Hello, first time poster but a long time reader. I know many of you already, so heres my grand introduction. There seems to be another board war on the horizon, so maybe I can calm things down with some reasonable Rookie thinking. I feel obligated to start off with a bang by creating a thread. First off, Im with the majority here that thinks Richard Smith has to go. By giving up 30 pts a game, were lucky to be sitting at 3-7. Its UNACCEPTABLE. Even though the team says there will be no personnel changes, theyre just playing politics. They cant publicly admit the seasons over. RS will be gone and Frank Bush is the probable successor. Im all for it if he changes the bend, keeps bending, and then finally breaks in to pieces scheme. The great Houston defenses of the past were aggressive and feared, thats what we need to bring back. I want an Eagles, Ravens, Steelers, Giants, and, dare I say it, Titians defense. The organization will lose respect of their players if nothing is done. Yes, aggressive defenses give up big plays but they also make some. We need to start causing turnovers, not just blindly wait for one to fall into are hands. Peyton Manning has already beaten our base defense before the ball is even snapped. We need disguised coverages, blitzes from every which way, zone blitzes; you know, create utter chaos and havoc. If we could just stop an offense a few times on third down, our offense could do the rest. I vote no to any 34 defenses. We cant afford to retool. (Mario would be a waste) We must win NOW. As for all the Kubiak haters and naysayers, your Christmas wish will not come true. Hell be our coach for a long time. So deal with it. Hes not the perfect coach and will make some mistakes just like any human, but he will continue to get better. The players always play hard for him and respect the man. Of course his press conferences are riddled with PC answers. Would you expect him to air their dirty laundry publicly? Actually hold coaches/players accountable to John Mclame? I for one believe he can win us a Super Bowl, however that being years away. Coach K has completely changed our roster in 2 ½ years. Houston fans have been patient a long time and will have to continue doing so. I for one am glad we invested in Schaub. Key word is investment. Hes no Tom Brady or Peyton Manning but I believe hes the right man for the job. He knows our complicated offense. He can do more than just manage the game; but will never dominate it. To be fair, very few guys can do this because the QB talent in the NFL isnt what it once was. In my opinion, Schaub will be a perennial top 10 QB. Many teams have won Lombardi trophies with far less under center. I dont believe he is injury prone; just unfortunate with some really nasty hits. The guy kept playing on a torn MCL, albeit poorly, but he showed grittiness. Teammates will rally behind leadership like that. Like most years filled with early disappointment, Im forced to give up on this season and move on to the next. So now its my chance to play GM. Ive got the same credentials as any other fan, so hang with me here. For the first time, Rick Smith has got money to play with and hopefully he will. That being said, we need Nnamdi Asomugha!!!! Yes, hes going to cost a fortune and most would disagree. I would normally avoid these team killing contracts however; Nnamdi is just too good to pass up (62, 210 Lbs). He can shut down his side of the field. Nobody throws his way. He was former safety in college, so excellent in run support. I think hes better than Champ Bailey ever was. Better than Nate Clements/Asante Samuel combined. Plain and simple, hes worth it. I cant believe Im saying this but Im willing to lose my favorite player, Dunta Robinson, just to make it happen. Julius Peppers and Terrell Suggs are intriguing but my moneys on Nnamdi. Getting him to come is another thing. A guy can pipe dream, cant he? Moving on to the draft, being the homer I am, I would take Brian Orakpo (what a menacing name). The man is a horse. He could be considered a classic workout warrior, except hes got non-stop motor and will perform. Orakpo is the perfect complement to Mario. That would put him back at his natural position of LDE. He reminds me of Dwight Freeney without the elite spin move but better against the run. I would avoid Michael Johnson; he seems too risky for my taste. I also like George Selvie, although undersized, his production has been tremendous even against lesser competition. If they dropped to our pick, I would also entertain the idea of an elite LT like Michael Oher or possibly Eugene Monroe. Yes, its not the sexy pick we all want. Duane Brown was the 8th LT drafted last year. It was a need and a project to begin with. I dont believe hes a bust and he will be serviceable. Unfortunately, he may not be improving as fast as the coaches projected. Oher could be a pro bowl LT and would push Duane Brown to RG further solidifying our line. This could help Schaub actually finish a season. Following the 1st round, I would go safety, guard, and center in any order. Then I would address RB, LB, DT, and TE in the 2010 draft. I believe we need 2 more drafts to have legitimate playoff aspirations. I apologize for my painfully long post but its been a long time coming. So heres to Monday Night Football, lets make the most of it. So Texans, be there EARLY and be LOUD. Alright my fellow GMs, what do you think, what would you do different? I have thick skin, so bring on the haters and tear this post apart, just leave my grammar out of it. Last but certainly not least, theres no crying in football. So all you trolls that start 5 fire Kubiak threads after each loss, bleep off. Youre ruining the message board and its depressing!