Re: Football Gameplan's 2013 NFL Team Preview - Texans
really hit it EM. schaub is the key, like obsiwan said schaub doesnt need to be manning or brady, he just needs to be ben or eli down the stretch. hopkins is sounding a lot like watt (called "unblockable" in his first training camp) or even andre johnson from reports so far - a rookie that is so clearly something more. this i think is going to be what takes schaub from "meh" to great. we've relied too much on scheme and heavy packages and scrub 5-wr sets to throw the ball because we havent had that second legit target to open the playbook or let schaub improvise.
the only concern on defense i have is that middle linebacker position. we're still cushing and a bunch of 3rd tier guys. our front is stacked with watt and smith and an excess of depth. i know it's foolish to expect much from rookies, but i think it'll be shocking the work our OLB's do this season. reed and montgomery are prototypical heavies, while mercilus and williams are pure specialists. i also love our secondary despite other peoples' concerns at safety. manning is good, swearinger is capable of doing the heavy lifting, and reed can be eased into the playoffs and bigger games as our centerfielder - with keo and pleasant filling in where needed. reed alone fills maybe the biggest hole we had on defense last season - a kryptonite for elite quarterbacks.
on offense the concerns are health and the right side of the offensive line. brooks looks incredibly promising, but the right tackle position is still up in the air. runningback doesnt worry me, provided our front is working as it should - we truly are a plug and play system if the line is capable.