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Old 07-31-2008   #1
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Default Mike Bell is now a Texan

Adam Caplan at BattleRedNation.com / Scout.com reports the Houston Texans have signed Mike Bell to a contract. Contract details have not been released and we'll have to wait and see who is released to make roster space.
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Holly cow, that was quick!
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Chris Brown has 1 foot out the door.
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Another RB that won't help us much. I wish we'd go after some kind of RB with some potential or one that isn't injured everyday at some point.
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Another RB that won't help us much. I wish we'd go after some kind of RB with some potential or one that isn't injured everyday at some point.
Any suggestions on who?

Bell knows our system already, this may be just what C Brown needs to light a fire under him and get him in gear, and is insurance if he cant.
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Another RB that won't help us much. I wish we'd go after some kind of RB with some potential or one that isn't injured everyday at some point.
if Bell didn't have potential they wouldn't have signed him. Priest Holmes wasn't drafted and bounced from the Ravens to the Chiefs until he became Priest Holmes - the best back in the league for a few years. Not comparing him to Holmes but you bring in players you think can add something and let r rip.
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if Bell didn't have potential they wouldn't have signed him. Priest Holmes wasn't drafted and bounced from the Ravens to the Chiefs until he became Priest Holmes - the best back in the league for a few years. Not comparing him to Holmes but you bring in players you think can add something and let r rip.

Just like when we signed Sage Rosenfels.......

Some people just thrive in different organizations/systems.
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if Bell didn't have potential they wouldn't have signed him. Priest Holmes wasn't drafted and bounced from the Ravens to the Chiefs until he became Priest Holmes - the best back in the league for a few years.
OMG, you're trying to use Priest Homes as an example to Mike Bell? Give me a break.

If he had POTENTIAL, then he'd still be with the Broncos. The guy had numerous opportunities to take that starting job, and was never that good in one of the easiest rushing offenses in the league. The Broncos have grabbed several RB's since Bell has been there, so he obviously didn't show that much potential nor was he consistent when he had his chances.

The Texans have quite a bit of history of grabbing bad RB's, so acting like a guy has so much potential just because the Texans signed him is being totally homerish. Yeah, I remember hearing how much potential Stacy Mack, Ron Dayne, Wali Lundy, Chris Taylor, Vernon Morency, Amaan Green, and Kris Brown all had and feeling the same way I do now about Mike Bell. DD has been the only good RB this franchise has signed since it's existance, and you can deny that all you want, but stats and production speaks for itself.

Sorry, but I don't automatically assume that a guy has great potential just because the Texans signed him because that's my team. Chris Brown was just another Amaan Green type of signing which is starting to look like he might not even make it out of camp. Go figure. Mike Bell will be just another pair of legs out there carrying the ball. Another Wali Lindy type of signing we just made.

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if Bell didn't have potential they wouldn't have signed him. Priest Holmes wasn't drafted and bounced from the Ravens to the Chiefs until he became Priest Holmes - the best back in the league for a few years. Not comparing him to Holmes but you bring in players you think can add something and let r rip.
Vinnnnnnny....

I don't buy that line, not for a second. I like the optimism, though.

That same line could have been used to rationalize the Chris Brown signing, as well. In fact, we could look at all the journeyman RB signings...I think Kubiak averages about 2.5 per month, and say "If ___(insert name) didn't have potential they wouldn't have signed him." And the results are always the same: Dude gets signed, dude gets cut or traded.

I'd take Kevin Jones or Cedric Benson over Mike Bell any day.

But THEY aren't here. Nor does it seem they are even on the radar. Ill bet it has to do with $$$...which means we sign guys who will take low pay.

If you'll excuse me now, I have to go change our RB roster on my white dry erase board.
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Well, that means so long to Chris Brown. I knew it wouldn't take long. As soon as he missed the 1st day, due to a wedding, his commitment was going to be challenged. Now with all the "back" issues.....I think its all excuses. Sorry to see ya go, but you have to get that attitude up outta here!
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Not to start another pissing contest. But it is interesting that the Texans brought in another RB, and it wasn't Cedric Benson.
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The Texans cut S Brandon Harrison.
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Worst case we cut somebody we were going to cut anyways, Bell proves be just another RB during camp that helps take up reps and gives other RB's that will make the team more rest (less likely to injure). Let the defense beat up on him, and then he gets released, not making the team.

If anything, we're short 1 RB in practice and he just replaces for practice. If he makes the team because he's better than another RB (Brown?) then that's only good. He knows the system, the plays, and the drills. I think it's a good thing, whether he makes the team or not.
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I don't think Chris Brown has anything to worry about. If you're hurt, you're hurt. this is training camp he's missing, not games. Kubiak said he knows Chris can contribute to this team, he just needs to be healthy. I'd hate myself if I cut Brown because he missed some time in training camp and he goes on to rush for 1000 yards for the Titans or something.

Texacutioner, please lay off the bold letters. It makes it seem like you are yelling and ranting, which is obnoxious. Mike Bell was available, unlike the backs you mentioned. He is simply coming to compete for a spot on the team. If he does, that's great. If he doesn't, oh well.

Priest Holmes was bounced around the league much like Bell was, that's the comparison. "OMG don't compare them!" Well why not? They both went through getting bounced around and look how Priest turned out. I bet someone said the same thing you're saying about Priest when he joined the Chiefs.
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simply stated Bell is a system RB that fits here, not to mention Gibbs needs bodies to burn reps with

he was able to elevate his game to the next level (Arizona to the NFL/Broncos) still young without much wear & tear but I feel he is another underachiver who shys away from contact & hard work ala Chris Brown, although I welcome him to prove me wrong & make this team. low cost med reward signing
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I haven't seen the terms of Bell's contract disclosed as of yet. I imagine we got him on the cheap. I say give the guy a shot. Maybe being cut this time has gotten his attention and he'll come in and work his tail off. TC has a way of sorting these things out. Kubes & Co. will keep the best talent when all is said and done. C. Brown needs to get and stay healthy. I believe he can be productive if he does.
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