I just posted this idea in TC's pink soap thread but I got to thinking about how brilliant I am and I decided it was deserving of it's own thread.... Much like in alot of jobs, if you're not performing very well you can be put on probation for a period of time where there is a much more strict assessment of your productivity. Due to the schedule over the next two weeks we could really set up a very black and white probation period for Richard as fans. Here's my thinking.... Over the next two weeks we are going to be playing two teams back to back that have been completely decimated by injury, drama, loss of star players, starting QB's etc... what a perfect scenario to begin the Richard Smith Probation Period or Richard Smith Pee Pee as we can refer to it. The defense stinks. It's a fact. We're giving up 30 points a game, we're blowing leads every week, etc. etc. But you can't deny they have shown steady progress the last three weeks. Applying better pressure, secondary is improving, tackling is improving, 3rd down % is better. If the improvement continues we should expect to see the points given up to decrease as well. With all that is going on with Detroit and Cincinnati it would be preposterous to think that we won't continue to see improvement over the next two games. So it's a perfect scenario for an extremely tight leash. So here's the Richard Smith Probation Period idea: How about we unify as a fan base and all bickering about Smith's job ceases until Sunday? if there isn't continued progress sunday against a decimated offense.... as a unified fan base we demand: fire the schmuck. if there is progress sunday but regression against the decimated bengals.... as a unified fan base we demand: fire the schmuck. if there is continued improvement over those two games and it continues into Baltimore and Indy, we agree to agree that we have an improving defense but Richard Smith remains on probation through the end of the year... as fans, we remain cautiously hopeful and support the texans front office decision to let it develop. who's with me?