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Old 04-15-2009   #41
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If TexanMike chimes in with a playoff-bound prediction, I'm checking everyone's meds.
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I'm right here! I'm the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. So, naturally, if Vinny and company are predicting playoffs, I may have to come up with a thesis for why we will be in the Superbowl.

By the way, you haven't been paying attention, because Texanmike has been posting all kinds of positive stuff the past few weeks. I'm going to go track some down right now for you.
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I'm right here! I'm the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. So, naturally, if Vinny and company are predicting playoffs, I may have to come up with a thesis for why we will be in the Superbowl.

By the way, you haven't been paying attention, because Texanmike has been posting all kinds of positive stuff the past few weeks. I'm going to go track some down right now for you.
yes, yes, I know. You're always so disgustingly positive. Even at income tax time. its the rest of them that worry me.


hmmm..... perhaps this is just typical pre-season/pre-draft optimism and I'm over-reacting to it.
yes. ...yes.... that must be it.
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I'm right here! I'm the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. So, naturally, if Vinny and company are predicting playoffs, I may have to come up with a thesis for why we will be in the Superbowl.

By the way, you haven't been paying attention, because Texanmike has been posting all kinds of positive stuff the past few weeks. I'm going to go track some down right now for you.
I have been optimistic for the last two years. My optimism has just been for the future rather than the next game. I see the direction of the team and year by year, we've been improving. The great thing about it has been that we're doing it in house. Our first run at respectability, was mostly with vets from other organizations. Look at our roster from 04. Our defense was aging and our leaders were prior free agents or expansion draftees.

This time we're built different. We aren't assuming that several 29+ year olds are going to get better. We're looking at productive players that have been drafted for the last few years to improve. Young players are becoming leaders as we shed the "vets" we brought into mentor them. Look at carolina and Jags. Both had short term success with other teams players. Then it all fell apart. Since that time both organizations have built solid organizations by drafting well and growing players.

That is why I've been all optimistic. I'm not ready to call for playoffs yet. I need to see the draft. But I will say this. You'll know where we stand after the draft. This team is a piece or two away from the playoffs. Next year, we're either a 6-10 team or a 10-6 team.

Honestly, this is the first time in our history that I think we have a real opportunity to build a very good team and begin a dynasty. In 2 or 3 years we will look back at this draft and talk about how it changed the course of the franchise.


There you have it. Mr. Smith. Make the right move, and you will be able to attract solid free agents going into the prime of their careers instead of the 30 something running backs looking for one last hoorah..


There you have it folks. Why am I optimistic? We've never been at this point as Texans fans. Welcome to the NFL people.


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I don't know if anyone's mentioned this yet, but I think Rosencopter (and a few of Schaub's fumbles) made our D look even worse. Rosenfel's was fun to watch and our offens-ers loved him, but our D has to be relieved to see him go. We also got rid of Richard Smith and D. Faggins, along with some additions. If Schaub, AJ, etc. stay healthy, we might be better than about 27 or so teams in this league. Who knows? Maybe they should've waited one more year to say, "The time is now." We all wonder how our "talented D," with all the high picks on it, can be so bad, but I saw a lot of stupid turnovers by our O and a D coordinator who wanted to read first, react later, and worry about crushing the QB after the fact. Let's let the O react 2 D-lineman and a LB in the backfield.
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Absolutely we are.
You are what your record says you are....But I agree to an extent....go back and watch the Cleveland game and the green bay game....and most certainly the Miami game, either one of those could of went the other way. Heck saw a rumor this week that Barylon Edwards was being shopped around. I'm not in the room and I don't know.....but if he is it is a direct result of how bad he played in that game. He dropped alot of passes all year....but that game....he definitely had the yipes.

We got depth. We got a decent QB.....and if the defense can become more productive....this time next year, we might be saying we got to pick way to high. We'll see what the record says we are after '09.

Very nice post Mike. I'm with ya. If we get beat down again so be it. But, I'm not going to bash the 12-4 posters this season....we definalty got a chance if we can keep healthy. Still alot of if's and buts....
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I have been optimistic for the last two years. My optimism has just been for the future rather than the next game. I see the direction of the team and year by year, we've been improving. The great thing about it has been that we're doing it in house. Our first run at respectability, was mostly with vets from other organizations. Look at our roster from 04. Our defense was aging and our leaders were prior free agents or expansion draftees.

This time we're built different. We aren't assuming that several 29+ year olds are going to get better. We're looking at productive players that have been drafted for the last few years to improve. Young players are becoming leaders as we shed the "vets" we brought into mentor them. Look at carolina and Jags. Both had short term success with other teams players. Then it all fell apart. Since that time both organizations have built solid organizations by drafting well and growing players.

That is why I've been all optimistic. I'm not ready to call for playoffs yet. I need to see the draft. But I will say this. You'll know where we stand after the draft. This team is a piece or two away from the playoffs. Next year, we're either a 6-10 team or a 10-6 team.

Honestly, this is the first time in our history that I think we have a real opportunity to build a very good team and begin a dynasty. In 2 or 3 years we will look back at this draft and talk about how it changed the course of the franchise.


There you have it. Mr. Smith. Make the right move, and you will be able to attract solid free agents going into the prime of their careers instead of the 30 something running backs looking for one last hoorah..


There you have it folks. Why am I optimistic? We've never been at this point as Texans fans. Welcome to the NFL people.


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Good post. I agree. If we can plug in the last couple of pieces to the defense, acquire some quality depth for the front lines, and get a quality #2 RB so we don't burn out Slaton in a year or two we will be a force to be reckoned with for some time to come. We can get out of rebuild mode and become one of those teams that reload from year to year.

But I'm still skeptical about going 12-4 or 13-3 this season. I think anywhere from 9-7 to 11-5 is probable.
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