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Old 11-26-2007   #21
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I think this calls for the pink soap again. We seem to have a general opinion of what we want done to him, at least football wise, so I feel we should break out the pink soap again.

Any others with me on this thought?
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I was hoping they'd let Richard Smith go last off-season, but then there were those stats that everyone kept saying indicates his D was getting better.
The defense was so awful the first three games, like historically awful, that it could only get better.

By the end of the season, the Texans were, as a general rule playing worse competition. The Colts were good, but the Texans barely slowed them down--it was the Dayne Train that kept them off the field.

I do not want Richard Smith as the defensive coordinator next year. Nor would I like Frank Bush just to be promoted. I want the Texans to find someone who is a defensive specialist with a track record of success running a defense and pay them big money. Who are the options out there?

If you have an offensive minded head coach, you need a stud DC to give the job to so you don't have to think about it.

I recognize that the Texans offense has been doing no favors to the defense by turning the ball over. But at the same time, the defensive scheme is like my husband going to Baskin-Robbins. He always orders vanilla with nothing on it, even though there's tons of flavors. That's just wrong.
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I remember that one time...we rush more than 4 guys...Mario got a sack...and we never blitzed again....
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I don't think firing Rick Smith will make our D better.

Firing Richard Smith, on the other hand, could make our D better, our O better, our paraphanelia sell better, our uniforms look better, and our cheerleaders hotter. I think it might even make global warming go away.
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How about when we blitzed the falcons all game long only to get burned on short passes all game long...

Yeah I'm hoping some staff changes are made.
wait...we blitzed the Falcons? I don't remember any pressure on Harrington. ? Now what the Eagles were doing to the Pats last night - THAT was blitzing.
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Would have been a lot easier to never hire the guy in the first place.

Hundreds of quality defensive coordinators out there, and Richard Smith was the only guy we could hire?

BIG MONEY can net you a top-notch d-coordinator. I saw the hiring of Richard Smith for exactly what it was, and still is today: Penny-pinching by McNair.

There's no cap on coaching salaries. You can spend a billion dollars if you want to.

LOL. I can't wait to see how this offseason goes. We can get all the high-profile free agent players we can get our hands on, and it won't matter if we have poor coaching.
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Would have been a lot easier to never hire the guy in the first place.

Hundreds of quality defensive coordinators out there, and Richard Smith was the only guy we could hire?

BIG MONEY can net you a top-notch d-coordinator. I saw the hiring of Richard Smith for exactly what it was, and still is today: Penny-pinching by McNair.

There's no cap on coaching salaries. You can spend a billion dollars if you want to.

LOL. I can't wait to see how this offseason goes. We can get all the high-profile free agent players we can get our hands on, and it won't matter if we have poor coaching.

Who was better at the time?

Kubiak had sort of a late start hiring staff because of Denver being in the playoffs that year.

As I recall, there weren't any candidates out there at the time that made me say, "dang, I wish we would have got that guy."
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Would have been a lot easier to never hire the guy in the first place.

Hundreds of quality defensive coordinators out there, and Richard Smith was the only guy we could hire?

BIG MONEY can net you a top-notch d-coordinator. I saw the hiring of Richard Smith for exactly what it was, and still is today: Penny-pinching by McNair.

There's no cap on coaching salaries. You can spend a billion dollars if you want to.

LOL. I can't wait to see how this offseason goes. We can get all the high-profile free agent players we can get our hands on, and it won't matter if we have poor coaching.
There's plenty to criticize regarding the Texan organization and Bob McNair. However, calling him a penny-pincher shows that you have no concern for the truth- either as a result of enormous ignorance or a simple lack of integrity.

Bob McNair put up $700 million to build a great stadium, HOPING the NFL would grant Houston a franchise over L.A.

