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Old 09-21-2008   #1
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Default Do we see this team improving?

I didn't expect the Texans to do that well in the first five games of the season. We have played two very stout defenses and a Pittsburgh team that should be vying for the SB.

That being said, it is hard to get excited about this team right now. Is there any chance this team makes marked improvement as the season continues? Slaton seems to be a bright spot. Duane Brown ought to get better. We have Dunta coming back on D. Will any of this make a difference or is this team doomed for the same that we have seen?

I want to keep on watching and following, but it gets harder and harder every week.
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I didn't expect the Texans to do that well in the first five games of the season. We have played two very stout defenses and a Pittsburgh team that should be vying for the SB.

That being said, it is hard to get excited about this team right now. Is there any chance this team makes marked improvement as the season continues? Slaton seems to be a bright spot. Duane Brown ought to get better. We have Dunta coming back on D. Will any of this make a difference or is this team doomed for the same that we have seen?

I want to keep on watching and following, but it gets harder and harder every week.

It's pretty ugly. I don't think that it is inherently ugly like let's say, Kansas City. There are aspects of the team that are underperforming that you have seen better performances of. There are aspects of the team that look rusty. Or look like they are learning.

The defense. That doesn't look good at all. Their best hope is if the offense finds any mojo at all and keeps them off the field.

They need to survive relatively healthy with some sort of confidence until they get to the less yucky parts of the schedule. If the Texans had a solid D, it would be easier to be learning stuff on the offense and playing better on the road. But right now, just about everything is struggling.
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I didn't expect the Texans to do that well in the first five games of the season. We have played two very stout defenses and a Pittsburgh team that should be vying for the SB.

That being said, it is hard to get excited about this team right now. Is there any chance this team makes marked improvement as the season continues? Slaton seems to be a bright spot. Duane Brown ought to get better. We have Dunta coming back on D. Will any of this make a difference or is this team doomed for the same that we have seen?

I want to keep on watching and following, but it gets harder and harder every week.
They will make some progress tho it might not show up in the standings.

Slaton looks like the real deal even behind a sloppy O-line.

D.Brown has had his hands full so far and it wont get any easier in the next two weeks , I expect him to take some lumps .... But I also expect him to get better every week and hold the LT spot for quite a few years.

D-Rob coming back will help the secondary but what the hell is going to help our LB's ..... Outside of Demeco they SUCK.

Dick Smith will get fired eventually .... they have spent far too much money and too many high draft picks on the D-L to get this kind of production and it starts with Smith. That in itself would be an improvement .... even if they replaced Smith with ... My cat and she has no claws.


Looking at the schedule .... I can envision 4-12. Like I said , improvement might not show up in the standings .... Kinda like the Capers' era.


As for you not following them cause they suck .... just remember that many of us have been following them since day one , it could be worse. 2-14 sucked. But we are still here .... with many of the same problems.
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It's pretty ugly. I don't think that it is inherently ugly like let's say, Kansas City. There are aspects of the team that are underperforming that you have seen better performances of. There are aspects of the team that look rusty. Or look like they are learning.

The defense. That doesn't look good at all. Their best hope is if the offense finds any mojo at all and keeps them off the field.

They need to survive relatively healthy with some sort of confidence until they get to the less yucky parts of the schedule. If the Texans had a solid D, it would be easier to be learning stuff on the offense and playing better on the road. But right now, just about everything is struggling.
At this point what part of the schedule isnt yucky .... outside of the Lions and possibly Raiders games ?
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I dont see how you can say our defense is worse than our offense. All of our big plays except a very few have come on D. Including Marios sacks last week, the INT today, and the fumble recovery. I mean neither one has looked good but our D has looked better.
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Might as well start Barber and Harrison at safety and Molden at corner. Give them time to learn because we aren't going to be good for a long time still. Should have kept Brink too and let him start.

Since we like to give everyone a chance and play the hard-workers, it's time to start grabbing some tailgaters and people from the messageboard and give them time in coaching positions.

Let's put John McClain in a lineman position somewhere. At least it will be fun to watch him fall.

Feeling a little negative at the moment.

