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Old 03-30-2006   #1
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Default This Texans offseason grade has to be a solid B or A-

At first I thought the offseason was looking bad when they picked up Sage Rosenfles (however you spell it), but I really think they came through on many major issues. DE, LB, TE, WR, OL my goodness this was a great offseason. Every guy they brought in could end up being a starter. DE is now solid, OLB and ILB is now solid, WR, if we get Moulds, is a complete 180 from last year. TE is by far the major issue I felt killed the Texas for years, and now we have a great pass catching TE and a great Blocking TE. The OL offseason additions have not been as great as I was wishing it would be, but we really let off some pressure by bringing in Flanagan. Center is solid and with Hodg and McK at guard and Pitts at LT things could really turn around next year. I am very excited about next year, I could care less who they pick in the draft, I think Kubiak is freaking awsome! I never dreamed the decisions and moves/direction a new coach can bring to a down and out ballclub could lift Texans Spirits like it has! I don't know about you people but I am going to guess that we can easily, if we stay healthy, break .500 next year. I feel like the choices being made now, and the players being brought in are moving the team in the right decision. Believe me people, if our guys can stay healthy, this time next year we are going to be talking about who we pray and hope will drop down far enough in the draft so we can get them! Texans offseason in my opinion, if they get Moulds, A-. If we fail to nabb Moulds I give our coaches a solid B
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Once we get Bush, it's A+.
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You mean Vince Young
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Yea the addition of Bush and or Young, I hate the debate, would be a driving factor for a solid A. I would only give them a A+ if they figured out a way to get both of those guys, Just Joking! I think regardless of who the pick up in the draft, they did a great job making decisions on guys who can step in and upgrade at every position. Look at the FB position, I think it was alot of money for the guy, but he does upgrade the position, plus he has played under a future Hall of Fame Fullback so you would hope that he has picked up on some of the knowledge that Alstot could give. Sage is a wonder for me becuase he was not a great backup in Miami, or a great starter at Iowa State, but the move should make a great preseason battle for the #2 spot. I hope that Pat Buc steps up next year, I think with the right coaching he can become a much better player, and since we have negleted to pick up any free agent CB maybe the coaching staff feels the some. It is a great time to be a Texan.
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At first I thought the offseason was looking bad when they picked up Sage Rosenfles (however you spell it), but I really think they came through on many major issues. DE, LB, TE, WR, OL my goodness this was a great offseason. Every guy they brought in could end up being a starter. DE is now solid, OLB and ILB is now solid, WR, if we get Moulds, is a complete 180 from last year. TE is by far the major issue I felt killed the Texas for years, and now we have a great pass catching TE and a great Blocking TE. The OL offseason additions have not been as great as I was wishing it would be, but we really let off some pressure by bringing in Flanagan. Center is solid and with Hodg and McK at guard and Pitts at LT things could really turn around next year. I am very excited about next year, I could care less who they pick in the draft, I think Kubiak is freaking awsome! I never dreamed the decisions and moves/direction a new coach can bring to a down and out ballclub could lift Texans Spirits like it has! I don't know about you people but I am going to guess that we can easily, if we stay healthy, break .500 next year. I feel like the choices being made now, and the players being brought in are moving the team in the right decision. Believe me people, if our guys can stay healthy, this time next year we are going to be talking about who we pray and hope will drop down far enough in the draft so we can get them! Texans offseason in my opinion, if they get Moulds, A-. If we fail to nabb Moulds I give our coaches a solid B
I agree 9-7 or 10-6 is possible just think two years ago we were 7-9 and think about how much more talent we will be working with this season. Not to mention a new attitute about becoming a winner!

When it's all said and done the grade will be a solid A and I just cant wait till espn and si.com redo their free agent rankings for teams there is no way we do not make the top five on every list.

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While we will be going into next season with the best array of talent of any Texans team to date, we have a really tough schedule. Is this a winning team against our schedule from the last two years? Probably. Is it a winning team against this year's schedule, complete with the NFC East? I'm not so sure.
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I was looking at the sched. and you are right, next year does look tough, but guys this is the freaking NFL, every year is going to be tough. Indy lost their RB, we will have to wait and see what that does to thier team, but two years ago we were chomping at the bit during their games. Our D has had a complete face lift. Many of the guys here are going to feel more intouch with the 4-3 than the 3-4. Babin is heading to his bread and butter position. Orr will have a chance to get to the QB there at DE as well. Our DL will be more refreshed by the constant rotation. I love the D pick-ups this offseason. Shoot, we landed two impact starters in the DE and MLB. You always hear that a great D wins championships, and we have to belive that our D is now probably more solid than it has ever been.
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It'll take time for so many new starters to bed into a new system, with new terminology. I'm very optimistic for the next few years, but I don't think we've suddenly turned into a playoff team overnight.

Look at last year's Vikings. They signed a load of great new players on defense - better than our recent intake - and by half-way through the season they'd bedded and were a great D. The first half of the season, however, they stank, and this against an incredibly soft schedule. I'm afraid we may still need to be patient.
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yeah, lets not get ahead of ourselves. there are many other teams that didnt have to go out and plug as many holes as we did. teams with guys who know their system. face it: we are plugging some holes with spares. that tells you how piss poor this team was and how devoid of talent it was.

