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  1. TEXANS84

    TEXANS84 Moderator Staff Member

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    Inside Slant

    The Texans continue to sort out their plans at linebacker.
    What they do know: new acquisition Morlon Greenwood fits best at weak-side inside linebacker and second-year pro Jason Babin is set at strong-side outside linebacker.

    After that, the Texans must decide where Kailee Wong best fits into the scenario and whether third-year pro Antwan Peek can become a fulltime starter.

    The Texans are forced to explore options after inside linebackers Jamie Sharper and Jay Foreman, the team's top tacklers each of the last three years, were told this offseason they are no longer part of the team's plans. Foreman was granted his wish to be released earlier this month and Sharper has permission to seek a trade, although he's likely to be cut at some point if he isn't dealt.

    Wong, who has played both outside positions, could be moved inside to Foreman's former spot. That would open an outside position for Peek, or the team could look to upgrade through the draft. Wong plans to meet with coach Dom Capers next week when Capers returns from the NFL owners' meetings. Wong said he hasn't been told where he would play.

    "I just want to play," Wong said. "That's the biggest thing. As long as I'm playing, and I get to play a lot of plays, I'm happy. We're going to definitely have to work harder in minicamp to get everyone on the same page."

    NOTES, QUOTES

    —The offseason decisions to part ways with starting linebackers Jamie Sharper and Jay Foreman, the Texans' leading tacklers each of the past three seasons, came as a surprise to some teammates.

    "I'm surprised on one hand, but on one hand I'm not," cornerback Aaron Glenn said. "In this business, people come and go real quick and you have to fly with it. Hopefully, the people who come in are going to step in and pick up where those guys left off."

    —Texans quarterback David Carr and his wife, Melody, welcomed their third son during the offseason.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "It seems like the time went by real fast but it's your job so when it's time to go, you have to be ready." - Wide receiver Andre Johnson on the start of the Texans' off-season conditioning program.

    STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

    NEEDS/DREAFT PRIORITIES

    1. Pass protection. The Texans must do a better job of shielding quarterback David Carr, who was sacked 49 times during 2004 and 140 times in the past three seasons. The Texans were preparing to make a run for left tackle Walter Jones until he signed a multi-year deal to remain with the Seahawks. Buffalo's Jonas Jennings would be a significant upgrade over incumbent Seth Wand. Otherwise, Florida State's Alex Barron and Oklahoma's Jammal Brown are considered the best tackles in the draft.

    2. Cornerback. You can never have enough talented corners, especially with Indianapolis residing in the AFC South. Aaron Glenn will be 33 by the time the season starts and it's a deep draft at the position. Imagine getting another one like last year's first round pick Dunta Robinson. Having two terrific cover corners would allow the Texans to do a lot of things with their linebackers and safeties.

    3. Wide receiver. Andre Johnson became a Pro Bowl receiver in 2004 but was often neutralized by opponents who thought they could over-commit to Johnson's side of the field because the Texans' lack another reliable deep threat. A free agent such as Jerry Porter (Oakland) or Plaxico Burress (Pittsburgh) would help, although neither will come cheap. Michigan's Braylon Edwards and former USC star Mike Williams are the top receivers in the draft.


    usatoday.com Inside Slant article on the Texans
     
  2. z0rpAn

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    I am 100% behind the draft priorities. Only one thing bugs me from that article: What does Carr's 3rd kid half to do with anything? Dont get me wrong, I congradulate him but it doesn't fit the article.
     
  3. El Tejano

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    I think this is pretty old news though.
     
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    Inside Slant, USAToday.com:

    The Texans have many needs. Pass protection, and Linebacker help. The moon reflects light from the sun.

    Now back to the Texans...

    j/k
     
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    http://www.profootballweekly.com/PFW/NFL/AFC/AFC+South/Houston/WWHI/default.htm
     
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    I am shocked noone mentioned our lack of defensive penetration and inability to get to the QB.

    I think Our LB problems are not that bad. But that is why im out here and Casserly and Capers are in there.
     
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    well considering that R. Smith, S. Payne, and Gary Walker all have pretty new contracts, and they are pretty nice ones so i doubt the coaches have any intentions of them not starting on the DL for us next season.
     
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    Yes they will start but we have yet to go through a season where all 3 have been healthy enough to really make the impact we want from our starting DL.

    Not to mention after our starting 3 the backup talent dropoff is staggering. We need to definately grab some young DL soon or we are goin to have the same problems we have been having on our frontline.

    Sears and DeLoach just were not the answer.

    Iaone has flashes of great play but is inconsistent in his play.

    We need to bring in a fresh crop of DL and let them push our "well paid" starting 3 as well as push our backups to do more than they have been the last 3 years.
     
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    thats a horrible article they talk about players that have already been signed including joey porter who was signed before greenwood, so no excuse.
     
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    Posted 3/26/2005 10:27 PM

    That is when the article hit USAToday.com.

    While the article may have just posted, I do to agree that the editor/writer should have updated some of the talk including the Burress and JERRY PORTER (not Joey Porter).
     


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    Inside Slant Article

     
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    Good article...Really nothing in there that I can dispute...Bradford seems like a good guy, but this is likely his last year here and I'm not sure he'll even be our #2 this year...
     
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    Makes me think the Texans arent going WR at #13 with some of the comments Corey made.

    I dont think he would come to Houston to be pushed aside by a rookie again.
     
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    bradford has a 1 year contract and it takes rookie wideouts about a year to develop, it sounds like they are setting up to take a wide out early.
     
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    The thought of drafting Thomas Davis to play ILB does not sound too good right about now :(
     
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    Has anyone thought that maybe we could sign Brad Hopkins or has he resinged with Tenn?
     
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    I'm not positive, but I think Hopkins has restructured his contract to allow him to stay in Tennessee...
     
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    lol@Bob McNair....

    No doubting how he got to be so rich...nice quote.
     
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    i think Zeke Moreno might turn into one of our best pickups, even if he is a backup ILB, a run stopping ILB is what we need, and it wont hurt to have someone like him. i mean 95 tackles in 12 games, if he average what he did through 12 games he would of ended the year with 126 tackles, i mean thats not to bad, and he still has a good amount of better years ahead of him
     

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