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  1. Texans off-season thread

    Make no mistake, Brock had to go. The Head Elder (McNair) got impatient waiting on his King (O'Brien) to find a Queen (Franchise Quarterback), so he dispatched the head of the Senate (Smith) to seek out worthy candidates. Unfortunately the politician was not only inept, but also harbored a jealously and hatred for the King and spent much of the kingdoms fortune ($72m) arranging a marriage with a young tall unsightly bride (Lady Osweiler) from his former territory whom the King had seen only once. Of course, the politician made his clandestine deal without consulting the King and completely ignoring the qualities the was most looking for in a Queen who could help lead the empire alongside him. The dutiful King did his best to work within the constraints of a forced marriage altho her faults and fallacies became obvious to all but had grown to love another woman (Savage - although she would prove to be a fragile and ineffective mate as well, was removed from power within hours of gaining the crown, and last seen convulsing deep within a man-made cavern). The King was publicly supportive of the sham marriage and paraded her before the populace despite the giant child bride suddenly deciding around week 5 that she knew more about running a kingdom than the guy who had turned marginal foot soldiers like Hackenburg, Fitz, and Hoyer into competent warriors who at least didn't lead their armies off a cliff. By week 17, the King was ready to behead the evil queen who thought her fortune and favor with the politician guaranteed her continued rule and placed the empire on the brink of a coup. Once it had become clear that the entire kingdom would fall if left to the unsightly queen, we banished her to the Wasteland of Cleve where 30 previous queens had fallen, they paid a ransom of $16m, and we granted them the right to choose our 2nd best academy graduate (35th best in the land) while leaving our $21m to burn. Even they found her so hideous and cruel that they paid another king's ransom to send her back to her homeland in the mountains who agreed to keep her for $71.2 million less than the inept politician had first paid. She briefly regained the crown there, but their once mighty steeds did fall at her command and they shipped in a Viking princess. So to be clear, my argument is more that we should invest some of the bounty that was saved from the banishment of the queen on other needs in our empire including reinforcements for our front lines and last defenses that were decimated last fall as we've already had a trusted sentry fall victim to the great illness in this campaign. This is not cause to be depressed as the forced marriage indirectly led us to the love of our life (Watson) who will be a powerful Queen who will lead our empire to vast riches, trophies, and rings. The Head Elder was even forced to abandon his loyal politician although he told the populace he was being sent on an important mission in the valley of the sun instead of branding it as the banishment it truly was. Yep - I challenge you to find another writer who can tangentially turn Texans drama into an a sexy Roman HBO miniseries. It's my curse and my gift.
  2. Texans re-sign McKinney

    Just as a reminder, Casserly picked Demeco, so Rick Smith didn't draft a single 2nd rounder he resigned in 11 drafts. Jacoby and Fido are the only 3rd rounders he drafted and resigned. Jacoby was cut a season later after tanking our playoff game with his 12th fumble and Fido was forced to retire a year after his deal. Garrett Graham was the only 4th rounder he drafted to be resigned and he was cut after 2 more seasons. That we purported ourselves to be a "build thru the draft" franchise is one of the most laughable frauds sold to this fan base as justification to tolerate ownership failing to aggressively address obvious holes via free agency and build a complete team capable of any playoff success vs. staying in a perpetual state of expansion style build/rebuild. What makes the 2nd round futility even worse was the decision to let 2nd round gift Connor Barwin walk in 2013 which along with letting rare 4th rounder success Glover Quin walk destroyed the soul of the defense and was a huge contributing factor (with Schaub's implosion and Arian's injury) to going from 12-4 to 2-14 in what will go down as one of the most horrific offseasons any GM has put together before he repeated it last offseason. Ironically, he stepped into the Hopkins pick that offseason, just like he did with Watson last year. Barwin is actually probably a pretty good comp for the McKinney resigning as he was always more valuable than his stat line as he enabled the glamor guys like Watt, Mario, Cushing, and Ninja Assassin get the accolades while he did the blue collar work. 2 years later when he was featured in Philly he was in the discussion for defensive MVP and it's a shame he wasn't around last year to get a ring as he was a huge part of turning around the culture there. Of course our other ridiculous non resigning Brandon Brooks did get a ring with them.
  3. Texans re-sign McKinney

