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Old 11-21-2011   #1
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Gary Kubiak said that Matt Leinart being left-handed changes nothing, except for how he sets formations (and that Eric Winston is now the blind-side protector.

"I made the comment to you (Houston media) guys last week you don’t change what you do," said Kubiak. "You change how you call things, so if anybody’s got to make an adjustment, I do, just the way I set formations or set things that we do. But I’ve been through this before. In San Francisco, I had a pretty good lefty (Steve Young) and then my backup was a righty, so I’ve been through this before, but it doesn’t change the offense we run or those type of things. It just kind of changes how you set formations.”

Leinart echoed Kubiak's comments.

“It’s pretty simple. Plays are designed to go both ways," said Leinart. "Obviously, with a right-handed quarterback, you tend to go to his strength, and with a lefty, you tend to go to his strength, but (QB) Matt’s (Schaub) done it both ways. You’ve got to keep the defense honest. But it’s so funny that I’ve kind of been hearing that. We’re all professionals to do this both ways, so it shouldn’t be an issue.”

And Eric Winston summed it up most succinctly
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“Andre (Johnson) was fine," said Kubiak. "He took all his reps with the team. We will monitor his reps in practice and probably going into the game, but all systems should be go this weekend.”

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"There’s no difference in the running game," said Winston. "There’s no difference in protections. There’s no difference in anything else. We run our protections. I haven’t seen us put anything in yet. We’re going to run the same running plays that we’ve always had. Whether you throw it left-handed, right-handed, under-handed, I don’t think it really matters.”

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Well sorry Eric, things ARE different. A) You now have Leinarts blindside and B) "Game Day speed" will be new to Leinart.

It'll be fine and I have no worries, but to say its the same is kinda disingenuous
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Does this mean that Winston will also be on the open-side, i.e., the TE is next
to Duane Brown instead of Winston on most plays ?
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I wonder how this will affect play action bootlegs.
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I wonder how this will affect play action bootlegs.
I think in pocket passing situations a lefty will be different as Winston will have the weak side, but since most of their passing comes from play-action or bootleg, the o-line is moving forward (well zone to the left or right) as run blockers. This won't be any different as far as protection goes. Maybe just Walter going in motion from the opposite side. Or am I way off base?
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Well sorry Eric, things ARE different. A) You now have Leinarts blindside and B) "Game Day speed" will be new to Leinart.

It'll be fine and I have no worries, but to say its the same is kinda disingenuous

I think all Sprint was trying to say there was that the offense will not change it's approach/style/scheme/whatever...


The whole blindside debate has been a tad overrated this past week... Eric Winston has pass-blocked his whole career here, now he'll be doing it for a lefty QB... The biggest change will be ratios... For example: say we ran four boots with Schaub, three to the right, one to the left... With Leinart it would now be one to the right, three to the left...

Say Sprint Cup Series had help on pass protection 55% of the time with Schaub back there, now maybe it's 45% with Leinart...

The system is not changing, is the point he was trying to get across...

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http://www.examiner.com/houston-texa...#ixzz1eOUwvJ2I

Winston:

"Whether you throw it left-handed, right-handed, under-handed, I donít think it really matters.Ē

This gives new meaning to the term "south-paw."




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"Whether you throw it left-handed, right-handed, under-handed, I donít think it really matters.Ē




So easy...... a caveman can do it.
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Well sorry Eric, things ARE different. A) You now have Leinarts blindside and B) "Game Day speed" will be new to Leinart.

It'll be fine and I have no worries, but to say its the same is kinda disingenuous
It took VY a liitle over 3 quarters to get up to game speed. Once he did, VY led his
team on an 18-play drive to win the game against a good divisional rival.

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I wonder how this will affect play action bootlegs.
It won't.

Prior to Schaub's injury, we rolled out almost as much to the left as we did to the right. Even though it's "easier" for Schaub to roll to the right, we call plays both ways so we don't have any strong tendency or at least we call the left boot enough to keep everyone honest.

In this last game against the Bucc's, the first play was a right rollout. The second play was a left rollout.

Every play we have, we have two versions of it and we run both versions during games. Otherwise, the defense would be able to load up on us just by knowing we only do things one way or the other.
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Does this mean that Winston will also be on the open-side, i.e., the TE is next
to Duane Brown instead of Winston on most plays ?
There's no set TE side. Sometimes the TE is on Duane's side and sometimes on Eric's side and sometimes we've got TE's on both sides, etc.

We may run a few more plays with a left bootleg now but we may not. The playcalling might not change at all except to give Leinart some plays he prefers to others. But just as Schaub rolls out both ways, Leinart will be expected to roll out both ways.
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So, Kubiak taught Leinart to roll both ways?
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So, Kubiak taught Leinart to roll both ways?
I'm pretty sure he said in one of the Chron articles that he knew how to roll both ways at USC. Maybe even in high school.

So he's been rolling both ways for a long time.
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I'm pretty sure he said in one of the Chron articles that he knew how to roll both ways at USC. Maybe even in high school.

So he's been rolling both ways for a long time.
I have to ask...

You two ARE still talking football, right...??

