Originally Posted by Texian
Rackers was a Top 5 PK in 2011 so this pretty much makes your argument of an upgrade null and void. Even if the Texans wanted to sign Rackers or Graham prior to the 2012 draft they didn't have the available salary cap to do so. They simply did not have the money. Therefore it doesn't take a genius to understand that they drafted a player they could afford. It doesn't take a genius to understand that the salary cap dictated the decision to draft Bullock. It wouldn't be the first time that the Texans drafted a player that had a conditioning or medical issue. When the Texans realized they needed another option to Bullock in 2012, the first thing they had to do was release Jacoby Jones so they could afford to sign Graham. It's not that complicated. It's basic deductive reasoning and general logic vs making more excuses for the Texans. If you have studied the Texans player personnel transactions over the years you would know this is a pattern of behavior. The salary cap controls the Texans, the Texans do not control the salary cap. It's the old adage, you want to know the answer? you want to know why? follow the money
Dude, you are trying too hard w the whole kicker thing here.
In 2011, pff has Rackers at #16 overall in fg% and was 4 of 8 in fgs from 40-49... And ranked #29 in kickoffs.
In 2012, Graham was ranked #26 in fg%, and #37 in kickoffs. Now, I will concede that alot of Graham 's lower fg% is due to misses from 50+.
But the fact remains, Rackers and Graham are no longer on ANY team. And you know who is tearing it up? Blair Walsh, a 23 yr old kicker who was DRAFTED in the 6th round by the Vikings. Again, its not inconceivable to think we were drafting an upgrade and long term solution for the future when we drafted Bullock. I honestly dont know what else to tell you.