    Moved from offseason thread... We got McKinney's extension done. 5 years / $50 million / $21 guaranteed. I think he's a bit overrated by Texans fans as he's just a tackler (albeit a really really good one) who doesn't rush the passer, doesn't cause turnovers, and remains a disaster in coverage. However, he's durable, a good leader and tone setter and tackling RBs is still kinda a big deal especially with the Jags and Titans on the rise, so locking him up was probably a good move to keep the core of what is working (front 7) together. Having Cunningham around to handle coverage makes me like McKinney a whole lot more, but I'm also not sure McKinney is $49.5 million better than Dylan Cole and I think Kalambayi is going to surprise people. The deal puts McKinney just behind Kuechly who got 5 / $61 / $27, but aside from injury concerns Kuechly brings a whole lot more to the table. Gotta say, our history hasn't been great with big money deals for ILB's (Demeco then Cushing) so it's not without risk, but we've got cap to burn the next few seasons and we're basically just swapping him into the Cushing salary slot (6 / $58 / $31). Of course, Clowney is the big deal to finish up which I suspect may double this one, but quality pass rushers/disruptors are a whole lot harder to find than tacklers who essentially shave a few tenths off RBs yards per carry. Heck, I wish we could just resign Watson to a 9 year deal now so we could keep luxuries like $50m ILBs around and add the real priorities like a #1 CB and LT. http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/23795982/houston-texans-lock-ilb-benardrick-mckinney-50m-extension
  4. Texans off-season thread

    I know we keep telling ourselves that and I do think he'll end up as one of the steals of the draft eventually, but he's still a rookie and Kareem and Kevin Johnson were ACTUAL first rounders and we torched entire seasons counting on them (Kareem's rookie year, KJ "replacing" AJ last year) without a fallback plan. Swearinger was a 2nd round "steal" who couldn't get on the field as a rookie (yes, Reid might be the exact polar opposite player as a high character smart player who can cover vs. an attack dog who bit us more than opponents and peed on Wade's leg on the way out of town). Again, I really like "the idea of" Reid, and I was absolutely rooting for him to win the starting gig over Hal, but Hal provided a nice security net since we know what we're getting there. Safety is a hard college to NFL transition in the best of circumstances, especially if he's the last man back which means he's going to show up at the part of the SportsCenter highlight where the WRs are high stepping to the EZ even if it's Joseph or Kareem who blew the coverage. Again, I just think we're nuts not to take advantage of the inexplicably slow FA safety market and our mountain of cap space to bring in another vet as an insurance policy (remember Mathieu has made it thru a season ONCE in his career as well). If Corey Moore is starting at safety at any point we are right back to becoming a cover 4 team minimizing damage like last year vs. locking people down and making plays like 2016. Pass rush helps, but we had Watt/Mercilus vs. Pats last year and safety play still killed us and shoddy safety play robbed us of putting a W by the greatest QB game in Texans history vs. Seattle. I've resigned to the fact that if Watson gets hurt, we're just screwed, but there aren't options out there to guard against that. What we can't have happen is a secondary giving away games Watson has won for us and it seems to me that there is still some depth out there that is almost as good as our current starters and we've got $35m that's just buying us nothing but "space" (sure, some will be used to prorate McKinney/Clowney, but we've got even more coming when the Allen semantics are done). Why burn the 2nd rounder to get Brock off the books only to waste twice that sitting unallocated?
  5. Texans off-season thread

    We got McKinney's extension done. 5 years / $50 million / $21 guaranteed. I think he's a bit overrated by Texans fans as he's just a tackler (albeit a really really good one) who doesn't rush the passer, doesn't cause turnovers, and remains a disaster in coverage. However, he's durable, a good leader and tone setter and tackling RBs is still kinda a big deal especially with the Jags and Titans on the rise, so locking him up was probably a good move to keep the core of what is working (front 7) together. Having Cunningham around to handle coverage makes me like McKinney a whole lot more, but I'm also not sure McKinney is $49.5 million better than Dylan Cole and I think Kalambayi is going to surprise people. The deal puts McKinney just behind Kuechly who got 5 / $61 / $27, but aside from injury concerns Kuechly brings a whole lot more to the table. Gotta say, our history hasn't been great with big money deals for ILB's (Demeco then Cushing) so it's not without risk, but we've got cap to burn the next few seasons and we're basically just swapping him into the Cushing salary slot (6 / $58 / $31). Of course, Clowney is the big deal to finish up which I suspect may double this one, but quality pass rushers/disruptors are a whole lot harder to find than tacklers who essentially shave a few tenths off RBs yards per carry. Heck, I wish we could just resign Watson to a 9 year deal now so we could keep luxuries like $50m ILBs around and add the real priorities like a #1 CB and LT. http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/23795982/houston-texans-lock-ilb-benardrick-mckinney-50m-extension
  6. Texans off-season thread

