Originally Posted by thunderkyss
So what was the reason they were 10-6 in 2011 & 12-4 in 2012? It was the same guys pulling the trigger. We're 2-5 now, because of poor cap management, blah, blah, blah......
has nothing to do with our QB scoring for the other team....... salary cap issue mismanagement or not, Schaub was going to be our starting QB in 2012.
Ed Reed or Glover Quin in the secondary has nothing to do with giving up PIs to extend drives.
We could be $40M under the cap & the fat hobbit is still 3-3 on 50 yard kicks.
You make a good argument, but you're wrong. The Texans manage the cap the same way everyone else manages the cap, Matt Schaub & his pick 6 thing has been our biggest issue.
Does Rick Smith deserve all the blame for this season's craptastic beginning? No. The question is, did he contribute? The fact is that we DID release (or let walk in FA) solid to great players without a viable backup ready to step up. It's no big deal letting Winston (solid but high salary) go but having a long time back up in Butler & a low round draft pick as your replacement plan is very risky. It failed and we are still feeling the pain. Trading Ryans (solid but high salary) has left us looking for a replacement still today. Those were salary cap deals (along with Briesel & J Jones) that we didn't have a good plan in place to replace them. That's as much on Smith as it is on Kubiak imo.
Also - restructuring/extending contracts worked great in the past. Basically when you restructure, you push money from the current season into future seasons. This doesn't work any more. Why? The salary cap was being increased each year allowing you to absorb the extra money in the future. It hasn't increased since the new players agreement. See below chart. It doesn't work now. All it does now it hamstrings your team in the future.
Now you HAVE to hit on multiple draft picks to replace good players you can no longer afford or be able to reward great players with new contracts. That's the only way to make sure you can keep a JJ Watt and not lose him like Mario. Look at the 2013 draft and give me anything (other than Hopkins) that makes you say "The Texans had a GREAT draft". It really was terrible. We picked 7 picks in the 3rd to 7th rounds. Only 1 6th round pick is on the roster atm. Even the 2012 draft produced a bunch of JAGs - Mercilus, Posey, Martin, Brooks, Jones, Crick & Bullock. Go back to 2011. JJ Watt & a few JAGs. Complete whiffs with Harris and Carmichael. What's left? Reed, Keo, Yates & Newton. Yeah. Reed and JAGs or worse.
Kubiak is part of the problem. Schaub is part of the problem. Newton is part of the problem. Marciano is part of the problem. Phillips is part of the problem. I could go on. We need to clean house. Rick Smith may not be THE problem but he is definitely part of it IMO.