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Old 08-07-2004   #1
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I'm one that is high on the Texans potential, beleiving they will end up 9-7 or 10-6 this season(IF THEY STAY HEALTHY!!!), but today the offense looked horrible,out of sync, and made poor decisions. Although the wide receivers have shown to be making good strides in year three (I believe Gaffney will really expose himself as the true #2), and showed good catching ability, it also looked as though they ran horrible routes. The O-line did not give the greatest protection, with Wand getting beat on the outside occaisionally and Carr appeared rattled and non-decisive in the pocket! This worries me. I know it was the first live ball action, and we really don't want to peak, as a team, until week one, but they should have looked better than that. The defense, on the other hand, appeared to be better in the secondary and d-line!! Robinson has so much speed it's scary, and with Coleman's speed at safety, this will allow him and Glenn to take more chances, unlike last season with Stevens in there! I hope my sunglasses distorted the image, but Ihad to come home and play, playstation 2, just to see some good football!
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I see where you're coming from, but often times scrimmages are just plain ugly. It's not much different from practices aside from having a different color jersey on the other side of the ball. It acts as a way to break up the training camp atomosphere, and hopefully spark something in the players. The starters often aren't going all out, and the second and third stringers are basically just getting reps. Also, the coaches aren't calling their 'bread and butter' type plays, but instead stick to the basics and keep it pretty vanilla. The quality of play will improve once we get into the preseason and eventually into the regular season games. I am a fan of the scrimmages, but I know that there is a reason that its not called a "scrimmage game" or something along those lines. Its not really like a game situation, but more of a glamorized practice. Even the one or two preseason games will likely be ugly, but it will at least resemble a game moreso than the scrimmage did. So no worries.

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I'm one that is high on the Texans potential, beleiving they will end up 9-7 or 10-6 this season(IF THEY STAY HEALTHY!!!)
BTW You forgot to say "KNOCK ON WOOD". I regret to inform you that if we suffer anymore injuries all the blame will fall at your feet. No doubt an angry mob will chase you around town. Sorry. j/k
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The offense is going to look worse than the defense mainly because they have more things to put in and bring together. Camp hasn't been going on very long and there are a lot of holes. I'm not going to start worrying until the end of the preseason schedule. If things still look shaky and not very good...then I'll worry. They're just trying to get a foundation to build on and get a good look at the guys trying to make the team...
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I'm not going to worry about a thing until the season starts. This staff has proven the last two years that they don't really give a flip about preseason games. I'm sure that with improved talent and with more experience working together that this season's preseason games will be more competitive, but remember that Palmer and Fangio will both hold back a lot of the game plan until the regular season starts. The coaches will be looking for players to execute the simple plays and give maximum effort, but they really couldn't care less about the final score of preseason games.

They really drove home this point with me last year. I have never considered preseason games to be important, but I was a little discouraged last year. Remember, the scores were:

Denver L, 20-12
@Dallas L, 34-6
San Diego L, 19-17
@Tampa Bay L, 34-3

The Denver score didn't matter because the starters hardly played. The Dallas score mattered a little more because they are Dallas and the starters played a little more. The San Diego score was better, but we knew they weren't going to be good and we still lost at home, even though the starters played more than they would in any preseason game. The final game against Tampa Bay was kinda disturbing, but really showed that the defending champs were a lot deeper than a second year team. However, it was still disappointing because you want to be competitive.

After a pretty disappointing preseason, the Texans came out and pretty much dominated the Dolphins. The Miami Dolphins. The undefeatable at home in September Dolphins. At the end of the game, the Texans were the ones pushing the Dolphins around. Carr wasn't sacked all day and had a passer rating of 94.3 Stacey Mack had 89 rushing yards and Ricky Williams only had 69. The Texans outgained Miami 393-301. A team that was supposed to compete for the Super Bowl ended up missing the playoffs by one game. A team that looked horrible in the preseason played like champions for one game, and who knows what would have happened if Carr, Payne, Walker, and Glenn had stayed healthy for the entire season?

The point I am trying to make is that we shouldn't put very much importance on preseason results. Have faith in the coaching staff and the team, because they have shown the last couple of years that they have a little extra something ready for the first game.
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the preseason means nothing to me, they dont count for anything, just a way to start fine tuneing the rookies, wasnt it the cowboys that lost every preseason game and went on to win the superbowl(i'm not 100% sure of this so feel free to correct me).
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I wouldn't worry, it is a scrimmage (basically a practice were you get to go against another team instead of your own). Texans got some good look at different situations and see where they need some more work. Now after preseason game #3, and offense looks the same, then worry a little.
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