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HOU-TEX
02-20-2013, 02:33 PM
Some might not think this is thread worthy, but I always liked this dude for some reason. He wasn't the best, but he worked harder than any player I've seen at TC. Plus, dude's built like a dadgum stump.


Tania Ganguli‏

The #Texans hired former Texans DT Jeff Zgonina as assistant d line coach. D-Line coach Bill Kollar was Zgonina's position coach in college

Mark Berman‏@MarkBermanFox26

Texans announce Jeff Zgonina as the team's ass't. D-line coach & promote Russell Joyner to director of football information systems.

eriadoc
02-20-2013, 02:34 PM
I think it's a good hire. Like you said, the guy had an amazing work ethic.

Big Lou
02-20-2013, 02:39 PM
I think it's a good hire. Like you said, the guy had an amazing work ethic.

Plus he has a lot of experience!!! He played in the league for 47 years.

Rey
02-20-2013, 02:52 PM
These kinds of players actually make some of the best coaches.

mussop
02-20-2013, 02:55 PM
Can't go wrong with a hard working intelligent coach who played and is personable.

CloakNNNdagger
02-20-2013, 03:03 PM
He's carrying a lot of baggage back to the Texans.............GOOD baggage! A Sun Sentinel piece written back in 2004......nothing changed when he joined the Texans the first time.......no reason to think it has since then.

The Zgonina Way (http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2004-09-07/sports/0409060305_1_dolphins-jeff-zgonina-draft)
12-year Veteran Brings Infectious Ethic, Leadership To Clubhouse.
September 7, 2004|By Dave Joseph Staff writer

Just a small excerpt:

"You won't find another athlete with as much respect, as much experience, as Jeff Zgonina in this game," Chester said. "He's seen everything and done most of it. His passion runs so deep. No matter what kind of environment he's in, he still tries to be the best.

"I'm inspired by him to work harder and try to refine myself as a student of the game. He's not only a student but probably a professor. Having that guy around you does nothing but affect the rest of the team."

Brooks believes Zgonina is "a great role model for younger players" and has been a "stabilizing influence."

"The guy's experienced," Brooks said. "He's been on a Super Bowl team. He's a guy who's been released and signed, released and signed. ... He's know what it's like to be on the streets. He's in his 30s, 12 years in the league, and he runs around here like he's 25. That's how he practices, how he prepares, that's how he plays. He's focused on being a professional and he's focused on the game. He has a lot of respect for the game and for himself."

Dutchrudder
02-20-2013, 03:05 PM
I wonder how many people around here know how to pronounce his last name.

thunderkyss
02-20-2013, 03:06 PM
Some might not think this is thread worthy, but I always liked this dude for some reason. He wasn't the best, but he worked harder than any player I've seen at TC. Plus, dude's built like a dadgum stump.

I liked him as a player. Not a star by any means, but a role player. Got to have role players.

HOU-TEX
02-20-2013, 03:08 PM
I wonder how many people around here know how to pronounce his last name.

Skaneena

bOODRO87
02-20-2013, 03:08 PM
Why do we still have Marciano, FFS. The worst ST coach in the NFL..

deucetx
02-20-2013, 03:10 PM
Always nice to have blue collar guys on staff and on the sidelines. As for the question on Marciano....even someone on Jeopardy couldn't answer that question lol.

TheRealJoker
02-20-2013, 03:12 PM
Good hire.

thunderkyss
02-20-2013, 04:59 PM
Good hire.

If he can instill the same work ethic he had.... what am I talking about, he's coaching Jj Watt & Antonio Smith.

But I do like the hire.

Lurvinator11
02-20-2013, 06:14 PM
I really like this hire. Has he had any coaching experience prior to this?

TEXANRED
02-20-2013, 06:16 PM
Welcome back Jeff.

pec0sb0b
02-20-2013, 06:19 PM
Give him a gift with the first draft pick...Nose Tackle Jonathan Jenkins, Georgia

Bulls on Parade
02-20-2013, 06:29 PM
Give him a gift with the first draft pick...Nose Tackle Jonathan Jenkins, Georgia
Why wouldn't you want a J.J. Watt clone in Margus Hunt out of SMU? That's who I hope we land with our first-round pick, trading up if necessary.

hot pickle
02-20-2013, 06:30 PM
awesome pick up !!!! hope he can bring some fire to the DT/NT position

Insideop
02-20-2013, 06:30 PM
I like the hire. Hope he does a good job. Congrats Jeff!

