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Old 01-04-2005   #1
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With all the complaints / concerns being pointed twards the OLB's its obvious to me they dont deserve as much heat as they have gotten . Looking for someone to point the finger at ...... here's a couple of worthy candidates

Gary Walker had 6.5 sacks in 02 and just 0.5 since . I think this points to the fact his injury in 03 is a much larger concern than was first suspected .
Age and injury have taken their toll ..... he's a has been.


Jay Foreman ..... Laid an EGG in the sack column for the season . not to mention the fact he is relatively ineffective against the run at the line of scrimage , most of his tackles tend to be 5+ yards beyond the line . Foreman is either not suited to the Texans scheeme or just plain not good enough ...... im leaning twards the latter.

For all the Carr bashers , its pretty damn tough to throw a pass from your backside much less an accurate one . Carr spent more time on his back or running for his life than standing in the pocket . His numbers are better than i expect with the problems in the O-Line .

Seth Wand ..... He has potential to be a stud LT but also has potential to get DC blindsided @ any time . Lets hope the wand expiriment is over atleast for now
Steve McKinney ..... shouldnt be the starter , he's a backup / long snapper (If that)

Z. Wiegert played pretty well when he was playing and not injuried

Chester Pitts im not sold on one way or another , kinda tough to gage considering he plays between Mckinney and Wand ..... I dont envy his position

Todd Wade wasnt bad but wasnt what we all expected when he came here from Miami . Kinda like the team as a whole , lotta expectations left unfulfilled

M. Bruener ..... hands of stone , Without the great O-line in Pittsburg he looks like a very average blocker

Billy Miller ...... cant block . Oh , Billy's in the game . ITS A PASS!


Most of the season the Texans tried to block 4 defenders w/ 6 blockers and failed miserably ...... Cant blame that on DC

Andre Johnson is possibly the best reciever in the game outside of Randy Moss / T.O but if there is no one on the opposite side of the field to take some heat away from him he will be double covered every play .

C. Bradford has all the tools but just does not get it done

J. Gaffney Mental mistakes plague this guy , Twice this season he had a problem w/ celebrations in the ....errr Near the endzone ( fumbled once when preparing to spike the ball ..... went out of bounds in the endzone for a touchback VS Jacksonville and the other threw the ball into the stands when trying to hit the back wall VS Chiago)

The Texans have a lot of needs to fill , lets hope its an eventful off-season


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Improving the Trenches!!!!! More pass protection AND more pass rush... pretty simple to me.
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I'm with you on all those points Corrosion!!
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J. Gaffney Mental mistakes plague this guy , Twice this season he had a problem w/ celebrations in the ....errr Near the endzone ( fumbled once when preparing to spike the ball ..... went out of bounds in the endzone for a touchback VS Jacksonville and the other threw the ball into the stands when trying to hit the back wall VS Chiago)
That was Bradford, not Gaffney.
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Our biggest concerns this offseason are the O line and the D line.
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Yeah, pretty much... O-line, run stop, pass rush, offensive sets. Use the TE use the TE use the TE! 3-4 wide receivers have to be utilized often in the game. Maybe then we'll stop stalling out for points after we put 14 on the board. We should have seen a couple of 21-35 pt games this year.
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Most of the season the Texans tried to block 4 defenders w/ 6 blockers and failed miserably ...... Cant blame that on DC
That is so embarrassing.....
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Actually its even worse than that. Lots of times it is 7 people blocking 4 and they can't get it done. Pretty pathetic. On the other side that leaves 7 people to cover 3 recievers. Think that might be an issue?
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The biggest thing we need is CONSISTENCY, they played so good against some very good teams and made the other teams look bad, and than we'd play against a very sorry team and look very bad. Once we can play consistent football we will be a play off team, we all know the jags team is way better than the browns, and look what happened
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Actually its even worse than that. Lots of times it is 7 people blocking 4 and they can't get it done. Pretty pathetic. On the other side that leaves 7 people to cover 3 recievers. Think that might be an issue?
Wonder if all those fair weather fans who were booing DC understand this ?
Its a wonder he hasnt missed more time than he has over the past Three seasons with the pathetic resemblance of an O-Line thats been in front of him ...... reminds me of a comercial ... DC and DD have both put up about as good of numbers as could be expected w/ this O-Line .

