For those of you who don't believe, go no further! But if you know in your gut, that this team is going to turn around, read on! First off, we have got to stand and cheer for Joppru. Here is a guy that coming out of college, (Michigan no less, hardly a slouch program) with good size, great hands, and the ability to make things happen after the catch. What's he done you ask? (I told you non believers to go sit down somewhere), He has gotten hurt, several times and continues to fight back. And most recently he has come back with a vengence. I can't think of another young player that has had his kind of courage and desire to succeed, that was willing to keep trying until he finally got there. This kid is for real, and I believe he will be a intregal part of this offense this year. Gotta love the kid!!! Second, our offensive line. The addition of Flanagan was huge! A solid anchor to build a solid group on. Moving McKinney, adding the two rookies Spenser, and Winston. Watching Chester and Fred play their butts off. Vastly improved play. I'll say no more. Third, our running game. I said it before and I'll say it again. Reggie Bush will not be the wizard you all think he is once NFL line backers get a paw on him he's dust! Forget him. This group of rookies is fast and hungry. They were obviously well scouted, and are just as obviously well coached. This scheme was runner friendly in Denver, it will be here. And once Davis gets well? Defensively, we are sooooo much better than last year. OK, I'll say it! Anybody, I said Anybody that can't see the tremendous contribution That Mario Williams has made to this team is either flat our blind! And/or doesn't know jack about Defensive Football! His very presence on the line creates a problem for ANYBODY's offensive scheme. I don't care where you put a player like this, he's going to take up a lot of your interest and more than likely two of your players on every stinking down!!! Guess what folks, that does two things. It creates an opportunity for 3 possible players. The strong safety, because more than likely the tight end will be the second guy on him. The Sam linebacker, same reason. Or the tackle in the opposite gap. One of these guys should have an opportunity to get to the ball. Enuff said... And last but not least, David Carr. I don't know if any of you have been around folks that have been shot at alot. Well I have, and it takes a toll on the mental processess of everything you do. For the first four seasons Carr has been on his Butt more than his feet it seems. So, tell me, is it any wonder that the guy is prone to rushing his passes, maybe making a bonehead call or two? He will be fine. Under Kubiak's tuteledge, and behing this line, he will slowly start to settle down and have enough confidence to win over even the worst of the Nay sayers. I figure about mid season we'll see him settle down into what we expected of him when we drafted him. All in all folks, we really do have some pretty good reasons to be optomistic about this team. So 9-7 is quite realistic to me. GO TEXANS!!