    As excited as I am to see what Justin brings to the table, assuming a 3rd round rookie can step in on day one is a pretty scary proposition, especially since my understanding is that the plan was to return to way more Cover 1 with the free safety as the sole safety net behind our corners who are each prone to getting torched on the long ball. Mathieu is best used at the line either at the slot or shutting down the move TEs and speedy receiving backs (it's no accident the Titans brought in Dion Lewis who killed us in the playoffs in 2016 w/3TDs and them last year). We are a slow camp start or a tweaked hammy away from Corey Moore being our FS against NE week one - if you need a refresher he was horrific in our week 3 thrashing last year to the tune of 378 / 5 Tds. Regardless of whether Hal or Reid won the gig, I expected to see all 3 on the field a bunch, especially (hopefully) with Watson getting us some leads to protect. The gaggle of other safeties on the roster (Moore, Drummond, Campbell, Decoud) are all holdovers from the Rick Smith 1990's version of safeties which are essentially small linebackers who can tackle, but are too slow to cover or even get to the edge (aka special teams exclusive). I advocated hard for Eric Reid (and Morgan Burnett), but I gotta say it would invite a very weird dynamic to sign two brothers that play the same position. Vaccaro is generally thought to be the next best option and anyone who is still out there is signing a one year prove it deal and is going to see plenty of snaps even if JR wins the starting job. Beggers can't be choosers at this point. He covered the slot a bunch last year which is going to be Mathieu and Kareems job, but he was decent as a deep safety the year before, but his wheels worry me a bit. I actually think Tre Boston might be the best fit as he's the most coverage oriented option out there and has the size and speed our secondary lacks. At the very least I'd get our old buddy Quintin Demps a call since he did the job with Romeo before and has great instincts back there and he could lose three steps and still lap Corey Moore. While we all advocated for Kareem to be kicked down to safety for years, it was for the Mathieu role - Kareem's entire value is inside and close to the line as he is abysmal tracking, plays slow, and sticking him deep is begging for 40 yard pass interference penalties as he's a notorious and not subtle grabber. Recognize that if Kareem is going to move to FS, we need to go get another corner as Bandemosi is primarily a special teamer and counting on Kelly, Virgin and UDFAs if - nay when - Joseph and Johnson get hurt is going to have us doing the waiver wire shuffle all season again. I'm not totally against using Mathieu as the deep safety, as he's got the wheels and is a playmaker, but it kind of wastes one of his difference making skills which is man to man coverage skill in safety. Unlike the safety market, the corner market has been tapped out, unless we want to see if DRC won't be too much of a cancer as a dime. I'm not a Bashaud Breeland fan, especially after he slashed his foot open, but if his misfortune buys us a discount to bring him in at a reasonable salary, he's no worse of a bet than we are already making that Colvin can be out wide or that Kevin Johnson's few flashes of competence are his true caliber and not the bulk of his play which has been a poor tackling, soft version of Kareem Jackson.
  7. Texans off-season thread

    Problem is, the job is to drop dimes and he's got nothing but a wooden nickle and some lint in his pocket. Of course, Joe Webb has thrown exactly two dimes in the past 6 years in the NFL (2 of 7 and an int in relief of a concussed Peterman in a blizzard) which still ain't enough to complete a call and payphones are about as relevant as his wildcat specialty in 2018. Weedon can execute a playbook well enough to manage some games and hope the defense carries us to a few wins which is about average for backups in this era. You would think Foles, Keenum, taking team to the Conf Championship / Super Bowl would have teams seeking out similar guys with upside potential to reduce the gap between starter and backup but even tops out at the AJ McCarron type. I'm hoping the Pats fall in love with their rookie and we could bring our second best qB in the bob era,Hoyer, back here.
  8. Texans off-season thread

