I have watched the Texans and its fans for some time. I attended the first game the Texans played the Chargers (@ Qualcomm) and watched my team sack rookie David Carr - 9 times. 1. Games are won in the trenches. When the big uglies on the line don't play well - all is lost. 2. A QB gains confidence when his o-line keeps him from getting knocked on his butt. Case in point - Drew Brees was considered a bust in 2003, with a passer rating of 67.5, the next year (2004) he blew the socks off the NFL with a passer rating of 104.8. The difference? In 2003, the Charger o-line gave up 29 sacks and Brees was constently under pressure - in 2004 they only gave up 21 and he was less hurried on many of his throws (4th best in the NFL). FYI - Houston gave up 36 and 49 sacks in 2003 and 2004, respectfully. 3. You establish the run first - it opens up the passing game. 4. "Offense sells tickets - Defense wins Championships" (technically, I learned this from Vince Lombardi and not the Chargers per se - OK, I also learned it from the 2000 Ravens, 2001, 2003, 2004 Patriots, 2002 Bucs, and 2005 Steelers). The Houston Texans defense was ranked = 31st (2003); 19th (2004); 30th (2005); and 29th (2006 to date). Anybody want to guess what year the Texans won its most games (which was 7)? Hint - after golfing players will go to the ___ hole. 5. Field goal kickers are responsible for at least 3-4 wins or loses per year. 6. A defense that can apply pressure on the quarterback can turn a great QB into something mediocre. Its disheartening watching your team flounder - I know, my Chargers were the league laughing stock for years. We had the 1st round draft pick, Eli Manning told us he would rather go to law school than play for the Chargers. That really sucked. You have in Gary Kubiak an excellent offensive mind that was responsible for fielding a Denver offense that regularly kicked the butt of my team. Glad he's gone to Houston. I also know this, David Carr is a decent QB that can be a great QB if given the chance. The Houston Texans have done a horrible job of building an O-Line that can protect their QB. Casserly should have been fired years ago. Once your GM figures out that games are won-and-lost in the trenches, things will turn around.