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Old 09-16-2004   #1
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Default Who all interviewed for Texans head coaching position?

I know Capers and Wade Phillips, who else?
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Old 09-17-2004   #2
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Ted Cottrell
Al Saunders
Butch Davis
Art Shell
Gary Kubiak

There may have been others. At the time, I wanted them to pursue Jimmy Johnson. But, that wasn't going to happen.
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I would never want to have Jimmy Johnson as our Head Coach. he might be a winner but allows thugs to be part of his team. Look at Dallas bunch of drug dealing raping thugs.

Texans have too much class for that................
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I don't think you can point the finger solely at Johnson for the moral abyss the Girls went through. Remember, Tom Landry & Gil Brandt were the guys who brought Michael Irvin & Nate Newton into the organization.

But knowing what I know about Bob McNair now, he & Jimmy would have been like oil & water. Johnson was a very good coach and a great talent evaluator, but he wouldn't fit in with the Texan organization.
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Let's see............. Johnson with "thugs" equal three Super Bowl rings. Look, every team doesn't have all nice guys on it. At the end of the day, that is how players and coaches are judged. I didn't know Al Saunders was a candidate for the head coaching position. I wouldn't have been mad at that decision at all. With that being said, I feel coach Capers is doing a good job.
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And before the flaming starts, believe me I am no Cowboys fan period.
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You cant blame a coach for bringing in those types of players unless they're character issues are blantantly obvious. The reason the Cowboys passed on Randy Moss when he was drafted is because he was questionable. It might of been a good move since he is rather mouthy but man is he awesome! You mention some of the awfull players on the Cowboys but what about the ones that had class like Emmit, Troy and Darren Woodson. They were just overshadowed by the other punks.

As for Jimmy, I think it would of been awesome of the Texans picked him up as they're coach. But I like Dom Capers and think he will lead the Texans to sucess down the road. Ya talk about Jimmy being a talent evaluator but look at the future stars that Dom Capers had already picked up.
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Even though I am a Longhorn fan, I wanted Kubiak as our first HC.
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I was hoping for Butch Davis.....and I'm glad we didn't sign him.
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Al Saunders (with 20/20 hindsight) might have been a good choice.
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The more interesting question is who will be interviewed after Capers is fired, IF he can't get the team going by next year. I wish Dick Vermeil was available. Bob Stoopes, or Nick Saban anyone?
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If we win 6 games this year and 8 next year, is that enough? Is slow but continual improvement work in this case?
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I had to creaate a bit of controversy. The board is too boring right now. :hehe:

To answer your question seriouely, 6 this yr and 8 next is very borderline to me.
More importantly, is that enough for Mcnair?
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6 this year wouldn't be firing time, but 8 next year would at least raise some concern. It all depends on the circumstances of course. If a crucial player suffered an injury, or if the Texans had a particularly tough schedule then he might have even more job security.
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excuses for losing equal job security...gotta love it!
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All of my favorite College and Pro coaches, past and present, show emotion. Capers is lacking in that department. Standing on the sidelines taking notes, he is slow to react to things happening .. things like coaches challenges. The whole stadium is yelling their heads off to review something and he's MIA many times... doesn't appear to think on his feet. He seems to need time to analyze and dissect what's going on before making any moves.
Noting the mistakes of the game and taking it to the locker room after the game is fine, but doing some game analyzing and making corrections as it is happening is in order too.
Curious what the players thoughts are about their head coach and how they rate him.
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All of my favorite College and Pro coaches, past and present, show emotion. Capers is lacking in that department. Standing on the sidelines taking notes, he is slow to react to things happening .. things like coaches challenges. The whole stadium is yelling their heads off to review something and he's MIA many times... doesn't appear to think on his feet. He seems to need time to analyze and dissect what's going on before making any moves.
Noting the mistakes of the game and taking it to the locker room after the game is fine, but doing some game analyzing and making corrections as it is happening is in order too.
Curious what the players thoughts are about their head coach and how they rate him.
This is just a thought, but does his personality at times come through with the team? Capers is regarded around the league as a good X and O schemer and most of the time has his team mentally prepared. I heard John "the Professor" say sometime in the last couple of weeks that the question people around the league have about Capers is ability to have his team emotionally ready to play week and week out.
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excuses for losing equal job security...gotta love it!
That tends to be the nature of the NFL. No one is on a hotter seat than Dave Wandstedt of the Dolphins, but due to the extreme circumstances he might be able to keep his job still at season's end. Personally, I don't think he'll be able to save his job due to the high expectations in Miami, but if the owner likes him enough he might just keep him.
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This is just a thought, but does his personality at times come through with the team? Capers is regarded around the league as a good X and O schemer and most of the time has his team mentally prepared. I heard John "the Professor" say sometime in the last couple of weeks that the question people around the league have about Capers is ability to have his team emotionally ready to play week and week out.
Good questions to ponder. Just how does he come thru to the players?
Having a good plan of attack is important obviously, but showing some fire is equally important.
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All of my favorite College and Pro coaches, past and present, show emotion. Capers is lacking in that department. Standing on the sidelines taking notes, he is slow to react to things happening .. things like coaches challenges. The whole stadium is yelling their heads off to review something and he's MIA many times... doesn't appear to think on his feet. He seems to need time to analyze and dissect what's going on before making any moves.
Noting the mistakes of the game and taking it to the locker room after the game is fine, but doing some game analyzing and making corrections as it is happening is in order too.
Curious what the players thoughts are about their head coach and how they rate him.
Examples of Coaches that don't/didn't show much outward emotion on the field

Bum Phillips
Tom Landry
Bud Grant
Tony Dungy
Head coach of the 80's era Steelers cant remember his name.

This is just off the top of my head. These guys weren't too shabby. Going loco on the field makes a head coach look out of control of both the game and himself IMO. Give me a calm cool commander in battle any day.
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