Barber replaces Wilson at safety for Texans

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  1. MojoMan

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    Coach Kubiak said at the end of last season that he thought Barber might be poised to lock down the starting job at FS for the long-term. Well, now he is going to have a chance to show if he is ready to do that.

     
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    Not trying to be a goober but source?
     
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    The link is in the OP. Click on the title of the article in the quote box.
     
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    I'm not convinced he'll be any better, but at least Kubiak is putting guys on trial for bad play, so two thumbs up.


    I'd rather see Nolan get a shot, but we'll wait and see.
     
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    Okay....

    It's a start. I just remember the Barber experiment last year didn't go that well.

    Maybe another year in the system will have helped? Heck, if nothing else, he has two good wheels. That's an instant improvement.

    Did he see time against the Cowboys after Wilson tweaked the hammy? If so, how did he look?
     
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    Lol just noticed this a second after I posted
     


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    Well ask and you shall recieve; I guess Kubiak was on Texans Talk today.
     
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    I'd rather see Nolan in there.

    I understand that the Texans want to "go about things the right way" and all, but at some point you just gotta say screw it and put the guys on the field that have shown they can make plays...

    That goes for anyone...I don't care what your name is or where you were drafted...

    Hopefully Barber surprises me. I think he is a good player, but I just think Nolan is better. Nolan seems to be more instinctive and the better athlete...
     
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    As bad as Eugene Wilson has been, I don't even know if Barber is as good as that. I have a bad feeling our secondary problems aren't going to go away if we don't have a monster pass rush.
     
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    Anywho, Wilson's seen his better days.
     
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    I do remember Barber being able to take back a INT in the opener vs. the Jets last year.

    If he can hang on the to the few INT chances we have it's an upgrade.
     
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    Coach Kubiak expressed a great deal of confidence in Barber shortly after the end of last season in a press conference. He suggested that Barber might be poised to establish himself as the long-term answer at free safety for the Texans.

    Of course, this is just a week-to-week opportunity for Barber. But my point is that Kubiak apparently believes that Barber may well have what it takes to be a starting free safety in the NFL.

    Now he will have a chance to prove it, one way or the other.
     
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    I'm down with trying anything at this point but wouldn't it be great if he was the FS answer? I'm not sold on it because of last year, but hey, I can always be wrong.
     
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    I think it might be too soon to make those kind of judgements of Nolan. I also think they prefer to use him closer to the line of scrimmage rather than asking him to cover deep 1/3s and 1/2s. Its just easier on a young player.

    Barber struggled mightily at the beginning of last year and thankfully was benched. He was better when he replaced Wilson later in the year but still shaky. I don't think he's good enough to be a starter on a great defense but this defense isn't that right now anyways.

    For me, with this latest development, I'm a little upset with Rick Smith. I remember after the draft him saying he felt really good about our safety position. Yes Wilson was a good solution to Barber's bad play last year, but good enough to be the annointed FS heading into camp? I think Rick's a good GM and a good GM should've seen around this corner. We're now playing with smoke and mirrors at free safety. And don't get me started on the defensive end position after Mario and Antonio.
     
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    Busing made that Int but he fumbled. Dominique took that fumble to the house. He made an Int vs. the Rams when he intercepted an awful throw by Keith Null.
     
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    I didn't make any judgment about Nolan other than stating that I thought he was better than Barber. I did say that he has shown he can make plays...That's not a judgment, that's a fact...


    I don't. Makes no sense to constantly play your FS close to the LOS in passing situations. What makes you think they prefer to do that when there is no evidence of that?
     
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    If I remember correctly Dominique Barber was raved on by the coaches as a 6th round pick we got in the trade down for Duane Brown also getting Slaton. Barber was to be the prototype swing safety to be used either side. He should really try to make good use of this last chance. Hopefully, he is 100% healthy.
     
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    It's not like he has much of a choice but to believe.
     

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