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Old 09-15-2004   #1
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With the receiving corps adjusting to the loss of Charles Rogers, Detroit Lions running back could have an even greater impact in Sunday's home opener versus Houston.
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Lions and Texans Share Similar Offensive Philosophy, Foundation
By Jay Clemons
September 15, 2004

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Houston Texans Head Coach Dom Capers may live for the present, when dealing with his young football team. But he doesn't want to forget the past, either.

On the surface, his club outplayed San Diego in many ways on Sunday. But when factoring in Houston's four crucial giveaways and the defense granting the Chargers 60-percent-efficiency on third-down conversions, suddenly the Texans' 27-20 home-opener loss comes clearer into focus.

But despite the setback, Capers -- in his third season helming the Texans -- remains intrigued by how his team will fare against Detroit this week. After all, he believes the two franchises share a common bond.

“I think that we’ve both been trying to build something from scratch. Our first year two years ago, we started five rookies on offense," said Capers, who is 9-24 with Houston. "Last year, we added Andre Johnson and Domanick Davis to that group. This is really the first year that we’ve had a group together that has played together for a while. I think we’ll see our offense continue to grow.

"We’ve got more experience in the offensive line than what we’ve had," Capers says."Similar to Detroit, I look and I think Detroit has an excellent offensive line. They’ve got outstanding young, skilled players. I think we’ve got similar situations from what we’ve done from an offensive standpoint.”

The two clubs have similarly constructed offenses: The quarterbacks were selected in the 2002 draft (David Carr, No. 1 overall; Joey Harrington, No. 3 overall); each has a set of talented, athletic wideouts (Johnson and Jabar Gaffney, Houston; Roy Williams and Charles Rogers, Detroit) and a franchise-caliber running back (Davis for Houston, Kevin Jones for Detroit).

Lions Coach Steve Mariucci understands the parallel comparisons between the teams -- especially the quarterbacks.
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Ok, You've convinced me. I split this thread back out for you. Just keep it to football please. Glad to have you guys here.
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I was curious what you all think about the link between Hou and Det. How long do you think it will last? Past Harrington and Carr's careers?
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I think it all depends on the QBs perspective careers. If both go on to be big stars, then I think there will always be a link to the two QBs taken in the 2002 Draft. If, knock on wood, one QB is widely considered a bust, and the other a great success it will be highly scrutinized by the media and forced into our conciousness constantly (ie Manning, Leaf). I'd prefer the first scenario to play out.
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I think it all depends on the QBs perspective careers. If both go on to be big stars, then I think there will always be a link to the two QBs taken in the 2002 Draft. If, knock on wood, one QB is widely considered a bust, and the other a great success it will be highly scrutinized by the media and forced into our conciousness constantly (ie Manning, Leaf). I'd prefer the first scenario to play out.

I think it extends further than just the QB's. I think it depends on how the two franchises do in the next few years. Although I don't think it's a popular discussion currently, I think it will be if each franchise does well in the next few years. You don't hear much about either QB right now with Manning, McNair, Favre, and Vick taking the spotlight, though.
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So the comparisons only last as long as the QB's career, and the teams success/failure during this period?
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I think their careers will be the determining factor, and once they end they'll be old news. Unless one or both become NFL legends like Elway or Marino etc. , but I'm not yet prepared to say either is going to be a HOF or a legend.
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I just thought of another link, although it is more to Texas than the Texans. Roy Williams, Shaun 'Big Baby' Rogers, and Cory Redding. Thanks Texas.
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That link is discussed at this link:

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/printsto...sports/2798415

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What happens if both QBs stay on course and the both bust...
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I just thought of another link, although it is more to Texas than the Texans. Roy Williams, Shaun 'Big Baby' Rogers, and Cory Redding. Thanks Texas.
I believe your LS is from Baylor. That, too, is a Texas school.
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What happens if both QBs stay on course and the both bust...
I think if both QBs are busts then likely they'll both be forgotten by the national media. They seem to love stories where one team looks like a genius, and the other looks like it was run by chimps. If two teams look poorly then it isn't as interesting a story.
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