One reason why I started blogging at the Chron was that I wanted to send a message that there was a market for reasonable, non-superficial analysis about the Texans. You would think that would be self-evident. When I first started, it was right after the 2006 draft--a almost post-apocalyptic time...Mario pick, after the 2-14 misery. It was a very bad time to be talking Texans...except that people wanted to figure out the deal on how to get out of that mess. Sometimes narratives about GMs, coaches and players evolve, and nobody tries to look at those things critically. A person gets a view of a guy, and then tries to assemble facts to support their position about their view instead of just letting the information say what it is going to say. Anyway, here's a new blog post that is a bit of a thinking out loud essay: Texans GM Rick Smith on the draft and free agency It may contain some stuff you already know, but I try to have it work for multiple audiences. That both the diehard and casual fan can get something out of it. It's also an attempt to create dialogue with fans who might not think of joining a MB but happen to read Chron online. In other words, gee it is a long offseason.