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Old 07-25-2006   #1
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Abandon all hope, ye who enter here ... especially if thou art a quarterback. Especially if thou art David Carr, a young man who could teach a certain Mr. Manning a thing or three about not throwing his linemen under a bus. Football Outsiders, as part of our game-charting project, tracks blown blocks that lead directly to sacks. Houston far exceeded any other team, racking up 40 blown blocks ("whiffs", you might call them St. Louis was second with 29). The truly frightening number: 8.1 percent of Houston's pass plays resulted in a blown block sack. New head coach Gary Kubiak will bring his knowledge of Denver's zone blocking system to Houston, but who are the guys who are supposed to implement it? Right tackle Zach Weigert, left tackle Seth Wand, guards Chester Pitts and Steve McKinney, and center Mike Flanagan will be directed to drop weight and get quicker in the new schemes that require them to get out of the blocks quickly and get to the second level. Overseeing this progression will be former Green Bay head coach Mike Sherman, Kubiak's right-hand man on the offensive side. One bit of encouraging news is that Houston improved to eighth in Adjusted Line Yards in 2005, but that won't make up for another season of historically woeful pass-blocking.
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This is definately the pesimistic ranking

Past does not equal present. The media needs to get that in their heads.
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Quick edo hide this--don't you know all 208 times Carr was sacked it was his fault? Regardless of whose fault it was, he never actually got hit hard--seriously, those 208 sacks were so wussy as he ran screaming down the field, looking for the one yard shy marker, trying to brush his California hair from his eyes--they don't amount to what? 3-4 real sacks. If only the Texans had a real tough QB like Ironman McNair who can take a hit and stay out of practice each week for years running.
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This is definately the pesimistic ranking

Past does not equal present. The media needs to get that in their heads.
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who did they rank 32?
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31. Houston Texans


Abandon all hope, ye who enter here ... especially if thou art a quarterback. Especially if thou art David Carr, a young man who could teach a certain Mr. Manning a thing or three about not throwing his linemen under a bus. Football Outsiders, as part of our game-charting project, tracks blown blocks that lead directly to sacks. Houston far exceeded any other team, racking up 40 blown blocks ("whiffs", you might call them St. Louis was second with 29). The truly frightening number: 8.1 percent of Houston's pass plays resulted in a blown block sack. New head coach Gary Kubiak will bring his knowledge of Denver's zone blocking system to Houston, but who are the guys who are supposed to implement it? Right tackle Zach Weigert, left tackle Seth Wand, guards Chester Pitts and Steve McKinney, and center Mike Flanagan will be directed to drop weight and get quicker in the new schemes that require them to get out of the blocks quickly and get to the second level. Overseeing this progression will be former Green Bay head coach Mike Sherman, Kubiak's right-hand man on the offensive side. One bit of encouraging news is that Houston improved to eighth in Adjusted Line Yards in 2005, but that won't make up for another season of historically woeful pass-blocking.
I guess I agree with this ranking if they are going off of last year's performance and not making prediction's for the upcoming season.
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This just means he has no idea, and is placing us down there simply on last years performaces. Nobody is going to buy into our system until they see it. We should expect rankings like this up until Pre-season.
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This is definately the pesimistic ranking

Past does not equal present. The media needs to get that in their heads.
Very true, but since when does the media ever have enough guts to try and predict the next season rather than recap the previous one?
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Quick edo hide this--don't you know all 208 times Carr was sacked it was his fault? Regardless of whose fault it was, he never actually got hit hard--seriously, those 208 sacks were so wussy as he ran screaming down the field, looking for the one yard shy marker, trying to brush his California hair from his eyes--they don't amount to what? 3-4 real sacks. If only the Texans had a real tough QB like Ironman McNair who can take a hit and stay out of practice each week for years running.
I agree.

Nothing like having a guy that can take a licking, and not throw the ball, to get up again, to not throw the ball again, until his team has to struggle to put together 2 wins in a row to even make a highlight reel. While that country boy couldn't even make it one extra measly yard to beat the greatest show on turf in a Super Bowl or be forced to share a league MVP award with that other loser that throws the ball before he gets hit for the 579th time. Yeah that one. That one that has thrown for more yards in his rookie season then others have in their entire 4 years of proving to everyone that they are tough enough to take 208 sacks.

Don't worry though. In four years he was sacked enough times to be at exactly half of the all-time career leader of sacks John Elway at 516. A John Elway that manages to win a lot a games while being sacked.

and this is report comes from Football Outsiders.

You know that 'Fantasy' place. They don't use real numbers there either according to the Houston Texans' blogs. Because they have Carr rated as one of the worst cost-to-performance QBs in the league also.

But you might not want to bring that up, because stats don't matter. Only praying matters with Carr. Now we must all pray.

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The Cardinals are ranked 32nd.

Where Kurt Warner was able to throw for more yards then Carr with only 10 games played. And yes he was able to throw for 5 300+ yard games with just ten games which is 2 more then Carr has thrown for in 4 years.
( yep a lot of math in there )

But we all know Kurt is a bust and a wash. Carr is great. Kurt had one extra WRer to throw to without a running game. Obviously it was the system that makes him perform. EVERY Cowboy that ever got a keyboard knows that you have to use the run to set up the pass. Seeing how the Cardinals were 32nd across the board in the RUN and nearly first in the Pass across the board that must be true.

Lordy knows their defense was so good that it earned them a 5-11 record.
( which their defense really wasn't all that bad to be honest )
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Another Carr thread!