I see all of our money being spent on offense and that is a BAD habit. I would like to think that McNair is crafty enough to think that since offense puts people in the stadium that he can load up on O, get people excited, pray some draft picks (both future and past) pan out on D, let a few contracts expire on O (especially on the O line), and then even out the cap spending.

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I agree we are not a overnight wonder team, but logic has to come into play somewhere. We picked up some great Defensve leadership in our MLB and DE, our Flanagan will bring a leading role for the OL, and with the addition of Moulds, and Walter our wide outs are finnaly something to fear. Moulds (The Teacher)is 6'2 215, Walter (aka sticky hands) 6'3 230, and Johnson (Boss Hog) is 6'3 225. If you compare that to last year and our recievers have grown 4 inches and added 30 lbs. We still have Mathis (aka The Flash), although he only caught 5 passes last year, but he was comming out of a small school and he needed some time to develop. He is like 6'1 his own self so this year when we are in the shotgun with 4 wide it is going to be hell on the DB's of opposing defenses. I have every resaon in the world to believe we can compete for a Playoff Spot, if not, at least .500. I will accept no less. This is about pride, it is about Heart, to sit hear and not believe in your team is such a waste of time. I stuck with the Astros all year last year, when I said we are going all the way my friends mocked me. When I said we are gonna make a run after the Break, the laughed at me. When we hit the post season they highfived me. Go Texans! The Bandwagon is here at the Station, care to jump on before it takes off!
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The addition of Moulds is impressive, but this off season can't be considered a success until we get another legitimately good offensive lineman or two. Flanagan is decent, but he isn't good enough to compensate for the other liabilities on our OL unit.

As of now, we only have three OL who are legit NFL starters- Flanagan, Pitts, and McKinney- and even they won't strike fear into anyone. The other "starters" need to be backups, at best.
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As of now, we only have three OL who are legit NFL starters- Flanagan, Pitts, and McKinney- and even they won't strike fear into anyone. The other "starters" need to be backups, at best.
I believe that Weigert was considered our best lineman last year. If they shore up the RT spot this line can be at least average.
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It will be a perfect grade in my eyes if they follow thru on Moulds and then after they get Reggie. As one poster said< I would have liked to have seen another OLM thru FA, but now that they have filled some holes I like the idea of drafting the best available player after Reggie at No. 1. On first day, Houston gets four picks and if they use them wisely it should be a good season. I think they can win 10 games next year if things fall right or at least 9-7. I mean many thought they would do that last year and Capers and that staff let them down. Based on how good they were two years ago, I think Houston can have a winning record in the fall. Go Texans.
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Don't get excited, because you are a fan.

I know, that doesn't make a lot of sense to me either.
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I'd say A- because they didnt get a Vet Tackle or RG, but the draft is still up ahead so we shall see.
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I'd say A- because they didnt get a Vet Tackle or RG, but the draft is still up ahead so we shall see.

I can get with that.
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for whatever reason (Kubiac) this off-season the Texans have done a better job addressing needs with talented vets who not only will help the Texans win but also build the younger players skill & confidence. Once the Texans draft Reggie Bush, RT, CB & LB who will all be able to start, given open competition, this team will no longer be the laughing stock of the NFL
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I would give it a C+ to a B-, tops for the FA. I don't think it was phenomenal and there are guys I still would have liked us to pick up, and I think you are overreacting to our one decent to pretty good FA in contrast to four years of pretty much terrible FA action.

Still got the draft and we are doing well enough so far, but an A? Pardon me if I don't agree.
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I would give it a C+ to a B-, tops for the FA. I don't think it was phenomenal and there are guys I still would have liked us to pick up, and I think you are overreacting to our one decent to pretty good FA in contrast to four years of pretty much terrible FA action.

Still got the draft and we are doing well enough so far, but an A? Pardon me if I don't agree.
I respect your opinion. I believe that the Texans improved because they addressed glaring needs. Even if some of these players are older, the Texans cannot always address every area of need in the draft.
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I respect your opinion. I believe that the Texans improved because they addressed glaring needs. Even if some of these players are older, the Texans cannot always address every area of need in the draft.
Don't get me wrong: I didn't go into FA expecting some kind of miracle, or Kubes and Cass to sign every premier position FA available. I think that we have simply done much better than in any year I can remember. We have picked up some pretty good players at positions of need, and we have let some slip through our fingers that I would liked to see us get (resign Gaffney, etc.) If we seal this Moulds deal, I think that also would be a good, hard step in the right direction: gives us a legitimate, veteran #2 -- albeit an aging #2.

We have done pretty well for ourselves, but I simply reserve the right to withhold an 'A' grade, because an A would indicate excellence that I feel we have not achieved to this point. We have, for once, shown up in the FA and made solid progress, and I hope we can continue that trend through the draft, particularly in the second and third rounds where we frequently seem to make screwy deals.

And please, fellas ... don't screw up the #1 pick.
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