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Old 01-04-2005   #21
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This is absurd. Did you want a superbowl ring this year? Did you want 9 players to go to the pro-bowl? Did you want a 16-0 record? Its not going to happen! Give the team some time. I know its hard to be a fan durring the rough times, but it will pay off in the end. This team needs just 2-3 more peices (players) and is complete. Winning an NFL championship is the hardest thing to do. It takes TIME, money, patience, and a million other things.

Point is, getting a new coaching staff/QB/OC, isnt going to make us better. Its going to move us backwards. Give Capers his time. Give him a chance to make a long lasting team.
No! of course no one thought about 16-0. I don't think that changing coaches would make us any better off than the Browns. But something needs to change because we did not make progress this year. your right, we need a few pieces, but we are better that we are showing with what we have.
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Old 01-04-2005   #22
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Why does something have to change? The team was extremely inconsistent, and that isn't the coaches fault. It's due to the fact that we are a young team. Have mistakes been made, yes but show me a team that hasn't; have we done better then some teams, hell yes see the Browns, Cowboys, Saints, 49ers, Bucs. None of the guys we have drafted yet have hit their primes, icluding AJ who still has room for improvements.

And to all those calling for Capers head, ask yourself how who felt after Willingham was fired at Notre Dame before he ahd a chance to develop a team with his players?
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I have zero problem with Casserly. As far as I'm concerned, he should get an extension of his current deal asap.

As to Capers, and the rest of the staff, I have mixed emotions. I would give him next year to show what he can do with this team, but I have some funadementel differences in how he and his staff are running the team. On defense, I think the scheme that Fangio is running may be too complicated. I would simplify the defense a bit, and make it more aggresive next year. We started to see that more toward the end, so I am encouraged by that. On offense, I wouldn't be bull headed, and try to fit round pegs into square holes. Dom wants to run the Steelers 2004 offense, without the components needed to make it work...namely a big workhorse back, a mean, large, road-grader style aggresive offensive line that can also protect the QB for those 3rd down throws. That's not the players we have, and that is frustrating for me. Then he tells Bob Allen yesterday that Carr threw to Johnson numerous times. HA! I don't know what game he was watching, but the last month, AJ was the most under utilized weapon in the league imo. Lastly, we need to get WAY more aggresive on offense, and start dictating to the defense, instead of this "they took AJ away" BS.

As to Dom's stoic look on the sideline, that doesn't bother me anymore than Tom Laudry. If memory serves, he did alright for himself.
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Wow.... I was just talking about this to a friend. They say that 7-9 is an improvement but I think that a case can be made that we went backwards this year.
1. Last year I believe we had 17 players on the IR. This year we only had 7. That is 10 more players plus two first round starters.
2. We had an easier schedule than last year. Hell we played both teams that went to the SB.

I have said before that I did not see the same intensity this year than last year. I like Dom but has he lost the team. Is that what Carr was talking about?
What you fail to mention is that we had a lot of first time starters this season. By the end of the year, we were starting 3 rookies on defense (Earl, Babin, Robinson), a first time starter at LT (the most important position on the O-line), a guy playing guard for the first time in his life at LG, a CB starting at FS for the first time in 10 years, and new roster additions at DE (R. Smith), ORT (Wade), and TE (Bruener). Basically we had 10 new starters this season. Do you think that could have an impact on how we play? Basically this was a transitional season.

I have much bigger expectations for next season. I think next season is the one to truly evaluate the coaching staff. The majority of the pieces are in place and it is now time to perform or hear "You're fired!"
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May be Casserly should go to. I think that 7-9 is not the expectations based on the talent of this ball club. We played a much tougher schedule last year and looked a lot better than this year.
Casserly...should...go.... ....sorry, man, not meant as a flame in any way, but it's hard to take anything you say more seriously after this comment. There are probably 25 teams that would kill to have Casserly as GM.

And you think a 7-9 team looks worse than a 5-11 team?

We won back-to-back games THREE times this year! (for the record, it NEVER happened last year)....

We swept TWO division opponents this year (again, never happened last year, much less beat the Titans TWICE!)

7-9 HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE EXPECTATIONS OF OUR THIRD YEAR!! According to the Texans front office, the media, coaches, and players.

Going into the season, we even said that we would be content with 6-10 (improvement over 2003), and happy with 7-9.

And finally, thank you, Porky, for mentioning the late, great Tom Landry!! Who NEVER, EVER got emotional on the sideline. He was the epitomy of Joe Cool under pressure.
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That was a cinical reply to someone suggesting may be Casserly should be fired also. There is some responsibility on his part, however, in that he drafts one way and his coach works another way. This last draft they were more in touch, but I think there is a problem there.
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