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Old 08-17-2004   #1
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Angry Gregg Easterbrook definately doesn't know football

Did any of you fellow Texan fans see this clowns article "The tuesday morning quarterback"? Did he even see the game on saturday? How about how baffled he was at how we dropped from 16th in defense in 2002 to 31st in 2003. Injuries you *****! The most in the league and we still played some of the best teams in the nfl to the wire. What a joke. Here is a link to the article. I'll attach what he wrote obout the Texans below.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/7585972


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What in the Sam Hill happened to the Texans defense? In 2002, the Houston defense was 16th ranked -- not bad considering the team's awful offense meant the defense was on the field too much. The 2002 defense played several monster games, including a late-season 24-6 Houston victory at Pittsburgh, a playoff club that year, in which the Texans defense scored twice. But in 2003, the Houston defense placed itself at a right angle to everything (quick, who gets this Heinlein reference?), finishing 31st-ranked, five times giving up 30 or more points, allowing 125 points in the fourth quarter. And Texans coach Dom Capers preaches defense. Of course, the Houston offense was horrible too, also finishing 31st overall. A major improvement from its 2002 finish of 32nd! So perhaps the sustained cover-your-eyes awfulness of the Houston offense finally wore out the Houston defense.

Considering how bad Houston was on both sides of the ball -- 31st-ranked offensively and defensively, outgained by an average of 111 yards per game -- the hand of the occult seems present in the fact that this club managed to win five times. The mystery deepens: Houston beat Super Bowl entrant Carolina, took Super Bowl winner New England to overtime and ended its season with close defeats to Indianapolis and Tennessee, both playoff-bound. How did this team accomplish anything, considering its defense was terrible, its offense was terrible and it had no kick-return game to boot?

Winning five again may represent a challenge. The team gained little in free agency, other than managing to acquire salary-cap problems despite starting off with a blank cap two years ago. Plus, the Texans are handicapped by what are among the most boring uniforms in pro sports. Those blah uniforms make the Texans look slow, perhaps make them feel slow. Considering that the color scheme of red, white and American flag blue is currently not in use in the NFL, why not switch to it, Houston? Red, white and flag blue is, not to put too fine a point on it, the single-most successful color scheme in world history.

Fun fact: David Carr wears his wedding ring while playing. When TMQ coaches in a county flag football, the refs require players to remove all jewelry. Sounds smart. How does Carr get away with this? So far as TMQ knows, Carr is the first NFL gentleman since Miami punter Reggie Roby -- who in the 1980s inexplicably wore a watch on the field -- allowed to flash an accessory that has nothing to do with football.
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