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Old 05-28-2005   #1
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It was a cold day in Pittsburgh, year 2000, when my brother and I screamed for the Steelers to draft Plaxico Burress to stretch the field......They did, "Promising" him opportunity to catch balls all over the field and become the next Swann or Stallworth. Well, it was still a cold day in Pittsburgh, still living there at the time, 2003, when I screamed for the Texans to draft Andre Johnson, and they did, "promising" him the same opportunity to catch balls all over the field.
Well folks, this scares me. With Dom Capers being a Bill Cowher Disciple, both having a habit of promising changes in the O-Game, then resorting back to "Smash-mouth football". Not saying if you have a good running back, to not take advantage of it, but where simply not built for that. This is a team made of speed now. I read on the site and got word from a Texan scout that they "PLAN" on using AJ in as many different options as possible, but how many of you really trust the Offensive "Genius" Palmer. Burress started out the same way, moving him all over the field, to eventually being used as a decoy. Now, I know Johnson is an entirely different style of player than Burress, but the similarities are scary to me.
Rookie year, show great signs of being great players (Burress gets hurt, but everyone could see the po) Year two, both had breakout years, both wear #80 (Burress now #17 w/ Ny Giants), both came from schools that used them for home run hits as wideouts, both excellent size, both had catching problems corrected by vision improvements, pro style offenses in college, smash-mouth styles in the pros, both quiet players in the locker room (Burress became vocal after year 3 and limited touches), & both have "QB struggles" (I think DC is progressing fine, but other fans not having enough faith in the QB, adding more pressure to his throws, and poor precision).
I for one am hoping the Texans really take advantage of Johnson's true ability and not fall under the clone offenses that many in the league use. Move the guy all over the field and make impossible match-ups for the defense. Take advantage of film on Terrell Owens, how the Eagles used him in many situations that took their offense to new levels and made Owens and McNabb's life easier. The O-line will have a better chance of protection, with the defense having to worry about more than one or two different sets. Otherwise, we could end up wasting our personal version of "Moss", "Owens", or "Harrison". Wait until Pittsubrgh sees this season, you'll never know what you had, until it's gone! Even Rothlisburger stated last season, games became more diificult for him, as they DOUBLED BURRESS THE ENTIRE GAME, and THE STEELERS MADE NO PERSONAL ADJUSTMENTS.....We don't have 3 Pro Bowl lineman to take Davis down the field every game. Either Johnson is used the way their stating now or our WR's and TE's become like Indy, and the matchu-ups open up all over the field. WE WIN! Otherwise, the O will sputter again. Let's hope for the best!
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I agree with you totally.

Its precisely why I think Palmer should be replaced..........I've heard enough of this "he's waiting for the players, before he opens up the whole playbook" That's such B.S. Andre Johnson is a PLAYER, if I ever saw one........and they didn't do much to try and get him moved around so the defense was always guessing where he would be.

Andre Johnson is our best player, we need to get him the ball now and not wait until they "open up the whole playbook"
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We do need to get him the ball, but the last I checked the Steelers had an awesome running game that eventually helped them win 15 games in a row.

Andre Johnson's career hasn't even peaked yet. The difference with Burros and Johnson, is Johnson is growing along side the same QB every year. Burros didn't have that luxury.He had a swinging gate at the QB position. Another thing is it depends on the rest of the WR positions that will allow us to move Andre around. If Bradford and Mathis start coming up with the long balls also, then we can start moving Johnson around because it will start to get everyone else off of him in coverage.
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well it seemed in our first 3 years palmer was afraid to let our young offense loose, but in the vikings game where it seemed we had no chance they did, and we all saw what they can do. We didnt make much offensive changes if any but hopefully they have gained enough faith in Carr, Johnson, and Davis to let them loose !
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I agree with you totally.

Its precisely why I think Palmer should be replaced..........I've heard enough of this "he's waiting for the players, before he opens up the whole playbook" That's such B.S. Andre Johnson is a PLAYER, if I ever saw one........and they didn't do much to try and get him moved around so the defense was always guessing where he would be.

Andre Johnson is our best player, we need to get him the ball now and not wait until they "open up the whole playbook"

TATB hit the nail on the head, Palmer doesn't have to open up the whole playbook, just the section that covers getting the ball in Dre's hands.
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AMEN!

and when they do, I'll cry tears of joy
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This year we have a couple of young receivers who could be potentially as devasting as AJ in different ways. The real question and only question has been can David get the time to get the ball to them. And that is so true for AJ as well. Our receivers could surprise a lot of people this year. I think Bradford is going to find it difficult to make this ball club. He simplys doesn't have the hands and we have young receivers who have better speed and better hands. It will be interesting to see what happens when TC rolls around. I was watching the short receiver video on the Web site and you can really see Starling's quickness. I know he has good hands.
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