Originally Posted by Texecutioner
I think you'd have to admit that these two are horrible examples.
Slaton was playing awful before getting benched and he got benched like 3 times before getting hurt and got extra chances. Slaton kept fumbling and couldn't run anywhere for a positive yardage. It was a no brainer to bench Slaton and Foster wasn't put in right away. That other small back was put in, and he didn't do fantastic either. That was when Foster "finally"got this shot at the end of the season when everything was over. That was a huge failure of Kubiak actually for not giving Foster a chance earlier.
And Hopkins??? Dude, are you forgetting that Walter was here like two years to long? Kubiak held onto that guy and Jacoby way to long and it hurt the team. The Texans refused to ever go after a quality free agent receiver. They were forced to use an early draft pick this season on Hopkins and hopefully it ends up working out. It looks like it is, but we still have a long way to go.
Both of the examples you cited actually make my point even further. These were both examples where Kubiak's lack of trust in Foster had him on the bench when we really needed him over these other guys and Walter was a guy that we held onto for way to long and didn't properly try to address the receiver position.
You want to be able to give your backups a chance to start, but at the same time, you want to give your struggling starters a chance to redeem themselves.
I remember a time when fans had enough of Kareem Jackson, Chris Myers, and Duane Brown... and wanted to see them gone. It's not always a good idea to give up on guys too early.