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Old 12-04-2006   #1
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Default A well-worded, non-homer, non-hater perspective on the Texans...

...from a LAWYER!

http://blog.kir.com/archives/003427.asp

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To understand where the Texans are at this point, it's helpful to review briefly where the team has been. The Texans were the toast of the town for their first three seasons of existence in which the team and the local media trumpeted the party line that the organization was building a playoff contender "the right way" -- i.e., through prudent drafting and development of young players while eschewing the temptation of the short-term rewards of relying on generally over-priced veterans who were in the downside of their careers. The progressively better won-loss records in the first three seasons (4-12, 5-11, and 7-9) -- plus the drafting of young stars such as WR Andre Johnson, RB Dominack Davis and CB Dunta Robinson -- seemed to indicate that the Texans' plan was working.

Unfortunately, those won-loss records camouflaged some big problems. As noted in the pre-season review before last season, the tip-off that the Texans were primed to crater during the 2006 season was that the Texans entered each of their first four seasons with the same two core problems -- the Texans' offensive line could not protect QB Carr and the Texans' defensive front could not apply adequate pressure on the opposing team's QB. Although former GM Casserly tried (remember the Texans' flirtation with Orlando Pace two years ago?), he was never able to address those problem areas effectively, and ultimately that failure was the primary reason that both Casserly and Capers lost their jobs with the Texans.

That's not to suggest that there weren't other big problems. In retrospect, Capers' decision before last season to convert the defense from a relatively successful 4-3 alignment to the 3-4 because that latter alignment tends to give Peyton Manning and the Colts more problems than the 4-3 completely overestimated where the Texans stood relative to such premier teams as the Colts. The Texan players never took to the 3-4 alignment and, as a result, the defense was actually worse than the offense last season, which is really saying something given how abysmal the Texans' passing offense was last season. In that regard, the offensive line in 2005 continued its contribution to QB Carr's anxiety-in-the-pocket syndrome as Football Prospectus 2006 concluded that the group was responsible for blowing blocks than resulted in an incredible 36 sacks of Carr. No other NFL offensive team had more than 30.
Some of you have probably read this but it's new to me and well-written. A nod is given to Texans Chick and a subtle raspberry to John McClain.
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Hey JF, I haven't read it or clicked on it but when it states that Capers switched to a 3-4 at some point to combat Peyton Manning...I kind of lost interest. I don't think this guy is gonna be too insightful based on that nugget of nonsense. Thanks for the piece though.
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Default Re: A well-worded, non-homer, non-hater perspective on the Texans...

well a 'lawyer' said it, so it's has to be true. Right?

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Hey JF, I haven't read it or clicked on it but when it states that Capers switched to a 3-4 at some point to combat Peyton Manning...I kind of lost interest. I don't think this guy is gonna be too insightful based on that nugget of nonsense. Thanks for the piece though.
Gotta agree. Read that and was like WTF!?!?!?!?!?! when the hell did that ever happen.

Writer's who can't keep the simple stuff right are not worth reading and might just be talking out of their asses.
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I agree with Vinny. If he can't get our history right with regards to our defense, I can't take too much of his 'insight' too serious.

FWIW, we were a 3-4 for four years, and this is our first year as a 4-3. Basic information pertaining to our short history.
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Default Re: A well-worded, non-homer, non-hater perspective on the Texans...

Yeah, the Texans ran a 3-4 from the word jump. But I agree that the Texans under Capers and Casserly never managed to field a credible DL and OL, units that could pressure the QB and protect the QB respectively.
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I agree with Vinny. If he can't get our history right with regards to our defense, I can't take too much of his 'insight' too serious.

FWIW, we were a 3-4 for four years, and this is our first year as a 4-3. Basic information pertaining to our short history.
Yeah, I was a little confused about the 3-4 thing.

I'm not AS hardcore fan as you guys are...but I at least know that we've always had the Super Duper Incredible Indestructible 3-4 Defense for a loooong time.

That was a weird statement. I wonder why or how the author could have made such a mistake?
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September 2002 v. Dallas Cowboys, starting linebackers were Jamie Sharper, Jay Foreman, Kailee Wong and Jeff Posey ---- that being the 4 of the 3-4. Someone correct me if I'm wrong....
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