All the usual suspects are here, too!

My only prayer is that a mod will stop this before it goes out of control
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Another Carr thread!

All the usual suspects are here, too!

My only prayer is that a mod will stop this before it goes out of control
well ya know...

If you have an idea about how to talk about the Houston Texans without talking about the face of the franchise... I will certainly read it ( and comment too! )

I am not too sure how you can talk about the offensive line or really any part of the offense without talking about the QB. Maybe when we are punting? Doubt it though, because then you have to ask, "why are we punting?".

I am naturally going to show up in the line up because I am the only one, of like 3, that will man the other side of the debate.
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Quick edo hide this--don't you know all 208 times Carr was sacked it was his fault? Regardless of whose fault it was, he never actually got hit hard--seriously, those 208 sacks were so wussy as he ran screaming down the field, looking for the one yard shy marker, trying to brush his California hair from his eyes--they don't amount to what? 3-4 real sacks. If only the Texans had a real tough QB like Ironman McNair who can take a hit and stay out of practice each week for years running.

So how long you plan on staying in Egypt??
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31st???? I don't buy it. I put us in the 20-25 range at least in the beginning of the season.

They put in StL at 29th... whatever. They have Pace and Barron at the tackles. I saw the StL - Indy Monday Night game year. Freeney was Orlando's b**ch. I am surprised he didn't bend Freeney over his knee and paddle him. Orlando alone is worth being in the top 20.

If the Fox ranking is creditable, then I find it promising to know that we got part of the Number 1 team's caoching staff.
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Fox could make a stronger argument for their ranking by stating that only one new player is on the line - Flanagan, and that all the other linemen started in 2004/2005.

Still, I think it says a lot more about the past coaching regime that Kubiak has basically kept the same people, but shuffled them around.

I do commend them for not saying the Texans have turned their line around overnight because they are starting Winston and Spenser. This is not the case, but a lot of writers are putting that out there on the web, JMO.
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The ranking is part of a series from Football Outsiders. If you wanted to judge this ranking from their other rankings then you can plough through them here

http://www.footballoutsiders.com/category/fo-on-fox/

It's not the same guy doing all of them though.. so the "subjective analysis" changes between the different rankings.
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I would have thought the line's run blocking alone would have bumped the rating up more than that. Sometimes the focus on pass blocking is a little overboard. I understand 50 sacks a year is way to high, but there are still two facets - passing and running - to the offensive game.

I'm also looking forward to seeing the best players on the field during games. That should move us up a notch or two.
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and this is report comes from Football Outsiders.

You know that 'Fantasy' place. They don't use real numbers there either according to the Houston Texans' blogs. Because they have Carr rated as one of the worst cost-to-performance QBs in the league also.

But you might not want to bring that up, because stats don't matter. Only praying matters with Carr. Now we must all pray.

What the heck are you talking about? You talkin' to me? If so, say so. If not, well then, don't paint me with that brush.

Football Outsiders is one of my favorite sites on the web.

There are limitations to what a sabermetric approach can do for football because it is such a team game--QB stats are more dependant on teammates and scheme than an individuals batting average (though that can be affected by who is hitting in front and behind him)--but even so, I've never said there isn't a place in football for stats, but they are just a tool, among many, to look to things in context.

OK, we get it. You hate Carr, you don't think he can play. I'm not sold on that yet, mostly because I tend to trust Kubiak's point of view on this more than random anonymous MB posters and sports talk radio donut eaters until I see something that tells me otherwise.

<sigh> everything is a Carr thread (add a Vinny headslap here) unless it is a Bush thread. <sigh>
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Most people are saying that Carr hasn't played well BECAUSE of poor offensive line play...if this is true, then either 1) that means Carr is only as good as his line (nothing wrong with that) 2) If Carr has a good year...that means the O-line has had a good year...What I'm getting at: Stop saying that you think Carr is going to have a break out season; and then in the same breath say you are worried about the O-line...It doesn't make sense...
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What the heck are you talking about? You talkin' to me? If so, say so. If not, well then, don't paint me with that brush.

OK, we get it. You hate Carr, you don't think he can play. I'm not sold on that yet, mostly because I tend to trust Kubiak's point of view on this more than random anonymous MB posters and sports talk radio donut eaters until I see something that tells me otherwise.

<sigh> everything is a Carr thread (add a Vinny headslap here) unless it is a Bush thread. <sigh>
Uh no. There are blogs besides your own you know? Check out Banjo Jones sometime.

and Yes. Yes, I hate Carr. Franchise wrecker.

And yes I do, I do have a new Carr thread almost ready... Do you want to see it? I will tailor it especially for you if you want. It's awesome... I can even work in some multimedia interaction to spice up the ole hum-drum topic.

And I don't eat donuts. I absorb them. Plus you can call me Buddy, buddy. So there I am not so random anymore... and trussst in me.

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I need to make a PC edit here and follow the strict orders from my anger management therapist. I do not hate Dave, I hate his rotten miserable play and actions. The person Dave is a beautiful dove that only needs to be nurtured with positive feelings and good will to all. Fluffy lil kitties, cuddly lil bears, butterflies perched upon the branches that hang over the gentle trickle in the creeks that flow beneath our soft naked feet.... ahhh. I feel so much better now.
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You know, it is hard to determine a "blown block." It's not as easy as Player A ran past Player B, so Player B must have missed his block. However, I am confident the line will be something it has never been before in Texans history - a non-factor in the game. Our attention is going to turn to receivers, runners, and (sigh) quarterbacks.
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