Furthermore, what players have we lost because we wouldn't pay them? We've certainly overpaid a number of marginal players. I've never seen any indication that management has been handcuffed by any economic issue other than the salary cap. If anything, we've mismanaged the cap. We were certainly hampered this offseason by cap room- while that does indicate a level of incompetence, certainly it doesn't indicate frugality.
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It's pretty bad when an opposing player (Winslow) calls your defense "vanilla" before you play.
Especially when the defensive co-ordinator gets a chance to do something about it but still plays vanilla with double scoops.
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Shoulda just hired Jim Bates when they had the chance. Maybe his Packer has-beens would have been better than Sherman's.
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Would have been a lot easier to never hire the guy in the first place.

Hundreds of quality defensive coordinators out there, and Richard Smith was the only guy we could hire?

BIG MONEY can net you a top-notch d-coordinator. I saw the hiring of Richard Smith for exactly what it was, and still is today: Penny-pinching by McNair.

There's no cap on coaching salaries. You can spend a billion dollars if you want to.

LOL. I can't wait to see how this offseason goes. We can get all the high-profile free agent players we can get our hands on, and it won't matter if we have poor coaching.
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There's plenty to criticize regarding the Texan organization and Bob McNair. However, calling him a penny-pincher shows that you have no concern for the truth- either as a result of enormous ignorance or a simple lack of integrity.

Bob McNair put up $700 million to build a great stadium, HOPING the NFL would grant Houston a franchise over L.A.

Furthermore, what players have we lost because we wouldn't pay them? We've certainly overpaid a number of marginal players. I've never seen any indication that management has been handcuffed by any economic issue other than the salary cap. If anything, we've mismanaged the cap. We were certainly hampered this offseason by cap room- while that does indicate a level of incompetence, certainly it doesn't indicate frugality.
He was complaining about the exact same thing in another thread. And he has never really given another option as a DC that would have been better at the time and has not given a reason as to why Mcnair is a penny pincher except that we supposedly don't pay coaches. I don't know how he would actually know either way how much a coach is getting paid. I don't think it was publicized what any of our coordinators were being paid.

Correct me if I am wrong.
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There's plenty to criticize regarding the Texan organization and Bob McNair. However, calling him a penny-pincher shows that you have no concern for the truth- either as a result of enormous ignorance or a simple lack of integrity.

Bob McNair put up $700 million to build a great stadium, HOPING the NFL would grant Houston a franchise over L.A.

Furthermore, what players have we lost because we wouldn't pay them? We've certainly overpaid a number of marginal players. I've never seen any indication that management has been handcuffed by any economic issue other than the salary cap. If anything, we've mismanaged the cap. We were certainly hampered this offseason by cap room- while that does indicate a level of incompetence, certainly it doesn't indicate frugality.

McNair didn't spend $700 million until AFTER Houston was granted team.

We have lost Steve Foley, Aaron Glenn, and Jamie Sharper because McNair/Casserley didn't want to pay them. We also drafted Mario partly because Bob didn't want a holdout with Bush (penny pinching basically).

We have failed to attain any top Free Agents due to him penny pinching but resigned losers like David Carr to max extensions.

We probably have the cheapest coaching staff in the NFL behind Buffalo. No one is making top dollar and it shows on the field.

McNair spent a lot of money to get the team here, of that there is no question. But he has done little to help the team since then. He needs to open up the wallet and hire some top coaching (INCLUDING HEAD COACH) if he wants this franchise to turn the corner. Both our coordinators were pretty bad and our head coach is basically a glorified OC. A good OC but not a good Head Coach. He looks completely overwhelmed and has since Day One. All I need to know is that Gary thought Carr could succeed. That alone shows that Gary doesnt know his arse from a hole in the ground.

Hire Cowher as HC
Hire LeBeau as DC
Sign Faneca as FA
Bring Joey Porter over from Miami for $$ and to reunite with Cowher/LeBeau
Draft a RB

if we do those things, we will be in the playoffs next year without a doubt...but we won't. Gary is here for at least 2 more years, so prepare for more suckitude.
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There are a few guys we should have on speed dial at the end of the year.

1. Ron Rivera
2. Marvin Lewis - Cinci will probably fire him at the end of the year.
3. John Fox- See Marvin Lewis

All three of those guys have coached and helped put together solid to great defenses. Thsoe 3 are a good start but they'll prolly command a big salary and i really hope McNair is willing to shell out for it.
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McNair didn't spend $700 million until AFTER Houston was granted team.

