my post count may be over a thousand, but i don't really post much nowadays because i don't feel it's that necessary most of the time, since a lot of posts here are not really what i wanna talk about. however, i lurk all the time, and i used to post here a lot when i was younger (i was 15 or so; i'm 20 now)... but yeah, i'm just gonna post some of my thoughts on this team. i can't lie, i enjoy this offense more than any other offense we've had throughout the years. we have exciting players at every skill position for the first time in franchise history... and for once, we have some serious talent on the line. we're a bit undersized there, and inexperience is gonna show for a while, but i honestly see improvement week by week. i realize we're playing horrible football teams during this winning streak, but i started seeing improvement in our third game in jacksonville... early struggles were to be expected considering our younger players, new coaches, and difficulty of competition. we couldn't have asked for a harder 4 games to start the season out with. the new threat this 2008 team has, FINALLY, is at running back... just the presence of slaton in the backfield changes things from the get-go. defenses are now starting to respect the run a little more, and i think that's starting to really open the offense up and get the play action passes going. it's giving daniels all types of chances in the middle of the field, and easing the way for andre johnson and kevin walter on the edges. and obviously, slaton himself is a great back, who has killer vision and burst we've never seen in houston... however, we CANNOT run this guy into the ground like we did domanick davis; he NEEDS a compliment to keep him fresh. he's extremely explosive, but his small size is going to lead to durability issues if he doesn't have another back to help carry the load. i've actually been quite impressed with green, but he's too expensive and he's just way too brittle to be relied on week to week. we may end up winning 6 or 7 games this season, but i'm confident that we'll be alright in the long run... WITH A NEW DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR. richard smith, no matter how the defense performs the rest of the season, has worn out his welcome with me... i need to see a more aggressive scheme that can effectively rush the passer and not give up huge plays. granted, our secondary still needs a lot of work, but i think we've seen richard smith's ceiling. my ideal draft would be as follows: round 1: a talented, pass rushing DE. we need another pass rushing threat in the worst way possible, and weaver isn't cutting it. round 2: a larger, north-south type RB. this is the compliment slaton needs, and it'll only make our offense more dynamic and unpredictable. i'm not gonna lie though, i wouldn't mind if we took a kenny phillips type FS here to push this pick to round 3. round 3: a larger, more talented RG. brisiel is a decent player, but we need more of a push from the position, and he's not really doing that so much. i notice most of our good runs come on the left side. i only specified the first three rounds because i expect players chosen in these rounds to make AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT. for rounds 4-6, i'm sure we'll address the secondary and both lines, and probably another quarterback in round 7... i'm joking, i hope. in free agency, i'd LOVE haynesworth at DT, even if okam pans out. i also wouldn't mind more talent at WLB... and an improvement at LG/RG would be great to add some more competitiveness to the line. the secondary is pretty bad, but i think it's going to be markedly better with the return of dunta robinson; the personnel besides him could actually be worse. i think the winner of reeves/molden would do fine at nickelback with robinson and bennett on the edges. i've been a little disappointed about the way this season started, obviously... but i'm liking our direction. the only move i'd be really disappointed about is keeping richard smith after this season. however, i feel this is his last hoorah. i really do. i think we could be a really dangerous team next season, especially if we attack our issues the way i would... but what do i know? i'm just a fan. anyways, i'm done ranting. here's to a good (AND HEALTHY) rest of the season!