    Anything with the c word attached is scary as hell, but if you're going to get one, hodgkins is generally caught very early and is amongst the most treatable w/a 90% survival rate. If the reporting is correct, this would be different than Quessenberry's non-hodgkins which is usually harder to find and thus usually more advanced and more difficult to treat. Basically, if you ever have unexplained swelling in lymph nodes that doesn't go away or seems to "travel", particularly neck and underarms, get it checked out. Immunotherapies for blood diseases have become highly successful, minimizing the need for harsher chemotherapies that obviously can bring significant complications in addition to muscle loss in athletes. You might remember Mario Lemieux had Hodgkins, as did the Cubs Anthony Rizzo, and the Chiefs Eric Berry should serve as a shining example of a player at Hal's position that was able to not only beat it, but excel upon his return. Obviously, I wish nothing but the best for Hal who has worked hard for his place in this league, and I'm sure will attack Hodgkins and a return with equal vigor. You've got many more Bortles passes to pick off before you are through here, my friend.
  9. Texans off-season thread

    PS - When Cushing, D. Brown, and Foster are your critics, you must be doing something right. 2 guys who's careers are defined by shortcut-taking with roids and sabataging seasons with continued use and Foster who knocks up his 20 year old side piece, tries to force her to get an abortion, then trashes and sues her for for being an attention whore trying to be a reality star and exposing you as just another groupie banging misogynist philanderer instead of the holier than thou philosopher vegan king (who's the attention whore now Arian as it seems like you are so desperate to remain relevant, your "podcast career" is based around slinging mud at the only team that gave you a chance and instead of using restricted free agency and franchise tags to cost control your limited prime, signed you to a $45 million contract that along with CJ2K's pretty much served as the cautionary model that destroyed long-term guaranteed contracts for the next generation of RBs.)
  10. Texans off-season thread

    Side note - The O'Brien/Belichick connection continues to be overblown. O'Brien probably doesn't crack the top dozen in coaches important in the Belichick era as he was a minor underling (film evaluator) who ascended thru attritionwho called the McDaniels playbook for one underwhelming season. As for O'Brien, George O'Leary eclipses Belichick BY FAR as O'Brien's coaching mentor. O'Leary gave him his big break as a nobody from Brown and took him under his wing his entire ride at Georgia Tech. They put together a Penn State vs. Central Florida game in Dublin, so they could drink pints together in the homeland. O'Brien worked with O'Leary for 7 seasons, worked for another O'Leary guy after the Notre Dame scandal, and hired more O'Leary guys when he got here than Belichick guys. He and Doug Marrone were so tight during their Georgia Tech days people joked that they should get married, so being good Catholic boys, they did the next best things and married another set of best friends who set up each other with their significant others. He runs practice like him (O'leary once killed a guy), he talks like him (foul mouthed), he unapologetically rubs people the wrong way like him, and O'Leary perfected the "give 'em nothing" approach with the press even being a cautionary tale with his career taken down by a New Hampshire newspaper exposing some fluff he'd carried around on his resume for 25 years. Side to the side - On the other side of this narrative, ain't it funny how everyone gives Tom Coughlin so much credit for Jacksonville returning to "a winning culture" in a turnaround even more dramatic than the Eagles. If there EVER was a guy known for discipline it's Tom Coughlin who treats practice like boot camp, showing up 5 minutes early is "on-time", white sleeves/black shoe's/socks only. I wonder if Jags had more "fun" winning 3 games under Gus Bradley's loosy goosy regime or the brink of the Super Bowl with Marrone / Coughlin? I wonder how much fun the Giants locker room was last year with Beckham's antics and their entire secondary taking turns at the wheel backing the bus over one another. The Bengals coaching staff sure has been player friendly in the Marvin Lewis / Hue Jackson era which is a good reason none of them have ever won a playoff game. Rex Ryan, Jack Del Rio, John Fox, Lovie Smith, Raheem Morris, Leslie Frazier were popular "player friendly" coaches who's teams underachieved their buddies right out of jobs.
  11. Texans off-season thread

