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Old 01-23-2008   #1
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Default Texans could hire Rhodes as early as Jan 25 - Chronicle

The Texans could be close to hiring longtime NFL defensive specialist Ray Rhodes as an assistant coach.

Rhodes, who was the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers, is interviewing with the Texans on Thursday, and if everything goes as expected, he'll be hired to fill the position vacated by Martin Bayless, the assistant defensive backs coach whose contract was not renewed.

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Man getting Ray Rhodes would be outstanding the question will be who will call the plays on defense? Ray Rhodes is an outstanding defensive coordinator so that means Richard Smith could be out of here?
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The Texans could be close to hiring longtime NFL defensive specialist Ray Rhodes as an assistant coach.

Rhodes, who was the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers, is interviewing with the Texans on Thursday, and if everything goes as expected, he'll be hired to fill the position vacated by Martin Bayless, the assistant defensive backs coach whose contract was not renewed.

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When he was the DC for the Seahawks he had a health condition (heart iirc) that required him to leave the team for a short period. When he returned he took on a less stressful role with the team. If he wants to do that here, I say great move.
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The Texans will interview former Packers and Eagles head coach Ray Rhodes regarding a spot on their defensive staff Thursday.
Coach Gary Kubiak is making an all-out effort to upgrade his staff, already luring line guru Alex Gibbs out of retirement. Rhodes, who was in Seattle the last five seasons, is one of the league's most respected defensive minds ever.
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Default Re: Ray Rhodes to Texans?

I think it would be a great pickup, but I would have my concerns over his health. The first thing that popped into my mind was his heart condition and if he is cleared to coach, then I'm for it.
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Richard Smith, YOU are on the Budweiser Hot Seat.
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Default Re: Ray Rhodes to Texans?

I saw this thread and said "Surely that's one of those pie in the sky 'what if we hired (insert coach or player here)' threads."

I was pretty excited when I saw that it was real. Rhodes was the man. May he come back healthy and ready to help us kick some ass next year.



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it feels good that we're now a team that's actually trying to get better... it didn't really feel that way with the casserly/capers regime.
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MAJOR coup for the Texans! Alex Gibbs and Ray Rhodes in the same offseason? And as POSITION coaches? OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!
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When he was the DC for the Seahawks he had a health condition (heart iirc) that required him to leave the team for a short period. When he returned he took on a less stressful role with the team. If he wants to do that here, I say great move.
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In September 2005, Rhodes was hospitalized for dizziness and tests later revealed that he had suffered from a mild stroke.[1]

Early Monday October 2, 2006, the Seahawks charter flight had to make an emergency landing in Rapid City, South Dakota to get precautionary medical care for Rhodes. The Seahawks were flying home from a loss at the Chicago Bears.
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1981-82: San Francisco 49ers - Assistant Secondary
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1992-93: Green Bay Packers - Defensive Coordinator
1994: San Francisco 49ers - Defensive Coordinator
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2000: Washington Redskins - Defensive Coordinator
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Rhodes began his coaching career in 1981 with the 49ers, spending two seasons as assistant secondary coach before being promoted to defensive backs coach for the 1983-91 seasons. He went on to become one of only four men to serve on the coaching staff of all five of the 49ers’ Super Bowl winning teams (George Seifert, Bob McKittrick and Bill McPherson). In Rhodes 12 seasons as a 49ers assistant, the team earned postseason berths 10 times and advanced to the NFC Championship Game on seven occasions.

In 1981, his first season as an assistant, Rhodes helped the 49ers win Super Bowl XVI with three rookies starting in the defensive backfield–CB Ronnie Lott, CB Eric Wright and S Carlton Williamson. As the 49ers’ secondary coach through 1991, he also saw those same three players, plus S Dwight Hicks, reach the Pro Bowl, among the 16 total Pro Bowl invitations earned by his defensive backfield pupils.

Born October 20, 1950, in Mexia, Texas, Raymond Earl Rhodes graduated from Mexia High School where he earned all-state honors in football as a running back and defensive back. He also lettered in track and field and helped the school reach the state basketball finals.
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Default Re: Ray Rhodes to Texans?

This would be a great hire! Pls make it so McNair!!!!! Now, if we could get rid of our current defensive cordinator!
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I am digging the message this is sending to the players and agents. The Texans are serious about winning.

Bring back the Man from Mexia. Hopefully we can just call him Ray.
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I agree, man the FO is really beginning to stir the pot. You be other teams/players will be taking notice if we land him. I don't care if it is in a limited role, he his mind and instruction could prove priceless for this defense.

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is definitly a sign that the car is coming close to stopping in front of the house. We'll figure out in about 9 months if we are at the right house and need to send someone up there to start knocking on that door!

Ok...so a little premature, and the moment, but as others expressed, it's nice to see that the FO isn't "satisfied".
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I would have to imagine with Frank Bush on the staff and potentially Ray Rhodes, a message is being sent to Richard Smith telling him he better improve this defense or else.

At least that's what I think
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I would have to imagine with Frank Bush on the staff and potentially Ray Rhodes, a message is being sent to Richard Smith telling him he better improve this defense or else.

At least that's what I think
In my mind, it is the type of hire that is actually less threatening to Smith. Rhodes wouldn't be threatening to take over the DC role because of his health concerns limit his time coaching. So we get his experience without really underminding Smith.

With Rhodes, Smith, Jon Hoke, and Jethro Franklin, what I can guarantee you that the defensive side of the ball is going to be intense.
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I wonder if SH will say now that two very good quality Asst Coaches have been hired.
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This would be a great hire by the Texans. Sends a great message to the players and fans.

However this almost makes you wonder if Rick Smith has a clause that he has to have at least one former Packers and Denver coach on the staff.
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This would be a great hire by the Texans. Sends a great message to the players and fans.

However this almost makes you wonder if Rick Smith has a clause that he has to have at least one former Packers and Denver coach on the staff.
I'm thinking the guy has a bad ticker and he is moving closer to some high end help. Wake me when they toss Richard Smith out the door.
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Great hire... he brings the respect and skill of a VERY successful defensive coordinator to an assistant coach position. Hopefully he and Richard Smith will get along well and he'll improve Smith as a DC.
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In my mind, it is the type of hire that is actually less threatening to Smith. Rhodes wouldn't be threatening to take over the DC role because of his health concerns limit his time coaching. So we get his experience without really underminding Smith.

With Rhodes, Smith, Jon Hoke, and Jethro Franklin, what I can guarantee you that the defensive side of the ball is going to be intense.
I agree, in my mind this is at least in some way the acceptance of Smith. Who knows, it might be that Kubiak is actually satisfied with Smith and knows that the 'lack' of success on defense is due more to the position coaches than the actual plays called. Regardless, it'll be interesting to see how this whole thing pans out
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