Things that made me mad: 1. Special Teams as a whole. Wait, it should be "Special Teams as a HOLE." Because that's what it was. A big, hairy, stinky hole. We couldn't down the ball on the 1 because our special teams' guys had their heads up their rears, even though it bounced nicely several times before hitting the end zone. The snap to Rackers on our first FG was high and caused him to delay his stride toward the ball, almost wrecking the attempt. Trindon Holliday is as good as cut, period. On one punt to the Saints, we had him pinned at the 3 and he gets to the 17 before being tackled--A +14-yard field position for the Saints. 2. Defense as a hole. Where were these guys? They got manhandled all game. I kept waiting for someone or a few someones to flip a switch and reverse the tide, but it never came. Their 2's were dominating our 1's, unless they had more offense-side 1's out there than I realized. Chase Daniel? Seriously? Chase Freaking Daniel? LOL. Reggie Bush ran circles around us, Mario Williams gave up on plays EARLY, and Brees and his head coach make our offense AND our defense look like Pee-Wee League out there. 3. Antonio Smith. Reggie Bush runs around the right side of his offensive line, Smith pursues the play (untouched/unblocked) down the line...tracking Bush nicely...and when Bush cuts back into the inside, Smith has BUsh in his arms and lets him go. I mean, like "Release captured butterflies go" let go. I was screaming at the TV over this. This is insufferable. Apparently, though, the entire defense was told that they had the night off from proper tackling technique. 4. Trindon Holliday. This guy better have blackmail on Kubiak if he desires to make the team. Has a great opening kick return, IIRC, and then proceeds to royally blow every attempt after that (which included a fumble because he didn't come up and get underneath the ball enough). Out comes Slaton and Jacoby Jones to perform return duties. %$#@! There is no sticking up for the guy, no matter how badly you want to. He's going to need 100% positive plays for the rest of the camp if he wants a shot to make this team. And even then, it might not be enough. 5. TV Commentating. Once again, I understand the idea behind having a home-team, homer'ish commentating team paid to cover your team's games. You get a heavy dose of friendly analysis. What was stoopid was how they had so much to say about LSU. I know it was CST, which I infer means College Sports Network? Meaning this station that carried the game (CST) is normally dedicated to LSU/college coverage? Regardless, it was wearing me out. Mute-the-TV wearing me out. There was one play, early, when Brees had to throw the ball in the dirt quickly because (IIRC) Cushing had blown up the RB's blocking attempt and he was going to hurt Drew Brees as the scramble out of the pocket ensued. But the pasty guy and Solomon Wilcots were all gaga about how that RB just stuck his helmet in there and took care of the Texans defender! :HowardDeanScream: Yet they completely ignored that our guy blew up the play. LOL. This is what I can't stand about preseason: Homer analysis. I hope I don't see it/hear it when he play our home game. I don;t want to. I would hope that our commentators would be more professional than that. So we'll see. 6. Limited viewing of our plays. OK, so because this thing is homer'ized on the TV commentating side...we don't get to see the full range of Texans plays unless it's when we're getting waxed by the Saints. If we had a good play, you didn't see a replay of it very much. The production was just awful. They hardly ever did replay and analysis. Instead, we got to see in-the-booth interviews with Ricky Jackson and the LSU commentator. Lame. ---------------- Things that were OK: 1. At least it was preseason. The only saving grace is that perhaps we were playing a bit reserved by design of the coaches. Because that did not look like the same fired-up, busy-bee defense we saw against the Cards. It's either THAT or it's the difference between the two teams' QBs. And I ain't gonna' spend time deciding which one it is. Because I fear the true answer on it. We're also playing a second game as an away game. I know it's just down the street, but maybe it played a factor. I dunno. 2. James Freaking Casey! Whoo-hoo! Did you see him absolutely SHATTER the Saints #93 so that Schaub could complete that long pass? #93 is going to smash Schaub and Casey puts his helmet and full force of his weight and speed and the right attack angle onto the KNEE of #93. You could hear the POP! of it. He is a blocking machine. I noted that last week he had a crucial block on one of our plays that was a great overall play, mainly due to James Casey's blocking. Out-freaking-standing, James Casey. 3. Kareem Jackson. I felt he stayed with his guy. He also made a very good tackle when it seemed everyone else was doggin' it out there. I did not see him get exposed or abused out there. 4. Foster. Other than his fumble, he is showing promise. He has enough power to withstand the defenses if he can get at least a little help from our oline. Everyone was losing their traction on that field, and on his fumble he attempts to balance himself by bringing his ball-carrying arm up into the air and a tackler hits that arm (and ball) and just the right time to force the fumble. I was not mad about that fumble. That's it. This game had goats that were blown and pooches that were screwed. It was horrendous. It was a waste of me staying up until midnight to watch it as it aired on NFLN. Should have woke up this morning and watched it instead. I need the Men In Black laser light pen gadget that makes me forget it. Feel free to add or correct anything. I am sure I missed some things.