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Old 12-21-2011   #41
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AJ's mouth said one thing and his body told him another ..... Its evident from the subsequent injury that he should have been on the field - CND even warned of such a possibility.
I don't think so. All of CnD's warnings were about an amount of explosiveness Aj may never have again, as the result of one of his hamstring muscles being surgically removed from his knee.

It was not attached, there was no chance of re-injury.

Aj's current condition affects his other leg. Possibly caused by over-compensating for the "lack of power" in the previously injured leg. There's no way (I don't believe) this could have been predicted with such accuracy. Sitting out for an extra week might have could have postponed it... but for all we know, he sat out "an extra week"

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With or without AJ their playoff seeding is pretty much set at the 3 spot .... No reason to take the chance a second time.
They can afford to sit him an extra week and not risk anything.
You play to win the game...... HELLO!!

Not putting your best players on the field is indicative of bad coaching. Putting unhealthy players on the field indicates the same.
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Old 12-21-2011   #42
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You missed the point of him running and cutting and stopping and starting and all of that stuff long before he played again. He wasn't just thrown out there and they said, "ok, let's see if you can run." He'd been running. If you are out there doing it all in your rehab, then doing it all in practice, then you're ready to go.
You think his practice sessions mimic a real game day situation where he's trying to elude a pursuing defensive back, or trying to stretch out all the way (in stride) to catch a ball or get more YAC on the play? I doubt he's taking those risks in practice sessions.

Drills/practice vs. game day action = Different type of strain on your body.
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this is the first chance in A.J.'s nine years as a Texan that he has the opportunity to play in the postseason.
This is a good point and I guess I did not think of it this way, having said that I am not sure worrying about one players feelings is much of a team attitude.

Do not get me wrong I LOVE Dre and want as much any of you for him to be able to play his first playoff game after sticking with us when he did not have to. AJ is without a doubt THE FACE of the Houston Texans.

I liken Dre's injury to building a racing engine, or any engine for that matter. You do not take the time to balance and blueprint the crank and rods, port the intake to fit the heads perfectly, port and polish the heads, etc, then assemble it and during it's first start, rev it to it's maximum RPM. An engine must be broken in at a lower RPM for so many hours before stressing it to the maximum, or you risk spinning the bearings, thus burning up the engine.

Expecting Dre to go maximum RPM in that first playoff game without a break in period is asking too much IMHO, and is just as risky as playing him against the Titans. If he is healthy... get him in the game for limited reps.
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You think his practice sessions mimic a real game day situation where he's trying to elude a pursuing defensive back, or trying to stretch out all the way (in stride) to catch a ball or get more YAC on the play? I doubt he's taking those risks in practice sessions.

Drills/practice vs. game day action = Different type of strain on your body.
No, I said he was running with it to where everyone, meaning Texans powers that be not message board posters, said he was good to go. And unless he plays in a game, he never gets that game day action, so your point doesn't much sense. He won't have had game day action when the playoffs start either, if you hold him out 'til then, so by your logic he'll never be ready.
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Expecting Dre to go maximum RPM in that first playoff game without a break in period is asking too much IMHO, and is just as risky as playing him against the Titans. If he is healthy... get him in the game for limited reps.
If the man is healthy, I'm starting him tonight (I know he's already ruled out, but if he was healthy). I'm putting him in at the start of the game, I'm probably going to have him take 2 or 3 snaps in that first series.

Then I'm putting him on the bike. If the next offensive series goes for 5 or 6 plays, I'll stick him in the game for 1 or 2. Then it's back on the bike until after half time.

I'll take that approach for the remainder of this game & the Titan's game... come play-offs, I'm expecting every one of those guys to give 120%, leave it all on the field & that includes Aj



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If the man is healthy, I'm starting him tonight (I know he's already ruled out, but if he was healthy). I'm putting him in at the start of the game, I'm probably going to have him take 2 or 3 snaps in that first series.

Then I'm putting him on the bike. If the next offensive series goes for 5 or 6 plays, I'll stick him in the game for 1 or 2. Then it's back on the bike until after half time.

I'll take that approach for the remainder of this game & the Titan's game... come play-offs, I'm expecting every one of those guys to give 120%, leave it all on the field & that includes Aj



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Sounds like a solid approach... too bad that is not what Kubiak will do.
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