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Old 12-27-2004   #1
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Yes they did, as did the GB game (played that game not to lose and it killed us). That three game difference would have put us at 11-5 granted we beat the Browns. Also we probably should have beat Minnesota and that would put us at 12-4. Next year is the year.
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I remember way back after the first game of the season and saying. "We lost to the Chargers!?. Come on, they're the Chargers and we can't beat them. We are in alot of trouble this season."

The Chargers are 11-4 and champions of the AFC West. Who wudda thunk it?
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Yes they did, as did the GB game (played that game not to lose and it killed us). That three game difference would have put us at 11-5 granted we beat the Browns. Also we probably should have beat Minnesota and that would put us at 12-4. Next year is the year.

of coarse every team that has a similar record to us can point to a couple coulda, woulda, shouldas that would have put them in the playoffs. Just goes to show you the difference between championship teams and also rans.
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" Texans early fumble problems cost them the playoffs "
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"So close!" subtitled "Late season performances not enough to overcome tight losses"
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Even IF our team had made the playoffs, it would probably have been a first round blowout.

As much of a Texans fan as I am, I cannot delude myself into believing that they are anywhere near the level of the Patriots, Steelers, or Colts.

Next year, maybe...
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Even IF our team had made the playoffs, it would probably have been a first round blowout.

As much of a Texans fan as I am, I cannot delude myself into believing that they are anywhere near the level of the Patriots, Steelers, or Colts.

Next year, maybe...

just curious why next year? give us some improvements you see that the Texans would need in order to compete with the level of Patriots, Steelers & Colts-

not disagreeing just want your game plan for improving the organization-beerlover
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just curious why next year? give us some improvements you see that the Texans would need in order to compete with the level of Patriots, Steelers & Colts-
I'll give you two. Consistant pass protection especially aganst teams with speed on the edge. And a better pass rush of our own. With these two improvements our team could compete with any team in the NFL and dominate many if not most.
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just curious why next year? give us some improvements you see that the Texans would need in order to compete with the level of Patriots, Steelers & Colts-
I'll give you two. Consistant pass protection especially aganst teams with speed on the edge. And a better pass rush of our own. With these two improvements our team could compete with any team in the NFL and dominate many if not most.
OK your Casserly, fix it! Who would you draft, aguire through free agency or otherwise promote into affective implementation of your strategy?

db- As far as improvements for next year...think about it...we have a great QB, WR corps, and TE...and D.Davis appears to be healthy and back on track. So it comes down to our O-line. Maybe another year tweaking the zone system, added with a little more talent at tackle, and we could have a dominating offense. We have most of the ingredients, and we just need that consistent play week in/week out, with trench control at the LOS, to make a top-tier team, IMO.


the Texans offensive line has made improvements, by constant re-tooling via drafting, free-agency and hard work I have no doubt the Bulls will become a famous offensive line. But who is this great TE? Seems like you are missing someone in your offensive line theology
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Swisher, I know lots of teams have coulda woulda shoulda's, we're not a championship caliber team yet. Good point I was just venting my coulda woulda shoulda's for the year. Next year we should have a good mix of seasoned vets and young talent. Hopefully we'll crank it up a notch.
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doublebarrel, I don't know that we would have won, but I don't think there's really anyone who can blow us out of the water, when we play well and we would have been fired up for the playoff game. We've got talent not enough "late season" experience and the coaching is still a question mark.
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Well, the Colts beat us twice, the first time being a true butt whoopin' (49-14 anyone?). The second time was a little more competitive, but we never really measured up. Fortunately/unfortunately, we did not play the Steelers or Patriots this year, so we'll never know.

BUT, yesterday's game was the FIRST win this season against a team with a winning record. That should tell us something.

Yeah, I believe in the "any given Sunday" concept, but this team just hasn't been consistent from week-to-week this year, and that is what playoff caliber teams should be about (at least in the AFC! ).

As far as improvements for next year...think about it...we have a great QB, WR corps, and TE...and D.Davis appears to be healthy and back on track. So it comes down to our O-line. Maybe another year tweaking the zone system, added with a little more talent at tackle, and we could have a dominating offense. We have most of the ingredients, and we just need that consistent play week in/week out, with trench control at the LOS, to make a top-tier team, IMO.

As far as defense, I think we are on the right track. The two glaring weaknesses that I see are safety and a pass rusher that dominates. Again, most of the ingredients are there and we just need them to gel as a unit along with 2-3 more top players to give our D more depth of strategy.

Each year the chemistry of a given team seems to make or break success and failure with current NFL parity. So we just never know if any given year will be our year to make that magic run.

I do believe that we are now a full fledged NFL team, and we should start expecting big things. Perhaps I'm setting myself up, but that is the optimism of being a fan.
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Even IF our team had made the playoffs, it would probably have been a first round blowout.

As much of a Texans fan as I am, I cannot delude myself into believing that they are anywhere near the level of the Patriots, Steelers, or Colts.

Next year, maybe...
Maybe my A $ $, We Will be in the playoffs next year brother.......I can see us turning the corner the last few weeks.If we can get off. and def. line help this offseason......we are in the playoffs....how far we go?????? that depends how bad the players want it....Great couple of weeks Texans....You made me proud!!!!! Defense starting to show some fire.O-line is much improved.Great Christmas present yesterday.
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[quote=Double Barrel]Even IF our team had made the playoffs, it would probably have been a first round blowout.

As much of a Texans fan as I am, I cannot delude myself into believing that they are anywhere near the level of the Patriots, Steelers, or Colts.[quote]

umm wait we beat the steelrs and took the patriouts to OT... umm we can play.
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I'm glad we got the "W" this week, but thinking back, and even now... We still have to do something about this stalling out after 7-14 points. We have that habit. Like this week against Jax we had 14 points for the longest. It would be nice to see 21-35 pts a game and try to keep it flowin.
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I'm glad we got the "W" this week, but thinking back, and even now... We still have to do something about this stalling out after 7-14 points. We have that habit. Like this week against Jax we had 14 points for the longest. It would be nice to see 21-35 pts a game and try to keep it flowin.
This was my thought exactly. I was really glad we won and that we met my preseason expectation of 7 wins but I was pretty frustrated with our offense because of the lack of killer instinct they showed in the second half. But the reason I say frustrated is because the offense still did some good things and showed some aggressiveness against a very aggressive defense. Like the two INTs before the half. Not really David's fault the ball flies into the air when it hits Bradford square in the hands, and even though the last INT was thrown I was still happy to see that the Texans were willing to take chances throwing to Andre Johnson. Another year in the league and I think Andre Johnson finds a way to disrupt the play. But the other thing I liked seeing was our ability to maintain a drive and give our defense a breather. However, seeing a FG get blocked ticked me off.
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