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Slow Start and Mistkaes Dooms Houston

 

In what many hoped to be their prime-time coming out party, the Houston Texans were beaten into the grass of Reliant Stadium by  the Green Bay Packers, a desperate Packer team, with multiple chips on their shoulders dating back to the week two Monday Night Football. The Pack simply wanted this game more than the Texans, Aaron Rodgers and the Pack came out looking to make a statement, and a giant statement they made.

Plain and simple, the Texans were outplayed, the Packers defense smothered Arian Foster, limiting him to 29 yards, and the Packers’ offense simply outgunned the Texans, and capitalized on their mistakes. From head scratching penalties, to the blown coverages for huge gains, the Texans defense looked like a shadow of its former self, can it be attributed to the loss of Brian Cushing? Maybe, but looking at the way Aaron Rodgers played, he had forever and a day in the pocket due to the high level of player from his offensive line, and Rodgers was also getting the ball off just in time to get it to his receiver, and avoiding a sack. The Packers, at this point in the season, are the better team and it showed, and to be a realist of sorts, you could say that this team needed a wake-up call of sorts. Rather than live in a fantasy world of “nothing is wrong with this team” and then getting exposed when it matters, I feel that it gives us a benchmark of what we did wrong.

This might just have been the toughest all around opponent the Texans will face all year, and by far the toughest test thus far, and to make things tougher, the Texans will be facing a familiar foe in the Baltimore Ravens next week, not in prime-time, but in the Texans’ “comfort zone” so to speak of the early game on CBS.

Despite all the clamor of things that we did wrong, this is no time to hit the panic button, there is time for the team to correct their mistakes and face a team they will likely face in the playoffs, in the Ravens, and unfortunately, the Texans will be facing a banged up Ravens team, who may have just lost Ray Lewis for the year to torn triceps, MRI’s to come soon. Shutdown corner Ladarius Webb suffered a knee injury, and pro-bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata is battling knee and shoulder injuries.

The Texans have a good amount of time to get prepared and fix mistakes, this loss by no means does not show that the Texans are not the “real deal”. it simply means that the Texans have to adjust to life without Cushing, tighten up the running game, and learning how to play from behind.

This game should not be remembered for the pounding and embarrassment the Texans received from the Packers, but as a reminder as the to the level of play elite teams play at and how they have to elevate their play to match, and outplay the other elite teams the Texans will face.

– Richard Perez

While the Gettin’ is Hot

While the trade of Ryans is unpopular and highly questionable, Houston Texans General Manager Rick Smith  more than likely knows what he is doing, and Texans fans should stand beside him in his moves, one sour note is the Texans did not get very much in return for Ryans, but faith must be held at least until the season arrives. Texans should believe in Smith solely for the reason that he is going into his sixth year on the job in Houston and seems to be more than knowledgeable when it comes to players being on the job this long, handling the “next man up” year of last season, alongside coaches Gary Kubiak, and Wade Phillips, and has been steadily on the rise in the last six years.

If the move proves to be one of the most bone-headed moves in the NFL, then fans can call for the head or Smith, or who ever they please, but the fact remains that DeMeco Ryans had struggled with health and possibly was on the decline of his career. The injuries sustained over time is the down fall in the professional sport of football, players do not maintain their prime for very long as the game wears down their bodies and takes it toll every day. This gives the Texans to bring in a new, younger, explosive talent, and with most of their coaching staff still intact, the system seems ready to take in players and breed athletic titans. Read more…

All Eyes to The Future

Free agency can either benefit a team or be their downfall, over the abbreviated lockout plagued 2011 offseason, the Texans made moves and benefited from free agency, signing key defensive parts and filling in gaps left by players such as fullback Vonta Leach. But this free agency session has gotten off on the wrong foot for the Texans and have had many of their key and successful players whisked away and signed by other teams or cut, players such as G Mike Brisiel, DE/LB Mario Williams, FB Lawrence Vickers, who were signed away, and OL Eric Winston who was cut by the Texans.

Texan fans are ready to hit the panic button as many of the unrestricted free agents have yet to be signed by the Texans, key names such as Joel Dreessen, Jason Allen, Dominique Barber, Neil Rackers, Quintin Demps, and Matt Turk, all key pieces to the Texans team. Read more…

Testing the Free Agent Waters

The Texans are once again involved in free agency talks again, but this time, they could be on the losing end. Houston, however, is used to losing players to free agency, but have yet to lose a player of such a beloved status, that player has gone under the radar all six years of his young career; and that player is defensive end turned linebacker, Mario Williams. Williams, a very notable and controversial draft pick by the Texans back in 2006, a year where the Texans had the first round pick and had an abundance of talent to choose from, many highly coveted players were all available for the Texans and many people speculated who the Texans were going to take.

One player was in-state favorite, Houston hero, BCS National Championship winner, and two-time Rose Bowl Most Valuable Player, star quarterback from the University of Texas, Vince Young, a player many speculated that the Texans would draft after their last quarterback, former first round draft pick, David Carr turn out to be a bust. Carr, in his short tenure with Houston, broke the record for most times sacked, a blemish that could be blamed on his offensive line, or lack there of, but unsuccessful nonetheless in Houston. Read more…

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