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Old 12-29-2005   #1
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December 21, 2005
I'm in Charge Here
by Bob Hulsey
HoustonProFootball.com

Get ready for a major shakeup in Texanland. Jimmy Johnson had been offered/not offered a position. Dan Reeves has been brought on board as a "consultant". Charley Casserly's house is on the market. Dom Capers appears to have two games left in his coaching tenure.

So who's running this team anyway? Heck, I'll step into the vacuum. I'm pulling an Alexander Haig here. I'm taking over.

I've got the makings of a staff right here. I've got aj_ and Keith around as capologists. Roy Pickett is here as my top draft scout. Vinny can be my advance scout as well as quarterbacks coach. Warren has many talents that can be put to use.

So, first of all, we need to clear out the deadwood. Capers was a nice choice to start a franchise but apparently not a good one to sustain a franchise. Casserly could probably see the handwriting on the wall when owner Bob McNair started asking questions about why he traded two high draft picks for Phillip Buchanon. Both are gone under my new regime.

As for Reeves, he can stay around as a consultant for McNair. I don't feel threatened by that. He's been around a long time and his input should be valuable. But he shouldn't think about becoming head coach. Seriously, does anyone think it is smart for somebody with a heart condition to be coaching this team after the way they bungled three straight games in the closing seconds? Coach Zocor should be writing his acceptance speech to Canton instead. After all, they put in Marv Levy, didn't they? So the Hall is open now for four-time Super Bowl losers.

My choice for head coach is Reeves' old draft choice - Gary Kubiak, the offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos. He was a hot commodity after the Broncos won two Super Bowls but chose to stay under Mike Shanahan. He has shown interest in head coaching before but only for the right opportunity. I think this is that opportunity. If he still has the desire to be the top man, this is the right environment. There's no coaching legend to be compared to here.

Kubiak has had long exposure to the zone blocking scheme that makes the Broncos one of the top rushing acts in the league. His rollout passing game should bring out the talents of many an athletic college quarterback. If anyone can take our offensive parts and make them click, I think he has the best chance.

But the former Aggie quarterback has never had to work with the defensive side of the ball. My choice for defensive coordinator is present University of Texas defensive coordinator Gene Chizik. While others have more coaching experience, this fast riser has coached undefeated seasons at Auburn (2004) and Texas (2005) with top defensive rankings. He hasn't lost a game since Novermber 2003. This won't be the first time the NFL has come calling either. Chizik interviewed with the Jaguars last year before taking the Texas job.

Both coaches are young and aggressive and could make their mark in Houston for a long time.
BTW rest of the article talks about Carr's option
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some of the stuff he says to me makes sense, but I think this club is a little more talented than what we show. I think that with a good coaching staff.we would jump back on target (given the FA era of NFL) toward the playoffs.
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this I gotta see "Vinny can be my advance scout as well as quarterbacks coach."
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I'd fire Bob after that plan, he's be gone by 2006.
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I guess its an interesting concept. But I dont see how they can make some of those personnel decisions without attending practices. Are they really going to hand the reigns over to Ragone? What is that decision based on, the 2 games he played in preseason?
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That goes along with what I have said for quite some time now:

Kubiak for HC and Chizik for D-Coordinator.

Kubiak is young, on the rise, and handles a zone blocking scheme and a somewhat error-prone QB. Seems like a good fit.

Chizik is straight money. Nobody goes from one program (Auburn) to another one the next year (Texas) and pitches two straight seasons of shut-out ball.

All the talk about Singletary (Houston is his hometown) and Wade Phillips (Dad coached the Oilers) is amateur hour. Just because someone has a "name" or a "face" doesn't translate into success with what we have on this team.

We need the right pieces to this puzzle, and I think Kubiak-Chizik would be a heck of a one-two punch. McNair should throw as much money as he can afford to those two guys. No more amateur hour in Reliant.
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Who would be our O-Coordinator? Does Kubiak handle it for a season or 2? Not wise for a 1st time coach in his 1st season to pull double duty. Especially when he has been with a coach that has always had a great go-to guy there to help (that would be himself of course).
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O-coordinator would be someone that Kubiak picks. A guy who has been in the NFL for as long as Kubiak would know or have a list of guys already made up in his head of who he thinks could do the job.

That's the beauty of getting a new HC: Pick an HC that sets the tone for your team, and then the HC subsequently gathers up the remaining pieces of the puzzle to finish out the staff. The staff will resemble Kubiak and his philosophy...which seems to be zone-blocking run style with a heavy dose of making sure the QB stays upright and can throw the ball. Sounds good to me.

Anybody who can take Plummer and turn that mess around is OK with me.

Kubiak has to look and Carr and see that there is definitely some potential left in those shoulder pads and helmet, and Kubiak has the credibility for taking an error-prone (but yet physically gifted) QB and turning it around. Out of all the other teams in the league, why wouldn't Kubiak want to take a job in his home state, with facilities like we have, and with the budding talent in Carr, DD, Wells, Morency, AJ, Dunta, and a high draft pick in the upcoming draft? He has to see what Wells and Morency have done in DD's absence and just be licking his chops at the chance to do the same thing he did in Denver (Bell, Anderson, Dayne) with DD, BUSH?, Wells, and Morency!

It just f-e-e-l-s right, if you ask me. Plus, you know Kubiak knows from working with Shanahan how to maximize the OC-HC relationship.
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