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Old 02-02-2009   #41
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Man we need to go after the best Free Safety in Free Agency O.J. Atogwe and draft a head hunting Strong Safety in the 2nd or 3rd round. I am tired of these no name players who get killed every season on the back end of the defense. We need to stop being cheap and bring in some first rate talent in free agency and stop wasting money on these 2nd rate free agents.
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I would pick a rb in 3rd or 4th round........unless we can sign a good free agent......one with some size.....for those short yardage situations......
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I would pick a rb in 3rd or 4th round........unless we can sign a good free agent......one with some size.....for those short yardage situations......
I think we've had just about enough of free agent running backs for awhile. I think we're going to pick up a RB in the 4th or 5th round unless we trade back in the first and get more picks.
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Man we need to go after the best Free Safety in Free Agency O.J. Atogwe and draft a head hunting Strong Safety in the 2nd or 3rd round. I am tired of these no name players who get killed every season on the back end of the defense. We need to stop being cheap and bring in some first rate talent in free agency and stop wasting money on these 2nd rate free agents.
my thoughts exactly
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The needs list is simple - anything defense. You can't pick a position on defense that we don't need: DE, DT, LB, CB, SS, FS.
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I don't see it this way at all. With Smith, we were running a defense that tried to play halves with the safeties. So, we didn't have a real SS/FS setup. All of our safeties are very similar and most would be considered SS's, I think.

Hopefully, in our new scheme, we'll have a normal safety setup.

And if we do, I think our biggest need is for a free safety not a strong one. I think most of our guys could play a decent SS role but we don't have anyone with the range needed to play a true FS role. So, I'd actually swap these two positions in terms of need.

My list was made in order of importance for this upcoming draft. I agree I think we should go to back traditional SS/FS roles and get one of each. I also think that Eugene Wilson did a decent job, not great, at FS this past year and deserves another year in the position. In order to improve our run defense SS along with SLB should be addressed before FS. I also think that next years group of FS will be much better than this year and we can address FS next year. Hopefully we can trade up and get Eric Berry from Tennessee. JMO.
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The needs list is simple - anything defense. You can't pick a position on defense that we don't need: DE, DT, LB, CB, SS, FS.
I would also argue that we have need at Center, complimentary RB, and OG. All told thats 9 spots(10 if you include both OLB positions). We need to pursue solid players in FA and draft intelligently seeking BPA (unless its a QB, WR, K, P, or FB). It might be that we go with some offensive players or are able to fill holes in the FA. Hard to say right now though.
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you know I'm not shy about the draft, however I was hoping more for a serious look @ what are the critical positions that have to upgraded? how do the Texans make the jump like Arizona did last year from selecting #15 to this Sunday's Superbowl?

1. currently the Texans do not the edge rusher they need, that has to be #1. what people are mis-interpreting is you don't HAVE TO SPEND A FIRST RD. PICK TO GET ONE! Justin Tuck was a 3rd. pick, better yet Kyle Vanden Bosch aquired by Tennessee also in 05 for next to nothing, never produced or flashed much as a Cardinal because of injuy's. so yes this is #1 need but there are assorted, less obvious ways to address this need.
So who is that serious edge rusher for Arizona??
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So who is that serious edge rusher for Arizona??
Its supposed to be Betrand Berry... but Dockett has been tearing it up all season
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Are we gonna replace TJ any time soon?
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Are we gonna replace TJ any time soon?
This question will be haunting us all offseason until he's either cut or he's made the squad.

I think he makes it on the squad but I don't know if he retains his starter position... unless he picks up his play.
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We need to draft the best defensive player available with each pick unless there's a better offensive lineman (1) or power runner available (1) in the round. We could use improvement at every position, so we should just add more talent, more play makers on the defensive side.
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Listening to the local NC radio last night, they were talking panthers, and it was midway through the segment when I tuned in, but the talk was about Peppers being traded away. It's very debatable what compensation the Panthers would be looking for. Their glaring need is to replace a 34 year old QB. I don't know if Houston would ever fall into the mix, but definately an intriguing sign to hear out of the local radio that it's potentially feasible. It could be argued that we'd have to give up a lot to attract Carolina into something, but barring a Hershel Walker type trade, the concept of Mario/Peppers on the ends sure seems like it would change the complexion of the remaining defensive needs. I'm sure Peyton Manning wouldn't approve.
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So who is that serious edge rusher for Arizona??
glad you asked. Bertrand Berry, from Houston. he was a free agent signed 03-06-04 (inserted date because we're about one month away from free agency, after combine). went to the pro-bowl first season (04) big problem for him has been injurys, has 29.0 sacks in his 43 starts. they also drafted Calais Campbell DE out of Miami in 2nd rd. last draft who is transitioning nicely & should play a much larger role as he develops in the future.

that being said, their primary pass rusher comes from RDT Darnell Dockett, projected DE drafted out of Florida State in the 3rd rd. 6-4 285 but because of injurys he set's up on right side of RG. I'm sure Casserly loved this guy because the Texans went back to the well in 05 selecting Travis Johnson.

so my young apprentice, these are some possible selections-
  • search NFL free agency
  • emphasis on FSU Seminoles & SEC speed
  • identify practice squad prospects of special interest
  • Texans can address pass rush specialist in 3rd rd. if bpa not there earlier?
  • carefully check out FA w/injury history
  • re-define Travis Johnson role, keep or trade him
  • Bush will clean up scheme, current DL will improve
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I would also argue that we have need at Center, complimentary RB, and OG. All told thats 9 spots(10 if you include both OLB positions). We need to pursue solid players in FA and draft intelligently seeking BPA (unless its a QB, WR, K, P, or FB). It might be that we go with some offensive players or are able to fill holes in the FA. Hard to say right now though.
Diles was leading the team in tackles when he broke his leg. His rehab is on schedule to be 100% by OTA's

Adibi had 14 tackles and 13 solo in the first game he started versus Indy.

If healthy we are not in bad shape. Adibi has not proven he can stay healthy, not his fault but that's the case. Diles however was very solid until his freak practice injury.

I doubt they will be looking to improve both positions. I wouldn't be surprised if we draft a LB with our first pick if it's BPA even if it's someone designed to play inside. It seems apparent to me that it will be DL or LB though with the first pick. There is no S that is good enough to draft that early.
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#1 FA priority is to re-sign Dunta Robinson

in regards to his medical condition the Texans know him better than anyone.
#1 FA priority is to re-sign Dunta Robinson at a reasonable contract and reasonable up front money.

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