What's going on in Houston?
Been extremely busy, with personal stuff, to keep up with posts this season but things are just insane out there. Something needs to be said but where to start? Let's start with the big one....QB controversy!
I've said before, and I stick to my guns, that Matt Schaub is an extremely intelligent QB. The man can read a defense with the best of them. Unfortunately, Matt is seems to have a very difficult time getting his body to do what his mind knows needs to happen. Those closer to me already know my theory on that.
T.J Yates is a younger, stronger but inexperienced version of Matt Schaub. I see T.J. being a very good starting QB for a team that really needs a good QB to help move the ball down the field but, the Texans aren't that team because they already seem to have that guy and with a contract coming up, it wouldn't be smart business to pay your back up more than your starter. That, and it would be a waste of a pretty strong QB to keep him on the bench if he can make a difference somewhere else.
Case Keenum is the guy to mold. With all of Keenum's skill, he really needs to learn when to stay inside the pocket in order to let his blockers do their job and he needs to learn to better read blitzes. Let's go back to Schaub. If Schaub is willing, he should transition into a QB coaching position. Yes, the Texans already have a pretty good QB coach but Matt has the on field modern experience to work hand-in-hand with the young Keenum to develop him into a strong defense reading machine. Keenum has a physical skill set that you don't see in either Matt or T.J.. However, if you can stuff Matt's defense reading intelligence into Keenum, Schaub can still get a Superbowl ring, next year, with the team that he has sacrificed so much for.
If Matt can take the route that Kubiak took when realizing that he wasn't going to lead a team to the championship on the field, he will see his great mind leading those who are on the field. And, that is just as important as being out there. So, in short, roll Schaub over to a coaching position, let T.J. prove his talents on a team that can pay him as a starter and start Keenum the rest of this season and let Schaub work with him to strengthen his weaknesses for the rest of this season and during the off season and keep Schaub on the coaching staff to mine his knowledge.
As for the rest of our mess? Well, I'll just slap it all together and make it short and sweet. Okay, maybe not so sweet.
Andre Johnson deserves a ring! Not just a ring, he deserves a ring with the organization he has been loyal too for so many years. This man, I"m sure, has gotten offers galore over the years but he has stayed where he knows people love and respect him. Even in off years, fans still wore his jersey, wished him well and a quick return to the game and basically never wavered from seeing him as the greatest Texan to ever take the field. Johnson has allow adjustments to his contract in order to help open cap space to help the team gain new talent. Johnson has stuck with the city and organization through thick and thin. The man has been inspirational off the field as well, especially during the holiday seasons where he selflessly help so many under privileged children have something to look forward to on Christmas morning. This organization owes this man a ring!
Now, for the not-so-sweet part.... Replace Brice McCain, now! Bullock needs a vet to work under to build on his mechanics to better develop accuracy. We should have brought back Niel Rackers or Shane Graham to help Bullock. I see potential in Bullock. The kid has as strong a leg as any special teams coach could ask, he just needs to be trained how to better use it!
Do something with the right side of the O-Line. If the Texans get early draft picks, we desperately need a solid corner (replacement for McCain), right side help with the offense and stronger depth in the linebacker positions. If the Texans do pick up a QB in the draft, it should be later down the road and that person needs sit back and learn.
At the running back position, with a few releases, we should be able to pay Tate and Watt. There is no need to explain the need for Watt but let me explain Tate. Foster is a beast on the field, as is Tate. Foster may be coming of a surgery that could weaken his game in the future. As much as I would love to see Foster come back with a full recovery, we must have a plan in place for what may happen while keeping in mind the business side of the game. Foster is getting paid. If we pay Tate, too, we will have to luxury of deciding which one we want to keep while putting them in a better position for their careers.
If Foster comes back strong as ever and Tate is already getting paid, he will be worth more to other teams that have a need for the position. If Foster comes back struggling, someone will still be willing to gamble on him developing a come back so, it's a win-win for everyone. Which ever one might get traded, Texans get a good chunk of money to cover other needs that might arise by that time.
Anyway, this has been a bit long winded for a sports blog post but like I said, there was much to say and even though I've put a lot out here, I left a lot on the drafting pages 'cause I could certainly take up more of your time with all that's going on. I just wanted to address the bigger issues.