John McClain's 8/20/06 blog

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  1. OzzO

    OzzO .. and then?

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    Not sure if y'all saw this. But since he does seem to get dogged for not covering the Texans (enough), there was some good bits in his blog for possible discussion among the class.

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    What he doesn't say is that Morency protected Rosenfels better than Lundy protected Carr, but it's a good article and, if he'd stick with talking about the Texans more, I'd stop most, if not all, of my bashing.
     
  3. gtexan02

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    IMO this may be the best thing about being the worst team last year. First Dibs!!!

    Maybe Rogers does have a shot...
     
  4. El Tejano

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    What Rogers are you talking about.

    This also is probably one of Mclains better blogs.
     
  5. Double Barrel

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    Does anyone read John McClain and hear his voice in your head? I can't help it...too many radio shows I've listened to with McClain! ;)

    Nice article, though. He's been covering the Texans a lot lately (my dad has been saving the daily sports section for me). It's nice to see the hometown paper cover the hometown team, especially with articles that provide insight into player and the system.

    McClain mentioned a QB controversy during the Saturday tv broadcast, and it does present an interesting question. What if Carr is struggling 5-6 weeks into the season? Do they take a chance on Rosenfels, just to see if it'll spark something positive? I'm not against DC, but I can't help but wonder if Kubiak would be so bold as to bench him if he's not living up to expectations. My guess is that the coach would do it if he thought it was in the best interests of the team.
     
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    I think Kubiak would "have the balls" to bench Carr. I think he'll give him adequate time to prove himself and adjust in the new system, but I think he'll have no real issue with benching him if he feels Sage will get the job done better.
     
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    HOU-TEX Ah, Football!

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    I think he'd bench him too. If around mid-season our record doesn't fall where it should be I think he'd try it just to throw a wrench in the spokes.:cowboy1:
     
  8. U4ikrob

    U4ikrob Guitar Junky

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    IMO Kubiak wont hesistate to make the choice necessary to make this team a winner. If that means David Carr sits, or is #2 then so be it. This isnt an exact comparison, but in Denver they drafted Brian Griese and tried to fit him into the system for 5 years and when it didnt work they went and got Jake. I dont see Kubiak having a problem making the choice to start the better man to do the job. Ultimately IMO Kubiak just wants to win games and while it would be a 'situation' if he started Sage over David, its something that ultimately David has to take the "Bull by the horns" and win the job and the respect of the players and coaches on the field if he wants to continue being a starting QB in this league. He's not going to get a better teacher or situation than he has here with Kubiak and the Texans.

    IMO think now that DC is in a system that allows some flexability and that once he gets the jitters gone about the new system and plays without having to overthink he will have a much easier time performing under pressure. Then I think he will settle down and play his game fully and really light it up. He was a great passer in college and think he could be the same in the NFL esp with this system.
     
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    When it comes to benching Carr for a poor performance my attitute is the same as last year. If he by game #9 still look horrible (no confidence, panicking, making all the wrong decisions) then I want the backup to take over. Last years coaching team did not do this, but I still wish they did so we could have had a better look at Ragone.
     
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    Great post! I agree 100%. Especially needing to show it on the field. He can impress all day long in TC, but if it doesn't translate to the field, it doesn't mean anything.:redtowel:
     
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    Unfortunantly for Carr, he has been hit so much he hears foot steps even with no one around. But he has now been in game situations and has only taken one sack, that should build some confidence in the o-line. The Eagles blitz, ALOT, and their D will be after the QB just like always, so Kubiak has to be prepared just like Carr for the opener.
    With a rookie or Seth Wand at left tackle I understand Carr's happy feet, he's been down this road before.

    :homer:
     
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    One of McClain's better articles/ blogs of late. If it takes DC 9 games to get comfortable in the system, then he SHOULD be benched. I would use a much shorter leash, myself. 1/2 dozen games at best. IMHO, Kubes is going to be ruthless about putting the best players on the field and putting the team in a position to win. McClain forgot to mention the QB controversy between Moon and Commander Cody during the '90 or '91 season.
     
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    I like McClain...Why do people dislike him so much ?
     
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    It shouldn't take 9 full games to realize if Rosenfels is better suited. If after the first half of game 1 I thought I had a better chance to win with Rosenfels....then I'm making the switch. And so will Kubiak. Carr isn't and never has been a star so far in the NFL, he won't throw a fit because he knows that practicing and getting better in the system will get him back on the first team. He knows he has better tools that Rosenfels, its just whether he can ever put it together in the NFL. But Carr isn't Favre and hasn't earned the "right" to bring a team down when a backup could be doing a better job.
     
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    mcclain mentioned that the only two locks in the starting lineup at the o-line are wiegert and flanagan. is there a reason why chester pitts was not mentioned?
     
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    I like McClain, I just think you have to appreciate what he is--a reporter rather than an analyst. He has very good contacts and is entertaining relating what he has been told. When he ventures into trying to form his own opinions however, his judgment is very suspect IMO. Like a lot of reporters he will make a bigger deal than necessary sometimes--ex. he almost seems like he is on a campaign to discredit Mathis--don't get me wrong Mathis deserves to have his conduct reported, it just seems McClain goes overboard. The other main knocks which I don't agree with are (a) spending too much time talking movies or other non-football material (b) not covering the Texans enough (these folks forget he was the NFL reporter until last year) and (c) covering the Cowboys too much.
     
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    No to the first. I hear the guy from ABC 13 for some reason.

    If Carr struggles midway into the season and we are still in contention for the playoffs, and Carr's play is why we are losing games, you absolutely bench Carr. The team comes before the player.

    That last game he had wasn't all that impressive. The one thing that Sage has over Carr is touch. Carr muscles the ball every time. Oh and sage hasn't thrown it into triple coverage yet. The other thing Carr has been doing is throwing his left shoulder back before he throws. Not only is that a wasted motion but it telegraphs when he is about to throw it.

    Other than that Carr has done a good job in leading the team and making plays with his feet. That Rams game was sloppy and if was last year the wheels would have fallen off the bus. He did a good job of holding it together and moving forward.

    I will give him three games into the regular season to not look like a chump. If he blows by week four I will tar and feather him myself.
     
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    Because that is what Kubiak said. He says he has three starter level guards - Pitts, MicKinney, Weary. It was quoted here somewhere - I can't find it right now.
     
  19. Sage did almost throw a pick in the endzone into double coverage. i guess he missed that part.
     
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    What infantrycak said, plus a lot of folks hold a grudge over McClain's persistent take on the Vince Young pick.

    I've never disliked McClain, and I'd love to have coffee with the guy. Of course, it would be me drinking coffee listening to his war stories, but he's got a vast library of NFL history in that brain of his. Like infantrycak mentioned, he's a reporter, not an analyst. But he is a big supporter of Houston football heritage, and he campaigned relentlessly for Elvin and Warren for their HoF ballets.
     

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