Originally Posted by thunderkyss
Well, one way or another, that was their own doing. Wouldn't it have been nice to have kept Dressen & let Water go? It's not like Walter was Mr. Dependable or anything. The kids could've rotated through that WR2 spot.
I know, hindsight.
But at the same time, I have no problem saying the Texans (read Kubiak) screwed the pooch with the OL & TE thing in 2012. However, as bad as it was, Matt was well protected most of the year & Foster was among the league's leading rushers. 2nd in the AFC.
Which I think is a testament to his coaching. Even though I don't like the guy.
They tried to keep Dreessen. He's from Colorado. The Broncos of 2012 had sooooo much more cap space to play with. What were they supposed to do, kidnap him?
The Texans had THREE TE's in the top 15 in TE efficiency in early 2012. Three! You know how unusual that is?
And then OD got nicked a bit, and then there was the concussion of Graham that happened at a really bad time...right before you are going on the road to face the Patriots. And you already had such injury problems on the offensive line that Andrew Gardner is going to get snaps.
And with no Walter, they would likely be worse off in 2012. Guess who the most reliable WR was in training camp. Walter. Guess who's catch rate was in +60%? Walter. Guess who's catch rate was far below 60%? All the inexperienced wide receivers.
In 2013, the training wheels are off the WRs, for better or worse. Likely will be a position of inconsistency because that is how baby WRs typically are.
The Texans were not going to be able to match Briesel's offer though I wish they could have worked harder to make the Winston numbers work. They had to do their spending at center because center is not a place you want to rely on a rookie if you want to do anything. For that matter, Ryans could have been handy last year too--they took a gamble at LB, and a position of strength turned into a position of weakness.
And Matt was NOT well protected for the year. They had training wheels on that offense. Early in the year, he was getting tons of hits right at the throw that didn't count as sacks. They started having him get rid of the ball faster, and by the end of the year, with more injuries to the line, even the sack numbers went up.
Though Foster's total numbers were high as just a matter of touches, his efficiency per play went down, most troubling with run stuffs. The Texans are usually one of the best teams at not getting stuffed at the line, and last year they were in the bottom third which is unusual for them.
I am hoping if Greg Jones stays healthy, and with Schaub having a full training camp including OTAs/minicamp, the offense will look better. Run stuffs can't continue to happen, because this offense like most works best when down and distance stays sane.