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Old 10-22-2007   #21
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1) They don't have as large a sample size
2) The ability for a reciever to make plays after a catch is what changes how a defense can play
Very true, but for the sake of this discussion all we can use is their numbers during AJ's absence. The point was that these two guys have been very productive. Of course I am not saying the O wouldn't be better with AJ, but for this O to make a difference, it will take a running game.
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The Texans are a thin thin thin team that has been remade since 2005. You can't acquire everyone at once--and they are make do at a lot of key positions.

And they have a lot of placeholders on the team until they can get more pieces and parts, but part of that is needing not to lose their key guys.

If you were going to come up with a list of key players you wouldn't want to lose on offense, it would be Steve McKinney, Ahman Green, and Andre Johnson. Ahman Green is back, but reports are that he is still dinged a little, and there's no telling about how he can play because they aren't calling running plays because they aren't working efficiently. Or that they are throwing a lot on first down, and getting into long second down situations.

The special teams was what was carrying the team early in the season and in the preseason. They were reliable. They got incredible field position. With Mathis out, and Jones not himself after the injury, the ST turned into a unreliable liability. Look at where the average starting location was for the Titans at the beginning of their drives.

The Texans have actually been very good at moving the ball in the air this season with the exception of the first three quarters of this game? Is this an anomaly of a quirky game where Jones dumps the ball on the field and all the mo goes the Titans way. The Titans defense has embarrassed other offenses this season and has been carrying that team.

Or are we going to see more horrible defense, of what happens when your offense can't run the ball and teams know they can scheme their defenses accordingly.

The 4th quarter of the game--a game where the Texans turned over the ball 6 times, and botched onside kicks, and had odd penalties--that fourth quarter gives some sort of hope that the Texans offense is not dead yet.

AJ ain't gonna solve all the Texans problems, but boy what he does for opposing defenses is something. If he gets single coverage, he will just overpower the guy and go to the races. Heck, he sometimes can do that with double coverage.
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Old 10-22-2007   #23
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Let's see--third WR on the field with Walter and Davis--Harry Anderson v. AJ.

Nope, no difference there. No he isn't THE answer, but he sure is heck is AN answer.
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The difference with A.J on the field is that we can kind of dictate what we want to do.

Without him it's like we are just taking what the defense is giving us/hoping someone can make a play.


And yes...our other recievers have made some really good plays...
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Without him it's like we are just taking what the defense is giving us/hoping someone can make a play.
Taking what the defense gives is what the Texans did the past 5 years. With a crap running game, this team is making things happen in the air. The Texans through 7 games have 21 plays over 20 yards and 7 over 40 yards with almost none of it being the WRs taking short passes long. All of last year they had 29 and 3.
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Taking what the defense gives is what the Texans did the past 5 years. With a crap running game, this team is making things happen in the air. The Texans through 7 games have 21 plays over 20 yards and 7 over 40 yards with almost none of it being the WRs taking short passes long. All of last year they had 29 and 3.
No doubt...

And maybe I didn't use the correct wording...

I guess what I'm trying to say is that we dictated what we wanted to do in the first two games when A.J. was in the game...


Like that 70 yard pass play that came off of play-action that was designed for Andre.....Or that little short throw where he was in the slot and ran in like he was going to crack the LB but turned up field and caught his second TD of the day...

I think without him we don't have a player that we can build plays around in order to try and dictate what we want to happen...

I think our recievers have definitely stepped up and made plays though...
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Our team is pretty sick right now, and not in a good way. I think we could use a little Dr. Dre right about now.
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No doubt...

And maybe I didn't use the correct wording...

I guess what I'm trying to say is that we dictated what we wanted to do in the first two games when A.J. was in the game...


Like that 70 yard pass play that came off of play-action that was designed for Andre.....Or that little short throw where he was in the slot and ran in like he was going to crack the LB but turned up field and caught his second TD of the day...

I think without him we don't have a player that we can build plays around in order to try and dictate what we want to happen...

I think our recievers have definitely stepped up and made plays though...
Totally agree there. AJ let's us create mismatches and pull coverage away from the LOS and run support.
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Again, I am not disrespecting the best offensive player on our team (IMHO). I made this thread because at least a few people have posted as if when AJ is back the team will be 100% healthy and win the next 9 games straight.

I feel some people overlook larger issues - such as the decline of special teams without Mathis and with Jones still injured, McKinney gone, possible coaching/game plan issues, etc.

Hopefully we'll have Jones, AJ, and Schaub back in and healthy ASAP.
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Rumor has it...
AJ put on 100 lbs. and will be our new starting Left Tackle, so he will be the difference maker.
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Again, I am not disrespecting the best offensive player on our team (IMHO). I made this thread because at least a few people have posted as if when AJ is back the team will be 100% healthy and win the next 9 games straight.

I feel some people overlook larger issues - such as the decline of special teams without Mathis and with Jones still injured, McKinney gone, possible coaching/game plan issues, etc.

Hopefully we'll have Jones, AJ, and Schaub back in and healthy ASAP.
I still don't get the point of this thread. A few people hold out hope that the Texans might have a chance if our star #1, game changing receiver comes back and you decide to dash it with a reality check that the rest of the team still sucks?

(Not necessarily saying thats a horrible thing, as I've done the same thing before, but still).

I mean, seriously, whats the message here? Theres no hope at all? The one thing we can really change during the next 9 weeks isn't going to make a difference?

Realistically, you have to be delusional to think the Texans are going to win 9 in a row, and I have yet to see anyone claiming that if AJ is back we are a lock to finish 12-4. Heck, Im apparently something of a pessimist on this board, but even I believe that once AJ is back, we are going to notice a huge change out of our offense. I said it once, and I'll say it again. All things considered, we were 2-0 with AJ and are 1-4 without him. But, I guess if reality checking is the mode du jour, then so be it
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The Texans are a thin thin thin team that has been remade since 2005. You can't acquire everyone at once--and they are make do at a lot of key positions.
Yea and you know I think Matt Schaub is going to rest a week or two. I think he was already somewhat injured before the Titans game. From what I understand he has a knick on his leg and a bruised hip. We really probably should rest Schaub and get him back healthy...there is no reason to put him out there partly injured.
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Totally agree there. AJ let's us create mismatches and pull coverage away from the LOS and run support.
That normally draws that eighth man away from the line of scrimmage. Without AJ we are finding it hard to manipulate the defense with our motion.

Agree with both of you guys (real and infantrycak) BTW.
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I kinda think that fixing one flat tire doesn't automatically mean that both tires that were flat are fixed just because you fix one tire...but it's one less tire to fix going forward.
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When AJ comes back we'll be a better team. How much better we'll see then.

But I can guarantee you guys until we fix the o-line and get a better RB we still won't have a play off caliber offense. And until we get some better safeties people will throw on us.

You have to be a complete team to win the super bowl, and we aren't even close. Hell, I'm beginning to wonder if we go 8-8 now.
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Andre Johnson is a man among boys and makes all the difference with this team. They just have a different swagger when he is in the lineup. He affects both the offense and defense for us. What a stud!!!!!!
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The Texans are undefeated this season when Dre starts.
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I think in light of this thread, that AJ's new nickname should be "The Answer"

I guess its too bad thats already taken.

But, just for fun:
The texans are undefeated with AJ
Schaub threw 2 TD passes with AJ gone, and in his first game back, already matched that total
AJ has 3 100+ yard games with TDs in each

He is the difference maker
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Well, just to play Devil's Advocate, AJ still didn't have a red zone TD. The extra score in the red zone was key.
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yeah, our only true offensive playmaker will not make a difference when he returns.....riiiiiiiiiiiiight.
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