now on 610.

"I am, 100% committed to Matt"

"Matt will continue to get better"

:vincepalm:

Also...

Barry asked about more mobile quarterbacks.

His response was (paraphrasing): "if you look at the afc teams still playing none of the qb's are very mobile..."

Yeah thats true coach, but they dont run a bootleg east west offensive attack like we do.

Surreal McCoy
01-14-2013, 06:42 PM
Also...

Barry asked about more mobile quarterbacks.

His response was (paraphrasing): "if you look at the afc teams still playing none of the qb's are very mobile..."

Yeah thats true coach, but they dont run a bootleg east west offensive attack like we do.

BAL runs WCO too.

Grams
01-14-2013, 06:42 PM
He is committed to Matt because we cannot take the cap hit to let him go.

powda
01-14-2013, 06:50 PM
BAL runs WCO too.

Im sure those elements are there...they are in almost every offense. I just haven't seen flaco run a lot of boots. Also they have guys like torey smith who are a legit deep threat...and flaco can get it there. We dont have that luxury.

AJ-80
01-14-2013, 06:54 PM
This is a great interview.

Wolf
01-14-2013, 06:56 PM
It's on me?

The kids are still improving?

AJ-80
01-14-2013, 06:57 PM
When Case Keenum got brought up Kubiak got really excited

Lucky
01-14-2013, 07:02 PM
Also...

Barry asked about more mobile quarterbacks.

His response was (paraphrasing): "if you look at the afc teams still playing none of the qb's are very mobile..."
Brady and Flacco look like cheetahs compared to Schaub. Disheartening.

powda
01-14-2013, 07:10 PM
Brady and Flacco look like cheetahs compared to Schaub. Disheartening.

Dude, I genuinely believe most of the people posting on this board could out run schaub.

dream_team
01-14-2013, 07:13 PM
Brady and Flacco look like cheetahs compared to Schaub. Disheartening.

Flacco yes, but Brady? Are you serious? When did he run in our two games to prove this to you? He is not more mobile than Schaub, but he does have better pocket awareness and moves better in the pocket. But he is not "more mobile".

Honoring Earl 34
01-14-2013, 07:18 PM
Flacco yes, but Brady? Are you serious? When did he run in our two games to prove this to you? He is not more mobile than Schaub, but he does have better pocket awareness and moves better in the pocket. But he is not "more mobile".

Moving in the pocket is mobility , combined with pocket awareness , makes him look like Sugar Ray Leonard compared to Schaub .

thunderkyss
01-14-2013, 07:23 PM
First time I've listened to this show, seems like a love-fest, no tough questions...yet.

Pretty close. This is the "official station of the Houston Texans" so they really can't give Kubiak too hard a time. Wouldn't really be much of a point either, if they want to keep him coming on & answering questions.... which I do like them doing.

When they aren't talking to a Texans, or Rick Smith, or McNair, they can get pretty brutal. I think they all agree with what's being said on this board, that Matt was the biggest issue & he's playing over his head.

But, being that they share your thoughts, I thought the questions were pretty interesting & as tough as it can get in this situation.

In short, this is not a presser, this is not the media trying to get to the bottom of anything. These shows are a partnership between the team & the radio station.

powda
01-14-2013, 07:25 PM
Flacco yes, but Brady? Are you serious? When did he run in our two games to prove this to you? He is not more mobile than Schaub, but he does have better pocket awareness and moves better in the pocket. But he is not "more mobile".

I checked nfl combine 40 times.

Schaub - 5.04 (days)
Brady - 5.24

In lucky's defense he did say "look like cheetahs." Foster looks way slower then he really is. Schaub looks like a freaking beached whale when he runs.

thunderkyss
01-14-2013, 07:25 PM
When Case Keenum got brought up Kubiak got really excited

I noticed that as well. I also like he said he encourages Yates to be ready. This league is all about making the most of your opportunities. If he gets his chance to get on the field again, he best make the most of it, because it might be his last.

thunderkyss
01-14-2013, 07:27 PM
Seth Payne is on now. He's got a regular job with the station now. I think he gives us better insight as to what it's like in that locker room than Kalu does on 790.


I listen to Cook & Kalu on 790, but that's it.


