Houston Texans 2014 Evaluation

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    Houston Texans 2014 Evaluation

    How do fans think the Texans will do this year? Is Clowney enough to propel this team to being an AFC or SB contender?

     
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    Who cares about the Texans?

     
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    In response to OnlyDaTruth's comment:
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    How do fans think the Texans will do this year? Is Clowney enough to propel this team to being an AFC or SB contender?

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    I don't think Clowney will be enough but I think he's definitely a piece of the puzzle. I'll be watching the Texans this year because of O'Brien. I really like what he did with Penn State. The leadership he brings to the table blows the previous regime out of the water, so, I think his presence will have a larger impact on the team than any rookie might.

     
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    Arian Foster is breaking down and Ryan Fitzpatrick is their starting quarterback.  So the defense is going to have to carry the team.  They should win at least 6 games.  Colts will win that division.

     
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    What a strange place for a thread like this.

     
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    Arian Foster is breaking down and Ryan Fitzpatrick is their starting quarterback.  So the defense is going to have to carry the team.  They should win at least 6 games.  Colts will win that division.

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    They should tank like the Colts did... they could end up with Bryce Petty or Marcus Mariotta.

     
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    Who cares about the Texans?

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    +1

     
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    What a strange place for a thread like this.

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    I was thinking the same thing but I'm bored at work so I thought I'd chime in. 

     
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    Texans D is going to be brutal to play against this year. Watt and Clowney upfront are going to be a deadly duo. Honestly they might have a decent shot at making it to the playoffs even with an anemic O


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    What a strange place for a thread like this.

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    agree -

     
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    In response to DougIrwin's comment:
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    What a strange place for a thread like this.

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    I was thinking the same thing but I'm bored at work so I thought I'd chime in. 

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    I actually think tenn might surprise in that division.

     
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    Texans D is going to be brutal to play against this year. Watt and Clowney upfront are going to be a deadly duo. Honestly they might have a decent shot at making it to the playoffs even with an anemic O

    Trust me, I'm an engineer!

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    Interestingly, if Clowney and JJ Watt can help the Texans shut down opponents' offense - it would keep them in a position to win some games.

     

     
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    They should tank like the Colts did... they could end up with Bryce Petty or Marcus Mariotta.

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    LOL, I guess that's one way to rebuild

     
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    If Obie calls the offense as predictably as he did in New England with Fitzpatrick under center instead of Brady they'll fall flat on their face.

     
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    I see 11 total wins from Texas NFL entries this year. Early guess is Cowboys win 4 or 5 of them, Texans get whatever's left. So, they win Texas, whatever that's worth?

     
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    If Obie calls the offense as predictably as he did in New England with Fitzpatrick under center instead of Brady they'll fall flat on their face.

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    LOL...this is true.  Is McD doing a better job vs. O'Brien?

     
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    LOL...this is true.  Is McD doing a better job vs. O'Brien?

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    The moment McDaniel's came back we re-incorporated the fullback position back into our depth chart, we went bigger in the draft, became more run oriented, less predictable and we jumped from 17th in rushing attempts to 2nd.  So yes, it is a work in progress but it's getting better everyday.

     
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    If Obie calls the offense as predictably as he did in New England with Fitzpatrick under center instead of Brady they'll fall flat on their face.




    LOL...this is true.  Is McD doing a better job vs. O'Brien?


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    are you serious? the offense today is night and day different, and still changing. this years offense will be much different than last years. you can take it any way you want it, of is McD doing a better job, but IMO 100% yes. no matter how you look at it, the offense is much different under McD than it was under BOB


     EDIT: I had not seen Wozzys reply, so I pretty much types what he did

     
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    LOL...this is true.  Is McD doing a better job vs. O'Brien?

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    The moment McDaniel's came back we re-incorporated the fullback position back into our depth chart, we went bigger in the draft, became more run oriented, less predictable and we jumped from 17th in rushing attempts to 2nd.  So yes, it is a work in progress but it's getting better everyday.

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    IMO, his play calling is much like in 2007...and is just as predictable. When Gronk is out and Hooman is in - most teams correctly assume that they're not throwing to Hooman.  When Ridley is in, chances are it's a run. When Vereen is the lone RB on 3rd and long; it's gonna be a pass.

    I think think that we would be far less predictable if, for example, you had a lead back in that could run, block, and or catch equally for different offensive plays that have the same look.  The problem is that the offense hasn't done that in years - either because they didn't have players that talented - and because BB has had to use "specialists" (players know to excel at only one thing).

     

     
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    My only interest in the Texans would have been if somehow the Pats had their 1st round draft pick next year. The results weren't always good but I used to like when BB traded an end of the first round pick for a second and a first the next year. It made the following season more interesting because I'd be rooting for the Pats and against another team.