    What I hate is that every offseason the press tries to concoct some false "controversy" about the Patriots as if football fans crave some "Real Housewives" version of football with false drama about "who likes who, who hates who, and who said what about who." Glad to hear Brooks was having more "fun" with Kubiak as he sat in fat camp for the entirety of his rookie season and his 2nd season his 12-4 team fell to 2-14, yep that was a blast. Kubiak was having such a fun mellow time keeping things "player friendly" he had mini-strokes multiple times on the sidelines and had to retire when repeating as Champion or even to the playoffs wasn't quite as easy as the Patriots make it look. Love that he brought Reggie Wayne into his "argument" as if the Colts "get it" and the Pats don't. The Colts were gifted a franchise QB in Luck and squandered away their entire window overpaying aging vets, gambling on one season wonders, and focusing on glamour positions like WR instead of building an offensive line like the Eagles did. I'm far from a Patriot lover, but simple fact is that the Pats have 15 playoff appearances and 8 Super Bowl appearances since 2000 because they don't tolerate complacency or bother with sentiment in keeping players past their prime, overpaying them, or bringing in players for victory laps, like the Colts did with Andre Johnson (likely burning his hall of fame cred in the process). I'm sure Jon Gruden would invite Reggie Wayne to be a Raider if he could, but horrific personnel decisions like that turned the Super Bowl team he was gifted into a 4-12 team in one season - but Chucky sure is a "fun" character. Funny how much "fun" everyone was having in Seattle before they had to pay their QB and start making tough financial decisions, all their smart innovative assistants were hired away, or did "fun" things like throwing away a Super Bowl victory and their window with undisciplined coaching and play. Funny how cool Tomlin is until he continues to cost his far more talented team playoff games with flawed strategic fundamental mistakes Belichick simply doesn't make. Talk to me in a few years when the Eagles have to pay Wentz, and being loyal to a franchise icon like Peters, Kelce, or Ertz costs Brooks his job. What will be "fun" for me is to watch as Michael Bennett poisons this locker room with arguments about why the white backup QB is getting paid more than "star" defensive lineman or starts accusing Malcolm Jenkins of selling out to the man by co-leading the player coalition that took the owners $89m payoff. The Eagles had a magical season and a fun drunken parade, but Brooks might want to just be happy he landed in the right situation FOR HIM FOR NOW and not burn bridges or make judgements about coaching/management philosophies when he himself has acknowledged his anxiety issues or forget that absent discipline he became an obese slob that took 3 years to mold into an effective player. Brooks is a fat and happy offseason away from getting scrutiny about why the Eagles o-line has gone from best to worst in their division, why they can't run the ball, why Wentz is getting hit, QB controversy, Jim Schwartz head coaching rumors, etc. Maybe Doug Pederson was a cool dude when nobody expected his team to go anywhere (again), but that things get a bit more tense when they are expected to walk back into a Super Bowl and it doesn't quite come that easy. Guys like Kubiak and Peterson obviously learned a lot backing up legends in Favre and Elway, but I'm not sure being front runners or operating from the top is their strong suit as they lose that blue collar, underdog edge and the simple fact is that it usually takes a hard driving mentality like Belichick / Saban to keep top teams doing all the little things it takes to STAY on top.
  12. Texans off-season thread

    See also Art Briles. Essentially received a lifetime ban, yet 2 years after he was fired, still not a shred of evidence that he did anything wrong. http://www.wacotrib.com/opinion/columns/guest_columns/bill-rogers-guest-columnist-the-confounding-case-of-former-baylor/article_9b6967ff-dcc4-5e5d-8f2c-8604de7990b6.html
  13. Texans off-season thread

    Perhaps O'Brien has learned from Mallett, Osweiler, Savage, that big slow inaccurate turnover prone QBs who can't handle pressure and have massive flaws in their delivery aren't worth the time invested to fix them. Gruden seems committed to reviving late 90's offensive philosophy, so throwing the unlikely to be met conditions of a 7th rounder is worth the cost especially when Connor Cook and EJ Manuel are your backups. A Gruden Manziel marriage seems inevitable because he may be the one guy blind enough to buy into the Johnny "redemption" story. Sure, his ER visit last month after spending all day at Mike Evans golf tourney and JMBLYA festival all night was a "lithium dosage issue" had nothing to do with it interacting with other substances (sure and Lil Peep just had a minor issue managing his anxiety eating Xanax like tic tacs as in they didn't interact well with the 9 other drugs in his system). I don't see a happy ending to the Johnny story, especially if he plays for a team moving to Vegas. I'm hoping the Texans have their eyes on some potential upgrades on Weedon, but I suspect it's going to come on one of those cutdown day trades where we take on salary (Bradford, Bridgewater, Hoyer, Gabbert) or a prospect that has been bumped down the pecking order by higher picks. Personally, I'm kind of interested in Josh Dobbs or Brett Hundley neither of which I see surviving cuts. Nathan Peterman could be interesting since Gaine was involved in picking him and he's one of the few guys who can say they beat Deshaun Watson in college. Dude got thrown to the wolves last year way before a late 5th rounder should as part of a power struggle, so their loss could be our gain as he's a great fit here. Obviously, ints were the primary issue and the best part of O'Brien's track record so far has been minimizing those. Dude is really solid throwing on the run, smart running a pro system, good pocket awareness, and accurate on the short-intermediate stuff. I like the Stephen Morris signing as he's got some Deshaun to his game as an athletic Qb with a solid arm that needs to be coached up. Accuracy was the knock on Deshaun and has always been what limited Morris along with some questionable decision making. Don't have great expectations, but I think he's got more developmental potential than Heinecke did.
  14. Texans off-season thread

