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Old 01-26-2005   #21
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and to think some of these people think emotion is bad. he needs to learn to calm it down a bit sometimes, but who doesnt want a player out there thats gonna talk and back it up(when he gets a chance). He is also the first one in there when a teammate is getting pushed around. He has the dont mess with me or this team mentallity and that is what more of the team needs. STARTER IN '05
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Is there a chance we can sign somebody like Marcus Pollard? Isn't he RFA this year?
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and to think some of these people think emotion is bad. he needs to learn to calm it down a bit sometimes, but who doesnt want a player out there thats gonna talk and back it up(when he gets a chance). He is also the first one in there when a teammate is getting pushed around. He has the dont mess with me or this team mentallity and that is what more of the team needs. STARTER IN '05
I like Peek as the situational pass rusher. He stays fresh, and has one job, get the QB. But he does need to work on his "play is over, go back to the huddle" move.

Other than that, I think he should get a little more playing time. Maybe some 3rd down situations.
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I too think that there are times when Peek needs to control his emotions. I also tend to think that if he were to get into the game for more than 10 plays a game you would see that happen. With the amount of playing time that he gets right now, I'm sure that he feels that he has to do something big every time he is out there in order to get more time. If you look at the percentage of big plays that he makes in his playing time, I would have to say that he is doing that.
In terms of what needs work on the defense, I think that has been discussed very often on this board. The pass rush will improve when the players are actually allowed to rush the passer. When the team came out to start a couple of games at the end of the season in the nickel look with both Peek and Babin rushing off the edge you saw great improvement in that realm. When you drop 7 and rush 4, of course you're not going to see a ton of pressure, you're outnumbered. More pressure from the line would be nice, so perhaps a tackle or big de would help.
On offense, the Texans need to strengthen the line in order to get Carr more time to deliver the ball. Also, more talent at the receiver position is never bad.
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I pretty much agree with the initial assessments plus the comments regarding the improvement of the defense -with Coleman and Foreman it could have been even better.

I will be surprised if we do not go Defense with the the first pick for sure and maybe first two picks. ILB could be a likely choice with the ultimate being DJ falling to our pick. Both Wong and Sharper's contracts expire after next year. NT is also a probability although I see Payne being back.

From looking at the available players, ILB might be upgraded in free agency.
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we take a DE or WR with first pick... if peek starts, wong is moved inside...and if Cheatwood pans out... we will have good depth at the linebacker position with him and foreman... Payne will be back, i think it is one of Casserly's biggest priorities and i think Payne is a Texan at heart... i know i know... our OL sucks inside, but if we draft a OL, he will take time to develope, and i would rather not see Carr go through hell again. address it through free agency... players with experience in zone blocking... so we can go two ways, replacing Gary Walker, i hate saying it, but it needs to be done. Or getting that #2 receiver to stretch the field... and with all the rumors of the texans looking at Muhsin Muhammed or Rod Gardner... preferabbly Muhammed (SP??) then we might not need to draft a receiver, and then we take a DE.
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yeah maybe so future,,, but the organization already said there will be no changes to the O-Line. and they just need time to gel as a unit maybe so i guess we'll see !!!
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they did say no changes, but how often can you really tust those kinda statements, you know mcnair and casserly are hating seeing his franchise QB being hammered into the turf... i think that mckinney wont be our center come next year... i might be wrong, but didnt he play another possition before coming to Houston and playing center... if we get a quality replacement, maybe mckinney can just serve as a backup center and whatever position he played previously... but maybe there wont be any immediate change, but we bring someone in and let them beat out mckinney instead of just automatically replacing him... who knows
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also adding to my possibilities of linebackers, maybe one of the top 10 in the NFL that no one has mentioned... Julian Peterson... im not sure how much hype he gets, but he is the real deal... an outside lineback that can play the run, the pass... can play as a safety on plays... as a corner on plays... he is the real deal
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we need to get some young Rookie OL in there so they can be getting some experience so when they FINALLY do realize that it isnt working we can have guys go in there and hopefully do a lot better job ! We have nearly NO depth on the O-Line !
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i do think we need young OL, but i dont think we need to take one with one of our top 3 pick.. ok maybe the 3 rounder, maybe... but i dont want to draft an OL and put him in right away and just get obliterated
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Y'all should check out the mock draft going on in the draft forum. Vinny as the Texans made a very good pick IMO. After trading down twice he picked David Baas from Michigan--6' 5" 325 lb C/G with a mean streak and sound fundamentals.

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I like that pick also. He's supposed to be a better guard than center, so I don't know what we could expect from him at center. We would also be addressing our number 1 need with our number 1 pick.
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This a great time for us armchair GMs. A couple of guards have been mentioned as possible picks, this after trading down. I don't care who they draft. I just hope he ends up an all-pro . And hopefully breaks the QB sack record or is a Hall of Fame guard. Is that to much to ask for.
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I continue to wonder why people what to have so many linebackers in camp. Didn't the Texans just sign 3 or 4 as free agents? Why not develop and utilize the talent we already have?
OL seems to me to be the major concern along with the DL.
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Linbackers are a usefull lot. Their big ,strong and fast. The ideal LB is even a little mean. They make oustanding special team players not to mention the fact the Texans run a 3-4 defense.
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especially when you have guys that specialize in a certain area, like Peek with a pass rush, and he is usually only in on passing downs, it comes down to what linebackers can best fit the certain schemes the coaches put out there
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I understand having certain players to fit certain roles. I have long stated thought that there are a number of players in the lb corps that don't really get to reveal their full potential by being pigeonholed by the vanilla defense that is run.
And, as of right now, there ar 15, count 'em, 15 linebackers on the roster. I would assume that the majority of those go to camp, say at least 13. Unless you get a can't miss linebacker out of the draft, why bother?
So many people on this very board have said that it takes development time to get a linebacker used to the 3-4 scheme being used. So, is that what this team needs? More lbs standing on the sideline learning the scheme? I think that major need is OL and that kid from Michigan mentioned earlier is a stud. You can't run the ball or have time to pass if the line doesn't give you the opportunity to.
I know that people will say that OL needs time to develop and they don't want to see Carr on his butt all the time. But that seems to be the mode around here. Let rookies have time to develop into the position. We could end up with a bunch of guys past their prime on the field and 1-3 year vets getting used to the system watching and then moving on somewhere else where they are given a chance to actually see the field. I think that Babin and Dunta did a pretty good job on the field this year.
Don't go around picking up more linebackers, use the ones you have in the stable right now.
Unleash the Peek! He and Babin will be a terror.
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As much as i would like to have an offensive lineman with the first pick, keep reminding yourself offense is for show, DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS. Three of the final four teams were ranked 1,2 and 3 in scoring defense. We need rising star in the middle of our defense. Tackle or ILB. I agree we have enough competition and potential stars at outside linebacker.

I would guess we address the offensive line with a free agent and third round pick.
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just a little more push from the D-line and we would have a good defense, i mean how long do you expect our secondary to cover guys ? I have seen good coverage but after about 6 sec it kinda breaks down !
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