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Old 08-22-2010   #1
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Things that made me mad:

1. Special Teams as a whole. Wait, it should be "Special Teams as a HOLE." Because that's what it was. A big, hairy, stinky hole. We couldn't down the ball on the 1 because our special teams' guys had their heads up their rears, even though it bounced nicely several times before hitting the end zone. The snap to Rackers on our first FG was high and caused him to delay his stride toward the ball, almost wrecking the attempt. Trindon Holliday is as good as cut, period. On one punt to the Saints, we had him pinned at the 3 and he gets to the 17 before being tackled--A +14-yard field position for the Saints.

2. Defense as a hole. Where were these guys? They got manhandled all game. I kept waiting for someone or a few someones to flip a switch and reverse the tide, but it never came. Their 2's were dominating our 1's, unless they had more offense-side 1's out there than I realized. Chase Daniel? Seriously? Chase Freaking Daniel? LOL. Reggie Bush ran circles around us, Mario Williams gave up on plays EARLY, and Brees and his head coach make our offense AND our defense look like Pee-Wee League out there.

3. Antonio Smith. Reggie Bush runs around the right side of his offensive line, Smith pursues the play (untouched/unblocked) down the line...tracking Bush nicely...and when Bush cuts back into the inside, Smith has BUsh in his arms and lets him go. I mean, like "Release captured butterflies go" let go. I was screaming at the TV over this. This is insufferable. Apparently, though, the entire defense was told that they had the night off from proper tackling technique.

4. Trindon Holliday. This guy better have blackmail on Kubiak if he desires to make the team. Has a great opening kick return, IIRC, and then proceeds to royally blow every attempt after that (which included a fumble because he didn't come up and get underneath the ball enough). Out comes Slaton and Jacoby Jones to perform return duties. %$#@! There is no sticking up for the guy, no matter how badly you want to. He's going to need 100% positive plays for the rest of the camp if he wants a shot to make this team. And even then, it might not be enough.

5. TV Commentating. Once again, I understand the idea behind having a home-team, homer'ish commentating team paid to cover your team's games. You get a heavy dose of friendly analysis. What was stoopid was how they had so much to say about LSU. I know it was CST, which I infer means College Sports Network? Meaning this station that carried the game (CST) is normally dedicated to LSU/college coverage? Regardless, it was wearing me out. Mute-the-TV wearing me out. There was one play, early, when Brees had to throw the ball in the dirt quickly because (IIRC) Cushing had blown up the RB's blocking attempt and he was going to hurt Drew Brees as the scramble out of the pocket ensued. But the pasty guy and Solomon Wilcots were all gaga about how that RB just stuck his helmet in there and took care of the Texans defender! :HowardDeanScream: Yet they completely ignored that our guy blew up the play. LOL. This is what I can't stand about preseason: Homer analysis. I hope I don't see it/hear it when he play our home game. I don;t want to. I would hope that our commentators would be more professional than that. So we'll see.

6. Limited viewing of our plays. OK, so because this thing is homer'ized on the TV commentating side...we don't get to see the full range of Texans plays unless it's when we're getting waxed by the Saints. If we had a good play, you didn't see a replay of it very much. The production was just awful. They hardly ever did replay and analysis. Instead, we got to see in-the-booth interviews with Ricky Jackson and the LSU commentator. Lame.

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Things that were OK:

1. At least it was preseason. The only saving grace is that perhaps we were playing a bit reserved by design of the coaches. Because that did not look like the same fired-up, busy-bee defense we saw against the Cards. It's either THAT or it's the difference between the two teams' QBs. And I ain't gonna' spend time deciding which one it is. Because I fear the true answer on it. We're also playing a second game as an away game. I know it's just down the street, but maybe it played a factor. I dunno.

2. James Freaking Casey! Whoo-hoo! Did you see him absolutely SHATTER the Saints #93 so that Schaub could complete that long pass? #93 is going to smash Schaub and Casey puts his helmet and full force of his weight and speed and the right attack angle onto the KNEE of #93. You could hear the POP! of it. He is a blocking machine. I noted that last week he had a crucial block on one of our plays that was a great overall play, mainly due to James Casey's blocking. Out-freaking-standing, James Casey.

