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View Poll Results: Will Gado be a starter in Houston?
Gado will start in about 3 games 47 70.15%
Gado will start sometime around week 8 4 5.97%
Gado will not be a starter 16 23.88%
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Old 09-14-2006   #1
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Default How long before Gado is starting?

I think Kubiak, Sherman, and Smith brought Gado in to start -- my guess 3 games.

Now what does the rest of the forum think about this move? Will Gado be a starter in H-Town?
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I think he will see Carries this week, and will share carries with Dayne for the rest of the season if he does well.
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I think Gado was brought in to share carries with Dayne. I think they were both brought in because our backs were too green (in the cases of Lundy and Taylor) and they didn't fit well enough from the start (Morency).

I think that the first thing our coaches want to see is Wali Lundy break out and be effective in this offense. I don't think they expect that to happen anytime soon though and that's why we have Dayne and Gado.

If Dayne can build on and continue the nice little 53 carry, 5.1 average run he had last year with Denver then I think he starts and Gado spells him. Lundy falls to third and becomes the so-called "change of pace" back.

Personally I think (pure speculation on my part) this is probably what Kubiak hopes will happen. If Ron Dayne works in this system then throw out the first 5 years of his career in New York. He's a back with very low miles on him who can probably give us a few seasons while Kubiak hunts down and trains his future replacement.

Yeah it's very optimistic on my part but I just look at him and think "Here's a guy who didn't "pan out" like he was supposed to but who went to Denver and averaged 5 yards a carry. Now Denver has a really good offensive line and they do things a little different up there. What they do obviously agreed with Ron Dayne. If it wasn't just a fluke he could be productive for us. Not "Terrell Davis" productive maybe but surely he could manage "Domanick Davis" productive.
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Just looking at the 5 games last season that Gado received 20+ touches -- he totaled around 570 yds and 7 tds behind a poor Green Bay O-line. Certainly that has to be in the back of Kubiak's mind.

Those were some serious numbers in Sherman's offense -- in Kubiak's system the sky is the limit.
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Just looking at the 5 games last season that Gado received 20+ touches -- he totaled around 570 yds and 7 tds behind a poor Green Bay O-line. Certainly that has to be in the back of Kubiak's mind.

Those were some serious numbers in Sherman's offense -- in Kubiak's system the sky is the limit.
I don't understand where this bad Green Bay offensive line thing comes from. Their line play was not bad at all last season, just because Favre threw 29 INT's and had a bad season doesn't translate to bad line play. In fact they only allowed 27 sacks last season. They gained over 5000 offensive yards last season as well.
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What worries me about Gado is the knee injury, and his supposed problems with the zone blocking scheme in GB. He hasn't done anything reminiscent of his rookie year in a game situation since the injury, and apparently GB's staff didn't think he was catching on to the new scheme very well. I hope he works out for us, we could use a back who's started recently, but at this point I'm fairly sceptical.
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I am not reading much into this..I didn't follow his career last season, whowever I saw his run and saw his stats.. hohum
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I don't understand where this bad Green Bay offensive line thing comes from. Their line play was not bad at all last season, just because Favre threw 29 INT's and had a bad season doesn't translate to bad line play. In fact they only allowed 27 sacks last season. They gained over 5000 offensive yards last season as well.
Yes it was bad last year. They lost both starting guards. Their very good LT--Clifton gave up twice as many sacks in part due to bad guard play and losing their TE. The only reason they only had 27 sacks was Favre will run around and then throw the ball into an INT rather than be sacked.
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What worries me about Gado is the knee injury, and his supposed problems with the zone blocking scheme in GB. He hasn't done anything reminiscent of his rookie year in a game situation since the injury, and apparently GB's staff didn't think he was catching on to the new scheme very well. I hope he works out for us, we could use a back who's started recently, but at this point I'm fairly sceptical.

I'm not too worried about the knee injury. I heard that he could have started GB's last game of the season, but they were out of anything meaningful, so they didn't play him.
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I'm not too worried about the knee injury. I heard that he could have started GB's last game of the season, but they were out of anything meaningful, so they didn't play him.
Yeah, they wanted to make sure he was healthly for this season - his knee injury was not a big deal at all. Btw - when he hurt that knee vs. the Ravens he had already run up 45 yards in the 1st quarter on 6 carries.
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The good thing about his injury (can there be such a thing?) is that it was just a strain and didn't require surgery. I think by week 4 we will be seeing a lot of Gado.
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He very well could see a lot of carries with Dayne this weekend. How did the Colts do against the run last week? 25th or something to that?
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He very well could see a lot of carries with Dayne this weekend. How did the Colts do against the run last week? 25th or something to that?
The Colts are ranked 30th against the run right now.
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He very well could see a lot of carries with Dayne this weekend. How did the Colts do against the run last week? 25th or something to that?
The Giants shredded them pretty well last week.
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Any new opinions after his first game today?
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I believe that Gado and Dayne will be good backs for us. Lundy is not going to cut it in this system. Not big enough. I expect to see Dayne start and Gado back him up based on todays game.
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I believe that Gado and Dayne will be good backs for us. Lundy is not going to cut it in this system. Not big enough. I expect to see Dayne start and Gado back him up based on todays game.
I think Lundy will do good in this system, but it won't be this year or it will be late in the season.
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I think Lundy will be 3rd behind Gado and Dayne.

As for starter - I am not sure that means anything right now the way Kubiak is swapping out the RB's like he is now. Co-starters might be a better term - at least until one of them pulls away and cements the spot.
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I think Lundy will be 3rd behind Gado and Dayne.

As for starter - I am not sure that means anything right now the way Kubiak is swapping out the RB's like he is now. Co-starters might be a better term - at least until one of them pulls away and cements the spot.
Totally agree, Lundy just cemented 3rd string after today. As for as starter, RD or SG, I really don't care because both of these guys are hard-nosed runners who hits the hole and falls forward. Lundy needs to sit back and see these guys at work and understand there is a certain way to run in this offense, HARD at all times.
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Today just reinforced my love of this trade. Nothing against Morency, but Gado seems to be what we needed more.

Gado is a good thing! (I am trying to get this to catch on)
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