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steelbtexan

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We aren't talking about the past, we are talking about Dillard vs Howard re. readiness for week 1 for this team. And there is nothing at this point to point convincingly to the fact that Dillard would be any better prepared to hold down an NFL/Texans LT position week 1. It is now appropriate to stop beating a dead horse.........Dillard is not a Texan.............and let things play out before wasting so much energy into something that no longer matters.
Other than Dillard is a better athlete and played against top level competition you would be correct. As I've asked before, if you were a betting man would you bet on an elite athlete who has played against top level competition or would you bet on an avg athlete that played division II ball, particularly with Devlin doing the training for the lesser athlete/division II guy?

You are correct in that Dillard isn't a Texan and I'm rooting for Howard to be successful. Speaking of rooting for Howard, the Texans need a day 1 starting LT and if Howard is that guy then it says more about the Texans neglect of the position than it will how well Howard does or doesn't play.

In short I wish the Texans org was ran more like the former SB champion Eagles than the Boy Scout Club currently being ran over on Kirby.

Feel free to disagree with me, I know my opinioms aren't popular on a Houston Texans MB, but it is what it is.
 

Dejaview

Rookie
Other than Dillard is a better athlete and played against top level competition you would be correct. As I've asked before, if you were a betting man would you bet on an elite athlete who has played against top level competition or would you bet on an avg athlete that played division II ball, particularly with Devlin doing the training for the lesser athlete/division II guy?

You are correct in that Dillard isn't a Texan and I'm rooting for Howard to be successful. Speaking of rooting for Howard, the Texans need a day 1 starting LT and if Howard is that guy then it says more about the Texans neglect of the position than it will how well Howard does or doesn't play.

In short I wish the Texans org was ran more like the former SB champion Eagles than the Boy Scout Club currently being ran over on Kirby.

Feel free to disagree with me, I know my opinioms aren't popular on a Houston Texans MB, but it is what it is.
So typical of this guy. Really here just to run down the org, but notice the typical butt covering plug for Howard? .
 

CloakNNNdagger

Hall of Fame
Other than Dillard is a better athlete and played against top level competition you would be correct. As I've asked before, if you were a betting man would you bet on an elite athlete who has played against top level competition or would you bet on an avg athlete that played division II ball, particularly with Devlin doing the training for the lesser athlete/division II guy?

You are correct in that Dillard isn't a Texan and I'm rooting for Howard to be successful. Speaking of rooting for Howard, the Texans need a day 1 starting LT and if Howard is that guy then it says more about the Texans neglect of the position than it will how well Howard does or doesn't play.

In short I wish the Texans org was ran more like the former SB champion Eagles than the Boy Scout Club currently being ran over on Kirby.

Feel free to disagree with me, I know my opinioms aren't popular on a Houston Texans MB, but it is what it is.
Washington State as I have posted above runs virtually a pure "air raid" offense. There is a reason that their QB last season was sacked at a rate less than any other team (#1). They go four or five receiver sets on pretty much every play, and utilize wide splits on the offensive line to make edge rushers cover more ground to reach the quarterback. The LT has a lot easier time of protecting his QB, not necessarily elite athleticism. The playbook is fairly limited, with only a handful of total plays..........a handful of plays that the LT needs to learn and run. On top of that, the run game being used as a only an occasional afterthought "step child" with a LT's hand never touching the dirt..........of course that frees the player from having to wear gloves to keep the fingernails clean. I would bet that trying to transition from such a limited and confining college system will negate any advantage that you have mentioned in translating to the NFL game. So to answer your question, I would put my money on Howard who, although having played against lesser competition (and held his own against strong competition when confronted with such), but had widely diverse experience in types of skills expected to be necessary in the NFL.

Everything that can be said on this subject has been said on both sides ad nauseum. The "phantom" debate has become wearisome. You are entitled to your opinion. So I'll leave it at that, and would ask you to do the same. :handshake:
 

steelbtexan

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Just saying, as a bystander, this comment makes it look like steelbtexan is getting the better of you & you're having to resort to insult.

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Dejaview: 0
I've got him on ignore, so thx for the update.

I can see I made a good decision.
 

PHILLYTEXANFAN

Saddle Up Partner
They did with planning for the future which isn’t a bad move if you think that’s the guy.
There are to many factors to get hung up on to really be disappointed. From a distance you think it’s bad, and it very well could be. Scheme fit could have played a role as well as does the actual player fit with the culture.

Also the info we have is solely speculation, none of it is fact so speaking in absolutes is just silly at this point.
MAN. This is weird
 

steelbtexan

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Bumped an old thread to pat yourself on the back?
I'm glad to see Philly is back.

I also like seeing old posts and how things worked out. I absolutely loved Tex bringing back the Jimmy G thread so I could LOL at all of the fail in that thread.
 

zshawn10

All Pro
The Houston Texans mortgaged their future for the 2019 season, which means that they’ll need their 2019 rookie class to play well in order to achieve sustained success moving forward. Unfortunately for Houston, their rookie class was one of the worst in the league. According to Pro Football Focus, the unit ranked 30th in overall value, ahead of just the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals. While this doesn’t mean that Houston’s rookies are doomed for NFL failure, it’s certainly not an encouraging sign for the future.

PFF: Houston Texans Rookie Class Ranked 30th in NFL

Pro Football Focus cites Lonnie Johnson as the biggest reason for this low ranking. According to the advanced analytics site, Johnson’s 36.0 grade "ranked last among qualifying cornerbacks, and his 128.9 passer rating allowed was second-worst among cornerbacks with 50 or more targets". Cornerbacks typically need a year or two to adjust to the NFL, but Johnson will need to take a dramatic step forward in 2019 in order to avoid the "bust" tag.

Despite the low ranking, it wasn’t all bad for Houston’s rookie. First-round pick Tytus Howard made eight starts as a rookie, recording a 63.4 overall grade at right tackle. While nobody is confusing him with Lane Johnson, the Alabama State product looked like a capable starter. If he continues to develop, he and Laremy Tunsil should keep Deshaun Watson upright for the foreseeable future.

Drafting is more luck than skill, and teams are typically able to overcome one or two bad drafts. However, the Texans needed this one to be special. Thanks to a wide assortment of offseason trades, Houston basically doesn’t have any draft capital for the next two seasons. Deshaun Watson is capable of hiding a lot of roster flaws, but this top-heavy roster construction typically doesn’t lead to sustained success. Unless this draft class improves dramatically, Bill O’Brien is going to have to find some diamonds in the rough over the next few seasons to keep this team competitive.

The Rest of the Picks

Max Scharping appeared in all 16 regular season games and started the final 14. The second-round pick finished the year as PFF’s 51st-best guard, but there is reason to believe he can improve moving forward. Scharping primarily played tackle in college, so he had to learn a new position on the fly. He should improve with a full season at guard under his belt and could be a league-average starter as soon as 2020.

Kahale Warring spent his rookie season on the injured reserve after suffering offseason concussion and hamstring injuries. The severity of these injuries are obviously worrisome, but he should be back on the field for the start of 2020 OTA’s. Charles Omenihu carved out a role in Houston’s defensive end rotation but didn’t do anything to set the world on fire. If he continues to develop he could be a solid role player.

Xavier Crawford made the initial 53-man roster, but he didn’t make it to the end of the season. The Texans parted ways with the Central Michigan product in October, but Crawford managed to land on his feet. The cornerback made a brief cameo with the Miami Dolphins before landing on the Chicago Bears practice squad. Cullen Gillaspia hardly saw the field on offense but managed to carve out a role on special teams.
 


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