3. Kareem Jackson. I felt he stayed with his guy. He also made a very good tackle when it seemed everyone else was doggin' it out there. I did not see him get exposed or abused out there.

4. Foster. Other than his fumble, he is showing promise. He has enough power to withstand the defenses if he can get at least a little help from our oline. Everyone was losing their traction on that field, and on his fumble he attempts to balance himself by bringing his ball-carrying arm up into the air and a tackler hits that arm (and ball) and just the right time to force the fumble. I was not mad about that fumble.

That's it. This game had goats that were blown and pooches that were screwed. It was horrendous. It was a waste of me staying up until midnight to watch it as it aired on NFLN. Should have woke up this morning and watched it instead. I need the Men In Black laser light pen gadget that makes me forget it.

Feel free to add or correct anything. I am sure I missed some things.
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GP: Very good list. I have some re-watching to do and it won't be easy. Of all the poor performances, though, I thought Kubiak had the worst:

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(by the way, I didn't notice the Casey block... at least I have something to look forward to when I re-watch this thing!)
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5. TV Commentating. Once again, I understand the idea behind having a home-team, homer'ish commentating team paid to cover your team's games. You get a heavy dose of friendly analysis. What was stoopid was how they had so much to say about LSU. I know it was CST, which I infer means College Sports Network? Meaning this station that carried the game (CST) is normally dedicated to LSU/college coverage? Regardless, it was wearing me out. Mute-the-TV wearing me out. There was one play, early, when Brees had to throw the ball in the dirt quickly because (IIRC) Cushing had blown up the RB's blocking attempt and he was going to hurt Drew Brees as the scramble out of the pocket ensued. But the pasty guy and Solomon Wilcots were all gaga about how that RB just stuck his helmet in there and took care of the Texans defender! :HowardDeanScream: Yet they completely ignored that our guy blew up the play. LOL. This is what I can't stand about preseason: Homer analysis. I hope I don't see it/hear it when he play our home game. I don;t want to. I would hope that our commentators would be more professional than that. So we'll see.

6. Limited viewing of our plays. OK, so because this thing is homer'ized on the TV commentating side...we don't get to see the full range of Texans plays unless it's when we're getting waxed by the Saints. If we had a good play, you didn't see a replay of it very much. The production was just awful. They hardly ever did replay and analysis. Instead, we got to see in-the-booth interviews with Ricky Jackson and the LSU commentator. Lame.
These were the two worst things about the game.
I'm watching it on DVR and missing tons of Texans stuff because they keep cutting to the commentators...really freaking annoying.

Really there were only two things that really bothered me.

First, the defense forgot to show up-all the great things I read this week about practice then...nothing

Second, Holliday-I really had high hopes for him to be a real asset in the return game and...nothing

I'm willing to take this all with a grain of salt-preseason and all.
But they better not come out flat next week...
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You guys may need to subscribe to preseason.nfl.com to watch the
game from the Texans' feed. I couldn't imagine watching that fiasco
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Garret Graham, James Casey, and Troy Nolan showed promise. Orlovsky looked better than last week, but still gives me the chills.

I want to see Jeremiah Johnson get Holliday's reps at KR so he can have a shot at winning that job. He's got the speed to break a big return, but i'd like to see him get more opportunities to show he can consistently get the team good field position.
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All in all it was a forgettable game. If this were the movie Bull Durham I'd hope Kubiak threw all the bats into the showers and called them lollygaggers.
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I think the atrocity we saw on the field last night was due to fatigue from camp. Call me crazy, because it obviously did not effect the Saints one bit, but i think the 3rd week of camp might have just taken a toll on them, and that was the reason for the horrible technique and execution out there, especially on the defensive side.

Maybe i'm just imagining things, but it seems the 2nd preseason game under Kubiak over the past couple of years have been nightmare-ish, maybe due to playing the Saints.

With all of this being said, i see them coming out next saturday with intensity when they play against the cowboys with the homefield advantage.
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I think the atrocity we saw on the field last night was due to fatigue from camp. Call me crazy, because it obviously did not effect the Saints one bit, but i think the 3rd week of camp might have just taken a toll on them, and that was the reason for the horrible technique and execution out there, especially on the defensive side.

Maybe i'm just imagining things, but it seems the 2nd preseason game under Kubiak over the past couple of years have been nightmare-ish, maybe due to playing the Saints.

