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Old 07-11-2008   #1
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http://www.nfltouchdown.com/houston-...review-report/

i searched, can't find this anywhere on the forum. (of course nothing i search for is ever found on the forum). So if this is a repeat please delete. They are as up to date as Colvin and they do mention Gibbs. Lists Weary as starter still not Brisel. Gray is still on his acquisition list. Might be worth a read.

i like this mistake:

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In the meantime, Bennett will hold down the fort as the No. 1 corner. Chances are, you aren’t too familiar with the third-year pro (in part because he was only a fourth-round pick, and in part because there’s something strangely familiar about the sound of his name, which makes him easy to confuse with someone else). Bennett has an excellent build (6’2”, 195). His fluid hips make him the NFL’s version of Shakira, and his awareness and presence in man coverage is well above average for a player of his youth. And perhaps best of all, Bennett can tackle.
easy to make that error since he played like a second year pro last year!

pretty thorough analysis overall.

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Greener than grass...hahaha
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Everyone seems to love Houston’s Battle Red jerseys––mainly because, well, how many teams actually give their outfits a cool name like Battle Red? The club itself loves to promote it. Their media guide touts their 5-3 record on “Battle Red Days” and even points out Andre Johnson’s success in the uniform (Johnson averages 6.3 catches, 80.5 yards and has caught a touchdown in four of the last five Battle Red games. This, of course, is comparable to his usual production, but still…..Battle Red!)

After the Texans debuted their new red-jersey, red-pant look on a Thursday night game against the Broncos last year, there were calls for the team to adopt the Battle Red outfits fulltime. Don’t they pretty much have to? After all, when they come out in blue jerseys, isn’t the implication that today is not a day to battle?

How about this: blue helmets, red jerseys, blue pants at home. On the road, do a knock off of the Boise State Fiesta Bowl look: blue helmets, white jerseys, red pants. Wear blue jerseys with red pants on your allotted two alternate uniform games. Just don’t give an inspiring epithet to the uniform.
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He used callow to describe Molden. Directionally correct, but such a tough choice of word to use.

I did not know that Travis Johnson makes the French laugh.

Thanks for sharing, admirable copy for this time of the year.
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A surprisingly thorough Texans review...nice find! Enjoyable read.
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Very nice indeed.
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Good read! Thanks for posting it.

This part was particularly interesting because I hadn't thought of these guys from this point of view.


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Mario Williams and DeMeco Ryans have first-rate speed
There is a tendency to assume that a productive young player must be fast. Williams and Ryans are both tremendous young athletes, but neither is a burner. Williams has a surprisingly normal first step that prevents him from being ultra explosive off the snap. This is partly why he struggled his rookie season. His effectiveness comes from his strength and acceleration late in the play (say, in his second, third and fourth steps). He has a great frame (6’7”, 291), highlighted by a seven-footer’s wingspan. The combination of all this makes Williams dominant.
Ryans can certainly get around the field, but his timed speed is only 4.65. He thrives mainly off his ability to shed and slip blocks. He is most effective playing north and south between the tackles. When forced to turn and chase, Ryans becomes a good but not great player. He makes up for any minor deficiencies with instincts and intelligence. As he continues to mature, he’ll give up less space in coverage and have fewer of his tackles come downfield. But it will be because he understands the game, not because he has fast wheels.
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i too was quite suprise how thurough it was. seems like this writer knows an awful lot about us.
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He used callow to describe Molden. Directionally correct, but such a tough choice of word to use.
That's okay - he made up for it by referring to Amobi's upper body power as coruscating. He seems to like Amobi quite a lot.

Agreed that this is a good article, and thanks for bringing it to our attention.
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Here is my favorite line. It is about Travis Johnson.

"For the most part, Johnson has been a bust, thanks to attitude problems and a work ethic that would make even the French laugh."
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Just when I thought I was OD'd on team previews.... this one was a very good read and worth the time.
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Wow, that was a surprisingly interesting read. Eat your heart out Houston Chronicle.
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I went back and checked the related articles - since they'd done such a good job with us - and found this interesting tidbit regarding how we stack up in the division in various catagories. Well, *I* thought it was interesting.

I can't quibble with our running game or pass defense being rated last. And while it p*sses me off that our coaching staff is rated lowest I guess W/L record says how effective your coaching is, soooo.....

Quick Hits
Team Bests
Passing Game 1 Colts, 2 Texans, 3 Jaguars, Titans
Running Game 1 Jaguars, 2 Colts, 3 Titans, 4 Texans
Offensive Line 1 Colts, 2 Jaguars, 3 Texans, 4 Titans
Pass Rush 1 Colts, 2 Texans, 3 Titans, 4 Jaguars
Run Defense 1 Jaguars, 2 Texans, 3 Titans, 4 Colts
Pass Defense 1 Colts, 2 Jaguars, 3 Titans, 4 Texans
Special Teams 1 Texans, 2 Jaguars, 3 Titans, 4 Colts
Coaching Staff 1 Colts, 2 Jaguars, 3 Titans, 4 Texans
Front Office 1 Colts, 2 Texans, 3 Jaguars, 4 Titans
Home Field Advantage 1 Colts, 2 Texans, 3 Titans, 4 Jaguars

Player Bests

Pure Athlete Andre Johnson, Texans
Big Play Threat Vince Young, Titans
Gets Most out of Talent Kyle Vanden Bosch, Titans
Gets Least out of Talent Matt Jones, Jaguars

Breakout Prospects Fred Bennett, Texans
Tony Ugoh, Colts
Amobi Okoye, Texans

Breakdown Prospects Ahman Green, Texans (let's hope this is way wrong)
Reggie Hayward, Jaguars
Jeff Zgonina, Texans (I'm not sure he makes the final cut anyhow)

Best Leader Peyton Manning, Colts
Unsung Hero Ryan Diem, Colts
Impact Veteran Acquisition Jerry Porter, Jaguars
Impact Rookie Duane Brown, LT, Texans (let's hope this is way RIGHT!)
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Our coaching staff last?????? Not sure how that was graded, but it doesn't feel right.
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Our coaching staff last?????? Not sure how that was graded, but it doesn't feel right.
Least experienced, and probably has more losses on their record than the other 3 coaches I can see where they get that. I'm sorry, but when you've got Tony Dungy and Jeff Fisher in your division, your coaching staff is probably going to be 3rd or 4th.

It's a fair ranking.
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The Titans play great run D when Fat Albert is in the middle. I'd put us behind them.
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Everyone should read the review on the Titans. It's hilarious and kind of sad...
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The most in-depth Texans article I have seen in a very long time. Good read. I can't wait for training camp.
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