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Old 12-19-2005   #1
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Please let me know your thoughts.

It now appears unlikely that the Texans will get the first pick in the draft, unless they some how find a way to lose to the hapless 49ers. Here is my plan assuming we end up with the #2 pick.

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We should trade the #2 pick to either the Jets, Saints, or Dolphins for their first and second round picks. Each of these teams is in need of a quarterback and is likely to be interested in drafting Matt Leinart.

With our new (lower)first round pick we should select the best offensive tackle available, hopefully Ferguson (there are several offensive tackles available in this draft, making this situation less risky than most years). Then with the now 2 second round picks we should pick (1) a pass-rushing DE/OLB (depending on whether or not we switch to the 4-3 scheme), and (2) a difference making WR or CB.

The third round pick should be used on a quality TE, who tend to slip and get drafted below their value. Perhaps Anthony Fasano of Notre Dame might be available. I know this would be a novel suggestion (to current management), but we need a TE that can both block and catch passes.

Rounds four-seven should be used to add depth with particular attention paid towards the offensive line, in particular guard, noting that Zach Weigart is aging.

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Sign LeCharles Bently, a center with the New Orleans Saints. I know no one has heard of him but this is mainly because he is an offensive lineman and plays for the Saints. He was voted Offensive Rookie of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 2002, went to the pro bowl in 2003 at guard, and was a pro bowl alternate a center (his position in college at Ohio State) last year. Bently will be cheaper than some other suggested free agent lineman in that he is a center, the lowest paid position on the o-line and because he is coming from New Orleans/San Antonio/Baton Rouge no player wants to deal with this situation. This signing would permit the Texans to move McKinney back to his better position of LG. The newly drafted OT and Chester Pitts should compete (a new concept to the Texans) for the starting left tackle job with the loser moving to right tackle. I know this makes Todd Wade an extremely highly paid backup, but so be it until is makes economic sense to release him.

If the team switches to a 4-3 defense they definitely need a strong middle linebacker. Even if there is no switch a serviceable veteran in this role (ala Jamie Sharper-type) would be useful.

Possibly a quality number 2 wide receiver depending on expense and the draft outcome. This may require letting go of Jabar Gaffney and going with his cheaper clone Derrick Armstrong.

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Dan Reeves shall remain as the General Manager with Charlie Casserly being reassigned to have control solely over football operations and not personnel (assuming Casserly is willing to accept this).

Dom Capers has to go, I do not necessarily like it but it is time for a change. I think we should bring in Wade Phillips has Head Coach. This would allow us to maintain a simplified 3-4 scheme for at least a year, so that we can focus the predominate part of the draft on the offensive side of the ball. Phillips has a winning record as a coach, something that cannot be said of the current coaching staff. His worst season as a coach is 8-8, which would be the Texans best season. He has a history of turning average to below average defenses in to first-tier units.

If Phillips is brought in as Head Coach it is absolutely imperative that the Texans hirer an established Offensive Coordinator to bring along a new and improved offense. I suggest Al Saunders from Kansas City. All signs are pointing to Dick Vermeil retiring at the end of the season and management does not consider Saunders a viable Head Coaching candidate, favoring Mike Lewis (NY Giants) or Ron Rivera (Bears). Saunders would bring an open attach that still respects the running game, which is exactly what the Texans need.

With the suggested changes I foresee dramatic improvements with a record ranging somewhere between 7-9 and 9-7.
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Please let me know your thoughts.

It now appears unlikely that the Texans will get the first pick in the draft, unless they some how find a way to lose to the hapless 49ers. Here is my plan assuming we end up with the #2 pick.

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We should trade the #2 pick to either the Jets, Saints, or Dolphins for their first and second round picks. Each of these teams is in need of a quarterback and is likely to be interested in drafting Matt Leinart.

With our new (lower)first round pick we should select the best offensive tackle available, hopefully Ferguson (there are several offensive tackles available in this draft, making this situation less risky than most years). Then with the now 2 second round picks we should pick (1) a pass-rushing DE/OLB (depending on whether or not we switch to the 4-3 scheme), and (2) a difference making WR or CB.
It's unlikely we end up with the #2 if we beat the 49ers. For such a scenario to happen, the Jets (who play New England and Buffalo) probably have to win, since they're likely to have a SOS tiebreak on us if we both finish 3-13. The Saints also have a tiebreak on us, but it's much closer to being even (it would be even if Green Bay wins tonight).

I'm thinking the reverse in the draft, grabbing a Hawk or Poz (either would romp in 3-4 or 4-3) in the Top 10 and then a Jon Scott (with 6 other first round tackles, this is more likely than it sounds) or Max Jean-Giles kind of player to buff up the pass-blocking in the early 2nd. I'd be looking DLine, CB, TE or WR for the second #2.
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As far as the second pick you might be right. However, I think the Jets will be Buffalo (who is going down the tubes on the way to firing of HC) and that the Packers will win tonight. The Saints will have a stronger schedule than us if the Colts lose to Seattle.

