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Old 11-07-2004   #9
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Like Vinny said we're a .500 team. Ups and downs are going to be the pattern until they turn that corner. I think it's actually harder to get past that "middle of the road" level than it is to rise from being a loser to middle of the road. Learning how to win consistently seems to be a much bigger challenge.

Every year you get games where "dogs" beat good teams when they shouldn't. The talent level is so even that the "any given Sunday" line is more relevant than ever before. Anybody can upset a better team from time to time and most every team in the league can win about as many as they lose. Getting over that .500 hump though takes a talented, grown up team. We're talented but we're far from mature.

They came out hot today, had a couple of setbacks in the stalled first drive and the completely fraudulent interference call and the Texans packed their bags right then and there. Little things like that shut down .500 teams. They lose their focus and stumble.

Remember how long it took the Oilers to get better than 8-8 or 9-7? Sure under Glanville they went to the playoffs a few years in a row (always as a wild card and barely getting in) but they weren't really a playoff team. They laid an egg regularly (almost every other week). Glanville wasn't a good enough coach to drag that team above that level. Hopefully Capers can teach this team to be good week in and week out.
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