Payne is talking about Matt's audible system.

amazing80
01-14-2013, 07:47 PM
Seth Payne is on now. He's got a regular job with the station now. I think he gives us better insight as to what it's like in that locker room than Kalu does on 790.


I listen to Cook & Kalu on 790, but that's it.


Payne is talking about Matt's audible system.

LOL, what audible system....Matt is not allowed to call audibles

bckey
01-14-2013, 07:51 PM
Seth Payne is on now. He's got a regular job with the station now. I think he gives us better insight as to what it's like in that locker room than Kalu does on 790.


I listen to Cook & Kalu on 790, but that's it.


Payne is talking about Matt's audible system.


I was talking about the inability of Schaub to audible hurting the Texans just the other day. Manning, Brady, Ryan and Rogers all do it because they are elite and trusted to know how to read a defense.

powda
01-14-2013, 08:05 PM
I was talking about the inability of Schaub to audible hurting the Texans just the other day. Manning, Brady, Ryan and Rogers all do it because they are elite and trusted to know how to read a defense.

And yet I heard a schaub sound bite telling us he's elite because of how well he understands the offense and defenses. Hmmm. Give him complete freedom next season for one game against a weak opponent and see what happens. If it's not working we can scrap it after a few drives/quarters whatever.

Rey
01-14-2013, 08:14 PM
Seth Payne is on now. He's got a regular job with the station now. I think he gives us better insight as to what it's like in that locker room than Kalu does on 790.


I listen to Cook & Kalu on 790, but that's it.


Payne is talking about Matt's audible system.

The same thing he said I've been saying for a while. It's ass obvious with how we operate. It's very mechanical which limits how we can attack defenses.

And much lime Seth I don't know if kubiak fully trusts schaub. Maybe he needs to.

thunderkyss
01-14-2013, 08:24 PM
And yet I heard a schaub sound bite telling us he's elite because of how well he understands the offense and defenses. Hmmm. Give him complete freedom next season for one game against a weak opponent and see what happens. If it's not working we can scrap it after a few drives/quarters whatever.

I don't know that Seth has any more insight to Kubiak's offense than Vince Wilfork. But his understanding of Matt's ability is pretty much what we understand. He can check to a run play, he can change from a run to the left or to the right, he is expected to know the hot routes but that's about it.

However, he also acknowledges when the offense is working. It's really working & there is no need to audible.

Personally I feel if Matt is not capable of extending plays, if HE doesn't have a big time arm, then he needs the freedom to exploit a gross mismatch.

Thorn
01-14-2013, 08:40 PM
Look, I don't like Schaub either, but unless he physically can't play, he's the starter next year. :choke:

Ghostform
01-15-2013, 01:39 AM
Flacco yes, but Brady? Are you serious? When did he run in our two games to prove this to you? He is not more mobile than Schaub, but he does have better pocket awareness and moves better in the pocket. But he is not "more mobile".

IDK, brady atleast tries when he has to. Schaub would never do this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiPX5NF2gwg

dream_team
01-15-2013, 01:56 AM
IDK, brady atleast tries when he has to. Schaub would never do this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiPX5NF2gwg

This I agree with you. I think Schaub is too overly concerned with protecting himself from injury. I wouldn't doubt it's something the coaches are telling him to do.

thunderkyss
01-16-2013, 09:47 AM
Here's a link to Texans podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/houston-texans-official-podcast/id279409851). 6th from the top right now (as they add more every day) titiled Kubiak Monday Presser, is probably one of the most indebt presser I've heard in a while.

Some of the questions were to the point & similar to a lot of the questions we've asked here. I liked most of Kubiak's answers as they put some things in perspective.

Not trying to influence your opinion, so give the link a click & hear for yourself. Come back & let's discuss.

GuerillaBlack
01-16-2013, 09:55 AM
Seth Payne is on now. He's got a regular job with the station now. I think he gives us better insight as to what it's like in that locker room than Kalu does on 790.


I listen to Cook & Kalu on 790, but that's it.


Payne is talking about Matt's audible system.