SAMURAITEXAN
02-20-2013, 07:33 PM
Good hire. He's been around for many years and should be able to teach our guys some moves, work ethic, etc. from his experience.

Seņor Stan
02-20-2013, 07:55 PM
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.aolnews.com/media/2007/07/jeff-zgonina-rescue-hero.jpg


Jeff Zgonina...Rescue Hero!!!

Doppelganger
02-20-2013, 07:56 PM
Why wouldn't you want a J.J. Watt clone in Margus Hunt out of SMU? That's who I hope we land with our first-round pick, trading up if necessary.

Hunt may resemble Watt in terms of size, but he is hardly a clone.

Watt dominated as a DE for Wisconsin. He was an above average run defender and a high motor quality pass rusher. He was considered a fairly polished 3-4 DE prospect and one of the safest picks in the draft. He was projected to be a good (not great) NFL player.

Hunt is extremely raw. He is not the polished product Watt was. While his run defending has improved, he isn't above average like Watt was. His pass rushing is sporadic. Due to lack of experience he tried to bull rush his way to the QB. On some plays, he was great, on others, he was pushed out of the way, mirrored away, or allowed a big run up the middle. He has potential and has made good strides, but he is a high risk high reward player. He is hardly the safest player in the draft like a Watt.

Texan_Bill
02-20-2013, 08:07 PM
Some might not think this is thread worthy, but I always liked this dude for some reason. He wasn't the best, but he worked harder than any player I've seen at TC. Plus, dude's built like a dadgum stump.

Why wouldn't it be thread worthy?

I liked the way Jeff played. Wasn't the most talented guy on the field, but there's a reason he was around like what, 15 years? Dude played hard. Worked hard and gave max effort, not taking any plays off. If he coaches like he played, this is a good hire.

Texan_Bill
02-20-2013, 08:09 PM
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.aolnews.com/media/2007/07/jeff-zgonina-rescue-hero.jpg


Jeff Zgonina...Rescue Hero!!!

:spit:

Awesomeness!!! Repped, fo sho!!!

HOU-TEX
02-21-2013, 09:44 AM
Why wouldn't it be thread worthy?

I liked the way Jeff played. Wasn't the most talented guy on the field, but there's a reason he was around like what, 15 years? Dude played hard. Worked hard and gave max effort, not taking any plays off. If he coaches like he played, this is a good hire.

Eh, I figured most threads these days have to have something to do with bad QB play, bad coaching, Jacoby or Marciano. I normally don't jump on "hater" or "koolaid" bandwagons, so it's gotten a bit boring around here lately.

Jeff played 17 years

beerlover
02-21-2013, 09:56 AM
Jeff Zgonina = DT early in the 2013 NFL Draft

TejasTom
02-21-2013, 10:10 AM
Should be a good addition.

thunderkyss
02-21-2013, 10:28 AM
Did he ever play special teams?

CloakNNNdagger
02-21-2013, 10:57 AM
Did he ever play special teams?

I know he definitely did for the Rams, and I believe he did so on some of the other 7 teams he played for

EDIT: Just found this in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=SL&p_theme=sl&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EB05032291C0E19&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM)

SheTexan
02-21-2013, 11:34 AM
Glad to see him back! I use to chat with his Mom at some of the OOT games I went to. Fantastic lady, and a mom who never missed ONE game her son played. Can't wait for the chance to reconnect!

eriadoc
02-21-2013, 04:29 PM
If you play 17 years in the trenches, you are a damn beast. That is impressive by any measure.

rush2112mn
02-21-2013, 08:28 PM
8 Teams 17 years 208 games. He played football under Bill Kollar and with Rick Smith.
This guy is a welcome addition to the coaching staff.
He knows what it takes to survive and suceed on and off the field.
I think it is going to be a great addition to the coaching staff.
Anybody with that kind of experience playing in the NFL that long ...he knows what it takes.
He knows how Bill Kollar runs practice and what he expects out his players.
This should work out great.
Welcome Jeff.....