     
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    At least they have a last place schedule to work with.

     
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    My only interest in the Texans would have been if somehow the Pats had their 1st round draft pick next year. The results weren't always good but I used to like when BB traded an end of the first round pick for a second and a first the next year. It made the following season more interesting because I'd be rooting for the Pats and against another team.

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    True, I think there was a season or two when BB didn't have the luxury of extra picks, had some serious needs to fill - and the scenario forced BB to use his picks instead of waiting for the next draft.

     
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    I don't think Clowney will be enough but I think he's definitely a piece of the puzzle. I'll be watching the Texans this year because of O'Brien. I really like what he did with Penn State. The leadership he brings to the table blows the previous regime out of the water, so, I think his presence will have a larger impact on the team than any rookie might.




          I agree with your comments on O'Brien, and wish Billy well.


         The problem with Clowney is his health, and the fact that he can't play QB. Prior to training camp, Clowney had surgery for a sports hernia. Then, when he came back and began practicing, he suffered some sort of groin injury. He's been dealing with that problem throughout camp. It remains to be seen whether this will be one of those nagging injuries that bothers him throughout the season.


         Frankly folks, QB Blake Bortles looks like he may have been the better choice for the QB starved Texans. Clowney needs to be another Bruce Smith for the Clowney pick to be deemed a success.


         The Houston QB situation is a disaster. Billy O'Brien will have to try to make do with journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitz was awful in the first preseason game at Arizona, but played better in game two against the Falcons. Game 3 in Denver will be quite the test, since Fitz will be required to put points on the board, rather than serve as a game manager.


         Texans' GM Rick Smith has been heavily criticized for not trading up to get QB Teddy Bridgewater (Minnesota traded up and snagged Teddy just ahead of the Texans, at #32). Then Smith, who probably would have taken QB Jimmy Garappolo at #65 (first pick in round 3), missed out when the Patriots surprised, grabbing Jimmy G at #62. In desperation, the Texans finally tabbed the very raw Tom Savage, at #135 (late in the 4th round). It will be interesting to see if Billy can mold Savage into a decent NFL QB.


         Contract issues have also nipped at the heals of the beleaguered Smith. First, there was the Andre Johnson holdout. Look for Andre to be gone next year, if not sooner. In addition, J.J. Watt is making noise about getting paid. Though Watt is deserving as the best D-lineman in the game, he will make just $1.9mil. this season, and $6.5mil. next season...before the Texans will surely have to franchise him to keep him. Since he is represented by agent Tom Condon, this situation could turn  ugly fast. Look for J. J. to force his way out of Houston, by no later than 2016.


         At RB, Arien Foster has been hurt, and has turned into a bit of a prima-donna after getting paid big money. If Foster can't return to stud form, the offense is in deep, deep trouble...especially when considering how bad the Texan's OL has been in protecting their QBs during the preseason. 


         Defensively, the Texans look good on paper, and, if Clowney is healthy, the DL should be able to mount a pretty fair pass rush. But, the Texan secondary, especially the CBs, are suspect.


         Folks, the 8-8 predictions being wielded about by some appear to be too optimistic. Perhaps this is due to respect for Billy O'Brien, the fact that the Texans play in the weakest division in the NFL, and the excitement over the Clowney/Watt DL combo. A 4-6 win season appears more likely.


         But, it would be far better that Houston suffers through another awful two win season, so that they can get it right this time, and build their team around a very good QB prospect, in 2015.  


     

     
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    At least they have a last place schedule to work with.




    This.  I don't think they will have a KC esque turnaround this year, but I expect them to be competitive with that defense and the light schedule.  Fitz is pretty streaky so they could string a few wins together when he is playing well.

     
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    IMO, his play calling is much like in 2007...and is just as predictable. When Gronk is out and Hooman is in - most teams correctly assume that they're not throwing to Hooman.  When Ridley is in, chances are it's a run. When Vereen is the lone RB on 3rd and long; it's gonna be a pass.

    I think think that we would be far less predictable if, for example, you had a lead back in that could run, block, and or catch equally for different offensive plays that have the same look.  The problem is that the offense hasn't done that in years - either because they didn't have players that talented - and because BB has had to use "specialists" (players know to excel at only one thing).

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    Sorry but did you just compare McDaniels work to 2007 as a bad thing?  I don't see that he does things much different than Weis did back in the early 2000's.  Younger certainly, but 2007 was one if the greatest offensive outputs ever and despite what some think we were well balanced.  In 2007 we tried to do the impossible, Belichick could have held people in reserve, lost some non conference games but he didn't, he went for excellence, I'll never fault him for that. 

     
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