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Old 09-25-2004   #1
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I have to say that for the past three years I have never seen such a week of negative responses to our team's losses. Many of us have predicted many great things this year so I can understand the disappointment. My question to yall is, is the Honeymoon over? I am not asking if you still support this team with all your heart like I do. I am asking are you now putting the inexperience factors aside and now expecting a winning tradition of football?

Don't give up on our team guys. They've pulled off many miracles before and I feel the big miracles are ahead of us. :woot
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That is a fair question. To which I say "Yes". The way to judge is if the fans are willing to accept 2 losses in a row and say, "Well, they are an expansion team give em a break.". I dont see ANY of that goin on this week in the forums so the Honey Moon is over, deservadly or not. Every player and coach has been critisized to the point of absurdity this week. This can be a good thing, I mean it takes passion for the team, to want to fire Capers so badly after 2 seasons and 2 games of existance. I would have hoped for 3 solid yrs before too much front office and player bashing but this IS the age of NOW and they are 0-2.
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Well, I'd say no, and would also say that this board is not reflective of the vast majority of Texans fans because I think there is a certain knee-jerk factor to being anonymous on a message board. I think Joe-average fan understands that this is still a growth year and really didn't expect a fully mature, playoff caliber team.
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Well, I'd say no, and would also say that this board is not reflective of the vast majority of Texans fans because I think there is a certain knee-jerk factor to being anonymous on a message board. I think Joe-average fan understands that this is still a growth year and really didn't expect a fully mature, playoff caliber team.
I couldn't agree with that assessment more. I've been astounded with some of the alarmist negativity on this board recently. I certainly understand the disappointment by some who have let high expectations get the better of them. But to lose faith, and call it a lost season just because they have started 0-2, is rediculous.

The same people who criticized every aspect of the team, will be rushing to buy playoff tickets if they suddenly win two in a row.
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Win or lose i think you should support ur team no matter what !!! If we dont they'll be running off to L.A or some place like that where fans havent had football in a while and might appreciate them alittle more ! We might not be an expasion team any more but we are still a young team,,,, it might be hard to stay faithful to the team at this point but we have all got to watch the team grow up before our eyes (so it'll be twice as sweet when they do start winning) !! Its a game of Victory and Defeat thats what makes it so great !!!!
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It doesn't matter if we were 13-1, if we lost the next game, to go 13-2, there would be people wanting heads to roll. I guess that's just the nature of message boards.

I will support this team for as long as it exists. Or maybe I should say....as long as it stays in Houston.

Last year's Titans game at Reliant was the first time I really got mad about a loss. As fans of a 3rd year expansion team, I think it's right around that time to start shaking the expansion tag. I think it's about that time that the game on the field starts to carry a little more importance.

The first 2 years have been a great experience. The excitement, the atmosphere, the tailgating, the best stadium in football. Now it's time to be an NFL team, not an expansion team. For me, the games, the play calling, coaching decisions and all of that, I will focus on a little more. And even more next year.

It's time to play football now. It's time to develop passions, time to bleed battle red, survive the tough times and celebrate the good. This team WILL win!

But as far as people coming to a message board wanting the head coach, or off. coordinator, or QB fired every time the team loses, well, that's going to happen. Every team, every sport, every message board.
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I don't think that it is the 0-2 start that upsets most people. I think the WAY they've lost and the appearance of no improvement and maturity thus far, has many a feather ruffled.

I think patience for poor execution and dumb mistakes is gone. In that sense, the honeymoon is over!!!!!
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Well, I'd say no, and would also say that this board is not reflective of the vast majority of Texans fans because I think there is a certain knee-jerk factor to being anonymous on a message board. I think Joe-average fan understands that this is still a growth year and really didn't expect a fully mature, playoff caliber team.
That's an interesting opinion but I find it somewhat laughable. Certainly there will always be a certain amount of what I call "shooting from the lip" from some fans but to say people who post here are..... "not reflective of the vast majority of Texas fans" is a strange comment. What are we Vinny....people outside of the norm? The fact we (the posters) take the time to not only read but to post messages should speak for us.
Does this board belong to the Texans where only "feel good" comments can be posted? It seems to me if a poster comes on and says something "stupid" like...."we're going to the Super Bowl this year" they are embraced but if you deal in reality........you're offered your last meal!
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Does this board belong to the Texans where only "feel good" comments can be posted?
No. But, have you posted anything on this board except negative comments? All you've done here is bash Casserly, Capers, & Carr...where's the evidence that you are a Texan fan and not some troll from another board?

Most of us are all for dealing in reality. A lot of people are disappointed in the 0-2 start, and should be. For every positive step the Texans have made this season (like moving the ball on offense), they've taken 2 steps back (like turnovers and not protecting the QB). The defense is relatively healthy, but isn't playing up to the level of the piecemeal group the Texans had on the field late in '03. Asking why is reasonable as is searching for reasonable answers.

Like I said reasonable answers. Not the Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc logic you've deployed thus far. If you're looking for folks here to embrace you, mix in something positive on occasion and cease with the faulty logic.
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Texans v. Raiders. Texans enter the game 0-3.