We have lost Steve Foley, Aaron Glenn, and Jamie Sharper because McNair/Casserley didn't want to pay them. We also drafted Mario partly because Bob didn't want a holdout with Bush (penny pinching basically).

We have failed to attain any top Free Agents due to him penny pinching but resigned losers like David Carr to max extensions.

We probably have the cheapest coaching staff in the NFL behind Buffalo. No one is making top dollar and it shows on the field.

McNair spent a lot of money to get the team here, of that there is no question. But he has done little to help the team since then. He needs to open up the wallet and hire some top coaching (INCLUDING HEAD COACH) if he wants this franchise to turn the corner. Both our coordinators were pretty bad and our head coach is basically a glorified OC. A good OC but not a good Head Coach. He looks completely overwhelmed and has since Day One. All I need to know is that Gary thought Carr could succeed. That alone shows that Gary doesnt know his arse from a hole in the ground.

Hire Cowher as HC
Hire LeBeau as DC
Sign Faneca as FA
Bring Joey Porter over from Miami for $$ and to reunite with Cowher/LeBeau
Draft a RB

if we do those things, we will be in the playoffs next year without a doubt...but we won't. Gary is here for at least 2 more years, so prepare for more suckitude.

Are you actually arguing that we didn't sign Foley, Sharper, and Glenn because McNair was unwilling to fork over the money? That's ridiculous! The GM decided they weren't worth the money. We've overspent all over the place for players like Robaire Smith, Todd Wade, Seth Payne, Gary Walker- all those guys got bigger contracts than would've been required to secure the players you listed.

Also, it's a ridiculous assumption that we drafted Mario over Reggie for monetary reasons. First of all, it was a good decision. Second, the Texans have always been among the first to pay out there high first round picks. Bush even said when it happened that they were in basic agreement on money before they began to seriously consider Mario.

How do you know what the coaching staff makes? I'm sure Kubiak, Sherman, Frank Bush, and John Hoke rank fairly high in coaching salaries for the positions they're coaching.
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There are a few guys we should have on speed dial at the end of the year.

1. Ron Rivera
2. Marvin Lewis - Cinci will probably fire him at the end of the year.
3. John Fox- See Marvin Lewis

All three of those guys have coached and helped put together solid to great defenses. Thsoe 3 are a good start but they'll prolly command a big salary and i really hope McNair is willing to shell out for it.

No thank you on all three of those guys! We don't need a name, we just need someone better- I trust that Kubiak and Smith can study the issue, interview, and find a good fit without going after a name. All three of those guys you mentioned have seriously underachieving defenses right now- which is why the last two will be fired. I know Rivera coaches LBs this year, but certainly the SD LBs are much less productive with him than they were last year under Phillips and company.
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McNair didn't spend $700 million until AFTER Houston was granted team.

We have lost Steve Foley, Aaron Glenn, and Jamie Sharper because McNair/Casserley didn't want to pay them. We also drafted Mario partly because Bob didn't want a holdout with Bush (penny pinching basically).

We have failed to attain any top Free Agents due to him penny pinching but resigned losers like David Carr to max extensions.

We probably have the cheapest coaching staff in the NFL behind Buffalo. No one is making top dollar and it shows on the field.

McNair spent a lot of money to get the team here, of that there is no question. But he has done little to help the team since then. He needs to open up the wallet and hire some top coaching (INCLUDING HEAD COACH) if he wants this franchise to turn the corner. Both our coordinators were pretty bad and our head coach is basically a glorified OC. A good OC but not a good Head Coach. He looks completely overwhelmed and has since Day One. All I need to know is that Gary thought Carr could succeed. That alone shows that Gary doesnt know his arse from a hole in the ground.

Hire Cowher as HC
Hire LeBeau as DC
Sign Faneca as FA
Bring Joey Porter over from Miami for $$ and to reunite with Cowher/LeBeau
Draft a RB

if we do those things, we will be in the playoffs next year without a doubt...but we won't. Gary is here for at least 2 more years, so prepare for more suckitude.
Yes it is very good in principal to say hire a guy who at the moment would rather be with his family in North carolina and last time I checked a map Houston is no where near North carolina.

