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Old 06-12-2004   #1
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and he says Houstion is going nowhere and he doubts the ability of DC to stay healthy. He thinks the only people who think Houston is going to doing anything this year is a few over zealous fans. He should have sought a job elsewhere. Why does the Chronicle retain this guy. He's like the sky is falling as far as Houstion is concerned. I suspose they must feel they get more readers, because they get mad at the guy. Keep posting guys and don't look for any good news from the Chronicle.
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Well, I am not sure it's as bad as you make it sound. Here is the actual quote from the Houston Chronicle. I don't expect good coverage to be homer-coverage. He is just stating reality imo
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Are Texans going to be NFL's 'surprise team'?

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Many print, radio and television analysts have the Texans as their big surprise team. What does everyone see? I believe the team was last or near last in both offense and defense. Injuries were a factor, but many of the problems were there before the injuries really took their toll. Also, how do you rate David Carr's progression as a quarterback in terms of reading defenses and accuracy? He seemed a bit lacking in those areas last year, when he was healthy.

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Other than some talk-show hosts and super-optimistic fans, I haven't seen anyone predict that the Texans will be the NFL's "big surprise team," as you put it, Chad. I think -- and this depends on injuries again- - the Texans will finish in the 7-9 or 8-8 range. Let's be realistic: They were 31st in offense and defense, primarily because of injuries. They finished a 5-11 season with more players on injured reserve than any team. Losing at home by three points to New England, Indianapolis and Tennessee was impressive for a team that had to play three quarterbacks and defensive linemen off the street because of injuries. As for Carr, please check out the next e-mail, Chad.

What offensive players are stepping up for Texans?

Q. There's a lot of talk about quarterback David Carr, receiver Andre Johnson and running back Domanick Davis being the Texans' triplets, but my concern is that too much emphasis is being put on them. Each is a potentially great player, but there are eight other players with them. What other offensive players do you see stepping up to make a difference?

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A. First of all, Sam, there should be a lot of pressure placed on Carr, Johnson and Davis. Carr enters his third season. He's the team leader who must stay healthy and produce more consistently. Johnson was the third player picked in last year's draft, and he's coming off a successful rookie season. He has to quit dropping so many passes. He's worked hard to improve his hands. The coaches believe if Davis stays healthy, he can be a 1,500-yard rusher. As for other offensive players making a difference, tight end Billy Miller -- whether he starts or not -- is always going to be one of Carr's most reliable targets. New right tackle Todd Wade should be outstanding. If second-year tackle Seth Wand, who has been moved to the first team on the left side, proves in camp and preseason that he can handle the most important position on the line, he'll be placed under the microscope. I also believe, Sam, that second-year running back Tony Hollings will get more playing time. I doubt Davis will stay healthy for 16 games. Remember, Hollings moved from safety to running back as a junior at George Tech and led the nation in rushing until he blew out a knee early in the season. He entered the supplemental draft, and the Texans used a second-round pick on him. As a rookie, he was still recovering from reconstructive surgery and learning the position. I think you'll see him start to emerge as he gets more carries.
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He says he doubts DD can stay healthy for 16 games. I would say most of us would say there goes the running game if that happens. I understand that Hollings has real potential, but he isn't a proven runner behind our line as yet. It isn't being a homer, he just doesn't seem to have much ever that is positive as far as Houstion is concerned. Has he been at the mini camps? He's been admitinly on vactation for 6 months. He starts off with I can't see Houstion doing anything. Seems like he's killing the optomism that may be we have made some good trades, made some coaching changes, and a feeling that we are going to be a very different ball club this year. To me he does an excellent job of killing ticket sales.
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We are sold out, and Dom Davis has never stayed healthy. College or Pro.
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Could this year be different? Again, my kick is that he is never upbeat. He always comes at the team from a negative point of view. Has an injury occurred yet? I don't see him going out and reviewing some aspect of the team's progress and saying you know they have really done a good job here and I think you should keep an eye on this aspect of the game. Look for some real progress on the field because Houstion has made -----. Your fill in the blanks. I would hope with all of the money, time, effort, coaches that we could begin to look for some hopeful signs that we are going to be something more than a door mat.
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McClain's comments don't change the tiniest thing about our season next year. Neither do anyone else's comments, for that matter. All that matters is the players prove it on the field each sunday, and everyone will forget 99% of what was said before the season started.
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I like Hollings and think he will prove that CC made the right move giving up the 2nd to get him this year, I (unlike most) am not sold on DD being a franchise back just yet.


Book this: Hollings will have the Texans record for longest rushing TD by the end of the year

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Well keep in mind that all reporters try to shed a realistic light on things. They have to make their assessments based solely on the numbers from last year. In other words, they are the original 'buzzkills' or 'party poopers' of the NFL. We've all seen over the years how a team can go from the cellar of the NFL to the playoffs. Also, we all know that in the NFL all the prognosticators and analysts and experts have as much of an idea about who'll do well this season as the guy working the drive thru at McD's. Some of the predictions from last year were that Oakland and the Eagles would be in the SB, and some even predicted the Chargers would win the wildcard. Some thought the Ravens would be at or near the bottom of the AFC North with the Bengals. So as much as we'd all like to think if we crunch the numbers correctly, and factor in so and so we can come up with an accurate predicition as how we will fare, but it just isn't going to happen. So take what a sportswriter says with a grain of salt, because nobody flip flops better than a local sports writer. It goes from a sensational doom and gloom attitude to a 'hand us the title now' type attitude.
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We are sold out, and Dom Davis has never stayed healthy. College or Pro.

True enough about Davis. However, it's possible that the injury problems could simply have been bad luck and not evidence that he doesn't have the body to handle the pounding. Or, perhaps NFL strength and conditioning coaches will/ have been able to address this problem...

If so, the fact that he's had injuries in college and therefore not carried the ball 700-800 times like most college backs of his caliber will add two years of good health to his NFL career.

McClain's prediction 7 or 8 wins doesn't seem pessimistic to me- especially in our division. However, it's not errant thinking to believe that 10 wins and the playoffs aren't well within the realm of possibility. After all, most of the great (by today's standards) NFL teams the past 8 years have come from nowhere:
St. Louis, Baltimore, New England, Carolina... others have had huge turn arounds with the rapid maturity of their young players: Indianapolis (peyton's second season), Philadelphia (McNabb's third?).
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We are sold out.
We aren't sold out for 2004. On this website click on Texans Tickets==>Ticket Info==>Season Tickets and you can buy as many season tickets as you want.

Also, according to the 2004 Edition of Street and Smith's Pro Football magazine, our attendence last year averaged 66,355 which it lists as 95.5% of capacity. It lists the NFL average as 94.9% of capacity so we were a bit better than average in coming close to reaching capacity.
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