Originally Posted by drewmar74
PFT's take on it:
Mike Bell was on his way to Denver just a few months after Gary Kubiak, who gained a reputation for being able to lead any running back to 1,000 yards, left to become the head coach of the Texans in 2006. In 2008, they’ll actually share an employer.
The Texans have signed the former undrafted free agent to a contract, the terms of which aren’t yet disclosed.
Bell’s a one-cut runner familiar with the zone-blocking scheme the Texans will run this year. He had a productive rookie season, rushing for eight touchdowns and 677 yards on 4.3 yards per carry. But in 2007 he became a victim of Mike Shanahan’s revolving door at tailback and managed only three yards on six carries. The Broncos released him after he couldn’t convert to fullback.
The signing is a response on the Texans’ part to Chris Brown’s back problems. The oft-injured Brown has missed four straight days of practice and isn’t expected back soon. Despite the presence of six backs on the Texans’ roster, there is a vacuum of power where carries can be had, but Bell will be competing with Brown (eventually), Ahman Green, Steve Slaton, Chris Taylor, and Darius Walker for them.
That sentence I bolded really jumped out at me. Not so much the missed practices, rather the allusion to him being out for a while.
I wonder if Chris Taylor reads that sentence and a light bulb goes on inside his head?
That's pretty spooky, folks. Kubiak might be doing the same thing to Taylor that Shanahan did to Bell: Trying to convert a guy to FB because he's not scoring big on the tailback exams.
LOL. I bet fantasy football people are smokin' angry at us right now. There is no way to predict who's getting the carries. Bwah-ha-hah!