Quotes from Cass/Capers...

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  1. Master Po

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    ...in case you haven't seen/heard them yet... http://www.houstontexans.com/news/news_detail.php?PRKey=1642

    GM Charley Casserly

    (opening statement) "We opened the day with the 13th pick in the first round. Our feelings were that there would be a group of players available at pick number 13 that we liked. That was the case, so we decided to trade back. We would have taken Travis Johnson at the 13th pick, but New Orleans offered us a chance to move back with an extra pick for next year’s draft, a third round pick, and we felt comfortable that Johnson would still be available three picks later. When we arrived at the 16th pick, additional trade offers were available to us, but the offers were picks for next year or post third round. We felt if we moved back again the percentages were against us to get Johnson. He is the player we targeted for this area in the draft, so we decided to go ahead and pull the trigger at that point. Come to find out after the pick, another team had him on the board and if we would have moved back, we would not have gotten him."

    Head Coach Dom Capers

    (opening statement) "As we entered the off-season our number one goal on defense was to try to increase our speed, athletic ability, and we obviously wanted to address trying to rush the passer better. I think the addition of Travis Johnson fits right in with a number of other moves we’ve made here through the off-season to increase our speed and athletic ability on defense. Travis Johnson is a very active interior lineman, a guy we think has a combination of the size and strength to play the run yet the athletic ability to penetrate, and add pass rush to our defensive front. We see him fitting into our nickel scheme right away as an inside rusher and a guy we can fit into the rotation with our front people. We felt he had the most speed, athletic ability, size combination really of any interior lineman in the draft. He plays very aggressively, we like the motor, plays hard, has been very productive and we certainly liked what we saw of him on video."

    Capers: (on adding another defensive lineman to the rotation) "I think he comes in right away and we put him inside in our substitution package and rush the passer from there. The way we play our lineman is we rotate our guys through, if you look at their play time percentages through the first three years, all of them get mixed into the flow of things and I think you have to do that to keep your guys fresh. He obviously gives us a young player at a position where we have two players Gary Walker and Seth Payne 30 years of age or older and defensive interior lineman are hard to come by. They are a premium. You do not get them in free agency, you have to draft them, and normally they are drafted fairly high. That is one of the reasons I think this is a premium position and we like what he adds to our football team."

    Capers: (on the competition with other lineman re-signed from last year) "Every year, as we move forward, we are trying to create more competition because that means you are getting better as a football team. There is no doubt in my mind that we strengthened our football team and added competition on our defensive line just as we have added linebackers and defensive secondary. It has been one of the priorities in our off-season and we think we took a major step forward with the addition of Travis Johnson."

    Capers: (on Travis Johnson’s strengths) "He is very active and plays with great effort, he has the strength and ability to stop a block, yet the explosiveness to come off a block, pursue the ball, and make plays down the line of scrimmage."

    Casserly: (on Travis Johnson) "We felt Travis Johnson was the number one interior defensive lineman in this year’s draft. In normal drafts, that player is not available at the 16th pick. In past drafts, there has been a run on defensive lineman by that point in time. This draft is unique because of the number of running backs, cornerbacks, and wide receivers taken in the top 10. Getting a starting interior defensive lineman at pick 16 does not happen a lot."
     
  2. Master Po

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    Quotes from TJ...

    (on being picked by the Texans) “I’m just excited about being here and being part of a great organization.”

    (on whether the Texans had talked to him about how he might be utilized) “Not really. We have spoken a little, but I’m just ready to come in, ready to make plays and ready to be part of a great organization.”

    (on whether prior off-field allegations are resolved now) “Of course, of course. It was always resolved. It was resolved in no time. It was never really an issue. I was exonerated by an all-woman jury in no time really. That was the only time I was ever in any trouble. I don’t think it was ever really an issue, and now it is over with.”

    (on his speed and hunger for the football and whether that is his best attribute) “I think so. Really, I’m a defensive lineman who plays the ball from sideline to sideline, who continues to get better every day and every play.”

    (on how happy he is to be coming to Houston to be a Texan) “I’m so excited to be a Texan. I just can’t wait to get down there and to start doing some work.”

    (on how he feels he fits into the 3-4 defense) “I’ve played all three positions, and I’m just waiting for the challenges and opportunities to show that I can play all three positions there.”

    (on playing nose tackle and his experience at that position) “I love nose tackle. I started there as a sophomore at Florida State. I’m ready and very excited about this great opportunity.”

    (on prior injuries and any worries about his durability in the NFL) “My neck injury wasn’t really an injury. It was mostly used to get me a medical redshirt because Darnell Dockett (Arizona Cardinals) and Jeff Womble were there at the same time. I had one stinger and they decided that sitting out a year would be the best thing.”

