3-7 makes us 10 games into the season and to me that’s a little more interesting than being 8 games into the season. Sure the halfway point is where everyone likes to split the season and it makes for a nice spot to write one of these posts but I prefer the 10-6 split. After ten games you are past the hump. As a team you’ve done all the growing you’re going to do for one season in my opinion. Over the past 6 games the good teams just keep on going in the same direction they’ve been headed and so do the bad teams. A few teams start to change direction however. Pretenders will fade down the stretch and teams that are truly improving will start to win some games The one thing to keep in mind though is that the teams that are going to turn a corner will start to make noise right about here. They’re out of the playoffs but inexplicably they start to pile up those late wins. This is where we all hope the Texans are right now and this is a good time for me to fire off a long wandering post about the present state of the Texans and what I think about them today. It is of course all assuming that things continue the way they’ve been going the past couple of weeks. I. On the offensive side of the ball I break things down into four groups; QB, RB, WR, and OL. Here’s what I think of things right now. QB: David Carr is improved enough to stay my starter. I’m not blown away enough by what I’ve seen to say that he’s got my complete confidence but I can’t take this seasons progress and not at least try to build on it. Sage Rosenfels has been a solid backup so I have no complaints there. Despite the fact that I’m mostly comfortable with our quarterbacks I can’t go through this draft without trying to pick up a young QB to start grooming in case we’re seeing the best that we’ll ever get from David Carr. I know how silly this sounds but I wouldn’t mind seeing the Texans try and pick up Kevin Kolb in the draft. I think he’s a good fit for this offense. In short I’m “ok” with the play of the quarterbacks but I think it would be stupid to not attempt to upgrade the position. RB: Wali Lundy and Samkon Gado have come a long way since the start of the season. They both look like they belong on a NFL field now which is nice to see. I don’t think either one of them is a true starter but I think they’re both nice to have in your backfield. Ron Dayne on the other hand is no longer a Texan after this season if I’m making that call. I just don’t think he pulls his weight and I doubt we’ll need him because I’m taking a RB on the first day of the draft and in all likelihood I’m doing it with the first overall pick. As for the FB position I’m trying not to hold two costly fumbles against Jameel Cook but it’s a tough thing to do. I think we could do better there and I think we had better in Moran Norris. I don’t see a FB being drafted but I’d bring in somebody to try and pry the job out of Jameel’s hands. WR: Andre Johnson is getting better and I think we can all see that. Eric Moulds surely had something to do with that (as did Owen Daniels) so I think we have some quality targets out there for a change. I’m not saying we should turn our nose up on a WR if a good one falls to us but I just feel like I want to see another season with these guys pretty much as they are. I truly don’t feel like we have any serious holes here. OL: Every year so much is written about the Texans line problems that it almost seems like a waste of space and time to go over it again. Still I think I’m going to take a stab at it. Right now we are sporting the following players on our offensive line (as per the current roster on the Texans website): Steve McKinney, Drew Hodgdon, and Mike Flanagan at C Fred Weary, Scott Jackson, and Chester Pitts at G Brad Bedell, Eric Winston, Ephraim Salaam, Charles Spencer, and Zach Weigert at T Right off the top I’m going to say that I don’t want to see Ephraim Salaam or Zach Weigert return. Both of those players should be out of football in my opinion. Likewise I have doubts about whether Mike Flanagan is going to be able to come back and play a complete season and I can’t honestly say that seeing Steve McKinney play another year for the Texans does anything for me. Brad Bedell and Scott Jackson are depth and nothing more. I don’t even consider them quality depth. I think that in the most optimistic scenario we have Drew Hodgdon, Fred Weary, Chester Pitts, Eric Winston, and Charles Spencer to build around and that’s assuming we get Spencer back at something approaching what he was. We clearly need some help on the offensive line. Sure McKinney probably comes back and maybe Flanagan makes it another year or two but we have some old timers in there that are playing on borrowed time. We need to get ready for the day when they’re gone. I’m taking the best lineman I can get on day one. I don’t care if he’s a guard, center, or tackle either. Somewhere on day one I think we need to get at least one offensive lineman. I’d like to find another in free agency but I certainly hope the Texans don’t overpay for him. A good value player would be good enough next year. II. On the defensive side of the ball I’m looking at DL, LB, and DB. DL: If our hurt guys can make it back by the start of next season I’m not worried about this group. They’re improving all the time and I think the biggest thing we need on the DL is quality reps. I might take a player on day 2 of the draft but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get another DT or DE. I like our guys for the most part. Weaver, Williams, Peek, Babin, and Johnson are a nice, fairly young core who should be given some time to show what they can do. LB: Here’s where I think we can get better fast with a rookie. Somewhere on day one I’d like to pick up a linebacker to hopefully step in and start with DeMeco Ryans. The last spot could be Kailee Wong if he’s back to full speed by next camp or it could just be the best of what we have. One more good linebacker would do wonders for us. Considering what we’ve had to work with this year I’ve been really happy with the way the linebackers have played. DB: To my way of thinking this is the “black hole” of our team on the defensive side. If our OL hurts us in all aspects of production over there on offense then our defensive backs are equally as bad for this side of the ball. Granted you must have pressure from the pass rush for any secondary to do it’s job but ours has been particularly bad this season even when pressure was being placed on the opponents quarterback. As I’ve said in a few posts already this is where we need some veterans ASAP. More rookie mistakes back here won’t help us. In my view we only have one true “talent” in our secondary and that’s Dunta Robinson. Faggins is a nickel back and McCleon shouldn’t be playing. Sanders wasn’t exactly a contributor back their either. C.C. Brown and Glenn Earl are both guys who would be alright if the other one was better but combined they're trouble for us. I’d like to see the Texans try to go out and sign a Quality Safety or CB this year. I know it won’t be cheap but it would make all the difference in the world. Basically I look at this coming off-season as follows. Free Agency: Sign the best VETERAN CB we can find and try to get a very good safety to pair with either Brown or Earl. Try to sign a “quality depth” G or C with an emphasis on quality. Draft: I’m going 1RB, 2LB, 3OL (best available) on day one, at least in my mind. I’m going to try and get good prospects at QB, G, and CB/S on day two. Ok, I’m done.