Same can be said of the Texans secondary with the type of pass pathetic pass rush they have in front of them . Its a wonder they werent last in the league in pass D .
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If you remember the ESPN commercial with Carr under center and no O-line present, you have this year in a nut shell. Again the coaching bothers me, but even more is how are they going to solve the problem without using FA. They seem not inclined to use that avenue. Yet, McNair says the problem will be solved. What magic wand is he proposing to use?
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a quailty free agent guard isn't considered a big ticket free agent. or an early draft pick, but i think we might see alot of the same on the O-line
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If you remember the ESPN commercial with Carr under center and no O-line present, you have this year in a nut shell. Again the coaching bothers me, but even more is how are they going to solve the problem without using FA. They seem not inclined to use that avenue. Yet, McNair says the problem will be solved. What magic wand is he proposing to use?
Charley WAS quoted that he didn't see us doing much in FA except for a couple of cheap guys. I suspect when they really anylize what has happend and with Seth's injury, Bob McNair will get what he wants and we will be more of a player in FA than they (Charley / Dom ) initialy anticipated. It's the only way we can reasonably expect to fix things by next year. We then need to draft the core guys in the lines that will wind up being the starters in a couple of years.
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After scanning the available FA O-line guys available there are some quality guards available (Andruzzi and Wahle come to mind). I think we could go after 1 or 2 FAs, look to the draft for OT and C positions, maybe make a deal for Kyle Turley (I'm a supporter of this...he is a hothead but he could provide the mean streak we seriously need in the line)...or any combination of the above moves.

The FA market for top flight front 7 guys is pretty thin. I have seen several thoughts on taking a shot at Abraham from the Jets and converting him to OLB but that's probably a long shot at best. I actually think we should target Shawn Cody or maybe Rod Wright in the draft to bulk up the D-line. We obviously need an quality ILB...there are some decent guys available (ie Hartwell from the Ravens) so that is a clear FA option or work the draft for Derrick Johnson.
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He basically said the same thing last year too, he's doing his best "I'm not saying anything because I want to fool people" imitation.
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He basically said the same thing last year too, he's doing his best "I'm not saying anything because I want to fool people" imitation.

Yep, people better get used to hearing this because it's going to be the official party line as long as Charlie is in charge. If the Texans had 50 million to spend on free agents he'd say the exact same thing.

Which is IMO not necessarily a bad thing. It just makes it a little harder to tell what the Texans are going to do.
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maybe make a deal for Kyle Turley (I'm a supporter of this...he is a hothead but he could provide the mean streak we seriously need in the line).
This is on the way, way not likely to happen list. Turley may or not play again--do we really need Boselli part deux? More importantly, we ain't getting rid of Wade after one year and tying up that much money in the right tackle position. Before someone says, oh let's put him at left tackle--Turley gave up two more sacks than Wand last time he played LT.
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hmm how about Jeff Fisher? if he where available.. wait ..that is his philosophy.. and before you talk about the Titans record this year.. they had a TON of injuries on that team..

this talk of playing it close and stuff reminded me of when Fisher first came in to be a head coach and he has done pretty darn good over the years once he got HIS players on the roster.
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The way I see it is, we got our QB,RB,WR, CB,and LB of the future. Now we need to address both sides of the line of scrimmage. However, first if we are going to have any future, David Carr needs to be protected. We need an offensivelineman.
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Nose Tackle is the biggest concern I have. Payne is down, and his backups arent talented enough IMO. But is there a NT worth selecting with #13? I dont think so.

OL? Now here is something interesting. Alex Barron would be an instant upgrade over Wand. But what do you do with Wand then? Make him a backup? Maybe so.

CB We have a good vet, and the best rookie from 2004. Also Faggins is getting up to speed. Is there a CB worth #13? Yes, Rolle. But my gut says he wont last till #10.

I think FA would be the best way to get a NT. And I think #1 draft pick would be the best way to upgrade the line.
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