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Old 09-18-2013   #21
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Wades probably testing his plan for kap and wilson, contain out, blitz in
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I'm not sure what else to say about B. Reed. But no one had much expectation from him other than being a solid player with a great motor.

Mercilus on the other hand, I hope he will be great player. But most of people tend to forget that we have to give him extra time to develope, because he was very raw coming out of college. I though am a little concerned that he hasn't bulked up much since rookie year, and he needs to. He seems a lil' small.
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I still don't think Brooks is best utilized on the outside. He's a solid player & I believe he's athletic enough to play LB. I think he could be really similar to Cushing on the inside.

Mercilus.... I honestly didn't see anything special last year. I'm thinking I'm seeing a little somet'n somet'n... I don't think he's much stronger than last year, but he seems to use his leverage better. I'm willing to give him more time... but I want to see WillieJ in the rotation.
you saw nothing special? Mercilus had 6 sacks as a part time player. He was not a starter...I think he started a few games but its only the second game. Everyone can't be JJ Watt.
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There is some truth to this idea of containment, & the Texans D generally sucks at it.

By contrast, the year the Giants won the SB, they were OUTSTANDING at it with their version of the 4-3. All 4 D-Linemen would surround and just simultaneously shrink the protection until they all converged on the QB. While they were shrinking the pocket, there was NO WHERE TO ESCAPE for the QB. The Texans D just haphazardly and randomly (well, to the viewer's eye, anyway) throws defenders at the QB, leaving lanes open to run through. It is effective, & I wouldn't trade it for anything right now, but there is a weakness in that regard.

This has it's effect on the running game as well.
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I think Brooks Reed should be moved inside to ILB next to Cushing. He's got enough speed/quickness to handle some zone coverage, coverage of TE and RB, provide an interior pass rush, and the size to play the run on the inside. Mercilus needs to bulk up a little, hopefully gain a little speed, and then just pin his ears back and go after the QB. Mercilus needs to step up and justify that 1st round pick that we spent on him.
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ill be honest i havnt read every post in this thread but am i the only one who thinks mercilus is actually having a decent start to the season. his getting into the backfield a bit
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ill be honest i havnt read every post in this thread but am i the only one who thinks mercilus is actually having a decent start to the season. his getting into the backfield a bit
Brooks Reed and Whitney Mercilus are young and talented. I think they'll be fine as the season progresses. A lot of players, on both sides of the ball, seem to be off to a very slow start for the Texans.

At the moment I'm more concerned with Arian Foster's lack of production considering as many carries as he's been getting. He should be top three in the league in rushing yards but a 3.7 yards per carry average (37 carries for 136 yards) is highly disappointing to see.

Especially when Ben Tate is doing more, 8.2 yards per carry with less carries (18 carries for 148 yards). This Sunday at Baltimore, I would expect a heavy dose of Ben Tate and Arian Foster, perhaps close to 15-20 carries apiece, especially if Duane Brown or Andre Johnson are out.

We have to ride that strong running game all year long. Hopefully Arian Foster starts to break off some bigger runs, as in 20, 30, 60-yard runs to the house. We need the real Arian Foster to show up soon. He is called a superstar and the second best RB in the NFL after Adrian Peterson for a reason.

Trust me guys, if our offense was kicking ass like they should be, scoring 40 points a game, which they are very capable of doing with seven pro bowlers on offense and possibly eight with the emergence of DeAndre Hopkins, our defense could afford some mistakes here and there.
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Trust me guys, if our offense was kicking ass like they should be, scoring 40 points a game, which they are very capable of doing with seven pro bowlers on offense and possibly eight with the emergence of DeAndre Hopkins, our defense could afford some mistakes here and there.
At 30.5 points a game, I don't think the offensive scoring is as big an issue as time of possession. Through two games this year, this offense looks like a quick strike or 3 & Out type of unit. They have been woeful with sustaining multiple long, time eating drives. On Sunday they had one drive that was 8 plays or longer, and no drives that lasted longer than 3:16, except the final drive in OT. They need to get back to being clock eaters and limiting possessions. That more than anything else would help the defense.

Well, Schaub spotting the opponents a TD every game obviously, but I digress.
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Reed is just an effort guy. The guy I wanted out of that draft was justin houston who has natural pass rush ability. That's why the texans drafted montegomery and williams and kept jefferson. When those guys get right,they have the ability to bend,explode and beat lts with skill,not just effort. Whitney has special qualities,reed don't. Its not that hard to see when they rush the qb.
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Stat wise you are correct but then stats in football can be misleading, not sure why but they just don't tell the story like they do in baseball. Maybe its specific circumstances like being stuffed @ the line of scrimmage 18% or power ranking 25th in run blocking. Overall numbers are very good like 2nd/3rd overall but you see it on film or during games when for some inexcusable reason they sputter.

Back to DL Texans still rank a solid 8th in the league but give up a lot of yards 2nd level 23rd. 6 sacks though 2 games is nothing to write home about but respectable. 1 sack between Brooks & Mercilus is disappointing, I myself predicted Whitney would get two sacks alone against Tennesse but they did a good job holding him & not drawing the call.
I wish the Texans would've taken a chance on Justin Houston.

I mocked him to the Texans in the 2nd rd a couple of yrs ago. But I guess he didn't pass the Texans chior boy test.

BTW, did you notice the Colts activated Da'Rick Rodgers from the PS? They're going all in this yr. I like the Grigson risk taking regime. I will be very interesting to see how the AFC South plays out this yr. Earlier I would'vesaid the Texans would've won the division fairly easily, now not so much.
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Reed is just an effort guy. The guy I wanted out of that draft was justin houston who has natural pass rush ability. That's why the texans drafted montegomery and williams and kept jefferson. When those guys get right,they have the ability to bend,explode and beat lts with skill,not just effort. Whitney has special qualities,reed don't. Its not that hard to see when they rush the qb.
I am/was a big J.Houston guy.

With that said, Reed would look great playing ILB next to Cushing. Too bad Montgomery didn't work out at OLB this yr. (Montgomery still has potential, as well as Jefferson.)
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Mercilus is playing just fine this season.
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I am/was a big J.Houston guy.

With that said, Reed would look great playing ILB next to Cushing. Too bad Montgomery didn't work out at OLB this yr. (Montgomery still has potential, as well as Jefferson.)
After he got 4.5 sacks in Philly last night - yea, I guess you do wish we'd taken him, huh ?
But I remember that Draft and Houston dropping all the way to the third round and you can bet lots of people in that long line saying the same thing this morning that you are.
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Brooks Reed was god awful today.
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Brooks Reed got 7 tackles today and a number of hurries.
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Brooks Reed got 7 tackles today and a number of hurries.
The only hurries he got is because the inside pressure moved the Qb to his side. He doesn't beat the tackle whatsoever. I paid attention to him throughout the game. Once the tackle got his hands on him on a passing situation, reed was done.
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The only hurries he got is because the inside pressure moved the Qb to his side. He doesn't beat the tackle whatsoever. I paid attention to him throughout the game. Once the tackle got his hands on him on a passing situation, reed was done.
Actually a couple of the hurries Reed got today was when they stunted him up the middle. But as you watched him throughout the game, you already know that........
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