Originally Posted by steelbtexan
And whose fault is that? Doesn't cap management fall under Ricks watch?
No. the capologist has been some guy named Olson, i think.
and McNair sets the budget. Smith has done a great job after a bad first year (2007) executing within the parameters he has been given, IMO.
This shouldn't be missed... Right now the Texans have elite NFL players at numerous positions, all brought here by Smith, and Smith did so in unconventional ways or in unpopular moves:
1. Duane Brown- remember that pick, #26... People were livid that he reached. Well, he's universally regarded as one of the three best LTs in football now.
2. Brian Cushing- his pick was heavily criticized because Cushing was a "workout warrior who didn't love football". He's arguably the best ILB in the NFL.
3. Arian Foster- UDFA... Smith stole him from the Bears by offering him a two year contract as an UDFA. That is very seldom done. Foster is one of the top 5 backs in the NFL.
4. J.J.Watt- people were luke warm on him... Smith, drafting 9th, selected the best defensive player since LT.
5. K.Jackson- He was persecuted for this pick when it happened. Then, when David Gibbs (a coach Smith did not want to hire but Kubiak hired anyway) coached him up, he looked like a bad version of Faggins... Now, Jackson is 1/2 of a cornerback tandem that is among the best in the NFL.
6. J.Joseph- is the other half of that tandem. Everyone wanted Asomugha but Smith saved some money and grabbed the young, more versatile, more athletic J.JO.
Not many teams in the NFL have anywhere near a list of elite, young NFL players like the one I just listed.
Since 2008, Rick Smith's moves have been consistently proven to be good... He's made some mistakes, usually small ones, but he has made many good decisions that have set the Texan organization up for long term success.
Despite having to purge some players last year as the cap tightened, the Texans put together enough pieces for a 12 win season and are now have a healthy cap situation and likely 4 extra draft picks resulting from last season's frugality.
Moving forward, the Texans are in position to collect another bundle of compensatory picks for 2014 as roughly 10 or 11 of their unrestricted free agents are likely to sign qualifying deals with other teams. Meanwhile, the Texans have about $11 million under the cap to add some veteran help and re-sign some of their free agents before adding 11 more players in the April draft.
Also, they have talented players with upside and experience contributing as rookies and second year players for a playoff team... for instance:
It's an impressive resume that Rick has put together. One that most of the NFL respects.