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ArmyBengal

Retired Army Medical NCO
Thank you, 20+ years in the Army. Spent 11 years of that in the great state of Texas and my oldest was born in San Antonio, who is a HUGE Texans fan.
Many deployments and am blessed to have experienced both the greatness and tragedies of mankind. Serving has been my utmost honor.

The Texans are easily my #2 and I follow them closely because of my son.
We are already set to make the trip back down there again next season when the Bengals are slotted to visit the Texans.

In regards to the topic, I've just always been a fan of McCarron and now am happy that he is again on a team I root for !!!
I was hoping my Bengals would have brought him back for more.
 

powda

You forgot the briefcase!
Thank you, 20+ years in the Army. Spent 11 years of that in the great state of Texas and my oldest was born in San Antonio, who is a HUGE Texans fan.
Many deployments and am blessed to have experienced both the greatness and tragedies of mankind. Serving has been my utmost honor.

The Texans are easily my #2 and I follow them closely because of my son.
We are already set to make the trip back down there again next season when the Bengals are slotted to visit the Texans.

In regards to the topic, I've just always been a fan of McCarron and now am happy that he is again on a team I root for !!!
I was hoping my Bengals would have brought him back for more.
Thanks for your service. Refreshing to see an outside fan so respectful and down to earth.

Glad to get AJ and Webb. Not much else to be excited about thus far in free agency for the Texans.
 

badboy

Hall of Fame
Joseph will have to replaced by somebody younger very soon.
I agree but that's been said in more than one off season. We can get at least 2 corners in first four picks and couple more as UDFAs. I'm more concerned about Nicole and Roby than Joseph.
 
I'm happy with this move. He's about everything you could ask for in a backup QB. Has experience, doesn't have the worst stats, is fairly young, has played in the "big game" and won yeah it was college but still and he has a smoking hot wife. Hell this time 3-4 years ago we would have been happy if he was named the starter. He's not there to captain the ship just to keep it floating if the captain goes down.
 

Texas Jake

Rookie
I'm happy with this move. He's about everything you could ask for in a backup QB. Has experience, doesn't have the worst stats, is fairly young, has played in the "big game" and won yeah it was college but still and he has a smoking hot wife. Hell this time 3-4 years ago we would have been happy if he was named the starter. He's not there to captain the ship just to keep it floating if the captain goes down.
I am feeling very good about the signing. It looks like we have finally got a backup QB that can come off the bench and give us a chance to keep the season alive if Watson gets injured.
 

Seegara

Guitar Picker, Dog Lover, Woodworker
He led 'Bama to 2 national championships but how much of that was due to good teammates? I'm not too familiar with him. Does he have a strong arm? Can he run? Anybody think he could take the starting job away from Watson?
 

infantrycak

Admin & Mod
He led 'Bama to 2 national championships but how much of that was due to good teammates? I'm not too familiar with him. Does he have a strong arm? Can he run? Anybody think he could take the starting job away from Watson?
Judged to be mostly team hence his 5th round selection. Decent arm. Can move behind the line, not run threat.

Not a snowball's chance at taking the starting job.

NFL.com draft profile.
 

IDEXAN

Hall of Fame
Thank you, 20+ years in the Army. Spent 11 years of that in the great state of Texas and my oldest was born in San Antonio, who is a HUGE Texans fan.
Many deployments and am blessed to have experienced both the greatness and tragedies of mankind. Serving has been my utmost honor.

The Texans are easily my #2 and I follow them closely because of my son.
We are already set to make the trip back down there again next season when the Bengals are slotted to visit the Texans.

In regards to the topic, I've just always been a fan of McCarron and now am happy that he is again on a team I root for !!!
I was hoping my Bengals would have brought him back for more.
Thanks for your service and congrats on a great career in the military while serving your country. Also an Army vet here - AIRBORNE ! Just for a couple years though.
Good to see the Texans have a few fans outside of the city and even outside the state.
I have a nephew in Austin and brother in Springfield, Mo who also pull for the Texans but second to the the KC Chiefs.
 

thunderkyss

It's good to be me... again.
Staff member
Contributor's Club
So now we have A.J. McCarron. Can he block on the offensive line?
Watson is a smart guy. But I seriously think he had issues calling protection. I suspect as much because of the free rushers unaccounted for.

Don't get me wrong. I saw McCarron as the best QB in that draft. But never saw him as anything other than a placeholder. Remember I didn't want to spend 1-1 or even 2-1 on a QB in that draft.

Still, I can't help but think McCarron fits BO'bs ideal (Hoyer, Savage) QB prospect. While I am glad we have AMac on the roster I am suspicious of BO'bs motive.
 

Earl34

Rookie
Watson is a smart guy. But I seriously think he had issues calling protection. I suspect as much because of the free rushers unaccounted for.

