We've talked about this in a number of threads recently, and never really reached a consensus. We hear all the time that this team is loaded with talent, but personally I don't see it. I looked at our roster back in May, and I just couldn't see how this team was loaded and ready to make a playoff run. That's why I couldn't vote any higher than 7-9. I would like for everyone to go through the roster, and rank our players in these basic categories. Then decide if that is really a playoff level team. Elite: near the very top of their position Good: Pro Bowl level players Quality: They belong as starters on a good team Developing: Young guys who are developing, or just too soon to call a bust or quality+ Role players: one dimensional players who are a liability outside their primary strength Depth: NFL caliber players who should not be a primary starter on a good team Poor: Players who are not playing well, and would not win a roster spot on a good team Ugly: Really bad players in red were here before Rick Smith. Elite Andre Johnson Owen Daniels Mario Williams(when healthy) Good DeMeco Ryans Brian Cushing Matt Schaub Quality Zach Diles Dunta Robinson Jacques Reeves Kevin Walter Eric Winston Chester Pitts Vonta Leach Developing Amobi Okoye Duane Brown Glover Quin Connor Barwin Xavier Adibi Jacoby Jones James Casey Steve Slaton Antoine Caldwell Brice McCain Antwaun Molden Role players/One dimensional Eugene Wilson(coverage) Bernard Pollard(run support) Anthony Hill(blocking) Depth Antonio Smith Kevin Bentley Joel Dreessen Chris Myers Rashad Butler Ryan Moats Mike Brisiel David Anderson Shaun Cody Jeff Zgonina Tim Bulman Deljuan Robinson Poor Andre' Davis Chris Brown Glenn Martinez Nick Ferguson Tim Jamison Jesse Nading Kris Brown Matt Turk Ugly Chris White Kasey Studdard John Busing Dominique Barber Fred Bennett Here's where we know we have quality players: QB Matt Schaub WR Andre Johnson- Kevin Walter RB ? FB Vonta Leach TE Owen Daniels (Out) LT ? LG Pitts (Out) OC ? RG ? RT Winston RE Mario Williams NT ? DT ? LE ? Wil Zach Diles MLB DeMeco Ryans Sam Brian Crushing FS ? SS ? CB Jacques Reeves - Dunta Robinson That is a lot of question marks for a team that many expected to be competing for the division crown this year. We've got some players developing to fill them, but they're not quality players yet.