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Postby reynolds80 » Mon May 15, 2006 1:16 pm

Did it seem a little odd for the Texans to pass on the all-but-unanimous #1 pick Reggie Bush? A running back, after all, has much more of an impact on the game than a defensive end. It's like why a 40-hr gold glove shortstop is more valuable than a badass lefty specialist out of the pen.

So there was a little speculation among my friends & colleagues that maybe the NFL made Houston pass on Bush so that the Saints could get him, since the NFL has a vested interest in rebuilding the hurricane-ravaged New Orleans franchise.

All this was speculation, AND THEN!...

The Texans' GM, the one who passed on Bush, resigns just a few days ago, so that he could get a job in the NFL offices! Does this seem strange to anyone else?

I've never been much on conspiracy theories but after the review of Polomalu's clear interception vs the Colts, so that the NFL could get the Manning and the Colts in the Super Bowl, and now this, I have to wonder about that league.
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Postby Dan Lambskin » Mon May 15, 2006 1:25 pm

:-?

from what i understand is, they were going to have a hard time signing Bush (who will be a glorified 3rd down back/KR in the NFL) and have Dom Davis locked up in a huge contract, so they signed who they felt would help the team the best and not some over-hyped 3rd down back
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Postby chadlincoln » Mon May 15, 2006 2:17 pm

I do think it's trash that he drafted then left. If he knew he was going to leave, he should have let the new guy come in and form the team around what he feels it should be.
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Postby Big Pimpin » Mon May 15, 2006 2:28 pm

I'd rather have the next Julius Peppers than the next Desmond Howard in any event. :-)

I don't think anything's fishy at all about this. Everyone knew that Casserly wasn't going to be around in all likelihood, so I don't think it's a surprise at all. I think the Texans chose to have Casserly do the draft and then leave instead of getting someone else up to speed right before the draft...

There have been some suspect things over the last few months, but I don't think this is one of them.
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Postby Art Vandelay » Mon May 15, 2006 2:50 pm

reynolds80 wrote:A running back, after all, has much more of an impact on the game than a defensive end. It's like why a 40-hr gold glove shortstop is more valuable than a badass lefty specialist out of the pen.


The problem with your premise is that it assumes the above to be true, which it simply isn't.
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Postby knapplc » Mon May 15, 2006 2:50 pm

I heard that Casserly did the draft because he’s been around the organization so long, he’s the one who built it and he’s the one who knows their needs better than anyone else. It’s highly unlikely that there was a conspiracy, IMO. Reports had the Texans talking to Bush and Mario Williams, but Bush’s contract demands were supposedly pretty steep, so they went with Williams. Besides, the Texans already have a good RB in D-Day. What they should have done was trade down and drafted O-Line, but then I don’t know that O-Line was a more pressing need than D-Line, though. The Texans are pretty much a mess. :-D
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Mon May 15, 2006 3:03 pm

Simply put, I believe the Texans picked the better player in Mario Williams. The guy's a freak. Yeah, Bush is amazing and will be a lot of fun to watch, but what wins championships? ....
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Postby reynolds80 » Mon May 15, 2006 3:42 pm

Art Vandelay wrote:
reynolds80 wrote:A running back, after all, has much more of an impact on the game than a defensive end. It's like why a 40-hr gold glove shortstop is more valuable than a badass lefty specialist out of the pen.


The problem with your premise is that it assumes the above to be true, which it simply isn't.


Actually, it is true.

Running backs touch the ball 25-30 times per game. On passing plays they are counted on to pass protect or catch passes. Running backs are game breakers and game deciders, all game long, every time their team has the ball. Offenses center around running backs and quarterbacks.

Defensive ends effect plays that are run to their side and all 5 and 7 step drop pass plays, but they do not effect plays that are run away from them or 3 step drop pass plays.

Defensive ends simply do not impact the game as much as running backs do.
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Postby reynolds80 » Mon May 15, 2006 3:46 pm

Omaha Red Sox wrote:Simply put, I believe the Texans picked the better player in Mario Williams. The guy's a freak. Yeah, Bush is amazing and will be a lot of fun to watch, but what wins championships? ....


OK, let's say Houston decides that Mario is in fact a freak, and that Bush just isn't gonna be that good/doesn't fit the need/will be too hard to sign/etc etc...

Then why didn't they trade down to the #3 or #4 spot? They could have gotten extra picks and/or an established NFL player for the move, AND in all likelihood gotten Mario at #3 or #4.

Even in the unlikely event that Mario gets taken at #2 or #3, the bounty they would have gotten from the Jets or someone for the #1 spot and in effect Reggie Bush would have been HUGE.
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Postby Fireball Express » Mon May 15, 2006 3:51 pm

I'm a defense first guy, so I like what the Texans did.
Also, I don't think Bush will be a good NFL RB.
A RB is as good as his O-Line.
I also think there was some sort of problems off the field regarding Bush. Something about a house and rent or something.
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