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Old 09-11-2007   #1
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On the Carolina Huddle f2f site of the week, they've got a really interesting read on the Texans. It goes through EVERY position in detail, and gives a homer .... and hater view of the matchup with the Panthers. I highly recommend it:

by Ben Ellington

The home opener is upon us. Fresh off a convincing win against Kansas City, the Houston Texans roll into town brimming with confidence. The Panthers have only played them once in franchise history, losing 10-14 in a game played at Houston in 2003. Since then the Panthers had a decent run of things, appearing in both the Superbowl and NFC Championship, while the Texans have yet to make a playoff appearance.

The Texans are trying to shake the “expansion” tag this year, and many feel they finally have the pieces in place to do it. With a young and athletic defense and a new franchise QB in place, they may have finally gotten the mix right in the standard NFL formula of how to build a winner. Currently they’re ranked fourth in the league in defense, although that’s only based off of one week. Last year they were actually in St. Louis Rams territory overall. Unlike St. Louis, they weren’t horrible against the run though, so you couldn’t make them one-dimensional. Their stats against the run and the pass may not be great, but they indicate a good balance on defense that the Rams didn’t and don’t have. They also had to play the Colts and Jags twice, the Eagles, Cowboys, and Patriots. That’s seven games against top ten offensive teams, which doesn’t help in the stats department.

So what did they do in the offseason? Well, they have a ton of good talent on their roster from so many years of picking near the top of the draft. Still not all of it worked out, so they started at QB by getting Matt Schaub from Atlanta. They also grabbed RB Ahman Green from the Packers, and went defensive in the draft by selecting DT Amobi Akoye with the 10th selection of the first round. Their two remaining trouble spots, offensive line and defensive secondary, got minimal help in the offseason. Sometimes that’s enough though, and given how the offensive line was coming on at the end of 2006 there could be some surprises from this team in 2007.

Expect the 2007 edition of the Texans to be a decent improvement on 2006. They won’t take the league by storm, but they have a good balance of talent all over the field. If they execute well they have the talent to sneak up on a lot of teams.

Here’s what we’ll likely see from them this Sunday.

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The Texan’s first draft pick ever, David Carr, will be on the Carolina sideline this week as Matt Schaub lines up under center for the Texans. He was once one of the best QB’s in the ACC, second only to Philip Rivers, and was drafted by Atlanta to back up Michael Vick. He was one of the most coveted back-up QB’s in the game, and after three seasons the Falcons traded him to the Texans where he has since earned the starting role. In three preseason outings he completed 24 of 33 passes for 242 yards, and against Kansas City last week maintained that accuracy with a 16/22 performance for 225 yards and a rating of 101.5. He has great vision and makes good decisions with the ball. It’s still early in his career as a starter, but he looks a lot like the real deal.

Homer: “Matt Schaub? Are you kidding? This guy couldn’t win the starting QB spot over a glorified running back in Atlanta. In college he couldn’t buy a completion greater than 10 yards, and he hasn’t shown a lot of arm strength at the pro level either. And with the line in Houston, the only decision he’ll have time to make is whether to throw it out of bounds or take the sack. He may have looked good against KC, but this week he has to play against a real NFL defense.”

Hater: “Matt Schaub is where it starts for this game. He’s the type of quarterback that gives our defense fits. He’s accurate, calm, and a great leader. Picture Marc Bulger without the happy feet. He doesn’t have to throw the long ball to kill us, but he won’t try. He’s great at spreading the ball around. If our corners lay off the receivers, he’ll hit them short. If they press, he’ll burn us long. He’s the guy we should have traded for, and if we had you can bet that he would have been good enough to finally put Jake on the bench. Hurney sucks for not making that happen. By the way, last week the Texans went 9-14 on third down and the Panthers went 4-12. That’s the kind of difference a good QB like Schaub makes for your team.”

Read the rest here:
http://www.carolinahuddle.com/
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It was a really fair report underneath all the Homeristic Panther fans. Seriously, I think the Panthers may have the highest homer-realist ratio in all of the NFL among fans
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I feel like I'm reading a report from Cybil, with both the homer and hater takes back-to-back. My head hurts from it all.
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We should adopt that concept here. I think the writer did a fine job. You can tell he doesn't have in-depth knowledge of our team, but he's a helluva lot further along than almost all the professional sports writers. Good read.
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nice post, thanks.
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I loved the article. No I didn't.
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Thanks for the post it was not bad but the Homer was kinda tounge tied when it came to the LBs.

Homer: “Hey DeMeco, see the play? See it going left? Go get it! Get it! Oops, wait, the running back went right. Dang, dang, dang… All day long baby, welcome to the Davidson offense.”

His smack was weak at best. I have seen better smack coming from a Titans fan after they lose.
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Good find. Is it Sunday yet?
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Thanks for the post it was not bad but the Homer was kinda tounge tied when it came to the LBs.

Homer: “Hey DeMeco, see the play? See it going left? Go get it! Get it! Oops, wait, the running back went right. Dang, dang, dang… All day long baby, welcome to the Davidson offense.”

His smack was weak at best. I have seen better smack coming from a Titans fan after they lose.
spec gets what I'm sayin'! If I wanted stupid homer takes, I'll go to the Panthers board. But trying to read 'serious' analysis mixed with uneducated and goofy homer smack is just not my cup of tea.

Obviously, to each his own and all that jazz, tho'
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Nice find gtexan, thanks for posting. That was a good read and as unbiased as you can get from an opponents site.
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Dude, your sarcasm got me. I'd pos rep you if the system would let me. I just "got it".
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