Don't get me wrong. I saw McCarron as the best QB in that draft. But never saw him as anything other than a placeholder. Remember I didn't want to spend 1-1 or even 2-1 on a QB in that draft.

Still, I can't help but think McCarron fits BO'bs ideal (Hoyer, Savage) QB prospect. While I am glad we have AMac on the roster I am suspicious of BO'bs motive.
OL protection calls is another issue I have with O'Brien. When Peyton Manning was with the Colts, everyone saw him audibling and doing these gestures at the line. What many people don't know is he did not make the OL calls. The center Jeff Saturday made the calls. If one of the smartest QBs to ever play the game did not have to make OL calls, why not take it off the plate of your young, inexperienced QB? Just because Brady did it, doesn't mean Watson should or you can't give him some additional help.

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/216764-colts-football-101-understanding-jeff-saturday-and-the-offensive-line

https://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/13/sports/football/13colts.html
 

leebigeztx

Keep it Movin!
I'm happy with this move. He's about everything you could ask for in a backup QB. Has experience, doesn't have the worst stats, is fairly young, has played in the "big game" and won yeah it was college but still and he has a smoking hot wife. Hell this time 3-4 years ago we would have been happy if he was named the starter. He's not there to captain the ship just to keep it floating if the captain goes down.
He has what, 5 starts in the nfl? Tyrod would've been a better choice.
 

steelbtexan

Hall of Fame
OL protection calls is another issue I have with O'Brien. When Peyton Manning was with the Colts, everyone saw him audibling and doing these gestures at the line. What many people don't know is he did not make the OL calls. The center Jeff Saturday made the calls. If one of the smartest QBs to ever play the game did not have to make OL calls, why not take it off the plate of your young, inexperienced QB? Just because Brady did it, doesn't mean Watson should or you can't give him some additional help.

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/216764-colts-football-101-understanding-jeff-saturday-and-the-offensive-line

https://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/13/sports/football/13colts.html
Agreed,

But Jimmy G was able to do it too.
 

thunderkyss

It's good to be me... again.
Staff member
Contributor's Club
Agreed,

But Jimmy G was able to do it too.
As a rookie?

Even if he was, that would point to better coaching, again.

& it doesn't matter. The point is if you get to the point where you notice the problem, you have to do something to fix the problem.

Again, that's something most of us believe a coach is supposed to address.

Personally I don't think you can put a change that big in midseason. But you'd think after the third time your franchise gets mugged by a free rusher it's safe to assume he's not seeing the guy & someone on the sideline would call a TO. Maybe a RB.

But the point is there was an obvious problem that surfaced early in the season that was still a problem at the end of the season. Something competent coaching should fix.
 

steelbtexan

Hall of Fame
As a rookie?

Even if he was, that would point to better coaching, again.

& it doesn't matter. The point is if you get to the point where you notice the problem, you have to do something to fix the problem.

Again, that's something most of us believe a coach is supposed to address.

Personally I don't think you can put a change that big in midseason. But you'd think after the third time your franchise gets mugged by a free rusher it's safe to assume he's not seeing the guy & someone on the sideline would call a TO. Maybe a RB.

But the point is there was an obvious problem that surfaced early in the season that was still a problem at the end of the season. Something competent coaching should fix.
Hopefully Watson works on this flaw in his game this offseason.
 

Earl34

Rookie
Totally disagree

Watson is progressing like most rookie QB's do. Some good/Some bad

At some point it's on Watson to figure things out.
That might be true, but the coaching staff can do a better job of helping him to figure things out. Even in the playoff game, Watson recognized the CB blitz, but the play design and spacing enabled the Colts DB to cover two Texans in the small area and read the play for an INT.

Here is a really good article on how the Rams are helping their young QB with reading defenses and even audibles by getting to the LOS as quick as possible and then communicating with him until his headset communication is shut off. After reading this article, does anyone think the Texans would do something so "outside of the box"?

https://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/11/nfl-sean-mcvay-rams-saints-jared-goff-audibles
 

steelbtexan

Hall of Fame
That might be true, but the coaching staff can do a better job of helping him to figure things out. Even in the playoff game, Watson recognized the CB blitz, but the play design and spacing enabled the Colts DB to cover two Texans in the small area and read the play for an INT.

Here is a really good article on how the Rams are helping their young QB with reading defenses and even audibles by getting to the LOS as quick as possible and then communicating with him until his headset communication is shut off. After reading this article, does anyone think the Texans would do something so "outside of the box"?

https://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/11/nfl-sean-mcvay-rams-saints-jared-goff-audibles
Totally agree with getting out of the huddle and to the line quicker so Watson has a better chance to survey the defense. Hopefully this will be a part of BOB/Kelly's offseason self evaluation film study.
 


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