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Old 12-12-2004   #1
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Looking at the Texans QB roster, I was wondering what everyone thought about Dave Ragone. I dont watch much college ball and dont know how good this guy really was in college, but apparently he is pretty good.

Anyway, I think David Carr has indeed shown some regression this 2nd half of the year. Maybe he is injured....who knows. Back to my statement. Sometimes, 1st draft picks do not end up being as good as teams would have hoped. I hope this is not the case here, but we have to look at it.

Looking at qbs like Roethlisburger and how they were not picked first, but are having way better seasons than the #1's are, how about giving Dave Ragone a chance to see if he has something. I dont think Tony Banks is an answer, but I would be really interested to see what happens if you plug in another qb.

Just a thought.
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Ragone started a game last year and played a bit on one or two others. His vervousness in the pocket makes Carr look like a staute. Of course, his OL at Louisville may have been the worse major college line that I have ever see. he was not impressive in pre-season and there have not been any rumblings that he is ready to assume the back-up job that he was drafted for.

I may as well get this line of thought started also. Right now Ragone is the poster boy of what could be wrong with BPA drafting as he is the most obvious best player despite need player picked under the Casserly administration.
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Ragone started two games last season actually (Jax and Tampa Bay) and both were beat downs for the most part. As bad as our offense has looked at times (and I'm including 2002) I don't think it's ever looked as ineffective as it did during those two starts. He was so far from being ready to start an NFL game that "ready" wasn't even on the horizon. I'm not too sure that it's any closer today. Maybe a little bit.

Ragone is the answer to a question nobody asked. A wasted pick IMO that the Texans could have spent anywhere else on their team and gotten more value out of. He may indeed one day turn out to net the Texans something in trade or he may become a competent backup to David Carr but we didn't need to fill that need when he was chosen in 2003. We needed help everywhere else. Agree with ArlingtonTexan that Ragone was a Casserly mistake. Worst one yet.
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I'm sure someone will look for a nice lefty to be the #3QB Steve Young re-incarnate, sure why not? ... and it will probably be one of those things were he shines for someone else after you let him go.
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The guy may not have been that great in his two games last season, but remember this; he was a rookie learning a whole new offense in the NFL mind you. Also, if you forgot, the oline was terrible and that is why Carr was hurt, Banks was hurt, and i believe Ragone even got banged up when he was playing. Also, the guy was the best QB ever in Conference USA. He is one of the best quarterbacks ever at Louisville, maybe only after a guy named Johnny Unitas? So cut the guy some slack, becuase he is very good, but he was a rookie. And to be honest, even though he didnt show any superstar qualities, he didnt look any worse than Eli Manning does. And Carr has been on teh decline too.
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How did I know that the "put in Ragone" threads were coming. Man I should be psychic or something. Maybe they should have put me on the Larry King Live show instead of that other wanna be. Cut Carr a little bit of slack here. He's playing with a few injuries still hurting him. Plus I trust him moreso than a QB who is still wet behind the ears.
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Ragones college stats where pretty close to some baseball/football player that we traded away.
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no matter what, the guy had three seasons where he threw for almost 9000 yards and 74 touchdowns. He is not a bum like some people think, some day he will get a chance to play again and since he is now through more than 6 weeks in his first NFL season he will probably show he is capable. Not to say he should be the starter, but he is still a decent QB
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he had a good college career and I was talking about Drew Henson and all the hype that he has gotten and Ragone's college stats are pretty close to his


I think with Ragone starting last season, some fans on here are being a little unfair with judging him. He had a bad game yes, but he was a rookie and with the same horrible OL that knocked Banks and Carr out of.

with that said. I don't think it is time for Ragone to start
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Finally someone that agrees. Thanks Wolf.
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The guy may not have been that great in his two games last season, but remember this; he was a rookie learning a whole new offense in the NFL mind you. Also, if you forgot, the oline was terrible and that is why Carr was hurt, Banks was hurt, and i believe Ragone even got banged up when he was playing. Also, the guy was the best QB ever in Conference USA. He is one of the best quarterbacks ever at Louisville, maybe only after a guy named Johnny Unitas? So cut the guy some slack, becuase he is very good, but he was a rookie. And to be honest, even though he didnt show any superstar qualities, he didnt look any worse than Eli Manning does. And Carr has been on teh decline too.
Man don't get me wrong here. I don't have any sort of problem with Dave Ragone as a person or as a player. He really wasn't ready to play when it was handed to him and everyone knows that. I mean, your'e down to QB #3 so obviously things are getting desperate.

