NFL.com - Texans open camp with specific goal: Step out of cellar

Discussion in 'Texans Talk' started by alphajoker, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. alphajoker

    alphajoker Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2005
    Messages:
    1,563
    Likes Received:
    94
  2. b0ng

    b0ng Ooops

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2007
    Messages:
    7,889
    Likes Received:
    613
    Goddamnit. I never thought that there would be anything that could come out of Jamie Duke's (Dukes?) mouth that I would agree with, yet, here I am. Even though the video was short at least they actually talked about current personnel that the Texans have.

    The article is pretty good and goes over a lot of what we already know that the Texans have done in the offseason. I'd say it's a postive piece and there's some information in it, but definitely nothing new. I am glad that we have finally shed the "laughing stock" term that we had on us in 2006.

    Team on the rise, blah blah blah.
     
  3. Vinny

    Vinny shiny happy fan Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2004
    Messages:
    21,847
    Likes Received:
    1,513
    I like Dukes since he gives his honest opinion and he is smooth as the other side of the pillow (ok, I couldn't resist the Stu blast). Two drafts ago he was pretty dead wrong on Mario so that drove most of his opinion about the team for a good year as he kept defending his decision (and getting on Texans fans nerves). I think he takes a deeper look at the team (now) and has us in just about the right slot - budding playoff team in a tough division. I think that about sums us up.
     
  4. b0ng

    b0ng Ooops

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2007
    Messages:
    7,889
    Likes Received:
    613
    Fair enough. I know some of his stuff that he said last season seemed a bit off to me as well, but really he just came off (last season) like another talking head working for the NFL Network.


    What I'm wondering is where you found that article cause it's buried on the NFL.com site unless I need to use my glaucoma medicine again.

    Also, you've got a PM homey.
     
  5. Vinny

    Vinny shiny happy fan Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2004
    Messages:
    21,847
    Likes Received:
    1,513
    Dukes ate a little crow about the Texans late last year as Mario came on strong and started to look more like the undisputed top pick in that draft. I'm not sure who wrote that article originally and it only gives credit to the AP.
     
  6. CloakNNNdagger

    CloakNNNdagger Site Contributor

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2004
    Messages:
    17,148
    Likes Received:
    1,409


    By KRISTIE RIEKEN / Associated Press
     
  7. b0ng

    b0ng Ooops

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2007
    Messages:
    7,889
    Likes Received:
    613
  8. NBT

    NBT Veteran

    Joined:
    May 11, 2008
    Messages:
    241
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    S.E. Texas Coast
    "You get more comfortable from year one to year two," Schaub said. "That's when you make the biggest jump in any system ... getting more familiar with things and getting used to them. It's just going to help this next year."

    I don't know about the rest of you, but that part of the article got my attention. Schaub really needs to get comfortable, stay healthy, and make that big jump himself, for this team to go any further than the 8-8 of last year. I think he will do it. But there is just that little nagging worry, you know?
     


  9. brakos82

    brakos82 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2006
    Messages:
    19,847
    Likes Received:
    978
    Location:
    LOHAR (Land of Hipsters and Rain)
    Thought that was why we kept Sage... :tiphat:
     
  10. Thorn

    Thorn Dirty Old Man

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2007
    Messages:
    24,541
    Likes Received:
    1,892
    Location:
    Houston

    I'm in a wait 'n see mode as far as Schaub is concerned. I really hope he turns out to be the one we need. If he is, we are one running back short of a killer offense.
     
  11. aj.

    aj. Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2004
    Messages:
    4,769
    Likes Received:
    347
    She's the local AP writer who covers the Texans. Most what gets pushed out nationally about the Texans is written by Rieken. Most of the time it doesn't have her name attached to the article and it only is sourced as AP.

    AP wire copy is shared and that article will probably appear on a few online sports sites and newspapers across the country before it's all said and done.
     
  12. b0ng

    b0ng Ooops

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2007
    Messages:
    7,889
    Likes Received:
    613
    So is it sad that the better of Texans beat writers works for a Dallas paper? Or am I just way off my rocker in that department?

    I mean is it too much to ask for one of our homegrown writers to be the
    people who get the articles pushed out in the national media or what?

    EDIT: I get what you're saying now, and I'm sort of a doofus. But on the other hand, I just don't get how these kinds of pieces aren't put out by the Chronicle.
     
  13. TD

    TD TT Huckaboo

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2004
    Messages:
    11,304
    Likes Received:
    844
    Location:
    Middle Georgia
    I don't like to bellyache about the press, but I'm more than a little sick of reading the * people keep putting on last year's record.
     
  14. aj.

    aj. Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2004
    Messages:
    4,769
    Likes Received:
    347
    She's not an employee of the Dallas Morning News. She is an AP writer who provides copy to any AP member/affiliate that wants to run it.

    Local beat writers typically don't get their stuff pushed nationally, unless they are working under contract to provide such material - like Manfull does with TSN.

    The Chronicle pulls news about other NFL teams off the AP wire just like the DMN did Rieken's, but I don't think the Chron can run her stuff locally in deference to the home beat writers and columnists.
     
    b0ng likes this.
  15. gary

    gary Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2006
    Messages:
    22,273
    Likes Received:
    835
    Location:
    Wheelchair
    The Texans will need Matt and AJ both to step up big this season with those two being hurt for most of the season last season they did not get the chance to show their true game's. If they are able to stay healthy this season I think that they will get that chance. They are going to need RB Green to step big and have a breakout season and be that RB that they thought he was going to be when they brought the man in and at least one of their rookie backs to step up big this season and just have one of those Adrian Peterson rookie type of a season along with Brown. The D must keep playing the way they have been playing under Gary K. these last two seasons especially the front four guys and that will happen and hopefully feed into the rest of the Texans defense but also the defensive backs to step up and play alot better by not allowing the opposing quarterback to step up in the pocket and make the big touchdown pass down the football field. I think that having an injury prone backfield as the Texans had last season contributed to the problem. I hope everyone stays healthy this season..
     
  16. alphajoker

    alphajoker Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2005
    Messages:
    1,563
    Likes Received:
    94
    I hope so too. Injuries and turnovers are what accounted for the most of the losses last year when we were in winnable games.
     
  17. CloakNNNdagger

    CloakNNNdagger Site Contributor

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2004
    Messages:
    17,148
    Likes Received:
    1,409
    The is what players like AJ, MS, DR, Chris Taylor, AG, and Chris Brown are all telling Riley, Kubiak and Smith..........[click]I DON'T WANT TO GET HURT
     
  18. Tedc

    Tedc Hardheaded

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2003
    Messages:
    5,299
    Likes Received:
    349
    Location:
    Bull Pen
    How does the injury situation over the past few years reflect on Riley's job?
     
  19. threetoedpete

    threetoedpete Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    May 26, 2004
    Messages:
    6,644
    Likes Received:
    197
    Location:
    Katy, Texas
    The Chronicle is a baseball first (news) paper. If you don't like it, drop it in May. Don't pick delivery up again until late July.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie...XOL-?SITE=TXMCA&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT
     
  20. Tedc

    Tedc Hardheaded

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2003
    Messages:
    5,299
    Likes Received:
    349
    Location:
    Bull Pen
    I hear rumbling around the fans that our strength and conditioning is lacking however I hear from all around the league how Dan Riley is one of the best. If he is one of the best, don't you think we should be showing the best results? He has been around for every season.
     

Share This Page