As far as your picks, I could go the same way you are thinking. I just would like to get a quality LEFT tackle if possible. The OT available in the late first/early second round will most likely be an average left tackle but a quality right tackle (e.g., John Scott). Additionally, I am not sold on Hawk. I think he is a great player but you have to be absolutely special to go in the top 10 as a linebacker. Linebackers, o-line, and tight ends always fall compared to their talent level. However, I think you have some good thoughts and would not mind if the Texans went this route
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If we don't end up with the number one pick....like 3-5....A defensive player like A.J Hawk would be hard to pass on
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I like it alot. With the 2 second rounders, Im thinking Manny Lawson and Demarrio Minter. Both are great players, and Manny Lawson is just a beast. I like a TE in the 3rd, especially Fasano, he's underrated. The FA looks great too, i really hope we could get LeCharles. Looks real good, hope it happens!!
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I like it alot. With the 2 second rounders, Im thinking Manny Lawson and Demarrio Minter.
My worry with Lawson would be how much his success was based on having Mario on the other side, though that he's had success is unquestionable.
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I think after this past weekend and the schedule remaing we will end up with the 3-5 pick, perfect to draft D'Brick or trade down and draft Winston or another tackle. As far as picking a pass rushing OLB/DE I don't agree. I would put Babin and Orr at OLB and as far as DE we still have Smith and Walker who are in pretty big contracts.
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I Like the Trade Down idea .... Pending that Bush isnt on the board .... But I would probably not take DBrick ... I'd take Hawk or one of the top TE's (If TE then I'd look to trade down a second time, not gonna take a TE that high) then with the two second round picks trade back into the first and pick up Max Gean Jiles around pick 18-22 ..... More bang fer yer buck
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I would never be thinking AJ Hawk in the top 5 just because he is not the beast LB that I would spend top 5 money on. Sorry to everyone who feels that he is, he is a good player that will translate well to the NFL, but he is not an Arrington type beast worthy of a top 5 pick. I would look Eric Winston, Michael Huff, Davin Joseph(remember this kid he is a monster). I want some players that play with a mean streak. The free agency part I like, been preaching LeCharles Bentley for a while. This allows us to get rid of McKinney's inflated contract. We would be looking at Pitts, Joseph, Bentley, Weigert, Winston. That is a nice and mean line. I would pick up a TE in FA because truthfully we dont need to grab one in the draft this year unless it is in the second day. Teyo Johnson and Chris Baker will be available. As far as the coach goes it can go either way. I like Gary Kubiak personally, but I have no problem with Wade Phillips. I would rather see them go in an offensive direction. Al Saunders will likely not be leaving K.C. unless Herm Edwards loses his job.
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I am on board with Coach except for Phillips. That is unless Phillips brought some one like a Martz for OC.
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You wouldn't take A.J Hawk, but you'd take winston in the top 5?...Where's the logic?
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Winston was an implied trade down, I thought that you would recognize that, my bad. I want to trade down and take Winston, who will likely grade out as one of if not the top OT in the draft. The kid has talent and would have went ahead of Ferguson had he not gotten hurt. Kaiser what about phillips dont you agree with.
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Yeah your bad...
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Yes that does not change the fact that AJ does not get picked in the top 5. I mean what is your point xtruroualtyx.
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Winston was an implied trade down, I thought that you would recognize that, my bad. I want to trade down and take Winston, who will likely grade out as one of if not the top OT in the draft. The kid has talent and would have went ahead of Ferguson had he not gotten hurt. Kaiser what about phillips dont you agree with.
As I have said elsewhere we are top heavy invested in the offensive unit and have had a defensive HC regime since our inception. I would like to see a Offensive minded HC (Kubiak). If a Phillips type HC came in I think he must hire an OC and give them full control of the offense, but that would be eerily close to the initial team of Capers/Palmer.

I am all for becoming a defensive minded team, but that will come at a cost that some fans on this board may not want to see, such as getting rid of Carr.
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Oh I'm not arguing with you...I thought you were saying take winston instead of AJ if we had a top five...The rest of your comments about winston and yada yada yada...I have no discrpency...carry on...Just a misunderstanding on one portion...
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If we trade down the #2 pick, we would get more then just a 1st and a 2nd round. We would probably also get a 3rd round, giving us a 1st, 2 2nds and 3 rds (NO last year). Go with D'Brick first, Max-Jean Giles or Davin Joseph (whichever is available) at guard, Michael Huff as a F/CB with the next pick. Then with the first 3rd rounder pick up DeMario Minter, CB from Georgia. Then a MLB and DE, depending on our D next year (3-4 or 4-3). Ultimatly, by trading down we could end up with 5 picks inside the first 3 rounds, all of them in the top 7 of their round. Very good chance to rebuild our team within one year
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I think Huff will be gone in the first...
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excellent post & dead on across the board IMO. the only thing i'd change, is i'd like to see kubiak given a chance at HC.
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