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Old 08-13-2008   #1
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Default If you could improve only one thing this year?

If you could dramatically improve only one thing on the Texans this year what would it be? Saying their record doesn't count.

Red zone offense
Running Backs
Offensive line
defensive line QB pressure
Play calling
Cb position
Other?
Please explain your answer.

It was hard for me to decide between running backs and corners but I will go with rb's. I feel like with the exception of the corners our defense as a whole is pretty well built. Coach up the o-line that is already good at pass protection and lets get a runner with some greased lightening. Go baby go!
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Default Re: If you could improve only one thing this year?

The RB for me as well because then we'll have a full blown O.
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Turnover ratio.

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Default Re: If you could improve only one thing this year?

That too.
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red zone offense. i think we're a better team if the D line improves the pressure because it helps all other facets of the game but i see the progress there. not by leaps and bounds mind you, but progress still.

the red zone thing is a serious issue to me. we do very well with Brown kicking but man, think of the points left on the board. i feel mostly positive about our progress in all aspects of the game except this one. i don't have much to go on other than last saturday's game but i fear this may be something we're developing some bad habits with.

i think it mostly lies with Schaub, who is for the most part very impressive in other aspects of his game, this seams to be his biggest weakness. Perhaps the coaches could draw up something that give him easier reads in those situations but that's unlikely, there aren't many "easy reads" in that area. he just needs to be patient and smart.
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Default Re: If you could improve only one thing this year?

AJ wasn't playing and having an RB that could punch it in.
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true. and mind you i'm including my concerns from last season as something that didn't seem to improve and certainly those factors were still an issue then as well.
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Default Re: If you could improve only one thing this year?

I would say less injuries but don't really think that counts.

For aspect of the game, for me, it's turnover ratio. If the defense creates more turnovers and the offense hangs onto the ball it'd make a significant difference.

If we're talking about one position, I would say Running backs. Find a stud RB to tote the rock, see who on the roster proves to be a good backup, and get Slaton into the mix as much as possible.
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Default Re: If you could improve only one thing this year?

I still agree with you though it is a huge concern.
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winning record. that should about cover it all
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Default Re: If you could improve only one thing this year?

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I would say less injuries but don't really think that counts.
I would agree with you there until the end of time, many of the items listed above would be improved by improving the health of our team in the long run.
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Default Re: If you could improve only one thing this year?

No doubt!
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Turnover ratio.

That was our biggest problem.
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Default Re: If you could improve only one thing this year?

Tunover ratio is a good one.
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Default Re: If you could improve only one thing this year?

We aren't good enough to settle for improving just one thing this year. We must improve several or face the possibility of falling even further behind the other teams in our division. We'll have to improve at least a couple of things just to tread water and stay at .500

We need to improve our running game from both the OL and the RB sides. Our guys have to learn a new system and learn it fast. We'll start to see what this stuff looks like a few weeks into the season. I believe the first few weeks will be very frustrating for us on the offensive side of the ball. It will get better but it's going to start ugly.

We need our QB to step up his level of play as well. Schaub was better than Carr ever had been (so was Sage) but this year he needs to get comfortable back there, make better decisions, and grow into the real leader of this offense. I have no problem with the Texans bringing someone in and handing them a starting position. There's nothing wrong with that. To keep it however that person needs to perform (something we never made players do in the past) and so Schaub needs to noticably pull away from Rosenfels this year in my opinion. He needs to become that guy who was worth two second rounders.

On defense we need to see this line start wreaking havoc with other teams pass protection. We need to see them start stuffing runners regularly. Last year we seemed to never be able to get off the field and Richard Smith took a lot of abuse for his "We're going to be aggressive" defense that always had some excuse as to why they couldn't get off the field. That needs to end in 2008. We need to stop some drives.

Lots of stuff to improve on. All of it is equally important. I can't pick one thing in there.
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We aren't good enough to settle for improving just one thing this year. We must improve several or face the possibility of falling even further behind the other teams in our division. We'll have to improve at least a couple of things just to tread water and stay at .500

We need to improve our running game from both the OL and the RB sides. Our guys have to learn a new system and learn it fast. We'll start to see what this stuff looks like a few weeks into the season. I believe the first few weeks will be very frustrating for us on the offensive side of the ball. It will get better but it's going to start ugly.

We need our QB to step up his level of play as well. Schaub was better than Carr ever had been (so was Sage) but this year he needs to get comfortable back there, make better decisions, and grow into the real leader of this offense. I have no problem with the Texans bringing someone in and handing them a starting position. There's nothing wrong with that. To keep it however that person needs to perform (something we never made players do in the past) and so Schaub needs to noticably pull away from Rosenfels this year in my opinion. He needs to become that guy who was worth two second rounders.

On defense we need to see this line start wreaking havoc with other teams pass protection. We need to see them start stuffing runners regularly. Last year we seemed to never be able to get off the field and Richard Smith took a lot of abuse for his "We're going to be aggressive" defense that always had some excuse as to why they couldn't get off the field. That needs to end in 2008. We need to stop some drives.

Lots of stuff to improve on. All of it's equally important. I can't pick one thing in there.
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Default Re: If you could improve only one thing this year?

Do you all know that at the end of a few games last season the Texans turned the ball over and lost and probably would won a few more games if they had not done that?
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Default Re: If you could improve only one thing this year?

1. Our record

2. Turnover Ratio

3. Running game

4. Pass rush

5. CB's

The thing that we need to improve the most is our record. I don't care about stats only W's
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Default Re: If you could improve only one thing this year?

If I have to pick ONE thing that will do the most to improve our record, I'll pick improving our running game. If our running game is better, then our defense gets more rest and hopefully plays better. If our running game is better, we improve in the red zone. If our running game is better, then hopefully we won't throw as many interceptions or have as many sacks or have as many fumbles.

If I had to pick another thing, it would be to just improve our defense all the freaking way around. We've got to force more 3 and outs. We've got to stop the pass and the run cause right now, we're not really that good at stopping either. I hate having to hope for a series of mistakes by the other team so that they don't convert on a third or fourth down.
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Default Re: If you could improve only one thing this year?

I say 10 or 11 wins.
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