1st Quarter. 1st series. 2nd play (2nd and 7) handoff to DD that goes nowhere. BOOOOOOOO! from the upper environs. Honeymoon over? For a lot of people, absolutely. The fans will be ripping the Texans during the Oakland game unless they come out with high quality offensive and defensive efforts. The incessant whining and droning about firing coaches and play calling gets real old, but fans are pissed right about now and I don't blame them. I hope I'm wrong but I have a feeling the mood will be worse exactly one week from now.
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No. But, have you posted anything on this board except negative comments? All you've done here is bash Casserly, Capers, & Carr...where's the evidence that you are a Texan fan and not some troll from another board?
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Where's the evidence? My evidence is this. While sitting in Ralph Wilson Stadium last year and seeing former Texan Jeff Posey hit David Carr from his blindside, knocking from the game, I was perhaps the only fan there not cheering. Inside.....I was sick and saying to myself..."please get up David and show the Bill's and Buffalo what you've got." Sadly that didn't happen but those were my thoughts.
And please, go back and read my posts and find one negative thing I've ever said about David Carr.
And any "bashing" I've ever done to Casserly or Capers in my opinion they've deserved.
Both of these men have done some good things in their careers but in the NFL it's "what have you done for me lately". And to both of these guy's it time to start putting up or start thinking about getting off the pot!
You may make your living being a Texan "bu++ki$$er"... I choose not to and I'll give credit where credit is due!
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What are we Vinny....people outside of the norm?
For the most part . . . YES.

It's the knee-jerk aspect to this message board that is unreal. It's the 'Fire Capers, Fire Casserly, Fire this Fire that" along with things like mocking Capers note taking, to David Carr's hair length, and . . . a favorite . . . " a conservative coaching philosophy" is the underlying cause of all the fumbles.

I can see being angry and disgusted and needing to 'vent' a day or two after the game. But after that, a little less emotion, and a little more reason would be preferable.

I would characterize most the posters on this message board to be somewhat tempermental.

(Which reminds me of a Three Stooges cartoon I saw a while back. Curly says to Moe, "Hey I'm a tempermental guy". To which Moe replies: "Yeah, 90% temper, 10% mental.")
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I can't speak for every fan, but what I expect is this team to be prepared and play hard every game, every down. This team won some games by playing over their heads in the first 2 years. This year in the 2 plus games I have seen they have been outplayed and outcoached. They make a lot of mistakes in key situations, from the wrong players on the field, penalties that cost field position, running the wrong routes, poor defensive schemes, etc..

This team was an expansion team 3 years ago, but it isn't like they fielded a team full of players that had never played the game. They had a lot of veterans, especially on defense. I think this year the team from the ball boys to the GM has to show more than moral victories.

This team is going to be special. I don't expect them to be a playoff team until next season, but they shouldn't make the mistakes they continue to make. Capers set a tough precedent in Carolina when they went to the conference championship game in their second season. If you look at their schedule, though, they won 8 of their 12 against teams with 6 wins or less.
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...to say people who post here are..... "not reflective of the vast majority of Texas fans" is a strange comment. What are we Vinny....people outside of the norm?
We're definately outside the norm. The majority of fans don't spend much time thinking about, much less writing about, the Texans until Sunday. Everyone on this message board follows the Texans and the NFL more closely than your average NFL fan. We critique every move that the organization makes, and we debate the outcome of the game on Sunday. Then, on Monday, we come back and debate why we won or lost, and start to discuss the weaknesses and strengths of our upcoming opponent. Your average Texan fan will watch the game on Sunday, and might engage in some water cooler talk come Monday. After that the Texans don't come back to mind till the following Sunday morning. So we're definately not like the majority of Texans fans, and in this case I don't mind being part of the minority.
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That's an interesting opinion but I find it somewhat laughable. Certainly there will always be a certain amount of what I call "shooting from the lip" from some fans but to say people who post here are..... "not reflective of the vast majority of Texas fans" is a strange comment. What are we Vinny....people outside of the norm? The fact we (the posters) take the time to not only read but to post messages should speak for us.
Does this board belong to the Texans where only "feel good" comments can be posted? It seems to me if a poster comes on and says something "stupid" like...."we're going to the Super Bowl this year" they are embraced but if you deal in reality........you're offered your last meal!
Anonymous people tend to go to more extremes. That is just a fact.

Also, if you knew me better you would not imply I am a homer. I am as hard on this team as anyone here over the years. Most people would laugh at that implication. Frankly most people would wish I would gloss more about things such as a playoff appearance or the Super Bowl.
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Well, I'd say no, and would also say that this board is not reflective of the vast majority of Texans fans because I think there is a certain knee-jerk factor to being anonymous on a message board. I think Joe-average fan understands that this is still a growth year and really didn't expect a fully mature, playoff caliber team.
I hope you are right. The last thing I want to see is a coaching change right now. I think it would set us back 3 to 5 yrs. Bud Adams had a history of firing coaches year after year and look where it got em. It wasnt untill Bum that he actually started keeping coaches around. I'll never forget "Black Sunday" the day Bum got fired ( also the day the Oilers lost to Buffalo in the playoff comeback win but that a diffrent story ). You have to admit Bud has learned his lesson since Fisher is one of the longest active coaches with one team in the league now. Capers needs the whole 5yrs.
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Personally, I'll hang in there indefinitely no matter how bad their season(s) might
end up being, but at the same time I'll sure be critical when I feel like it. But sitting at home watching the season opener from Reliant, when I heard the boos from the hometown fans in the second half, yea I knew the honeymoon was over. The problems center aound the D: some of the vets have simplay hit the wall in the last 24 months since the inaugural season.
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