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Old 12-18-2013   #121
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I'm of the opinion that many of these draft & FA failures were on Kubiak moreso than Smith largely b/c of how Smith was essentially hired by Kubiak. Smith may have felt he had to acquiese to Kubiak and his scheme b/c of that....maybe a little too much.

I'm hoping that Smith's track record will be much better in the first 3 rounds now that Kubiak is gone..... if he is afforded the chance to bring in his own guy that is.
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See... here's where you're making your first mistake.

We drafted a stud outside linebacker and moved him inside where he was DROY. If you draft Willis, you can move Demeco back out to what was then his originally planned position. That gives you a dominant linebacking corp.
I think a lot of that was fan conjecture. DeMeco played OLB in college but many of his scouting reports projected him as being better inside in the NFL. I don't recall the Texans ever making a definitive statement of what they intended when they drafted him. They tried him out at both when he arrived and he immediately showed leadership and smarts they wanted calling the plays in the middle. Now that doesn't mean he could not be moved outside. For that matter I bet Willis could play either as well.

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I'm of the opinion that many of these draft & FA failures were on Kubiak moreso than Smith largely b/c of how Smith was essentially hired by Kubiak. Smith may have felt he had to acquiese to Kubiak and his scheme b/c of that....maybe a little too much.
I doubt Kubiak over-controlled the defense draft picks. I bet those were left to Smith (former DB) and the DC.
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I doubt Kubiak over-controlled the defense draft picks. I bet those were left to Smith (former DB) and the DC.
probably, & if that's the case i don't really consider his picks on the defensive side of the ball to be that bad...that's where most of our stalwart players are..& there are at least a couple on that side who could emerge (K-Jax, Mercilus, Swearinger, Williams).
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I think a lot of that was fan conjecture. DeMeco played OLB in college but many of his scouting reports projected him as being better inside in the NFL. I don't recall the Texans ever making a definitive statement of what they intended when they drafted him. They tried him out at both when he arrived and he immediately showed leadership and smarts they wanted calling the plays in the middle. Now that doesn't mean he could not be moved outside. For that matter I bet Willis could play either as well.
From what I recall, they started off with Demeco outside. Then Kailee Wong went down (or didn't come back) and they tried Demeco at the inside spot. And he was better than anyone else on the team. I seem to faintly recall they were trying Orr at that spot.

Still, if you've got the shot to get two great linebackers on your team, you might as well do it.
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I doubt Kubiak over-controlled the defense draft picks. I bet those were left to Smith (former DB) and the DC.
I dunno about that since I seem to recall it being Kubiak's decision to transition to a 4-3 from the Capers 3-4 after his arrival on the scene ? In other words, Kubiak had far more than a mere passing interest about the defense, it's personnel, and schemes.
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