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Old 09-09-2009   #1
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Default Your concerns heading into the regular season?

I'm not too concerned about Dunta or Reeves having much rust. We are lucky in that our first 4 games we play the Jets, Titans, Jags, and Raiders. 4 teams who are not known for their passing offense.

On that same token we are very unlucky in that we're playing 4 teams who's offensive strength lies in their running game. We caught a break in that Dunta and Reeves will be able to get their legs under them before we have to start playing some good passing offenses like the Cardinals in week 5 but we are very unlucky that our biggest perceived weakness on defense (run defense, particularly up the middle) will be tested in a big way the first 4 games of the season.

We shouldn't be worried about Dunta's rust, we should be worried about Cushing's. He has yet to play an NFL down and is going to be in the starting lineup against some tough running games. We need him to step up in a big way in order for us to start off 3-1.
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Default Re: Your concerns heading into the regular season?

My three biggest concerns are...

1: DL, Can we stop any running at all?

2: RB, will Slaton and co. be able to pick it up from last year?

3: Special Team, JJ on returns, bad coverage...
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Default Re: Your concerns heading into the regular season?

I am concerned that our run game isn't going to be what it looked like last year, and Schaub is going to have to drop back so much.

I'm also worried that Mark Sanchez is going to do us like Ryan Leaf did the Oilers back in the day. Come out and have the game of his life. Then get killed the rest of the starting 5 games.
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Default Re: Your concerns heading into the regular season?

Print out our depth chart and throw a dart at it. Whichever position you hit is a concern for me.
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Defense, defense and defense. Red Zone offense and did I mention defense?
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Default Re: Your concerns heading into the regular season?

I hope no more phantom defenders knock Schaub out of the game.

I also hope the O-Line holds up against real defenders.

Still not sold yet on either count.
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I hope no more phantom defenders knock Schaub out of the game.

I also hope the O-Line holds up against real defenders.

Still not sold yet on either count.
I was pleasantly suprised how well they defended Schaub vs Minnisota Monday. They held their own against a strong front 4.
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Default Re: Your concerns heading into the regular season?

I'd say injuries are the main concern. Depth has always been an issue, and how players will step up when called upon.
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Default Re: Your concerns heading into the regular season?

I'm concerned about the defensive tackles, especially the nose tackle. We need a big, immovable body there to stop runs up the middle.

I'm still concerned about our safeties. They have improved, but we don't have anyone that is a stud who can hold down that position for years.

I'm a little concerned about our offensive line, which has looked average so far. We need an above-average offensive line with a couple of studs on one side that we can consistently run behind, especially in short yardage.

I'm a little concerned about our depth at linebacker. It is a much-improved position, but the loss of June really hurt our depth. His is the one preseason injury that I would really like to undo.

The combination of concerns for our tackles and our linebackers makes me concerned about our run defense. I think we will be fine with our pass defense this year, but I'm concerned about stopping the run up the middle. Whatever it takes, we have got to get that done.

Believe it or not, that is the shortest list of concerns I have ever had for the Texans.
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Default Re: Your concerns heading into the regular season?

Here they are in no particular order:

- Cushings ability to stay healthy and adapt to the game on the fly.
- Our ability to stop the run, i.e. interior DT play.
- Schaubs ability to stay healthy, and back up QB if not.
- Shannahans playcalling.
- Interior O-line play.
- Goal line effeciency.
- Ability to win on the road, especially within division.
- Turnover margin.
- Slatons follow up performance from his rookie season at a different weight.
- Can Brown stay healthy.
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Default Re: Your concerns heading into the regular season?

Schaub's health.
Winning on the road.

Those are my two biggest concerns.
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Default Re: Your concerns heading into the regular season?

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I'm a little concerned about our offensive line, which has looked average so far.
Pitts has been out but he is back now. Myers also was out and has returned.
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Default Re: Your concerns heading into the regular season?

I'm concerned about my fragile emotional state and ability to handle disappointment again!

I'm concerned that Okoye will receive too many snaps and Deljuan won't receive enough.

I'm concerned about the safety position, particularly SS.

I'm concerned that Casey Studdard will be the first Guard off the bench if someone gets hurt.

I'm concerned that maybe God just doesn't like me enough to allow the Texans to be successful
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Default Re: Your concerns heading into the regular season?

I can't imagine what state the worriers were in at the start of last year!

The Texans brought in a new guy to replace TJ, another one to replace Weaver. That ought to calm a few concerned fans. Actually, to some, the riddance of Weaver and TJ should have done the trick.

They brought in an edge rusher who had shown that he has the capability to do just that. Hey you can say pre-season, but no vet wants to allow a sack by a rookie!

They replace Greenwood with a hardnose LB, a double dose of therapy to some other fans.

They replace the Rosencopter with a couple of QBs, each has the backing of some fans.

Hey, I need to stop here!
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Defense, defense and defense. Red Zone offense and did I mention defense?
I thought you were happy enough that Richard Smith is longer here!?!
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I'm concerned about my fragile emotional state and ability to handle disappointment again!

I'm concerned that Okoye will receive too many snaps and Deljuan won't receive enough.

I'm concerned about the safety position, particularly SS.

I'm concerned that Casey Studdard will be the first Guard off the bench if someone gets hurt.

I'm concerned that maybe God just doesn't like me enough to allow the Texans to be successful
I can assure you he doesn't like you. But I don't think it has an effect on how the Texans perform.
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Default Re: Your concerns heading into the regular season?

I'm worried that my "playoff mustache" has not given the team Sampson-like powers as it has myself.
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Print out our depth chart and throw a dart at it. Whichever position you hit is a concern for me.
Yep. I have concerns at every position. I want to be optimistic, but the Texans need to show me something.

QB - Can Schaub stay healthy?
RB - Can the backs get the tough yards?
WR - fewest concerns here, but Walter has a hammy issue, and Andre Davis needs to play like he did two years ago. Also, AJ needs to haul in some more TDs.
TE - Can OD do something in the RZ? Is Hill the answer at blocking TE?
OL - center and right guard

DE - Is Anthony Smith the next Antonio Weaver (yes, I mixed the names)?
DT - Someone plug the middle, please.
LB - Is Cushing ready? Can Diles really be the answer?
CB - Dunta needs to resume his '07 season, Reeves needs to get healthy and play the ball, and Bennett needs to show up again.
S - anyone? Bueller?

Coaches - can Kubiak ever win a challenge? Can the umpteen number of line coaches we have find a way to get our guys to dominate the trenches?
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Schaubs durability and the DLines ability to defend against the run.
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