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Old 09-25-2006   #1
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...we'll be able to get Adrian Peterson.
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Would be nice, but what makes you think they will draft AP if they passed on Bush?
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The best reason is that Peterson is a workhorse back. You can give him the ball 20+ times a game, Bush will never be that back.
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we dont need to draft a rb, anyone can run in kubiacs system, bla bla bla
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I think AP fits into our offense better than Bush would have. Can you imagine if we had both of them?
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we dont need to draft a rb, anyone can run in kubiacs system, bla bla bla
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I hate to bring it up. We don't need a RB.

1500 yards of D and 99 points given up is not going to be solved by drafting a RB. What we need is two OLB, a CB, a pair of safeties, and a DE so Weaver can play inside.

I would love to have AP so don't get me wrong. I am still holding out hopes that DD will be back 100%. DD and Dayne would be a great combo.
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You could look at it that way TEXANRED and I'd be hard pressed to say that your take wasn't right. Another way of approaching the problem would be to draft that big back and feed him a steady diet of "the ball". Long drives keep our bad defense on the bench and if we really are about being a running team then I can't imagine that there wouldn't be a place here for a workhorse back.

Both points of view are valid. They're two different ways to skin the same cat.

Personally I don't think we'll ever see DD on the field again and that saddens me because I think he would have been great in this system. I think that if he had been/stayed healthy he would have been "Terrell Davis great" in this system. He was born for this kind of running game and with his vision and burst through the hole he would have been a machine. Unfortunately he wasn't really healthy when he got here and three years of grinding Capers-ball put him down for good.

If we got Peterson in the draft I'd be a very happy man (I've been wanting a true franchise back for years now. I think it's left over from my Earlers past. To me we're a great team if we have a dominating rusher). I'd then spend the rest of the draft on defense because I think in the long run it's our bigger problem. I just tend to think that if we pick high (and we look like we're going to be picking high again) then we go with offense this year.

The first pick is one where you take that difference maker. If I'd been drafting the past three years for the Texans I wouldn't have made the Babin trade in 2004, I would have taken DJ when he was right there in front of us in 2005, and I would have picked Reggie Bush in 2006. If I'd gotten a bad vibe off the kid then I'd have traded down even if I didn't get equal value to do so. Just another 2 last year would have been huge to have in that deep, deep draft. Even a 3 if necessary would have been better than what I fear happened.

I'm afraid we took the workout warrior. I know it's early and I'm hoping it all comes together as much as anyone but it's something that I worry about when I see "2 tackles, 1 assist".
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In the name of God and all that is holy...PLEASE send us a DEFENSE!

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I seriously think that any 3rd string qb in this league would light our defense up with the pressure or lack of pressure we put on the oppossing qb. Its just plain pathetic and it better improve quickly or we're going to set records for ineptness.
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If we don't trade down for multiple picks this year I think I'm gonna jump off a cliff. I can't take another 60 million dollar workout wonder who looks great in shorts has a wonderful workout at the combine but takes 4 years to get up to speed.
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Cap implications aside, I don't see how any team without a star back would not want AP on their team. Hopefully we aren't drafting that high, though, but I would probably be screaming trade down with everyone else unless Carr tanks it this year.
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If we don't trade down for multiple picks this year I think I'm gonna jump off a cliff. I can't take another 60 million dollar workout wonder who looks great in shorts has a wonderful workout at the combine but takes 4 years to get up to speed.

I hear you. Like I said above to TEXANRED that would be one approach to it and it would be a good one. Remember the talk we had about Cedric Benson and how a workhorse back would also help the team? I'm kind of like that about Peterson but if we were in the top spot I'd have to entertain offers for the pick too. It would be very hard to pass up the chance to get better in multiple spots IMO.