As far as letting the players go, that was Casserly's call not McNair. McNair just rights the checks and Casserly is the one who made the calls on those players but of course that would be far to easy to blame the people who are responsible but hey lets blame the owner for listening to those that he has put in place.

Dick LeBeau is with the Pittsburg Steelers and has been the Defensive Coordinator of the Steelers since 2004, unless you promote him to something above D-Cor I am not sure how expect to sign him away from the Steelers but hey yeah lets just toss a name out there without facts or knowledge of a guys career. This is his second stint with the steelers, it is home to him.

Faneca is a LG, a position we do not really need to upgrade compared to other positions like Center and the DB and LT. Granted he is one of the best at his position but still the money should be spent upgrading the weakest spots on the team.

As far as Porter is concerned, I do not really care for him but if the money was right sure why not.

You are a revisonist when it comes to the history of players and of how things have happened with the Texans you change who you blame depending on whom the thread is about. In this thread you are not blaming McNair for Mario and Carr but as soon as a Kubiak thread appears you will blame him solely for the decision. Yes the Carr situation was McNairs and all the advice he got from others who later recanted what they said. McNair does not know players he seeks advice and goes with it, what a novel concept for an owner.
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I dunno, so tell me what Smith has got to do with OD dropping or fumbling footballs coming his way ? Or how is he to blame for AJ being indifferent
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I dunno, so tell me what Smith has got to do with OD dropping or fumbling footballs coming his way ? Or how is he to blame for AJ being indifferent
about fighting with a rookie CB for passes ?
Actually in this thread it has absolutely nothing to do with either of those things, because they happened on the offensives side of the ball not the defense. This thread is about the dfense being vanillia and bland and not very imaginative.

If you want to talk about those things there is a thread regarding OD and his fumbles, feel free to start a thread about AJ not doing what he can to prevent the Int, other than that feel free to chime in on how the defense is in this thread.

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I don't see any major changes coming, defensively. our front four have been playing well Williams, Okoye, Johnson & Weaver. Linebacking is also much improved with the addtion of Danny Clark (three leading tacklers DeMeco- 94, Greenwood- 68, Clark-66) thats good production there. secondary wise they've been overacheiving given the extent of injurys. remember the Texans lost starting SS Earl Glenn before the season started, then his replacement Jason Simmons, so Rick Smith went out & aquired a couple more safetys in Boulware (dissapointment) & Will Demps (been very good). we lost our best CB in Dunta Robinson for the season (maybe next year too) & so they promoted late 4th rd. pick Fred Bennett who has been learning well ahead of the curve. meanwhile Fletcher has been out (suppossed to add depth) & Von Hutchins stepped up to supplant Faggins who was your nickle back to begin with. I guess everyone has forgotton that C.C. Brown was a 6th rd pick from the football dynasty L.A.-Lafayette & that his 58 tackles are 4th best on the team.


lets be realistic now the Texans defense has improved under Richard Smith. the Texans are 19th in total defense so far in 07 combine that improvement with his first season (24th) against 05 (31st) & you can see a positive trend. so I beleive its resonable to assume there will be no changes made here for the time being, that needs will be addressed in the offseason & the status of current players on the roster will be closely evaluated
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Actually in this thread it has absolutely nothing to do with either of those things, because they happened on the offensives side of the ball not the defense. This thread is about the dfense being vanillia and bland and not very imaginative.

If you want to talk about those things there is a thread regarding OD and his fumbles, feel free to start a thread about AJ not doing what he can to prevent the Int, other than that feel free to chime in on how the defense is in this thread.

I didn't miss the subject of the thread, I know its about Smith & the D.
The point I'm trying make is that we lost in Cleveland Sunday more because
our receivers didn't make the clutch plays (as the Cleveland receivers did),
and not because of any deficiencies or inadequacies or lack of origionality on the part of Smith or his defense.
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