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Old 08-12-2012   #81
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Along the same line, and I'm not sure if a seperate thread is needed for this, but what did yall think of our division rivals play? I was not at all impressed with either the Titans or Kittens in their first game. The Dolts are on TV in about 20 minutes. I expect them to suck even worse.
I was surprised at how bad the Titans looked. CJ looked totally spent. Hasselbeck was making some crazy decisions.
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I was surprised at how bad the Titans looked. CJ looked totally spent. Hasselbeck was making some crazy decisions.
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I was surprised at how bad the Titans looked. CJ looked totally spent. Hasselbeck was making some crazy decisions.
CJ looks done. He got his contract and he will never be the same (perhaps this is wishful thinking...but he doesn't strike me as a high character dude). Titan wr's are awful and their QB play was weak. They looked like an expansion team.
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And of course, Luck's very first pass is a TD.
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speaking of goofy stuff, I hate, HATE, hate the new rule that every turnover is reviewed. They are stopping the flow of the game and reviewing stuff that nobody would question, ever. I've seen fans all over the league booing every time this happens. Fixing stuff that doesn't need fixing is one trait of Commish Roger
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I thought Matt looked really good out there. Was patient, was accurate. I think the INT was more of a not really wanting to get hit and risk getting hurt during pre season kind of throw. But overall i though Schaub looked about as good as i have ever seen him !
Gonna disagree with that.

To me he looked like a guy with zero mobility and he knew it. To me it looked like he panicked a little at the slightest sign of pressure.

Now I noted that the o line needs some work on the straight drop back pass pro, but I thought it was clear that Matt was not playing at the same level that he had in the past.

But that's to be expected and I think he will get better as we go a long.

But to me he looked even less mobile in the pocket avoiding pressure and on his roll outs. But it's a little confusing because it also seemed like his balls had more velocity on them than last year.

I'm not concerned with his decision making as much as I am with what looked like to me was even less mobility. He looked like the proverbial "statue in the pocket" to me.

O line is going to need to block better, marts gonna have to learn to go fetal and always be aware of who is coming.
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speaking of goofy stuff, I hate, HATE, hate the new rule that every turnover is reviewed. They are stopping the flow of the game and reviewing stuff that nobody would question, ever. I've seen fans all over the league booing every time this happens. Fixing stuff that doesn't need fixing is one trait of Commish Roger
I agree. I can understand controversial calls but having a review on every turnover is overkill. If there is no question on the turnover then there is no need to review it.
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My thoughts on the red zone woes:

Remember that we had a TD with Yates/Martin but the CB for the Panthers barely nicked the ball (fluke play, actually). That was 6 points right there, but the ball was just an inch too close to the inside and gets deflected.
Yates also hit Casey on a sweet (albeit risky) throw. That's a pass that Casey can and probably would normally catch.

I'm not worried about red zone offense.

Arian wasn't out there much and he is Mr. Red zone.
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Yates also hit Casey on a sweet (albeit risky) throw. That's a pass that Casey can and probably would normally catch.

I'm not worried about red zone offense.

Arian wasn't out there much and he is Mr. Red zone.
You can't always rely on your RB in the RZ.......18 yds vs 9 yds vs 3yds. Somehow, someone is going to have to learn to run and work the fade.........successfully. Last several years, too many forced down the middle (of the EZ) scarey TD attempts.
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CJ's got his money.
So has Arian.
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Nice shot carry on.
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You can't always rely on your RB in the RZ.......18 yds vs 9 yds vs 3yds. Somehow, someone is going to have to learn to run and work the fade.........successfully. Last several years, too many forced down the middle (of the EZ) scarey TD attempts.
Honestly that would be preferable, but I don't think schaub has the arm to be a consistently good red zone passer.

But we've had this red zone problem in the past, but it was before Arian was the rb. I think Arian is good running the ball down there but I also believe he opens up those over the middle passes you don't like because those lb's crowd the LOS to stop him which opens up space behind them.
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And of course, Luck's very first pass is a TD.
He just threw another one. Looks like they upgraded at qb.
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Hey just threw another one. Looks like they upgraded at qb.
Well, the Colts are certainly more impressive than the Titans or Jags so far. Completely the opposite of what I expected.
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Colts may have 2-3 years in a 25 year period where they don't have an elite QB....
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I don't know how good or bad the Ram defense is, but the Colts offense in the first pre-season game of the year looks likes old days when Manning just took them up and down the field. I'm not liking this at all. Frickin' Luck looks good, considering all the dropped balls by his recievers.
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Colts may have 2-3 years in a 25 year period where they don't have an elite QB....
They got rewarded for being so bad at making a team. They have Payton Manning who single handedly gets them to the playoffs for 10 years straight. Then he leaves then they suck then they just somehow manage to the number 1 overall pick in a year with the best QB prospect since get this. The last QB they picked #1. Some franchises just get lucky. (pun intended)With our two number 1 picks we got David Carr and Mario Williams. One who sucked and the other just a slightly above average player.
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Honestly that would be preferable, but I don't think schaub has the arm to be a consistently good red zone passer.

But we've had this red zone problem in the past, but it was before Arian was the rb. I think Arian is good running the ball down there but I also believe he opens up those over the middle passes you don't like because those lb's crowd the LOS to stop him which opens up space behind them.
I certainly can see your point. But those middle EZ passes have had their share of consequences.
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I bet Wade Phillips is scared of Andrew Luck. I can see Wade now, crying and worrying about our matchup problems.

JJ Watt, likewise, is a nervous wreck. His confidence will take a big hit when he lines up opposite Luck.

The whole defense cringes at the idea of trying to stop Andrew Luck.

Meanwhile, back on Planet Earth...our defense will play hard, and will play especially hard against Andrew Luck. He will not score easily. He will not have a perfect day. The overreaction squad should calm down, IMO.

We have an offense too. We're going to score points too. And all things equal, the Texans defense has the right stuff to rise to the challenge.

Facing a good QB makes you work hard in the reg season because we're going to face great QBs in the post season. It's better than trouncing your divisional foes and then wondering why we crap out in the first or second round of the playoffs.

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