Tuesday, May 02, 2006

The future of the Houston Texans

So now that the NFL draft is over I have a few things to say. I know that you’re all anxiously awaiting my reactions and commentary so here we go.

Houston Texans:

Did they completely miss the chance of a lifetime by passing on Reggie Bush or what? Reggie Bush (the only Bush that I ever liked or respected) is potentially the best running back in the ENTIRE HISTORY of football.

I know that the Texans have a really good (when healthy) running back in Dominic Davis. I also know that the team’s biggest problem is their front line, not the RB or Wide Receivers.

And granted, the Texans did an excellent job with the rest of the draft and shored up a LOT of weak areas.

But why did they pass over Bush for a Defensive End? Williams is a great athlete and will make an impact on defense, but why pass on someone who can arguably be the greatest player of all time?

But they did, and Bush got picked up by the New Orleans Saints (a waste of a football team).

I do have to say, with the exception of being stupid with Bush (maybe they confused Reggie Bush with the other Bush who’s been making headlines by being retarded and in power?) they’ve done an excellent job with all the shuffling and moving since hiring Gary Kubiak as their head coach.

I was so excited when Kubiak got the job and I’ve already had to raise my expectations a couple of times. It’s almost like reaching football nirvana. Of course, that won’t happen until the Texans win the Superbowl, but that shouldn’t be too much longer now…

I KNOW that the Texans will de better than last year, it’d be hard not to. How much better? Well, that’s the question now, isn’t it?

I think that the Texans stand a good chance of making the playoffs as a wild card contender. They have the ever improving Colts juggernaut in their division as well as the Jaguars (not a sorry team) and the Titans, who have made some improvements in the offseason and may not be the joke we were used to anymore.

I think that this is one of the toughest divisions in the league. Think about it:

The Patriots have no competition in their division. The other teams in that division may be competition in the NFC, but are too sorry to compete in the AFC arena. In fact, the only good team in the AFC are the Seahawks, and that’s been a recent change for the better.

The Bengals and Steelers are both great teams, but the other two teams in their division are more like practice squads than teams.

Denver has a pretty good rival in KC, but the Chargers haven’t been a threat in years and the Raiders are in the same sorry sad state that they’ve been since the lost the Superbowl and then Rich Gannon.

Compare that to the Colts, who went 14-2 last year and seem to average 35 points a game. Or compare those teams with the Jaguars who managed a very respectable 12-4 record last season. These two teams had a higher winning percentage than every other team in the NFL except for the Broncos and the Seahawks, who managed to slip in between them with 13-3 records.

Ya, the Titans sucked last year, but they’ve managed to grab Vince Young QB and LenDale White RB, two of the best picks of the draft.

As a junior, Young was 182-of-285 (63.9 percent) for 2,769 yards and 26 TDs to go with 850 yards rushing and nine (rushing) TDs. His 168.6 passing efficiency rating led the nation, and he became Texas’ single-season record-holder in total offense with 3,619 yards.

White has a big, powerful frame; combines speed and power to hit the hole with authority; consistently breaks tackles; and has the lateral quickness to bounce outside and make the big play. He moves the chains consistently and can get the tough yardage near the goal line as well as break a 20-yard run.

In 13 games, he had 197 carries for 1302 yards for a fine 6.6 yards-per-carry average, along with 24 TDs (the longest scoring play was 46 yards) and an average of 100.2 yards per game. He had 14 catches for 219 yards (a 15.6- yards-per-catch average) and two TDs. He lost only 17 yards rushing over the entire season. He scored a school-record 57 career TDs. He did not work out at the Combine.

Talk about a double threat.

What did the Texans get? A shut down defensive end who will have a great career.

The official reasoning behind grabbing Williams over Bush was beating the Colts. A worthy goal.

But it’s almost impossible to beat the Colts with defense. You need to outscore them more than anything else.

Last season the Colts made 49 touchdowns compared to the 26 that their opponents managed to get. The Colts defense is one of the best in the league and has been a huge factor in winning 14 games last season.

To beat the Colts, a team needs to have a defense that can throw pressure on Manning QB. They also need a great offense.

There is no way to stop that Colts from scoring. The best that can be hoped for is to keep them from getting over 21 points a game. Therefore, having a great offence is required in order to outscore and beat them.

If you can beat the Colts, then you can beat anyone. And you can win the Superbowl.

I think that the Texans will be able to take on the Colts by next year at the latest. I predict that they’ll have a 9-7 season this year.

But hey, I’m an optimist!


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