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Old 03-16-2012   #1
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47-49 is the record since Rick Smith has been the GM here.

Last season we finally had the only break out season they've ever had under Rick Smith and it took year 6 years just to do that. Now finally when the Texans are actually looked at as real contenders assuming they were going to try and get better in the off season, not only are they not trying to fill holes like so many other previous off seasons where Smithiak failed to go after talented players, but we're not even standing pat. We're freaking losing some really important players that we need.

Now before you Smithiak apologists try bringing up the one off season where they actually did use free agency wisely, just look at how much it helped last season with Joseph and Manning in the secondary.

Now how in the hell were the Texans going to go into this season in this kind of cap hell without realizing it last season to where they could have made some moves to avoid this kind of situation???

How in the hell did Rick Smith not see this coming before?? Why in the hell did we even keep MARIO WILLIAMS just to have him for one season, knowing we weren't going to be able to afford what he would demand?? Why would you not have traded him knowing that? If our cap situation was going to be this bad, there is no way in hell the Texans management couldn't have known that this would end up being unfeasible to re-sign Mario. So, instead he walks and we get nothing for him.

If you're not getting better in this league, you're getting worse. That's how it always is for the most part, and we're actually losing assets on this team right when we finally have a team that can be true contenders. This is amateurish GM stuff from Rick Smith as usual. He has obviously mismanaged this cap big time, and the Texans could very well likely end up wasting another season of Andre Johnson's career where he might not see the playoffs again. Our window is open right now, and we should be jumping in!!

Get Rick Smith out of here already, and find a real GM that can and will go out and get players to fill holes, and a guy that knows how to manage our cap situation. This is ridiculous.
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Almost everyone on the team with the exemption of Wade Phillips has a losing record. It's amazing.
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Almost everyone on the team with the exemption of Wade Phillips has a losing record. It's amazing.
It amazes me at how people not only don't care, but will continue to defend this clown. What the hell has Rick Smith ever done?? He has been here going on 7 years now and hasn't had a single team go after him for his services, he has one true winning season to hang his hat on that didn't come until year 6, and he had never been a GM before he even got here.

Why is it that people want to keep this guy around?? What the hell is his strength?
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I am feeling pretty bad here we go from the best offseason of the Texans history to what is looking like the worst.
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Why is it that people want to keep this guy around?? What the hell is his strength?
I hear his wife makes a mean apple pie and incredible lemon squares.
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Almost everyone on the team with the exemption of Wade Phillips has a losing record. It's amazing.
AF has to be in the Wade Phillips club. And Rackers?

Well, pretty much everyone we signed last year, or the year before who are still around.

We've got a few winning guys around now!
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Next season Texans should only wear thier Red Uniforms since thier salary cap is in the RED.
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I say let it play out. We've never complained about our offense since Smithiak has been here. I think Dennison, Kubiak and Smith must know what they're doing here, and figure they can coach up replacements. WE may not think so, but THEY do. You have to replace age with youth to stay competitive. We're in the worst division in football. Our other division rivals didn't get better, so we should easily still be atop the division, even with the losses. When our younger line is just as dominant, you guys will all be talking about how genius the moves were.
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Wow. This team is falling apart right before our eyes.
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It seems that if the Texans are good at one thing it is identifying o-line talent. That being said, I don't think Rick Smith entered the off season saying to himself, "Well, next season we will be without 3/5 of our current o line".
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It seems that if the Texans are good at one thing it is identifying o-line talent. That being said, I don't think Rick Smith entered the off season saying to himself, "Well, next season we will be without 3/5 of our current o line".
Yup. I'm not going to give up on this crew because of the cap biting them in the ass. Just won't. **** happens in that business.
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It seems that if the Texans are good at one thing it is identifying o-line talent. That being said, I don't think Rick Smith entered the off season saying to himself, "Well, next season we will be without 3/5 of our current o line".
Well i hope he has thought about it....
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This squad has done some good work at scouting for OL talent, so I'll cut them some slack. If we get a break and get Myers back, the Texans would still have 4 of 5...lets call them "constants" in the offensive line.
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Yup. I'm not going to give up on this crew because of the cap biting them in the ass. Just won't. **** happens in that business.
Isn't not letting the cap "bite them in the ass" Smith's responsibility?
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Why in the hell did we even keep MARIO WILLIAMS just to have him for one season, knowing we weren't going to be able to afford what he would demand?? Why would you not have traded him knowing that? If our cap situation was going to be this bad, there is no way in hell the Texans management couldn't have known that this would end up being unfeasible to re-sign Mario. So, instead he walks and we get nothing for him.
Because no team is going to trade anything substantial for a player on the final year of his contract when there is no guarantee he will re-sign with that team. Because trading players in the final year of their deal to a team they don't want to go to is bad business and doesn't help attract free agents to your team if you don't treat your players right that work hard for you.
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Isn't not letting the cap "bite them in the ass" Smith's responsibility?
Never said it wasn't. Just said I wasn't about to give up on them BECAUSE it happened.
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I say let it play out.
You're right. And we have no choice. Smith is going anywhere, anytime soon. If he deserved the boot (and he did), it was after the 2010 season. Yeah, it doesn't look good now. But Ozzie Newsome loses a big name player seemingly every year. It's how you replace those defections that's the measure of a GM. Let's see what Ricky is made of.
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It seems that if the Texans are good at one thing it is identifying o-line talent. That being said, I don't think Rick Smith entered the off season saying to himself, "Well, next season we will be without 3/5 of our current o line".
Which is THE PROBLEM!!

That's his JOB!


That's what a GM is supposed to do is to manage the cap situation and have his financial experts crunch the numbers constantly. You're supposed to plan ahead, scheme for the future, and problem solve with your cap situation at all times. This guy has never been good at acquiring players around the league and selling this franchise to free agents, and now he has let this cap go straight to hell obviously.
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You're right. And we have no choice. Smith is going anywhere, anytime soon. If he deserved the boot (and he did), it was after the 2010 season. Yeah, it doesn't look good now. But Ozzie Newsome loses a big name player seemingly every year. It's how you replace those defections that's the measure of a GM. Let's see what Ricky is made of.
Look at the Steelers. Gave Ike and Kemoeatu all that money, and now in cap hell. Same thing with them and BAL. Losing quality. PIT had to cut Smith and Farrior; two constants on the D...and ALMOST cut Hampton.
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You're right. And we have no choice. Smith is going anywhere, anytime soon. If he deserved the boot (and he did), it was after the 2010 season. Yeah, it doesn't look good now. But Ozzie Newsome loses a big name player seemingly every year. It's how you replace those defections that's the measure of a GM. Let's see what Ricky is made of.
Did you just compare a superbowl winning GM to Rick Smith?
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