I truly believe though that this past draft was the place to do that. I was wrong about wanting Reggie Bush then and I admit it. I wanted the HB (no, not half-back. "hype-back") but I think the trade down was the best bet in hindsight. That draft was really very deep. Is this one coming up going to approach that?
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Would be nice, but what makes you think they will draft AP if they passed on Bush?
Bush does everything well in that he is a good runner, can catch the ball very well, and also is a flashy kick and punt returner. AD is as pure of a runner as it gets. He relies on vision instead of pure speed like Bush. I really think he would be amazing in our offense, but also realize that we need some serious help on D (aka a Safety like LaRon Landry).
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Bush does everything well in that he is a good runner, can catch the ball very well, and also is a flashy kick and punt returner. AD is as pure of a runner as it gets. He relies on vision instead of pure speed like Bush. I really think he would be amazing in our offense, but also realize that we need some serious help on D (aka a Safety like LaRon Landry).
Bush isn't just a fast guy...He has vision...

Jerome Mathis is a guy with no vision who relies on "pure speed"...
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AP would help, sorta. A running game takes the ball away from the other team. It keeps our D of the field.
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You could look at it that way TEXANRED and I'd be hard pressed to say that your take wasn't right. Another way of approaching the problem would be to draft that big back and feed him a steady diet of "the ball". Long drives keep our bad defense on the bench and if we really are about being a running team then I can't imagine that there wouldn't be a place here for a workhorse back.

Both points of view are valid. They're two different ways to skin the same cat.

If we got Peterson in the draft I'd be a very happy man (I've been wanting a true franchise back for years now. I think it's left over from my Earlers past. To me we're a great team if we have a dominating rusher). I'd then spend the rest of the draft on defense because I think in the long run it's our bigger problem. I just tend to think that if we pick high (and we look like we're going to be picking high again) then we go with offense this year.
I see your point. I guess it would really depend on how deep the draft is. If you look at the draft and its deep at CB's or Safeties and you feel you can get a quality cover guy in later rounds, then go for Peterson. Now if its a week draft and there is only one cover guy in the whole draft I would strongly suggest taking the cover guy.

Then again you would have to see how well you do in free agency. I would love to get Thomas Jones from Chicago. Quick, hard runner, has vision. He is not putting up the numbers he did last year b/c he knows Bensons rise is inevitable so he is probably saving himself for his next team. You get a back like Jones you would have at least two maybe 3 seasons before needing to look again.

Then again Dayne looked good Sunday. He averaged over 4 yards. He runs tough, legs pumping. Yea, he looks like he runs on his tip toes but when he hits you he keeps going. The problem the way I see it is we are up 7-0, I get up to get a beer during the commercial sit back down and we are down 21.
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The one thing we can all agree on is that in some fashion we have to address both problems. We need to get better on defense because almost 500 yards per game and 30+ points isn't going to get it done. We need to get better on offense because 61 yards rushing is unacceptable.

Between free agency and the draft we can get better if we make the right moves.
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We don't need Adrian Peterson or Brady Quinn. Those guys can't stop the run the last time I checked. Granted we can use an upgrade at the rb position but the defense is horrible.
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We don't need Adrian Peterson or Brady Quinn. Those guys can't stop the run the last time I checked. Granted we can use an upgrade at the rb position but the defense is horrible.
I agree with you on Brady Quinn but I think you're wrong about Adrian Peterson. Yesterday we had 61 yards rushing and we held the ball for 21:33 against the Redskins 38:27

The week before that we ran for a whopping 108 yards rushing (this might be the high-water mark of the season) and held the ball for 25:04. The Colts ran for 125 yards and held the rock for 34:56 and Edgerrin James is in Arizona.

A running game and long time consuming drives featuring it would go a long way towards changing that time of possession imbalance.

Plus you need to keep in mind that you don't only get one draft pick. There are 7 rounds plus you can sign people in free agency. Trade down would probably fix more things but passing on another guy the fans want (what would that be now? three years straight? TJ instead of DJ, Mario instead of Reggie, and then next year a bag of magic beans instead of Peterson maybe?) might not be a good idea if the stands are mostly empty by the end of the year.

Starting next year we're going to be seeing blackouts. Starting next year reality catches up to the Texans in a big, big way.
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