I was listening to Payne the other day and he was questioning why people wanted Joe Marciano fired because Coach Joe is a......."really nice guy". I changed the station after that and now that Texans season is over, will never go back to 610 (no pre or post game shows). Oh, Coach Joe is a nice guy, so he shouldn't be fired.

:vincepalm:

That kind of thinking is what is going to hurt this franchise.

GP
01-16-2013, 11:10 AM
What Gary is saying is:

"Believe in ME. Believe in what I have done, because that's what I will continue to do. What I need is for people to trust that my plans, which are UNCHANGING, will eventually be good enough once everything I've created comes together like it should."

Meanwhile, other HC's are trending toward being NOT as loyal to their own ideology. They're understanding that the best made plans often get scrapped for reasons outside their own control.

Gary Kubiak is of the old breed. The type of head coach who just knows that the system he learned, the system he played in, and the system he coached IS what produces champions. Like Tom Landry, and gawd I know that rubs people wrong, trust me, but like Tom Landry...Gary Kubiak is worshipping himself a little too much. He thinks his style of football, his style of offense, at the end of the day it's going to win because all it takes is players who are good enough (in his mind, just like Landry professed) to run HIS SYSTEM.

This is why Matt can only check to a RUN, and never to a new passing play. In Gary and Tom's world, coaches call the play and players run the play. Oh sure, you think you need to flip the run from the right and now run it to the left? Fine. But you are not going to assess and create, pre-snap, and try to adjust the overall play I, the coach, just called. No sir.

Which then tells you that whomever the QB is for the Texans, as long as Gary Kubiak is head coach, that QB will be a person who knows who butters the bread around there. "Be a good little soldier, do as you're told, I'll take the blame if it doesn't work."

This is how he shields his players from criticism, since obviously it really IS "All on him." Marciano, too. Marciano's faults are a result of Kubiak and he'll take the heat and he'll go to bat for Joe if Rick or Bob ever come knocking. Loyalty is good, but it's not the magic beans that it takes to grow a beanstalk to the heavens. And Gary, he'll never understand when it's time to cut bait.

thunderkyss
01-16-2013, 01:14 PM
This is why Matt can only check to a RUN, and never to a new passing play. In Gary and Tom's world, coaches call the play and players run the play. Oh sure, you think you need to flip the run from the right and now run it to the left? Fine. But you are not going to assess and create, pre-snap, and try to adjust the overall play I, the coach, just called. No sir.


I read this (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000061442/article/mike-shanahan-implements-baylor-plays-to-help-rg3)the other day, thought it was interesting.

Washington's attack borrowed liberally from concepts Griffin used at Baylor. The key aspect: Griffin has options when he comes to the line of scrimmage. While the offensive line and backfield perform a running play, the receivers run a different passing play. Shanahan stressed Griffin wasn't using an audible; Griffin decided what play to run based on what the defense showed him.

"We really don't know what's going to happen until the defense plays, so we had running plays called and all of a sudden they gave us certain looks to take the running game away, and we threw a couple of bubbles early," Shanahan said. "And it's pretty impressive when a young guy comes in and plays with that composure especially in an environment like this."

In this system, a play has run elements & passing elements in it. At the LOS, RG3 decides if he's going to hand the ball off, or throw it to one of the receivers.

I believe our system is similar in so much as every play has different options, depending on what the QB sees, his progression changes. I think most people think Andre is Schaub's first option on the majority of the plays. I don't.

I think Matt comes to the LOS, sees the defense then he decides where the weakness is & which receiver is going to have the biggest chance of success. That player becomes his first read.

There are times when he'll put a man in motion. Usually that is to see how the defense adjusts, helps get a read on the defense. But sometimes it's also to get a particular receiver in a better situation.

For all I know, a knod tells the motion man to move to his first option, a stomp of his left foot tells him to motion to his second option & a wave of the arm tells him to motion to his third option.

Moving that motion man may not only put the motion receiver in a better situation, it might put Andre, or Arian, or whoever in a better situation. If they're playing zone & Andre is alone on the left, maybe he motions the slot to Andre's side to give the deep safety something else to think about.

Either way, I'm pretty sure Matt has much more control at the LOS than many believe. I also think they don't care to explain a lot of that to the media, because if we can't figure it out, chances are the defenses are having difficulty as well.