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http://podcast.footballguys.com/2009...09-Vol298a.mp3

Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah ( http:www.twitter.com/MoveTheSticks ) does this weekly podcast... the Texans are the 3rd topic discussed if you don't wanna hear the whole thing

When a scout says the team lacks mental toughness I'll listen... I know fans have been saying it for awhile and I've denied it but its become apparent now. And thats a head coach's responsibility.
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http://podcast.footballguys.com/2009...09-Vol298a.mp3

Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah ( http:www.twitter.com/MoveTheSticks ) does this weekly podcast... the Texans are the 3rd topic discussed if you don't wanna hear the whole thing

When a scout says the team lacks mental toughness I'll listen... I know fans have been saying it for awhile and I've denied it but its become apparent now. And thats a head coach's responsibility.
Just about everywhere I've looked or listened to where analysts or reporters from other cities have talked about the Texans they've all basically said this exact same thing and blamed the Texans failures on coaching.
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The team is a reflection of our powder puff owner, who I have the deepest gratitude for bringing an NFL franchise to Houston, btw. But he's still a powder puff until he proves otherwise. 31 NFL owners agree.
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Just about everywhere I've looked or listened to where analysts or reporters from other cities have talked about the Texans they've all basically said this exact same thing and blamed the Texans failures on coaching.
I'm more apt to listen to a scout than some reporter or radio host though so this was more of a wake up call for me because I always denied it but I can't anymore. This team lacks the toughness to close out games. We continue to think that just because we dominate a 1st 2nd or 3rd quarter that its over. This is the reason why I think the season is over and we need a new head coach that can install a close out the game attitude. It wouldn't surprise me one bit if we jumped out on Jacksonville this weekend and so on and we see this same pattern.
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Interesting stuff.

They start talking about the Texans at 5:05.
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The team is a reflection of our powder puff owner, who I have the deepest gratitude for bringing an NFL franchise to Houston, btw. But he's still a powder puff until he proves otherwise. 31 NFL owners agree.
You sound like you have lost faith.
dont let the frustration get to you my friend.....drink some battle red koolaid.

granted I understand the frustration...but take a drink or two or a hundred and get back to the good ole fashioned DB.
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You sound like you have lost faith.
dont let the frustration get to you my friend.....drink some battle red koolaid.

granted I understand the frustration...but take a drink or two or a hundred and get back to the good ole fashioned DB.
yeah, you're right, bro'. Unfortunately, it's the result of high expectations being deflated at this point.

But I'm still with ya', rooting every Sunday and hoping that the football gods bestow a miraculous and unprecedented 5 game win streak on us along with the losses we need from other teams to squeak into the playoffs!

How's that for some battle red koolaide for ya'! GO TEXANS!!
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I know Michael Lombardi has said this repeatedly over the last year, but everytime someone mentions his name we spend most of thread hearing how he is not a credible source. the perception that the Texans are soft, especially mentally is not new.
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I know Michael Lombardi has said this repeatedly over the last year, but everytime someone mentions his name we spend most of thread hearing how he is not a credible source. the perception that the Texans are soft, especially mentally is not new.
What they call "mental softness", I call "youth". None of the high impact players on this team, other than Antonio Smith, have any real experience winning in the NFL. So, it's taking a little more time than we'd like. On the bright side, with the wealth of young talent in place, time is something this organization may have. TexanChick has been ahead of this issue all season... even her current article about Schaub sheds light on it as well. Other than A. Rodgers, none of the top throwing QBs have fewer starts than he does. Interestingly, Rodgers has also taken a lot of heat for losing games even when his numbers are good.
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This team is a reflection of Bob McNair.
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This team is a reflection of Bob McNair.
I don't think that old, bald and ugly is the way I would describe the Texans.
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I don't think that old, bald and ugly is the way I would describe the Texans.
I would describe them as vanilla, unwilling to take risks and a corporate team.

How would you describe them?
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I would describe them as vanilla, unwilling to take risks and a corporate team.

How would you describe them?
Peaches and cream.
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Put the coffee down! Coffee is for closers!
ABC,A always, B be ,C Closing!
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Apt discription
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I like all the lowered expectations and excuses this time of year.
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I would describe them as vanilla, unwilling to take risks and a corporate team.

How would you describe them?
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I like all the lowered expectations and excuses this time of year.
I predicted 7-9 in the offseason, so I guess I'm ahead of the trend.
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snakebit & spine-less
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Seems to me that the road to mental toughness starts in training camp with tackling and hitting drills.

Have any of you guys that have been to TC sessions actually seen these drills?
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What they call "mental softness", I call "youth". None of the high impact players on this team, other than Antonio Smith, have any real experience winning in the NFL. So, it's taking a little more time than we'd like. On the bright side, with the wealth of young talent in place, time is something this organization may have. TexanChick has been ahead of this issue all season... even her current article about Schaub sheds light on it as well. Other than A. Rodgers, none of the top throwing QBs have fewer starts than he does. Interestingly, Rodgers has also taken a lot of heat for losing games even when his numbers are good.
Yeah, but young players who do not win can become old players that do not win. I mean how many times can we point to the old Saints who had lots of youthful teams that went absolutely nowhere. How about the pre/post Barry Sanders Detroit Lions. We have players on our team that have expierenced winning at College and below levels. Just to name a few: Cush(USC), AJ(Miami), Meco(Bama), Caldwell(Bama), Studdard(Texas), Winston (Miami), etc. They have experienced winning before. All of these guys (and lots of others on the team) came from schools that routinely won more games than they lost. Many of them came from schools that competed for division or Natl Championships each year. They may not have won at the NFL level, but they know what winning is like.
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