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A consolidation of up-to-date facts:

The good, the bad: A quick look at the Jaguars
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Here’s a quick look at the Texans’ Week 12 opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7, 2-1 AFC South), whom the Texans beat 24-14 in Week 8 at Reliant Stadium.

The good: Jaguars Pro Bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew leads the AFC with 941 rushing yards. He averages 4.4 yards a carry and has five rushing touchdowns.

The Jags’ defense ranks third in the NFL, allowing an average of 300.2 yards per game. Jacksonville ranks fourth in passing defense (189.0) and has limited six opponents to less than 200 yards passing. The Jaguars’ defense ranks fifth in scoring, allowing only 18.0 points per game.

The bad: That stout defense has lost two key starters, cornerback Rashean Mathis and linebacker Clint Session, to season-ending injuries in the last two weeks.

The Jaguars have the league’s worst offense (249.5 yards/game) and worst passing offense (129.4) by a pretty wide margin. Rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert ranks dead last among qualifying passers with a 64.4 rating, 48.9 completion percentage and 5.26 yards per attempt. Jacksonville is 31st in scoring with only 12.5 points per game.

The Jags also have struggled on special teams. They rank 31st in the league with 5.0 yards per punt return and are tied for 24th with 22.1 yards per kickoff return. They contain opposing punt returners fairly well but rank 27th in the league with 27.0 yards allowed per kickoff return.
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I guess it's a Matt thing.
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Game Breakdown from Scouts, Inc.

After breaking down film of both teams, Scouts Inc. offers 10 things to watch in this week's Texans-Jaguars matchup.

1. Bring a lot of pressure: With the addition of defensive coordinator Wade Phillips to Houston's staff, we have seen a lot more blitzing from the Texans this year. Even with the loss of Mario Williams for the year, Phillips hasn't stopped pressing the issue. Against a young quarterback like Blaine Gabbert, we can expect to see a lot of pressure coming in the form of blitzes off the edge as well as up the middle.

2. Establish the run game: The Houston Texans are one of the top-ranked rushing offenses in the NFL and have two running backs that have a good chance of exceeding 1,000 yards on the ground this year. With the loss of Matt Schaub we can expect to see even more of an emphasis on the ground game to help take some of the pressure off of Matt Leinart, who will be getting his first start of the year.

3. Make it easy for Leinart: While Leinart has some experience as a starting quarterback in the NFL, he will be starting for the first time since 2009. Look for head coach Gary Kubiak to start Leinart off with a lot of short, quick passes to get him comfortable and in a rhythm early on. A lot of play-action fakes behind a strong ground game will also help to ease some of the pressure off the Jacksonville pass rush as well.

4. Protect the football: Houston, along with the San Francisco 49ers, leads the league with the fewest turnovers so far this season. The Texans have a total of just nine give-aways -- three fumbles and six interceptions. With both teams playing this game relatively close to the vest, in order to take a lot of the pressure off their quarterbacks, ball control will likely play an important part in deciding who will win this game.

5. Matchup to watch: Houston RBs Arian Foster and Ben Tate vs. Jacksonville's LBs: Paul Posluszny and Daryl Smith: Houston owns the league's second-ranked ground game both in total yards as well as yards per game on the ground and Foster is well on his way to another 1,000-yard season. He is getting more rest this year thanks in part to the emergence of Tate, who is also on his way to a 1,000-yard season. Posluszny and Smith are are tackling machines but will have their hands full with this pair.
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6. Protect the edges: Houston is doing a good job of getting pressure off the edges as the defense is adapting to the new scheme that Phillips installed. Since losing Williams to injury, rookie Brooks Reed has stepped in and had five sacks. Jacksonville has the league's lowest-ranked passing attack thanks in no small part to their inability to protect the pocket, especially against good edge rushers. Look for the Jaguars to employ max protection schemes when in obvious passing downs.

7. Extend the pocket to buy time: One way to counter a high-pressure pass-rush that relies on a heavy blitz package is to use a lot of sliding protection schemes with the quarterback rolling out to both sides and buying time. If Gabbert can alter his launching point and the pocket on occasion, it would serve to force the blitzing linebackers to be a bit more deliberate in their rush.

8. Force Leinart out of the pocket: Leinart isn't the most mobile quarterback and if the Jaguars can collapse the pocket and flush him out of the pocket before he has a chance to get the ball out, it could seriously hinder his effectiveness. He is a lot more accurate and comfortable when throwing out of the middle of the pocket and isn't quick or nimble enough to be real effective when extending the play.

9. Get Marcedes Lewis involved early: Lewis was targeted 11 times in Sunday's loss to the Cleveland Browns, more than any game so far this season, and he caught seven passes. With his size and receiving radius, he can be an extremely effective weapon on both short as well as downfield passes.

10. Matchup to watch: Jacksonville RB Maurice Jones-Drew vs. Houston LB Brian Cushing: Jones-Drew is the cornerstone of Jacksonville's offense and is the NFL's second-leading rusher with 941 yards. He brings a dynamic combination of speed, elusiveness and power to the game and can change the complexion of a game with one play. Cushing is Houston's leading tackler, has excellent instincts and shows a lot of effort to get to the play.


Houston 21
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