Saturday, March 24, 2012

A lot been going on!

So many things frying up!

 Since my last installment... Where to begin? Super Mario has gone to the Bills, Joel Dreesen to Denver, Brisiel to Oakland and to everyone's surprise and amazement DeMeco Ryans was traded to the Eagles. Each of those teams just got a little bit better and I wish each of these players the best of luck. KC should also be added to the list for picking up Eric Winston. He was released before my last post but found a new home with the Chiefs. I feel they will be very happy with this acquisition. Oh, and Laurence Vickers to the Cowboys? I have to call Blasphemy on that one.

 As sad as the past is, it is more important for us to look toward the future. It's great to have retained center Chris Myers. The man is the O-Line anchor and under his leadership, I doubt the Texans will see much of a drop after losing a few key players on either side of Myers. Last years "Next man up" theme may very well start in the pre-season. By that, I mean, the next guy in line tends to step up and preform with great intensity and effectiveness. So far, Rick Smith and the Texans coaching staff have proven to have a good eye for the new guys.

 The Texans have grown to be known for their draft picks over the last several years. I have no doubt that this year will be any different. Sure, I have my favorites but I am not a decisions making part of the equation. Luckily, most of the mock drafts have my picks leading as a Texans wish list pick up. Most noticeably, Kendall Wright. You all know I've brought him up more than once.

 Cap space has been a huge part to all that has gone on in the last month. For previous Texans players (who will remain nameless) that have talked about the Texans being "too cheap" to keep them, nothing could be further from the truth. If the Texans were all that cheap, they wouldn't be over the cap every year forcing them to lose good/great players. The salary cap has been and will continue to be the Achilles heel of any organization holding highly talented players on their rosters. I have no doubt that Mr. McNair would pay many players more than they currently make if he was able to do so without having to gut the rest of the team in order to do it.

I am looking forward to what is to come once draft candidates start signing with teams and maybe a few late FA pickups by the Texans. This should be a fun ride going into training camp then into pre-season.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Chiming in before all the cuts and drafts

 Well, I'm sure everyone has heard about the big deal made with Mr. Foster. The man is worth every penny, and then some. Now lets turn our eye to Myers, Brisiel, Dreessen and Williams. Not sure about everyone else but only two of those four stand out as needed for their positions and that would be Myers and Dreessen.

 Brisiel is very good at his position but we really haven't seen a major drop off there when he has been out. Caldwell has stepped in and done a more than acceptable job and costs less then keep Brisiel. I hate to see even the slightest drop off but when we need to make bigger improvements at position like wide receiver than we would see drops on the O-line, we might need to make the sacrifice to make the over-all team, better.

 Williams would be my biggest disappointment in the area of releases. Williams is an exceptional player and dominates his position with unbelievable power and speed, when he is healthy. As much as I'd love to see him stay with the Texans to help bring fear to any offense they come up against, the new defensive scheme has proven that it can perform exceptionally with out him. Granted, we do better with Williams but a single player is not required to maintain a defense in the top 3 across the entire NFL. The Texans flipped between 2nd and 1st all last year and will do better this year, even without Williams, as the group will have more time to absorb more of the Wade Phillips style 3-4. The price tag that follows Williams is the killer.

 After signing a big contract with Foster, we will need to open up some money to cover a solid WR, hopefully, in the first round. The best that the Texans will probably be able to pick up will more than likely be Kendall Wright, and that is nothing to frown about. After watch Mr. Wright's game footage and see the body control and ball concentration that this young man has, he would make a huge improvement to the Texans long ball capacity and help not only stretch the field but also to widen it. With Johnson on one side and Wright on the other plus the proven TEs the Texans already posses, opposing defenses will have to stay on their toes. Let's not forget the two headed monster the Texans have coming out of the backfield.

 After my previous post, You all know how I feel on the corner position. Jones would make a great addition to the other side of the ball. Jackson needs to find other fields to work on. I know that sounds harsh but I know way too many people backing me to worry about making that statement.

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