Vandermeer's blog for OTA Day One

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  1. Kaiser Toro

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    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/blogs.asp?post_id=150

    My first reaction to seeing the new Texans work out at the Methodist Training Center was that it's great to have football back. My next one was that it was a tad strange to see the number 8 on another QB. Matt Schaub looks so physically different than the former number 8 but this is my sixth year coming to practice so I had to adjust my eyes a few times. Darius Walker wearing number 37 wasn't exactly easy either.

    Schaub looked like he was getting his sea legs early in the 11-on-11 workouts then started to connect on some deep balls that will be very welcome when the action begins for real. Ahman Green is in tremendous shape and, with health, will enable the Texans to take the next step in the ground game. Right now I have no idea how good Jacoby Jones is going to be but he just has that look about him that says he's a player. We'll see.

    Seeing Amobi Okoye and Mario Williams stand next to each other made me think of the awesome potential of these two. The Texans defense was in the top-10 if you separate the last 10 weeks of the season. This is after a three game start that had them about a hundred yards per game in dead last. Think of getting started this season with DeMeco and Mario no longer rookies and Okoye chipping in.

    Jon Abbate looks small (5-11, 245) but ferocious. Undrafted rookie Brandon Mitchell (6-2, 205) is easy to spot at safety. C.C. Brown and Glenn Earl were the 'starters', but there is a lot going on behind them. Dexter McCleon got some safety work. So did Von Hutchins.

    The most entertaining coach so far is D-line mentor Jethro Franklin. To a player needing to attack better: "Either you're going to have to deal with him or with me, and you don't want to deal with me." You had to be there. Trust me, it's all in the delivery.

    Kailee Wong is done. It's sad to know that another original Texan is out. He came back from a knee injury that few thought was possible to overcome. He just couldn't stay back. He will be missed. The best Wong memory is making two sacks on Mark Brunell on the last possession in Jacksonville in '02 in the second ever Texan win. We also lose the fun pop culture connection of Kailee's brother-in-law Mario Lopez of Saved By The Bell fame.
     
  2. NFLforher

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    Really good. Thanks for posting that.
     
  3. Double Barrel

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    Good stuff! :thumbup

    I'm stoked about our D next season. Our first 6 games last year were horrible, but I didn't realize how they stacked up in the last 10 games (top 10). I think they will hit the ground running this time around, having a year under their belt with Smith (and now Bush). Plus a second year DeMeco, a healthy Mario in his second year, and of course our rookie lineman....man, I can't wait to yell my arse off for this D!! :redtowel:
     
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    I wish I could accept Vandy as an objective observer, but I find it very hard. With that said, any info from OTA's is greatly appreciated.
     
  5. Second Honeymoon

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    yeah, i want to hear about TJ, Greenwood, and some of the other 'bubble' players. I am curious to see if either of them can show enough to keep their jobs.
     
  6. NitroGSXR

    NitroGSXR Super Sic #58

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    I wouldn't think that Morlon is on the bubble, is he? If so, who's in competition for his slot? I thought that I read that DeMeco and Morlon's jobs were not in jeopardy. We have maybe one of the deepest linebacking corps in the league but we don't have a 1-2 punch outside of DeMeco and Morlon.

    Again, I'm not one of your 'gurus.' I'm just a fan looking from the outside and stating my views on the subject and welcome positive criticism. Just be nice about it. I've encountered some rather brash folks over the last couple of days. Dunno what that's all about.
     
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    Truth be told, there are not many true 'gurus'...and the ones that are considered as such are very nice about it. I hate to hear that you've encountered the brash, but some people can be full of it, so I'd take it with a grain of salt. :howdy:

    But I agree with you about Greenwood. From what I've read, he is pencilled in as a starter. While I'm sure they'll all have to compete for their positions, I think it's his job to lose at the moment.
     
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    It is the off season and some folks are just testy. Just hang in there and keep reading and do not let them get to ya. I will try and look and see if I can find any info on that for ya.


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    I think when all is said and done this year, the Texans will have a personality. They will be known as a defensive team.
     
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    TJ I agree, although I dont really see Greenwood as a "bubble" player, I thought he played very well, and Kubiak stated the same thing last year and this year. but that's just my oppinion.
     
  11. whiskeyrbl

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    I would agree that it is Morlon's job to lose. But if Clark or Barber out do him in TC, would not be surprised to see one of them in there come week one. Man it sure is nice to finally be able to talk about a team that seems to have some depth.
     
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    Don't forget competition. Slack off and your job will be picking splinters out your butt on monday.
     
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    You know what I agree with you and I am happy about it. I love the fact that we are building our defense up. But I am a defensive guy in any sport. You pick me in that weekly pick up game and I am playing defense for your team. I don't care if it's football, soccer, or even golf. The way I see it let's add some defense to that sport. Better believe I add some verbal defense when I play golf with my friends. There is no hushing up when people are taking their swing. That's just how my mind works. Defense rocks. :texflag:
     
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    i have a question, why do the rookies practice without a contract done yet, if they got hurt badly you would think they could lose a lot of money. is it insurace protecting them are what? thanks -rip
     
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    I was actually wondering about that myself in my subconcious but I couldn't pull it out of my head. GREAT QUESTION!

    I've been thinking about contracts a lot. See, I'm beginning to play fantasy football and contracts have just ignited a spark with my ethusiasm for trying to get out there. I consider myself to be pretty well versed with the college game (as a fan and only a fan) and I'm now moving on up to the big leagues outside of my beloved Houston Texans.

    If I were Amobi, I wouldn't be at OTA even though it's an extremely light workout. He'd stand to lose millions if he were to just roll his ankle or have a Charles Spencer trip and fall on him. Augh! I'm loving a Spencer/Okoye match up. I sure can't wait for training camp.

    Now, I'd just get a contract done. I wouldn't sweat the small details and pull a holdout but I'd do whatever it takes to get the contract signed but that's just me. Protecting yourself is ok but holding out isn't protecting yourself. It's sweating the small details.
     
  16. TexanSam

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    Nice read, but I bet some beat reporter or sportscaster is saying the same thing about their own NFL team all over the league. Once preseason starts, then I'll get a little more excited.
     
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    I wasn't saying that Greenwood was gone, but I was saying that he may be on the bubble if they can find someone to do the same thing for less money. Greenwood's deal is a Casserley deal so it is inherently a poor contract.

    I am not hating on Greenwood, I am just thinking aloud that they may go for a cheaper alternative if they can find someone to step up.

    Nitro, if people are giving you a hard time, dont worry about it. Your OK in my book :)
     
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    KT -- what did you mean "easy to spot at safety?" Was he over- or underperforming?

    Thanks,
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  19. Kaiser Toro

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    Those words are Vandermeer's. I added nothing. But if I were going to go out on a limb and into Vandermeer's medulla oblongata I would venture to guess it is because he is big for Safety?
     
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    I think Greenwood may be a casualty also...his cap hit doesn't represent the kind of player he is....it's too high for the goods he brings to the table.
     

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