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Old 01-16-2012   #21
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I think Kubiak's words go a long way toward my theory that Kubiak's strategy was to try and make Andre Johnson take over the game. That if we had to lean on ONE guy at the end of the game, it would be the guy who has been in a Texans uniform longer than anybody else...Andre Johnson.

I think that's an emotionally-charged strategy he concocted and I think it backfired. If it succeeds, it makes Andre Johnson a true legend.

Gary Kubiak is old school. He wants to let seniority play out as much as he can. IMO, he knows Arian Foster is the next big thing here...but he wanted to end or continue this playoff run by leaning on Andre Johnson. Kubiak is loyal in that manner, to a fault IMO. But, it is what it is.

IF this team remains together and IF we hit some home runs in the draft and use free agency wisely like we did last off-season, we'll be a Top 3 team again in 2012.

Everyone thought Yates was fixating on AJ. I stood up and said I thought it was Gary Kubiak's decision to do that, not Yates. Everyone was angry with Yates for locking in on AJ, but I think he was doing what coach told him to do. Now, maybe he needs more practice on faking his initial "look" with where he goes at the snap, I get that, but the strategy (IMO) was to ride the back of AJ.
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You put a TRUE 100% deadly threat at WR2 opposite of Andre Johnson, and with our o-line and our RBs and our TEs out there with those two WRs...TJ Yates won't look like an interception machine.

Yates will have had a full camp with reps at QB1 instead of running scout team, several preseason games, and th ebenfit of having played in TWO playoff games the year before. Man oh man, you cannot beat that sort of preparation when you consider all that this team has going for it in terms of players and coaches.

I'm absolutely confident that with a good draft, and wise but bold free agency moves, this team will be a 12 or 13-win team in 2012.
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You put a TRUE 100% deadly threat at WR2 opposite of Andre Johnson, and with our o-line and our RBs and our TEs out there with those two WRs...TJ Yates won't look like an interception machine.

Yates will have had a full camp with reps at QB1 instead of running scout team, several preseason games, and th ebenfit of having played in TWO playoff games the year before. Man oh man, you cannot beat that sort of preparation when you consider all that this team has going for it in terms of players and coaches.

I'm absolutely confident that with a good draft, and wise but bold free agency moves, this team will be a 12 or 13-win team in 2012.
So you're banking that TJ is QB1 next season?

I don't think he'll even be competing for the QB1 spot. I think it's a given that if Schaub is healthy, he's the starter. TJ has the potential to be our QB of the future, but he still needs some coaching up and some back up experience. If Matt's healthy, there isn't any reason to rush TJ's natural progression.
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I think Kubiak's words go a long way toward my theory that Kubiak's strategy was to try and make Andre Johnson take over the game. That if we had to lean on ONE guy at the end of the game, it would be the guy who has been in a Texans uniform longer than anybody else...Andre Johnson.

I think that's an emotionally-charged strategy he concocted and I think it backfired. If it succeeds, it makes Andre Johnson a true legend.

Gary Kubiak is old school. He wants to let seniority play out as much as he can. IMO, he knows Arian Foster is the next big thing here...but he wanted to end or continue this playoff run by leaning on Andre Johnson. Kubiak is loyal in that manner, to a fault IMO. But, it is what it is.

IF this team remains together and IF we hit some home runs in the draft and use free agency wisely like we did last off-season, we'll be a Top 3 team again in 2012.

Everyone thought Yates was fixating on AJ. I stood up and said I thought it was Gary Kubiak's decision to do that, not Yates. Everyone was angry with Yates for locking in on AJ, but I think he was doing what coach told him to do. Now, maybe he needs more practice on faking his initial "look" with where he goes at the snap, I get that, but the strategy (IMO) was to ride the back of AJ.
GP, there's a whole lot of "thought" & "thinking" going on here. Personally, I don't agree. I "think" it may have had something to do with TJ slingin' it to AJ while he was recouping from hammy issues, coupled with the fact that he's a late in the season rookie starter.

I'm rowing upstream here I know, but this young QB is going to mature. When he does, he'll be great.

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So you're banking that TJ is QB1 next season?

I don't think he'll even be competing for the QB1 spot. I think it's a given that if Schaub is healthy, he's the starter. TJ has the potential to be our QB of the future, but he still needs some coaching up and some back up experience. If Matt's healthy, there isn't any reason to rush TJ's natural progression.
There's no way Schaub is ready by Game 1 of the reg season.

IIRC, it was CND who was saying that the best and smartest route to go with Schaub is to see him midway through the reg season.

Depending on Schaub's ability to HEAL and subsequently REHAB, then throwing into the mix the whole issue of him having to take practice on the field AFTER rehabbing it to see how it holds up under a simulated game scenario of really pushing off that plant foot and seeing how it responds to real action, then you're looking at midway through 2012.

This idea that it's like Manning or Briesel's situation where you stay off it for a awhile and then you're back on it and ready to go a little while after is wrong. The Lisfranc is what keeps your foot from becoming a jelly-like floppy skin bag full of loose bones that rattle around. It's a BIG deal, and I don't see how anybody could reasonably anticipate that Schaub will (A) be running around at camp, (B) playing in preseason games, and (C) ready to take QB1 by opening weekend of the 2012 reg season.

Yates will be QB1, folks. And do not rule out Leinart getting cut in camp and Delhomme as QB2, either.

Make no mistake, I know that Bob McNair, Rick Smith, and Kubiak will all three be expecting to see Schaub at SOME point in 2012...because they all three have a huge, huge, HUGE decision to make for 2013. HUGE. Gigantic. Franchise QB decision making to do. So they will get him out there, but Yates will be QB1 on opening day. I bank on that.
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There's no way Schaub is ready by Game 1 of the reg season.

