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Old 08-13-2008   #21
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Default Re: If you could improve only one thing this year?

I'd say coming out strong in the 2nd half. I think we were one of the worst 3rd quarter teams last season. We've gotta keep the foot on our opponent's throat for all 4 quarters not just 3.

Other than that improving on the road. We're a completely different football team on the road as are most .500 ball clubs.
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Default Re: If you could improve only one thing this year?

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

Red Zone Offense.

Schaub looks great betweens the twenties but when it starts to tighten up is where I think we see the difference between someone who has a cannon for an arm and a guy who has a decent arm. To make up for the later Schaub needs to make good decisions with the ball and use everything at his disposal to get the offense in the end zone. We have a great targt in OD up the seams and AJ is the type of WR that has the ability to go up for a ball. I hope Slaton helps in this area and can make people miss in smaller spaces then our other backs.

If we get 7 instead of 3 that gives our defense a better cushion to play with instead of taking two trips in and coming out with 6 one big play and the other team has the lead. I'll also say a portion of that has to lie with Kubiak in play calling in the red zone. I honestly have tosay I was disapointed in PRESEASON when he didn't elect to go for it in the redzone.We already know we have a great kicker in Kris Brown but this team needs reps and something to instill confidence when they get in the redzone that the job can get done.
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Default Re: If you could improve only one thing this year?

AJ probably would have helped out alot more.
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Turnover ratio x 123164965198494156494815674
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Default Re: If you could improve only one thing this year?

Like I said the Texans might have made the playoffs last year if they had less turnovers.
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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.
I agree 100%.....I don't know why we keep signing these glass RB's , and now Chris Brown?
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Like I said the Texans might have made the playoffs last year if they had less turnovers.
We also would have made the playoffs if we had more points than the other teams at the end of the game.
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Definitely our Win-Loss ratio.
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Default Re: If you could improve only one thing this year?

In a couple of games teams scored at the end of the game because of turnovers.
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Default Re: If you could improve only one thing this year?

1. Win the turnover battle.
2. Don't make stupid penalties.
3. Win in the trenches (both sides of the ball).
4. Be even or ahead in time of possession.
5. Execute. Execute. Execute.

*Get a primary runningback.
*Get a stud safety
*Possibly still looking at DE and OLB (we'll see w/ Colvin, Diles, Adibi)
*Keep getting ZBS guards
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1. Win the turnover battle.
2. Don't make stupid penalties.
3. Win in the trenches (both sides of the ball).
4. Be even or ahead in time of possession.
5. Execute. Execute. Execute.
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1. Win the turnover battle.
2. Don't make stupid penalties.
3. Win in the trenches (both sides of the ball).
4. Be even or ahead in time of possession.
5. Execute. Execute. Execute.
If we do all that, we're going to the Superbowl.

PS-You just had to say "execute" didn't you.
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Default Re: If you could improve only one thing this year?

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

Well, as others have said, there are lots of things to improve on, 'cause this team has some glaring weaknesses. However, keeping to the thread title, improving the running game would, IMO, do more over all.

Of course it's not hard to argue that improving the turnover ratio could also be considered most important, considering our stats on that from last year.
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Default Re: If you could improve only one thing this year?

The running game is at the top of my list.
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Superbowl!
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Right.
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Default Re: If you could improve only one thing this year?

Hervoyel already stated that we have a lot of things to improve upon to make a playoff push. If I had to pick one that I felt was most important right now it would be turnover margin. Had Daniels not fumbled in the red zone against Cleveland and Jacoby not fumbled the punt at Tennessee the Texans could have had a 10-6 record and in the playoffs while both those teams would have been 9-7 and out of the playoffs. The games still could have ended up the same way, but giving away the ball and being unable to take it away consistently hurts this club.
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