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Old 08-19-2005   #41
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But you do need a little bit of O, atleast one who can get into the endzone a few times, look at the Ravens !!!!!
So true. I think we'll have a pretty happy medium there when we go to the AFC Championship this year....may or may not make the big game, but IMO we WILL advance to the AFC Championship this year. It's our turn to be the Cinderella team and I think the coaching staff is finally gonna open up the playbooks and let 'er rip.
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So true. I think we'll have a pretty happy medium there when we go to the AFC Championship this year....may or may not make the big game, but IMO we WILL advance to the AFC Championship this year. It's our turn to be the Cinderella team and I think the coaching staff is finally gonna open up the playbooks and let 'er rip.
You might want to lay off the sauce.
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You might want to lay off the sauce.
But it makes my little world so warm and fuzzy. AND I get to post crazy predictions on here. It would be cool if that came true though, wouldn't it???
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Pass the sauce please . I think all fans are hoping for the best .
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Pass the sauce please . I think all fans are hoping for the best .
The sauce rules when you're a Houston sports nut. It dulls the pain and gives you an outrageous sense of optimism. In all seriousness, Texans make the playoffs this year and Astros win the World Series next year due to Jason Lane's timely hitting and the rotation of Pettite, Oswalt, Rodriguez, Astacio and Backe. Entire Astros team will credit playing time for young talent as major factor in MLB championship coming to Houston for the 1st time.2007 will be much the same for Texans fans and Casserly and Co. will be voted the best in the biz since the Niners. Looking at dynasties in Houston. Get on the sauce AND the bandwagon
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I think the Rockets will win a title before the Astros and Texans but its not their turn . I'll go along with the Texans and Astros and a double shot of the sauce .
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I think the Rockets will win a title before the Astros and Texans but its not their turn . I'll go along with the Texans and Astros and a double shot of the sauce .
Ummmm....Ya got me on that one. By about 10 years. Maybe we should see if Yao can pitch. Start a whole revolution in China over baseball and then we could go to Tokyo or Beijing for the World Series. Can you imagine the Chinese buffets in Beijing??? The sushi would be awesome.
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Sushi is Japanese.
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Wow Vinny... Ya caught the whole Japanese/ Chinese point I was trying to make. Kudos to your amazing grasp on the obvious. And the sushi at most chinese buffets is actualy quite edible and priced just right. Vinny, please don't tell the chinese about this. I like their buffets.
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I just didn't know why the sushi would be better in Mainland China then it would be here or anywhere else...that's all....its not a native Chinese dish. It wasn't so much me grasping the obvious than it is, "I don't understand".
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I just don't know why the sushi would be better in Mainland China then it would be here or anywhere else...that's all....its not a native Chinese dish.
I was making a funny about chinese buffet's propensity for serving a traditional japanese delicacy. The funny was based upon Chinese interest in basketball due to Yao Ming and Japanese interest in baseball for decades.Did you even read the previous posts to that? It was all pure satyre. Just having some fun with other culture's enjoyment of our past times in (IMHO) a non-confrontational manner. I like foriegn interest in our sports and would welcome a true " WORLD" series between the best teams in the world. And at 7'6", Yao should throw about mach6 or better. Nolan Ryan would be awed. How could we get around the time zones though???
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I read all the posts...unfortunately.

I just didn't 'get it' I guess.
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He played "OK" for the first pre-season game. I saw him take some plays off though. He would have a few great rushes then he'd seem to be waltzing with the guy. He'd have a good punch coming off the line, then we he saw the play was away from him he'd just stop and do this half-a** jog like he was actually pursuing the play. Then on one particular play I saw him fire off the ball and the qb rolled away from him and he just stop and watched him throw. I would expect that from Warren Sapp, someone who is proven in this league but also known to be lazy. Not a rookie trying to justify why we selected him with our first pick. Plus his legs should have been fresh since he was rotating in. But he did cause some damage. Over all I liked what I saw, potential wise, but he needs to do a few extra sprints after practice.
TJ and Peek both will need to learn to pace themselves. I think TJ is having to adjust to the speed in the NFL. I think for the 1st time in his life TJ is facing opponents he cannot dominate. I would venture to say he has never had to expend this much energy in a game in such a sort amount of time.
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Riley play LT in college and in the Pros. Thats how they knew he could play LT.
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Riley's starts at left tackle in the NFL: 0 games

Unless you count the 1st pre-season game this year: 1 start, 1 series
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Since nobody has mentioned this yet....we should have drafted Derrick Johnson instead of TJ.

