Texans Have Top Young Talent

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  1. mariowillshine15

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    Not only are the Texans at the top of our rankings, but they could be even further ahead of the pack if we included players who are currently 25 and turn 26 before September 1. That would allow us to add star middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans to the Texans' haul. Even without him, though, the Texans are downright spoiled for talent. No one can match their one-two punch of Mario Williams and Brian Cushing, the best young players at their respective positions in the NFL. Add Ryans into the mix, and the Texans have three guys in their starting 11 who should be starting in the Pro Bowl every year. They're that good.

    Those three players aren't the only talents on defense, either. Defensive tackle Amobi Okoye has been inconsistent as a pro, but consider that he's just 23; Okoye is more than six months younger than Ndamukong Suh, who hasn't played a pro down. Safety Bernard Pollard was gifted by the Chiefs and immediately shored up the team's biggest weakness. The versatile Connor Barwin had 4.5 sacks in limited time last year. Zac Diles benefited from playing alongside two elite linebackers, but held his own in coverage on the weak side. The team may start second-year corner Glover Quin across from rookie Kareem Jackson and would not regret it. The Texans go deep. Throw in their troika of young running backs, led by Steve Slaton, and Houston is an organization at the peak of its developmental work. General manager Rick Smith doesn't get much attention nationwide, but since he took over for Charlie Casserly in 2006, it's hard to find anyone who's identified and acquired young talent as well as Smith has.
     
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    This is something we already knew. Unfortunately, we are at the bottom of the barrel in terms of veteran leadership from the players to the FO which has prevented us from making the next step.

    In the Free Agency era we need to strike a better balance of youth and experience if we hope to build a dynasty.
     
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    Just because you are sexually frustrated doesn't mean you have to bring the rest of us down!

    We are actually taking a path similar to the Eagles, Ravens, Oilers/Titans, Indianapolis...

    all these teams struggled with mediocrity despite a lot of young talent. They frustrated the fanbase with mediocrity until the core of the team matured. We've taken a similar route. And, now, guys like Schaub, AJ, Demeco, Mario, Pollard, Winston, Brown, Walter, OD should be at a place to lead the team as veterans.
     
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    Doesn't mean a whole lot if they can't get it to translate to the scoreboard.
     
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    I think he was roommates with Zgonina at Purdue, so probably a little older than that.
     


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    "Young" talent... Regardless of what happens with Kubiak, you can't judge these 23-25 year olds' careers as unfavorable based on a couple seasons where they hovered around .500.... It would be very surprising if this group of players don't have a lot of success in their careers, right?
     
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    I'm a lot more worried about the coaching decisions than these guys being able to take the next step from a maturity standpoint. I think the guys that you mentioned will only get better from that part of it. They could have gone 10-6 or possibly 11-5 last season if the coaching decisions weren't so bad at the end of certain games. Kubes is the guy that scares me. Not our core players. Other than our secondary, we're looking pretty good around the board with the O line being a little iffy as well. I think our running game will be very solid this season though.
     
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    Or even better:trophy::trophy::trophy: and maybe even :trophy: (Yeah, I'm greedy)
     
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    this team is stacked and i really think this year they break through. already making tailgating plans for sept 12
     
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    The Texans are just locked and loaded.
     
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    This summer we saw teams in the NBA playoffs and in the World Cup compete to the best of their ability to win it all. We watched the Lakers fight it out with the Celtics to win a championship. We watched Spain's relentless attack win them the World Cup. We saw LeBron James......Ahem..Moving on... I wonder if the Texans have developed that kind of a mentality because they are so young or if they have the right kind of people to push the players to that championship level. Brian Cushing, AJ, and DeMeco Ryans are the guys I think who have the qualities of a winner. We'll need those guys to lead from the front. The point is, hopefully the Texans have been taking notes and getting inspired. I can't wait because Houston will loose its mind if we make it to the playoffs this year!
     
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    Anybody remember this?!?! Ha ha ha ha! We sure showed it this year.
     
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    I think Frank Bush regrets it. And it was not the Texans, but their opponents, that went deep.
     

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