For those who haven’t noticed, I’ve been away for a while, to a place where it struggled to reach 75 degrees during the day and where you could look out the window and see deer, wild turkeys, Canadian geese, mink and fox in their natural habitat.
‘Who needs the internet’ is what I was thinking for most of the past seven days.
But alas, we must get back to reality – like 95 degrees, stifling humidity, traffic, pollution, crime, work and …. Texans football (hooray for small victories).
I wasn’t able to watch the Texans-Cardinals game but I have it on DVR and will watch it before the Texans tangle with the Saints on Saturday night.
Despite my remote location since August 12, I was able to scrape up a random AT&T signal now and then, so I was aware of Ben Tate’s injury and the fourth quarter collapse at Arizona a few hours after it all went down.
I’m not one to break down Week 1 of pre-season so don’t expect any retroactive game analysis from this past Saturday. Tate’s injury is the big news – as was the return of Steve Slaton’s McFumblehands. I like what I’m hearing about Sharpton and I’m looking forward to seeing it with my own eyes.
What seemed like a deep running back corps before I left is now an Arian Foster injury away from a crisis.
The fact that a 2009 undrafted rookie running back has emerged as the Texans primary running threat is both exciting and scary.
The Texans were counting on Tate for a bunch of carries this year and it remains to be seen if Foster can do it for 16 games, or if Slaton can overcome his fumbling issues, or if Chris Henry can become more than a practice field warrior, or if Jeremiah Johnson can make it in the league.
Foster back where he started?
When asked about what’s changed in Arian Foster from a year ago, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said Foster “did a 360.” For the geometrically challenged, of course he meant a “180,” but despite the butchered cliché, you have to like some of the things Kubiak is saying about Foster:
(on if RB Arian Foster is becoming more confident carrying the football) “Arian is becoming a hell of a football player. The way he practices and prepares, the way he goes about his business with blitz pickup, he’s going to be a good one if he keeps going.” – Gary Kubiak, Aug. 18, 2010
(on the change of RB Arian Foster from last year) “…he comes out of school and there is a knock against him. We battled him for half a season for some of those standards and he did things. There’s come a point that he was going to listen or it wasn’t going to happen. Something clicked. You’ve got to ask him what it was because he’s doing everything we’re asking him to do.” – Gary Kubiak, Aug 18, 2010
Kubiak tends to over-hype some of his young players just a bit (Glover Quin for rookie of the year anyone?) so I’ll wait to see how Foster plays against Indy, Dallas and Washington before I dub him the savior.
Texans fans just need to keep their fingers crossed and hope there won’t be any more injuries in the RB corps – and that Slaton can do a 180 with his fumbling habit.
Jacoby Jones is a New Orleans native and he’s taking care of his Texans teammates while in the Big Easy. Jones told Houston media today “I think Schaubie (QB Matt Schaub) might give me a few more balls (against the Saints Saturday night) since he ate some of my momma’s gumbo.” – houstontexans.com
While I understand what #12 is saying, I hope Schaub, Andre, DeMeco and other key Texans players are on the bench again by the second quarter Saturday night. What’s worse than losing a starter or a key reserve in a meaningless pre-season game?
Saints good prep for Colts
Texans rookie corner Kareem Jackson said that practicing against Drew Brees is good preparation for the season opener against the Colts.
“(The Saints are) kind of keeping us on our toes with the snap count,” said Jackson. “To see those guys throw the ball left and right kind of (gets) me in a game situation and getting me ready for that first game against the Colts.” – source: houstontexans.com