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Old 12-14-2008   #1
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Just wondering what you guys think. does the four game win streak and the defense playing better as of late mean Richard gets to stay? I sure hope not.
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NO. what we're proving is that we have the talent to play better defense. that doesnt change the fact that they've only been coached to opportunities for succes in a handful of games. smith needs to be gone unless we only want to play a handful of games next season also.
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Default Re: Does this mean Richard Smith is Going to Stay now?

We didnt allow a TD to the #1 team in the league - and not allowing many TDs the past weeks. If its him with the play calling, yes...but I have a feeling that he secretly has been demoted.
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I guess it was about Richard not having the "horses." Since half
of his defensive starters have been changed, this defense is complementing
the offense pretty well.

So, here's to one more year with Richard.
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In fear of losing any of my 2 rep points, I wouldn't mind IF he keeps the D playing like this.


I my god did I just say that?

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the D is playing great.. and its not like last yr where we 'simplified' things and got lucky with tipped int's etc.

they're making plays and look to have the makings of a top unit.. part of that is the change in philosophy we've seen recently and part of it is the players maturing

i dont care who's in charge as long as they keep playing like this

(we still need some work on our blitzes though )
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We didnt allow a TD to the #1 team in the league - and not allowing many TDs the past weeks. If its him with the play calling, yes...but I have a feeling that he secretly has been demoted.
Yeh what he said.

I didn't take this into account in my previous comments.
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I want to see our defense play behind a coordinator with a consistent scheme and utilize our talent all of the time. Who is to say that we couldn't be an outstanding D like Pittsburng, Ravens or the Eagles with the talent we have. Jacque Reeves may even turn his head around every once in a while and lead the league in picks.
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I can only explain the better play by the defense by a few things.

1) Smith has been stripped of the play callling/planning duties
2)The now sickeningly classic RS lets turn the defense loose after a shot at the playoffs is gone.


Part of it could be the staff feels better about the secondary with once again the emergence of someone at safety playing decent. Don't think Wilson and Ferguson are the end all at safety by any means, but they are playing well enough as a tandem. Adibi's status next week will be big. Defense has been playing better since he got into the starting lineup.

All that said, if Kubiak wants to make the playoffs this defense has to play much better earlier in the year. Terrible starts then if seems Kubiak has to call Smith out 8-9 games in before they show signs of life. Smith's got to go.
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Obviously we don't know the inner workings of the Texans, so its possinble that someone else is calling the D plays right now. RS might be D coordinator in name only.

If not, then Kubes needs to look at the way the RS D's have played in the begining and middle of the seasons. His D's seem to come alive in mid November, when the Texans are out of the playoff hunt. To be a playoff team your d needs to show up from week 1. It cannot be absent until week 10.

Also, Kubes needs to think about this, if he does not fire RS now and tries to do it mid year, it will be a mess. If he thinks he might fire RS before the end of next season, he should do it the Monday after the Texans last game.
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I can only explain the better play by the defense by a few things.

1) Smith has been stripped of the play callling/planning duties
2)The now sickeningly classic RS lets turn the defense loose after a shot at the playoffs is gone.


Part of it could be the staff feels better about the secondary with once again the emergence of someone at safety playing decent. Don't think Wilson and Ferguson are the end all at safety by any means, but they are playing well enough as a tandem. Adibi's status next week will be big. Defense has been playing better since he got into the starting lineup.

All that said, if Kubiak wants to make the playoffs this defense has to play much better earlier in the year. Terrible starts then if seems Kubiak has to call Smith out 8-9 games in before they show signs of life. Smith's got to go.
isnt the bold a deja vu also? will demps and CC brown became a respectable pair once we actually started playing aggressively and someone else appeared to put their stamp on smith's vanilla defense. demps was even a pro bowl alternate if i remember right. i highly doubt smith is the one that "figures it out" towards the end of the season, seeing it for 3 consecutive season tells me someone else is pulling the strings, possibly even kubiak feeling pressure to put his influence on the defense.

it really wouldnt suprise me if it is kubiak on defense because some of our blitzes look like denver a few years ago. not much disguise, just putting 7 guys on the line and see who gets there.
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The key to the Texans is not having a "great" defense. They just need
to be COMPETENT. Our offense has been DOMINATING time-of-possession,
which is something they didn't do last year.

When the offense TURNS THE BALL OVER as much as our has, it WILL
contribute to our defense being poor in the later part of the game. The
Texans held the ball today for over 39 MINUTES!! Our defense playing better
is a combination of several factors, not just who the D-Coordinator is.
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Exactly.

All this "conjecture" that the defense is suddenly playing better because Smith has been demoted, or hidden, or whatever is nothing but wishful thinking by critic who already have their mind made up.

Sometimes I think some of you actually are sad that they are winning now.

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no!!!!!!!! we got smashed aganist the two best D in the NFL Pittsburg and Balty and so since i think we might play one of them agian next year then i will say NO
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Our D has just been playing to their potential over the last few weeks. I think a more agressive coordinator will give us some return on all of these 1st round picks
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Exactly.

All this "conjecture" that the defense is suddenly playing better because Smith has been demoted, or hidden, or whatever is nothing but wishful thinking by critic who already have their mind made up.

Sometimes I think some of you actually are sad that they are winning now.


Sad? No.

But looking at the past 3 seasons running the defense seems to turn it up 10 weeks in. So Smith just "gets" it around November? I would understand if it took so long for the defense to get a complex scheme but... in all honesty using the words Richard Smith, Defense and Scheme is just funny. If it takes your head coaching calling you out midway through the season for not being aggressive enough to "get it" you don't deserve to be a defensive coordinator.
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Sad? No.

But looking at the past 3 seasons running the defense seems to turn it up 10 weeks in. So Smith just "gets" it around November? I would understand if it took so long for the defense to get a complex scheme but... in all honesty using the words Richard Smith, Defense and Scheme is just funny. If it takes your head coaching calling you out midway through the season for not being aggressive enough to "get it" you don't deserve to be a defensive coordinator.
The bold part . . . completely disagree with it.

Like I stated before, you and others already have your minds made up. Get ready to be disappointed.
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The bold part . . . completely disagree with it.

Like I stated before, you and others already have your minds made up. Get ready to be disappointed.
Don't really get how you can disagree with the statement. Care to explain your assessment?
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