    (on the condition of his shoulder) “The shoulder is great. The shoulder hasn’t given me any problems. The shoulder is great.”
     
  3. Vinny

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    Those statements certainly make me more excited about our pick :)
     
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    Interesting word choice...wonder what the timeline is.
     
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    This is a pick that can either make or break Casserly and Capers. I'm not against the pick and I didn't have access to a computer while I was watching the draft so I wasn't able to post anything. And now that I think about it it's not such a bad thing :heh: I was dissapointed at first that we passed on D.J. but the point is we desperately needed to upgrade our interior pass rush attack. That is the key to the 3-4. Your interior linemen have to penetrate so that your linebackers can make plays for you. While I admit that I don't know much about Travis Johnson other than that he does have a rap sheet but I think he can be an impact player for us this year but more next year. This also provides guys like Gary Walker, Seth Payne, and Robaire Smith an incentive to play better. I know that switching to a 3-4 will be hard for Johnson but we have excellent coaches and I trust in them. I won't deny that I would've loved it if we picked up D.J. but I think this was more of a need. We needed to become younger and athletic in the defensive line and this is a good prospect to start with. The draft is obviously not totally based on what the first round pick is and we have done a good job in the later rounds and I'm excited to see what we will do later today and tomorrow. All in all I think this is a good pick and T.J. could turn out to be a good player but if D.J. turns out to be a better player watch out for the backlash on Casserly.
     
  7. texansfan88

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    Put it this way, they would not have taken him at the 13th pick. You're not going to say you had (insert name here) ahead of him, but you were our 2nd option. We really wanted the other guy.

    Overall, I dont like the pick, but hey, we'll all warm up to him
     
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    My guess is (completely speculation) that they had a group of 3 or 4 players they wanted that were rated rather closely and decided to trade back and take who was left...I could be completely wrong, but I hope TJ helps us out this year, stays quiet, and knows his role...
     


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    That's exactly the way I see it, too.
     
  10. I see this as a need pick, not a BPA pick. I would have liked a player that benched 225 more than 23 times like TJ did in his latest workout. He seems quick though, but will only be a situational?? If he hasn't had that many sacks and is more of a run stuffer then why would he be a situational player? Didn't we have a lack of a pass rush?

    This pick is confusing..
     
  11. HomeBred_Texan

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    This guy should utilize 2 O men to block him, that would free up at least 1 OLB to get the QB before he can go bombs away. Hopefully this is the case.
     
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    and of course the PC statement from a NFL GM .. they ALWAYS get the guy they wanted...
    yes... I said in another thread... my gut feeling is that we wanted either davis or DJ to rush the QB..and when we traded down we felt we would get one or the other.. we got zip...

    I am not mad at the Johnson pick, but I just feel we rolled the dice and somewhat lost....I read somewhere where they stated the when Davis was picked the emotion in the war room was kinda quiet..
    I probably am way off.
     
  13. Vinny

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    Ronnie Brown was situational also. He went kinda high.
     
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    Now I'm not expert but ourlads had Spears clearly rated as the top DT with a graded score of 9.33. Followed by Shaun Cody, 9.20, Luis Castillo, 9.03, Antaaj Hawthorne, 8.66, Jonathan Babineux 8.42, Mike Patterson, 7.99 then Travis Johnson, 7.89. if find this disparity unsettling however he looks the part of intimidator the type of player you can't ignore which has been somewhat lost on the Texans defensive line due to injury and aging. so at least they addressed a critical need.

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    This pick sucks cause we should have gotten Shaun Cody. A guy the same size as TJ, but faster and better at stoping the run. His combine was better, his stats his senior year were better. I don't see why TJ was our guy.

    Its like they draw names out of a hat.
     
  16. Vinny

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    Cody is slow and weak. I don't think he will do much at the next level. He is another Hovan.
     
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    Ask Jason White and Adrian Peterson how slow and weak he is. Ask Jamal Brown how slow and weak he is. He beat the living daylights out of the first drafted o-lineman.

    Did you even watch the orange bowl? He is stronger and faster than TJ.

    Vinny, do your damn homework before saying stupid stuff like he is slow and weak

    If Shaun Cody is slow and weak, then TJ is slower and weaker. Where does that leave us???
     
  18. Vinny

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    I have forgotten more about this game than you know.
     
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    Last year, our LB's did not get to the QB much of the time because they
    were used in pass coverage---thought the idea was to have strong man
    to man by the DB's, pressure/tying up by the DL, and pass rush by the LB...
    so, I guess we're going to change something??? :confused:
     
  20. Vinny

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    Why would you be confused?
     

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