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Old 08-02-2008   #1
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Default O-Line getting love & respect

It's funny. I've ben going to training camps since I can remember. And, whether it be in Pittsburgh or now Houston, I have never seen the big guys get so much love. It's amazing what the NFL draft can do. Fans are following the every move of the O-line, looking to see what Duane Brown is going to be like. Looking at Alex Gibbs new system, and looking for how the run game will transform. Then after practice, the O-line was the only guys left on the field Thursday night signing autographs. I talked with my buddy on the team and he responded " hey, the big guys like getting love to and we gotta make ourselves recognizable". But, I think it is more the fans this year, reaching out and wantinng to meet the trench guys too. Good job Houston fans, not just supporting the "super stars", such as Johnon, Williams, Ryans, Schaud, and Robinson, but also looking out for the Unit! Brown, Pitts, Myers, Briesel, Winston, Frye, Weary, Studdard, Salaam, etc....The on-field guys ready to Protect & Serve!
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Gotta luv the O-line

I made 3 training camps and that was my focus, watching the line matchups. My son played o-line over the last 4 years in HS and I got an education watching him play. But I did hear a lot of buzz in the stands about the line and many people made the trip over to the far field to watch the "big uglies" or "fat fools" (just a couple of the lovely nicknames for linemen ) in action.
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Eric Winston has been one of my favs since his rookie season. I met him at All Access and he was one of the FEW that bothered to look up and acknowledge who he was signing an autograph for, which just happened to be my granddaughter. She was wearing a pink TEXAN jersey and he told her how cute she looked. Wanted to know where we got it because he wanted to get one for his girlfriend. Just general chit-chat, but, he took the time to do it. We later saw him in the tunnel and he remembered my granddaughter and spoke to us again. A really nice guy.

Since our OL has had their woes for six years now, it's nice to see them come together. I just have a feeling this is gonna be a great year for Eric, and the entire OL.
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It's funny. I've ben going to training camps since I can remember. And, whether it be in Pittsburgh or now Houston, I have never seen the big guys get so much love. It's amazing what the NFL draft can do. Fans are following the every move of the O-line, looking to see what Duane Brown is going to be like. Looking at Alex Gibbs new system, and looking for how the run game will transform. Then after practice, the O-line was the only guys left on the field Thursday night signing autographs. I talked with my buddy on the team and he responded " hey, the big guys like getting love to and we gotta make ourselves recognizable". But, I think it is more the fans this year, reaching out and wantinng to meet the trench guys too. Good job Houston fans, not just supporting the "super stars", such as Johnon, Williams, Ryans, Schaud, and Robinson, but also looking out for the Unit! Brown, Pitts, Myers, Briesel, Winston, Frye, Weary, Studdard, Salaam, etc....The on-field guys ready to Protect & Serve!
Good stuff Pittbull3 !
In my very modest football history as a player, I didn't play in the OLine (or DLine for that matter), and while all of that was decades ago, in more recent years as a spectator I've acquired a new found interest in the
position(s) of OLine. And like others, when attending TC sessions there's nothing I'd rather watch what the big guys in their one-on-one drills do.
But with the legendary Alex Gibbs and his industrial-strength version of ZB now in full-blown implementation with the Texans, the attention of this unit is now at an all-time high for many of us, including this poster.
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I'm excited about the prospects this year for the OL under the tutelage of Coach Gibbs. I was at one practice and they were giving it all they had. One good note: Steve Slaton was hitting the hole and turning on the afterburners. Look to see some exciting play from him this season. I'd sure like to see A. Green have a good, healthy season. I think he's still got some gas left in the tank if he can avoid his knee injury bug.

Howdy GHF! Glad to see that you made some more practices.
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Last year I called for hiring AG drafting a LT & signing Faneca in the FIX THE DAMN LINE thread.

Two out of three aint bad as MEAT LOAF used to sing.
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