SheTexan
02-21-2013, 08:43 PM
8 Teams 17 years 208 games. He played football under Bill Kollar and with Rick Smith.
This guy is a welcome addition to the coaching staff.
He knows what it takes to survive and suceed on and off the field.
I think it is going to be a great addition to the coaching staff.
Anybody with that kind of experience playing in the NFL that long ...he knows what it takes.
He knows how Bill Kollar runs practice and what he expects out his players.
This should work out great.
Welcome Jeff.....

Dang!! why did you have to ruin a good thread by mentioning Rick Smith?! :foottap: J/K maybe!

Texan_Bill
02-21-2013, 08:45 PM
Eh, I figured most threads these days have to have something to do with bad QB play, bad coaching, Jacoby or Marciano. I normally don't jump on "hater" or "koolaid" bandwagons, so it's gotten a bit boring around here lately.

Jeff played 17 years

17 years?? Damn Bro'!! That's tenacity, balls and a helluva lotta scrappin', each and every play.....

And YES!! Of course I agree with your point about "most threads these days...haters, koolaid bandwagons", et al. An obvious reason I'm not here nearly as often.

:yawn:

Carr Bombed
02-22-2013, 02:44 AM
I'll never forget the game he won (a game we almost choked away) against the Titans. Hairiest knuckles in the pile wins. This guy was a machine and a beast of durability in the NFL. He'll make a GREAT COACH. This guy didn't play here long, but was one of my favorite Texans.. never a star, just a player who scrapped his way out in the NFL for a ungodly unhuman amount of years. You can't do that as a 6th round pick without some secrets/tricks and great work ethic. This guy is a great addition and I bet we'll start seeing success from some of our late round Dlineman we now select.

TexanSam
02-22-2013, 11:29 AM
If you play 17 years in the trenches, you are a damn beast. That is impressive by any measure.

And, from looking at his stats, almost 11 straight years without missing a game. Not quite since he missed 1 or 2 during that stretch, but pretty impressive nonetheless.

http://www.nfl.com/player/jeffzgonina/2503859/profile

76Texan
02-22-2013, 01:48 PM
Surely, Zgonina can teach the guys how to stay in shape and to stay hungry.

Texans_Chick
02-24-2013, 09:19 PM
I remember him being interviewed at the end of his career.

He basically thought all modern players had it easy.

Talked about the difference between cell phone players and pre-cell phone.

That he came in when there were still pay phones.

Always first guy out to the practice field in the morning. And that Jeff Zgonina rescue hero picture is one of my fave pictures I ever put together for a blog post. (AOL back in the day). His calves were insane. You see him stand next to other dudes and the scale of his calves were nuts.

CloakNNNdagger
02-24-2013, 09:37 PM
I remember him being interviewed at the end of his career.

He basically thought all modern players had it easy.

Talked about the difference between cell phone players and pre-cell phone.

That he came in when there were still pay phones.

Always first guy out to the practice field in the morning. And that Jeff Zgonina rescue hero picture is one of my fave pictures I ever put together for a blog post. (AOL back in the day). His calves were insane. You see him stand next to other dudes and the scale of his calves were nuts.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_gcxbhYWErM0/SzrP8gfWJ3I/AAAAAAAACDc/90Nlc4RsXug/s320/zgon10.jpg

Goldensilence
02-27-2013, 10:15 PM
Great hire, dude played well into his late 30's in the trenches and was still pretty productive. You don't play that long without being a sound technician in all phases of the game.

Guy that I think is going to benefit most from this is Crick, whom I thought was a steal last year. Once he gets fully healthy this offseason I really think he's going to be great at the DE rotation with Watt and smith.

Dutchrudder
03-05-2013, 01:29 PM
Houston Texans ‏@HoustonTexans
Asst.coach Zgonina: "I was told not to talk to J.J. Watt. Kollar jokingly told me not touch his technique. He's the real deal.

Haha! :D