There is a fairly popular ideology held by people like Jimmy Johnson that it is wasteful to spend big dollars or very high draft picks on LBs. Basically, the defense should be constructed at the DL and at CB... After that, find athletes with a lot of speed and coach them up. Actually, Jimmy brought this philosophy to the NFL from Miami. As a Cowboy fan in Dallas in the late '80s, my dad and I would mock Jimmy's obsession with speed. If you look at what has taken place with our defense the past year, we've drafted Robinson and traded for Buchanan, we signed Robaire Smith and resigned Seth Payne, drafted Travis Johnson and released a Jamie Sharper (slowing and expensive) in order to replace him with a very fast LB (Greenwood)...

The philosophy was very effective in Dallas. Of course, holding to certain principles does mean one will miss out on things. For instance, we'd be very unlikely to draft Ray Lewis if we don't place the same value on LB as another team does. However, it's the construction of the complete team that is at stake, and as fans, we shouldn't get so caught up in one player. People in SD were screaming mad with they traded the right to draft Mike Vick away. Instead of getting Vick, they traded down and picked up Tomlinson and Drew Brees. While most people believe Vick to be the better Qb, I think their decision to bypass him has proven meritous. Even if Vick improves and becomes a truly special player, it can still be argued that the trade served SD well.

Barring a rash of injuries, this will be the year to judge Capers' defensive philosophy and his ability to execute it... He has, at least on defense, what he wants in place.
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There is a fairly popular ideology held by people like Jimmy Johnson that it is wasteful to spend big dollars or very high draft picks on LBs. Basically, the defense should be constructed at the DL and at CB... After that, find athletes with a lot of speed and coach them up. Actually, Jimmy brought this philosophy to the NFL from Miami. As a Cowboy fan in Dallas in the late '80s, my dad and I would mock Jimmy's obsession with speed. If you look at what has taken place with our defense the past year, we've drafted Robinson and traded for Buchanan, we signed Robaire Smith and resigned Seth Payne, drafted Travis Johnson and released a Jamie Sharper (slowing and expensive) in order to replace him with a very fast LB (Greenwood)...

The philosophy was very effective in Dallas. Of course, holding to certain principles does mean one will miss out on things. For instance, we'd be very unlikely to draft Ray Lewis if we don't place the same value on LB as another team does. However, it's the construction of the complete team that is at stake, and as fans, we shouldn't get so caught up in one player. People in SD were screaming mad with they traded the right to draft Mike Vick away. Instead of getting Vick, they traded down and picked up Tomlinson and Drew Brees. While most people believe Vick to be the better Qb, I think their decision to bypass him has proven meritous. Even if Vick improves and becomes a truly special player, it can still be argued that the trade served SD well.

Barring a rash of injuries, this will be the year to judge Capers' defensive philosophy and his ability to execute it... He has, at least on defense, what he wants in place.
Im not so sure he has all the players wants yet on D. He has yet to see the new aquisitions play a down in regular season. Also, Capers philosophy is well know and was already judged by McNair. It's Capers and CC's ability to correctly choose players that fit into his philosophy and salary cap that will be determined. The verdict is still out on Greenwood and Buchanon. Walker and Payne have yet to prove that they can get back to there original form.
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Very good post dalemurphy. Many teams around the NFL see the linebackers in this way. Just look at their average salaries compared to CB's and DE's across the board.
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