He could in time make somebody a very good quarterback. I am critical not of him as a person or player but of the Texans for picking him when they did in spite of needing help at many other positions. I just don't think he was the move the Texans should have made. Not knocking what he could become or anything like that, I just don't think he really belongs here.
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there is nothing wrong with developing a 2nd QB, Banks is old. Maybe a 3rd pick is a bit high for a backup, but you want someone decent in case the starter gets hurt, otherwise you are just saying without your starting QB you give up. Thats why the Bengals signed Kitna when they named Palmer the starter in Cincinnati. You can never be too deep at QB.
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I just don't think he really belongs here.
Next year we have a guy in Ragone who will have studied your system for two full seasons and can make every throw in the book. New England goes with the same type QB situation in Rohan Davey right now. I think you need to rethink this.
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Next year we have a guy in Ragone who will have studied your system for two full seasons and can make every throw in the book. New England goes with the same type QB situation in Rohan Davey right now. I think you need to rethink this.

I don't think so Vinny. When I say "I don't think he belongs here" I'm not talking about the Dave Ragone we'll have next year when he's had two full seasons and can make every throw in the book. What I've been trying to say is that I don't think that at the time selecting Ragone was the best way to go. Sure, no doubt about it having him ready to step in is a plus now (or next year). I'm not arguing that at all. I'm saying that I believe the Texans should have used that choice on another position at the time and stuck with a Mike Quinn level player in the short term. I'm just saying I'd have waited to start developing another young QB. At least for one more year if not two.

It's moot point now and yes, he does belong here now. I'm just expressing a different opinion regarding the order in which the Texans have chosen to do things.
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What did Ragone do to yall? How is it we are calling for this guys head and not Carr's right now. David has 3 games to make this season look like improvement and about half of next season before I am ready to pull the plug on him.

And yes, I have been a David Carr campaign manager since he was drafted and beat the Cowboys. The line also sucks real bad. This past game opened my eyes to that.
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Ragone did nothing to me. I have no animosity towards him. I'm not in the least bit calling for his head.

I'm merely saying that back when we drafted him I would not have drafted a QB with that 3. The Texans had too many other needs where that pick might have made a difference and the QB position wasn't crying out for another rookie to teach yet. I agree that Ragone is now an asset who will help us in years to come.

I'd rather they had taken a player at any one of about a half dozen positions before another QB though. That simply would have been my preference.
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I don't think so Vinny. When I say "I don't think he belongs here" I'm not talking about the Dave Ragone we'll have next year when he's had two full seasons and can make every throw in the book. What I've been trying to say is that I don't think that at the time selecting Ragone was the best way to go. Sure, no doubt about it having him ready to step in is a plus now (or next year). I'm not arguing that at all. I'm saying that I believe the Texans should have used that choice on another position at the time and stuck with a Mike Quinn level player in the short term. I'm just saying I'd have waited to start developing another young QB. At least for one more year if not two.

It's moot point now and yes, he does belong here now. I'm just expressing a different opinion regarding the order in which the Texans have chosen to do things.
If I recall we had 3 third round picks that year, and Ragone was the 88th overall pick. In the QB position you have to be thinking ahead so I can't fault them taking Ragone with the third choice in the third round of a draft where you start with 3 third round picks. Wand, Peek and Ragone was a pretty solid 3rd round if you ask me. All three of these guys should play an important role in our 2005 team.
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Do you think Ragone passes Banks on the depth chart next year? I've wondered if Banks is about done here recently so just curious.
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This will be Banks last year. Ragone and Symmons will be 2 and 3 I would bet.
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This will be Banks last year. Ragone and Symmons will be 2 and 3 I would bet.
With that scenario playing out, Ragone will have to play his ars$ off to hold off Symmons. From everything I have read and heards Symmons' arm is as good as most starters around the league. Two young hungry back-up QBs is very good. They can push each other to become even better.
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