With all of this being said, i see them coming out next saturday with intensity when they play against the cowboys with the homefield advantage.
This looked pretty much exactly the same as our game last year against the Saints. Just manhandled at the LOS on both sides of the ball.
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Good post GP. I worked yesterday and had to catch the replay on NFL network at midnight. Was that ever a waste of time. I stayed up until 3 am to watch the Texans get out coached and out played in every phase of the game. And yes the commentators were horrible. I know it is preseason but the Texans better wake up. Their schedule is full of playoff caliber teams.

Our defensive line was disgusting. I hope McNair pulls out 8 million to lure Schoebel out of retirement although Aaron may have watched the game and decided he made the right decision. Seriously, our dl was man handled all night long.

Trinidon Holiday is gone. No way he makes the team. The Texans have enough players that can return kicks and contribute in other areas as well.
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Garret Graham, James Casey, and Troy Nolan showed promise. Orlovsky looked better than last week, but still gives me the chills.

I want to see Jeremiah Johnson get Holliday's reps at KR so he can have a shot at winning that job. He's got the speed to break a big return, but i'd like to see him get more opportunities to show he can consistently get the team good field position.


That's pretty much what I took from the game.

That and the fact we still can't rush the passer.

Next week should be our 'tell all' game. Third preseason game and against dullass. If they don't show up next week, don't expect things to be any different this year.

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Good write up GP. I just want us to improve from every game and not go backwards. As for the game itself, the Saints offensive line is one of the best in the league and is a hell of a lot better then our defensive line.
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Good write up GP. I just want us to improve from every game and not go backwards. As for the game itself, the Saints offensive line is one of the best in the league and is a hell of a lot better then our defensive line.
The Saints have the best OG tandem in the NFL. I'd venture to guess our DT duo doesn't rank in the top half of the league.
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This looked pretty much exactly the same as our game last year against the Saints. Just manhandled at the LOS on both sides of the ball.
that was how i felt. hopefully this lights a fire under everyones ass. cuts to come soon
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What an awful experience watching this game, short of a few players attempts the entire team looked sluggish, like they did not care.

Anyone got a link to the Pollard sideline interview?
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I think the atrocity we saw on the field last night was due to fatigue from camp. Call me crazy, because it obviously did not effect the Saints one bit, but i think the 3rd week of camp might have just taken a toll on them, and that was the reason for the horrible technique and execution out there, especially on the defensive side.

Maybe i'm just imagining things, but it seems the 2nd preseason game under Kubiak over the past couple of years have been nightmare-ish, maybe due to playing the Saints.

With all of this being said, i see them coming out next saturday with intensity when they play against the cowboys with the homefield advantage.
Except the Saints were in their 3rd week of camp and playing their 2nd game.

And somehow they managed to shake off the training camp blues and dominate Kubes Texans in every phase of the game. Alot like last yrs Saints Texans game.
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GP: Very good list. I have some re-watching to do and it won't be easy. Of all the poor performances, though, I thought Kubiak had the worst:

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(by the way, I didn't notice the Casey block... at least I have something to look forward to when I re-watch this thing!)


I agree on Andre. I thought the exact same thing you did when I saw him favor the leg when he got up. GET HIM OUT OF THERE.

Agree on Orlovsky. He looks better......but he still has a long way to go.

Why did Kubiak play the ones so long? Maybe some were playing themselves out of the #1 slot. Positions are won and lost during pre-season.

I won't read too much into last nights fiasco. We know our offense is better than what we saw and our defense is still a work in progress.


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If I'm not mistaken, Chase still had quite a bit of first teamers out there with him for a while...

Still not an excuse for the poor play, but Marques Colston is Marques Colston.
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It's pre season and the games don't count. I am not going to go all batshit crazy over a bad game. The Saints are the defending champs for a reason. I want the Texans to get better and be ready on Sept 12.

These games don't mean shit in the grand scheme of things.
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I usually watch every game a second time but I think I'll skip this go around.
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Default Re: Saints-Texans: GP's things he witnessed

Just another classic noshow by a kubiak coached team in a game against a good team. We should all be used to failure by now

wasn't surprised though... Expect more of the same but we will hope 4 more
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