I don't know that we'll see great results from our FA signings, but I do know that I personally have a fresh outlook on this team because we have allowed some players that have been here a long time to move onto other teams. Bradford NOT being on this team makes me excited to watch passing plays again, instead of gripping the arm of my chair as I pray through clinched teeth that the ball is not heading in his direction. Will he drop it AGAIN? Oops, he actually caught the uncatchable ball but later drops a wide open pass for a key firstdown or TD. (Sigh) Gaffney NOT being on this team gets rid of the endless speculation that he's ready to be a number 2 go-to receiver on this team. No more wondering. No more holding his spot on the roster because he's part of the gang. Gary Walker NOT being on this team makes me be able to see sideline shots during the game and not get angry that G-Funk is decked out in casual dress because of a nagging injury that should heal by about week 15. Tony Banks NOT being on this team makes me think that a guy like Ragone who did his duty like a man and went to Europe and lit up the stat sheets, when we even wondered if he could throw the ball at all, might get a shot at the job if Carr can't turn it around in the first few weeks of the season. In the preseason, the team (even though it was 2nd or 3rd stringers) looked a heckuva' lot more in sync than the first teamers under Carr. The chains moved. Catches were made. There was a rhythm to it. Dom Capers NOT being the coach of this team, along with most of his staff, makes me believe that our players will now be utilized as they should be: In a more dynamic way, allowing them to use their explosiveness and to not be shackled with "run-run-pass to the RB" every offensive series. Fourth and inches on the opponents 10-yard line with 2 minutes left in the game will be more fun because we will probably go for the first and not kick the FG when we're down by 12. Postgame comments by Kubiak will be more interesting because Kubiak is a deep thinker who won't rattle off the tired cliches we're accustomed to getting from Capers. In fact, we might see Kubiak stare down a reporter or two when he gets asked a question that doesn't even deserve an answer....dead air for an awkward amount of time as the room of reporters chuckle and Kubiak continues his Clint Eastwood Dirty Harry stare. He just coaches and then goes into film room and gets right back to work. It'll be good TV the first time he has to try and answer some lame-brain reporter's question and Kubiak just decides to bristle rather than play the game. All of this is to say that a few of the long-term Texans are gone and I know it'll at least help to know that Kubiak is not holding over certain players for this season just because they were here for so long. It makes you want to watch the off-season reports, the training camp battles, and the pre-season play because nobody's job is safe. Not even Carr's. Do you smell what the Kube is cooking?