IIRC, it was CND who was saying that the best and smartest route to go with Schaub is to see him midway through the reg season.

Depending on Schaub's ability to HEAL and subsequently REHAB, then throwing into the mix the whole issue of him having to take practice on the field AFTER rehabbing it to see how it holds up under a simulated game scenario of really pushing off that plant foot and seeing how it responds to real action, then you're looking at midway through 2012.

This idea that it's like Manning or Briesel's situation where you stay off it for a awhile and then you're back on it and ready to go a little while after is wrong. The Linsfranc is what keeps your foot from becoming a jelly-like floppy skin bag full of loose bones that rattle around. It's a BIG deal, and I don't see how anybody could reasonably anticipate that Schaub will (A) be running around at camp, (B) playing in preseason games, and (C) ready to take QB1 by opening weekend of the 2012 reg season.

Yates will be QB1, folks. And do not rule out Leinart getting cut in camp and Delhomme as QB2, either.

Make no mistake, I know that Bob McNair, Rick Smith, and Kubiak will all three be expecting to see Schaub at SOME point in 2012...because they all three have a huge, huge, HUGE decision to make for 2013. HUGE. Gigantic. Franchise QB decision making to do. So they will get him out there, but Yates will be QB1 on opening day. I bank on that.
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GP, there's a whole lot of "thought" & "thinking" going on here. Personally, I don't agree. I "think" it may have had something to do with TJ slingin' it to AJ while he was recouping from hammy issues, coupled with the fact that he's a late in the season rookie starter.

I'm rowing upstream here I know, but this young QB is going to mature. When he does, he'll be great.

It's late, hope that made sense.

No doubt about it: TJ Yates hit a wall vs. Ravens, and Ed Reed had a huge role in it. But I still "think" Yates was doing what the boss man wanted, he just did the best he could on that particular day.

Yates' days as QB3, coupled with the pressure of the situation, and what I "think" was Kubiak's strategy to ride the back of AJ as much as we could, it all sort of came together as perfect storm to see if Yates could handle it or if it was too much. With a full camp, etc., I think he can challenge for QB1 in 2013.

If he gets hot, early in 2012, we might not even see Schaub at all. There's no way to know. Schaub had said, back when he knew he was out for the year, that he would be ready by camp. I don't even know if he's telling the truth or if he's motivating himself by saying that. There's no way he's ready to take snaps by camp.
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I wondered what he would do. Thank you for the link.

I cannot stomach the idea that Matt Leinart is on the roster when camp begins. He was a good sport, he tried his best, but he had nothing to offer. Nothing.
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Yeah, there's a chron piece on Jake's feelings also

rather classy exit - if it is his exit - if you ask me

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There's no way Schaub is ready by Game 1 of the reg season.

IIRC, it was CND who was saying that the best and smartest route to go with Schaub is to see him midway through the reg season.
On the last Matt Schaub show, he says he'll be ready to go by OTAs

I remember what CnD said as well, but that's from the horses mouth.

I provided the link, listen to it yourself & tell me what you think he says.

Remember, CnD doesn't have access to Schaub's xRays & MRIs so his input is mostly speculative & worse case scenarios.. actually he goes through the gamut of scenarios..... Matt not being ready by game 1 was the worse case.
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The things I've read about Schaub's injury indicates to me he isn't coming back for training camp. I'm not a doctor, but I did ask my personal physician about this injury, and he said that everyone is fooling themselves if if they think Schaub will ready to play football by pre-season, or even at 100% for the early season.

Fact is, none of us know just yet how fast Schaub is going to heal, but I'm going to be surprised if Yates isn't starting at QB for the early part of next season.
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Well, if Schaub isn't ready to go by camp, then I agree with your assessment GP. I guess I just figured that there would be enough time for him to properly heal up. I didn't read the whole thread on his injury & estimated time for recovery because nobody on here knows for certain. If the front office knows that TJ will have to be QB1 for part of the regular season, then I'd bet that they will work his tail off this offseason to make sure he is ready. They did a lot with him in a short amount of time, so I have faith that they can improve on what they already did with a full offseason, OTAs, and a full training camp.
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I think that's an emotionally-charged strategy he concocted and I think it backfired. If it succeeds, it makes Andre Johnson a true legend.
If Kubiak said to Yates: "Throw that damn ball to Andre no matter what" then I am still happy with that decision.

Arian is great but that is a 2 minute drill and a passing situation. We have seen Andre catch a ball in triple coverage with almost no window (Miami game with the Schaub keeper TD), we have seen him bowl over LBs tp get a TD (Arizona), and we have seen him make spectacular plays that make a defender in great position look silly (Redskins OT game).

If I have 10 chances in this situation I tell Yates to do the same thing 140% of the time (good old Russian math). If I am Yates I look at my coach and say "What the hell else did you think I would do?"

Andre gets the shot with the game on the line in the playoffs. He has proved time and time again that he can do it. There is no other conceivable decision for me to make here.
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I think it was a big factor in our ability to run the ball.

However, we get the ball with 2:52 left in the 4th Qtr... we hit three big plays with Andre Johnson... then the pick.

What happened to Foster? We still had 2 time-outs at that point.

He put the game in Tj & Andre's hands... forgot about the Horse that got him there.

I'm really surprised (& impressed) that this board is giving him a pass here.
I think Kubiak decided that when Foster fumbled and Jacoby recovered it. That was pretty scary and Foster is lucky that the game didn't end that way.
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