It Takes Two To Tangle

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  1. CloakNNNdagger

    CloakNNNdagger Site Contributor

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    Ibar Harry in another thread made the comment:

    “We have 3 WR's who in fact can almost act like TE's. They are big, strong and can block reasonably well. Don't be surprised if in fact we use they like TE's in some situations. We are putting together a very interesting offense.”

    This made me look at the growing forest for the trees.........Has anyone else noticed that the Texans, with their choice of players and approach to coaching are compiling a unique type of team? A type of team ultimately projected to consist of very few players that do not serve AT LEAST dual roles/positions?????
     
  2. Tex Trenches

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    True depth is not two players being able to play one position, it's one player being able to play two. Kubiak is a genious.
     
  3. Corrosion

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    Kubiak has said as much more than once . Such as saying that a player wouldnt make the team strictly as a kick returner as has been the case in past seasons.
     
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    Kubiack is the man...
     
  5. YoungTexanFan

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    No player made the team before strictly as a returner. Mathis was at WR at times, and was listed as one as well. Moses was a WR also, and saw a good deal of playing time. Buchanon is a starting CB. Davis is our starting RB. Capers never kept anyone who would be strictly a return man.
     
  6. Texans_Chick

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    And its not just that. A Denver offense is a very team oriented offense and not so much a star oriented offense. Of course, they can exploit other team's weaknesses, but it is not dependant on any one WR or RB being an awesome individual talent.

    This helps with depth because you aren't so dependant on a injurable individual talent staying in the game. You just plug in another guy who knows the system and it can work.

    So, maybe there isn't a superstar left tackle.

    Or a #1 pick in the draft running back.

    Or a superstar QB who can do such spectacular things that is wrong not to design offenses to highlight those things.

    The depth is that you are not the Atlanta Falcons after Vick gets hurt. Our old backup QBs are gone because they don't mimic Carr's best skill and the thing that the Denver offense features--throwing the bootleg. If you look at what Rosenfels is best at is throwing the bootleg. They are trying to get identical parts throughout the team so if one guys goes down, his fungible replacement is right behind him. At least that is the attempt.
     
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    Not only speaking of dual return players...........think of the TE's used as HB's, linemen interchanged with TE's, linebackers with DE's, DT's with DE's, OT's with OG's, even OL's with HB/RB. Oposing teams will need computerized programs just to keep up with players and their positions.
     
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    Thanks for picking up on what I said. We are going to be a very hard team to defense. All of our receivers are big and can park over the middle and all have excellent hands. They can also do down field blocking and/or stay in and block. The backs will be able to do similar things. We have yet to see what our TE's will be like. Then you have Wand who could run a tackle eligible play.

    There are several other attributes of this ball club that are also apparent. They are picking up very smart, football smart people, team players and people who have zero off the field issues. They are concentrating on football with few other destrations. You can tell people like each other on this team. The back they brought in from Tampa already knows all of the offense or something close to that. You have DR on the defense doing the same thing.

    Beyond the offense is what the defense is looking like. It would appear we are going to be able to put a lot of pressure on the other team. Even as important it looks like this year we have a good shot at stopping the run. I want to say we will be a complete team this year with a very above average coaching staff. My expectations for this ball club are very high. Its because we are seeing a unique chemistry that rarely is seen on an NFL team. In this case it looks like the whole is much bigger than the parts and that is what makes championship teams.
     
  9. CloakNNNdagger

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    Cinci's Pro Football Hall of Fame OT, Anthony Muñoz, caught 7 passes for 18 yards and 4 touchdowns in his prolific 13-year career................Short passes, long "returns." ;)
     
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    I'm not trying to rain on any parades, but Capers said the same thing, especially about O-linemen. IMO, I would rather have a player that is exceptional at 1 position rather than a player who is servicable at 2. The receiver part of that IS intrigueing when you think of the different formations
    it affords you. There will always be draft picks and UFA's to fill in on special teams and second stringers to provide the depth. I want my first stringers to be the best in the league at their particular position. :twocents:
     
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    The TWO are NOT by any means EXCLUSIVE when you look at a player being EXCEPTIONAL at one position AND very SERVICEABLE at another, which is what I see unfolding here. Capers et al. were forever plugging in questionable players into questionable positions..........with unqestionable and predictable results. Kub et al. are compiling a group of players whose strengths are likely to feed off each other, with a solid base for their main position, and well thought out secondary assignments well within their talents and limitations. The development of these secondary talents are being done in such a way as to not distract from their primary responsibility, but to allow superior DEPTH and VERSATILITY to THE SYSTEM.................and KEEP THE OPPONENTS ON THEIR TOES, OFF BALANCE, AND GUESSING.
     
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    I sit corrected. Very good points. It will be a very interesting year watching this evolve and implemented on the field. Much better than the de-evolution of the Capers Era. After all of the "versatility" comments from Capers in regards to "'tweeners" and offensive linemen, I'm a little gunshy with that phrase. :twocents:
     
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    I really like Coach Kubiak and the direction he seems to be taking our team...BUT, I'm holding off on the "genius" tag until we see what happens on the field. We can have all the talent in the world, but the proof will be how they perform as a unit and how they play under pressure. We've got three out of our first four games at home, so hopefully we'll hit the ground running and get 2-2 or 3-1 record.

    It'll be interesting to see how the concept of interchangeable players at various positions works out. However, I really want to see how they do at their primary position and most important, the attitude of the team for the entire 60 minutes of game.
     
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    I don't think we'll see a whole lot of this concept. A TE as back-up FB? Sure. An extra o-lineman in goaline situations? Absolutely. Those are fairly standard "interchangeable" positions.

    Dre at tight end? I woudn't hold my breath waiting for that one.

    I too want players to excel at their primary positions.
     
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    I don't know about that. Their SB teams were very much star oriented on the offensive side of the ball with guys like Terrell Davis, John Elway, Tom Nalen, Rod Smith and Shannon Sharpe to name a few. You can spread around the touches and still have star players.
     
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    That's just not realistic at all. JJ Moses was as pure a return man as kept on any roster in the league. Every return man in the league is listed on the roster at some nominal position such as WR. Some actually perform in that role--Dante Hall--some are pure returners. JJ never appeared in a game as a WR--he was a pure return man.
     
  19. Texans_Chick

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    John Elway was the only one of those guys who was an undeniable superstud that you might want to adjust your offense for his strength. The rest, well, is pretty amazing:

    Terrell Davis-6th round pick
    Shannon Sharpe-7th round pick
    Tom Nalen-7th round pick
    Rod Smith- undrafted, he loves Kubiak:



    Denver has a system. They get players to fit that system. The system gives those players an opportunity to be stars if they work hard and do what they are supposed to.
     
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