Serious improvements? At this point, I don't know. We've had so much turnover in the roster, yet I can't think of more than a handful of guys on this team that I would want to keep.
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Might as well start Barber and Harrison at safety and Molden at corner. Give them time to learn because we aren't going to be good for a long time still. Should have kept Brink too and let him start.

Since we like to give everyone a chance and play the hard-workers, it's time to start grabbing some tailgaters and people from the messageboard and give them time in coaching positions.

Let's put John McClain in a lineman position somewhere. At least it will be fun to watch him fall.

Feeling a little negative at the moment.

Serious improvements? At this point, I don't know. We've had so much turnover in the roster, yet I can't think of more than a handful of guys on this team that I would want to keep.
How bout we trade McClain to Tennessee for half of a hot beer. I'd do the deal for the backwash .... and I'd buy them a beer of they took Anna Megan too.
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I wonder when the texans will be relevant. Each yr I hope for relevance, and all we get is well, losses. When our opponents see the Texans on the schedule they mark a W on the board and tell the media how they don't want to take them to lightly b/c they're dangerous. Though AJ did not play that great today, he and Mario are/will waste their prime in this losing situation. Would a real ground attack take care of all these problems, I wonder.
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I wonder when the texans will be relevant. Each yr I hope for relevance, and all we get is well, losses. When our opponents see the Texans on the schedule they mark a W on the board and tell the media how they don't want to take them to lightly b/c they're dangerous. Though AJ did not play that great today, he and Mario are/will waste their prime in this losing situation. Would a real ground attack take care of all these problems, I wonder.
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The ground game was the lone highlight in today's game .... that answer your question ?
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I see improvement. Excuse me a second, I almost dropped my crack rock. Jezz, I know we've played 2 tough teams, but we stink. For the first time I am no longer in opposition of letting Sage take the reigns. That fizxes that, but how is it that there is virtually no pressure on the QB?
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The ground game was the lone highlight in today's game .... that answer your question ?
true, true,......
Hmm, what about a more dominant ground attack that is consistent and has depth. What happens when slaton hits the rookie wall of overachievement?
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At this point what part of the schedule isnt yucky .... outside of the Lions and possibly Raiders games ?
Home games would help. The Kubiak teams have been awful on the road.
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At this point what part of the schedule isnt yucky .... outside of the Lions and possibly Raiders games ?
Raiders are playing for Kiffen & the Lions are just as desperate
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I guess having no home games will be one of the latest excuses for this team. We can probably go ahead and add "having to play with the roof open because 5 panels are missing" to the list as well. Everything is an excuse with this team.

Every NFL team has a tough schedule (you know, the "any given Sunday" type stuff) and every NFL team has injuries. It's time this team start playing like an NFL team and overcoming the tough schedules, playing on the road, dealing with injuries, and the trials that may come their way. New Orleans bounced back after Katrina. The Chargers kicked our butts after fires threatened to burn down San Diego.

I've been a Texan fan from the very beginning and will continue to be a fan so save the bandwagon comments. Fact is the fans and the city deserve better than excuses from this team.
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Getting my power back and having airconditioning helps my attitude towards today's game. I haven't been able to catch up with all the posts and threads on the game, but....although we stunk today, I did not feel we got beat today as badly as we got beat in the Pittsburgh game. We beat ourselves today with mistakes across the board, but until the end - it did not feel totally hopeless. So I guess that is improvement.

Maybe we can chalk this one up to Ike and being stressed and rusty.
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I see dis improvement we are going backwards
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Not to split hairs, but the Saints bounced back the next year. In '05 they were 3-13.
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Yes, I think we're improving.

I think we'll improve a lot more if Schaub steps up his play OR we start Sage.

But I think Schaub would have had a much better day if AJ had caught a couple of passes in the end zone. On one of the plays, AJ said that he thought he was alone and didn't realize Nick Harper was right there and so he didn't make the right move on the ball. If Schaub has a TD or two to go with those 3 picks, his day suddenly looks a lot better.

Hell, so far this season Schaub has been terrible in the first half with a rating of 24.5 (his rating is 71.4 in the second half.) We've got to get that fixed.
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