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Old 06-08-2010   #1
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HOUSTON -- Some quick early impressions after watching the Texans in an organized team activities session that got pushed into their practice bubble by some serious rain.

+ As a group the running backs look good - which they are supposed to. Steve Slaton is in a red shirt to discourage any contact as he gets back from a neck injury. Hes lighter. Further down the depth chart, Chris Henry has bulked up. Ben Tate is still catching up after missing early time. Arian Foster is still at the head of the line and could put me in a spot where I have to give him a bit more credit, though I am weary of banking on much from him off a few good games at the end of 2009. Ryan Moats is the old man of the group and hes just 27. One OTA practice should tell me little, but I cant help but feel a little better about their depth.

+ This was just the second day of the kicker competition, and after a draw in round one, Kris Brown was a bit better than Neil Rackers. Brown hit five of five from 38 yards, Rackers four or five with a couple narrowly inside the right upright. I love a kicker competition -- because I dont need a lot of help to see whos doing better. This should be a good one, but its hard to replicate the sort of pressure the Texans need to be sure they can handle in a way Brown didnt last year. Gary Kubiak is certain the guy whos not kicking for him will be kicking for another team.

+ Brian Cushing is working as the starter. Kubiak said he wont mess with the lineup through the remainder of the offseason since Cushing is going to be around for 12 games. In camp the coach will start to juggle, and he forecasts a three-way battle to sub for Cushing between Xavier Adibi, Kevin Bentley and Danny Clark for a four-game starting stint on the strongside.

+ I dont know what becomes of young long snapper Ryan Weeks or undrafted tackle Steve Maneri. But I feel sure that they will be telling their children and grandchildren about moments like today, when each had one-on-one coaching from Hall of Fame lineman Bruce Matthews. Matthews, a quality snapper, helped Weeks early and stayed late to work with Maneri on pass-protection drops.

+ Matt Schaub looked crisp and confident, and I saw way more of that from backup Dan Orlovsky than I did this time last year. The visual matched up with what Id read about Orlovsky, who was third behind Schaub and since-departed Rex Grossman the previous year, appears more equipped to play if needed.

+ Kubiak said he wanted to bring some chaos to practice, and since the team was inside, he used crowd noise for the first time this offseason. It was loud and ran pre-snap to a second after a receiver caught a pass or a running back was to the second or third level. It left me with a headache. Im tough and will shake it off as soon as a Diet Coke finds me.
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It's almost as if I'd rather read how they suck balls so I can be pleasantly surprised during the regular season, rather than chucking beer cans at my kids when they screw the pooch.
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it's almost as if i'd rather read how they suck balls so i can be pleasantly surprised during the regular season, rather than chucking beer cans at my kids when they screw the pooch.
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It's almost as if I'd rather read how they suck balls so I can be pleasantly surprised during the regular season, rather than chucking beer cans at my kids when they screw the pooch.
I dunno but I think I just found a good reason to have kids.
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I dunno but I think I just found a good reason to have kids.
I might have found my new sig.
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Arian Foster is still at the head of the line and could put me in a spot where I have to give him a bit more credit, though I am weary of banking on much from him off a few good games at the end of 2009.
Was that really a quote? Jeez .....
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It's almost as if I'd rather read how they suck balls so I can be pleasantly surprised during the regular season, rather than chucking beer cans at my kids when they screw the pooch.
must spread....


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That's Kuharsky "talking" not Kubiak if that's what you're thinking.
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It's almost as if I'd rather read how they suck balls so I can be pleasantly surprised during the regular season, rather than chucking beer cans at my kids when they screw the pooch.
Except last time that we read about how much they sucked in the offseason they finished 2-14
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That's Kuharsky "talking" not Kubiak if that's what you're thinking.
No, I knew that. The standards for being a "professional" journalist, or at least editor, are going by the wayside. Anyway, carry on with the thread.
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No, I knew that. The standards for being a "professional" journalist, or at least editor, are going by the wayside. Anyway, carry on with the thread.
I've always viewed sports blogs like they are a diary for the journalist. The editors don't really hold up such standards for that stuff as they do actual pieces where the reporter is presenting facts. Hell you can see the difference in a Justice blog piece and a piece he'll do that will actually be shown in the papers (Like the recent USO story he did which was well done, I hate to admit). More accessability = less standards so it's a tradeoff. Kuharsky's blog stuff though is still lightyears ahead of 3/4ths of anything the paid guys at the Chron puts out.
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No, I knew that. The standards for being a "professional" journalist, or at least editor, are going by the wayside. Anyway, carry on with the thread.
Welcome to the world of "blogs." Still a good read, however.

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On radio 610 this morning Mark V. said Schaub looked precision sharp and he was impressed with Dan O. Also named a couple TEs looking good. Still not much info yet.
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chucking beer cans at my kids when they screw the pooch.
Can't you just neuter them?
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What is interesting to me about the kicker battle is if both of them have a good camp, who gets the job since we all know it was not untill game day when they have both messed up before?
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What is interesting to me about the kicker battle is if both of them have a good camp, who gets the job since we all know it was not untill game day when they have both messed up before?
Well contract wise I believe it would be better to go with Brown because we are paying him so much and we wouldn't want to eat his contract. I don't know the specifics on that so I could be wrong.
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What is interesting to me about the kicker battle is if both of them have a good camp, who gets the job since we all know it was not untill game day when they have both messed up before?
Good question Gary. Probably will allow both to kick during training camp for a while. I do believe once Gary has made up his mind, he will let the other go to try out for other teams due to respect for the vet.
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Good question Gary. Probably will allow both to kick during training camp for a while. I do believe once Gary has made up his mind, he will let the other go to try out for other teams due to respect for the vet.
It won't be Gary's fault if he chooses the best kicker at the time and then he folds during the season IMO.
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