2006 NFL Draft: Not a Conspiracy
Ok, I will play devil's advocate here for arguements sake. Houston was horrible last year, I can remember 5 or 6 games where they were winning the game and blew it in the final minutes. They went into the offseason with a plan---get better on the offensive line and defense.
In the draft, they took Williams and Ryans 2nd (who I was hoping would fall to the Saints, but then again they don't draft LB's). After that they took two offensive linemen. All 4 likely starters.
Some teams draft by need--the Texans, others draft whoever they have higher on their board--the Saints. Aside from the 1st round. The Texans drafted much better than the Saints did.
Mario Williams (I liked Hawk better-that's just me) was the #1 rated defensive player who would have been picked by the Saints had the Texans taken Bush. There maybe a "conspiracy", but the pick makes sense.
The Texans already have a healthy running back in D. Davis who is no slouch. Casserly is one of those "team" GM's who knows one player can't take a team to the super bowl - example, Barry Sanders.
Houston is in a division with the Colts. A team, that if you haven't noticed, collapses like a house of cards when their "cerebral" quarterback gets pressured. --Side note, I can't wait to see the Colts start losing more. Without E. James, defenses are going to be all over Manning. I can't wait to watch his bro Eli take the less talented Giants farther in the playoffs than golden boy Peyton. You may think I'm crazy, but we'll see in December.
Back to my point, Gary Kubiak from Denver is the new coach of the Texans. While at Denver, Kubiak had offensive line schemes that made Mike Anderson and Olandis Gary 1,200 rushers (WHO?), imagine what he can do with Dominick Davis. We all remember when Mike Anderson came to the superdome and had over 250 yards rushing. After the game Kubiak admitted they had only run 4 different running plays all game.
Although the Texans didn't make the "sexy" pick, it wasn't by any means a mistake. If you want to laugh at someones draft, look at the Buffalo Bills who are on the clock with the first pick next year.
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