    I'm definitely bullish on ZC who feels like he was straight out of the Texans 2018 drafting handbook vs. Rick Smith's historical type picks. Star of lesser program vs. 8th best player on a blue blood - consistent production - smart - fast - high motor. Only real knocks on him were that he was a bit skinny and wasn't a thumper, neither of which were big issues for me. NFL strength program is going to bulk up a player and hitting to me is a relic from a brand of football that barely exists anymore. We needed an athletic sideline to sideline LB with the wheels to hang with TEs & RBs in coverage and ZC more than fit the bill. He had a few rookie mistakes, but by and large he was one of standouts on the one unit that lived up to standards last season. As for Braxton Miller, he is the quintessential Rick Smith pick. Mid-level player from a blue blood. Poor fit for need (we needed a slot receiver with wheels, toughness, and HANDS). Poor college production (as a WR). Value based on projection, not performance. As it has played out Miller has basically played like he did in college vs. some magical transformation into a WR that to me was based on one stat padded season from Terrelle Pryor (who is 4 inches taller), not anything to do with what Miller actually is. Miller has 34 rec and 2 tds, is a horrific route runner, displayed bad hands, can't catch in traffic, and lacks toughness and durability missing 10 games - in short, he's still a quarterback playing WR. Personally, I'm rooting for Jester Weah and Vyncint Smith. Vyncint ran a 4.3 with 39.4 vert on a 6' 3" frame. Basically, these "traits" guys are what should be UDFA's which is what Miller should have been without the Terrelle Pryor driven hype on an Ohio St QB convert.
  15. Texans off-season thread

    So am I the only one who thinks the Texans should cancel their contract for training camp at the Greenbrier in West Virginia this year? Supposedly we signed a 2 year deal with a 3rd year option that cost Uncle Bob $4 million, but IMO the results of what I will forever call "fat camp" were abysmal. The team was soft and out of shape from the get go after an uninspiring resort stay and it feels like a "reward" a 4-12 team has no business receiving. As a history lesson, the Saints were the first team to hold camp there but ditched it after 3 straight uninspired 7-9 seasons coming off a Super Bowl win and playoff appearances in 4 of 5 seasons. They were a play away from the Super Bowl again last year after returning to sweating it out in New Orleans including beating us up in a few joint practices. For those who don't know, the Greenbrier in the Allegheny Mountains is primarily known as a 5 star golf resort, includes a bunker intended to house congress in case of attack, but also has a full-on casino including a place for Bob to bet on his horses. Was Atlantis in the Bahamas not available so Bob could visit his offshore accounts or maybe we could work in a mexican meat steroid excuse and go to Cabo? I'd have their entitled butts out there on Kirby sweating balls all summer and force them to come in early to watch the week 1 Jags tape of them punching us silly in our house if they need a reminder of just how woefully unprepared they were to start last season (and before "injuries" excused away an awful roster and underperforming players). As a reminder, we lost 5 players to concussions in that game which may have just been of freak occurrence or a sign of a team that wasn't ready to be hit. I'm already getting the feeling that this team is believing it's hype as a 2018 playoff / AFC leading contender vs. a team that won ONE GAME since October 16, 2017! We start out on the road at New England, then Tennessee and only 9 of the past 83 (10.8%) teams that start out 0-2 have made the playoffs, so there is no time to try to rewrite the entire offseason plan on the fly in week 3 like last year. O'Brien's teams feasted on a down AFC South for 3 years while going 12-18 outside the division which is even padded by soft Browns, Bengals, Bears, Bucs, Raiders, Jets wins. Despite our "easiest schedule in the NFL" we play 4 playoff teams (Pats, Eagles, Jags, and Titans) on the road next season with O'Brien's teams owning exactly 1 win vs. a playoff team on the road in 4 seasons (Cinn) and a 6-20 overall record against playoff teams (wins came against soft playoff teams Cinn, Balt, KC, Det, Oak, Tenn). There is no reason to dwell on the past, but you can't be ignorant to it and IMO spending camp at a resort/casino sets a tone of "comfort" for a coaching staff and players that have not earned the right to be comfortable.
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