Thursday, March 31, 2005

Running Back Prospects

Houston is currently looking towards running backs sparkling in the eyes of the scouts. Typically running backs are further down the line for demands, taking positions much later in draft picks. The Texans have three particular prospects in demand.

The first is Carnell “Cadillac” Williams from the Auburn Tigers. During his stint with Auburn, he stacked up 3,872 career rushing yards and 45 touchdowns. Along with him, Ronnie Brown also is out of Auburn. Being secondary to Williams, Brown rushed 2,725 yards and 28 touchdowns himself and has shown versatility. Since he is a little bit bigger than Williams, Brown has been able to jump over to pass blocker and receiver with no problem.

And holding up the end, Cedric Benson is the hot prospect out of the University of Texas (GO LONGHORNS!). Benson stacked up 5,577 yards with four 1,000-yard seasons. These were real high stats but also a lot of wear and tear.

Thursday, March 24, 2005


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The Texans' emphasis will be on providing better protection for Carr, who has been sacked more than any quarterback in the league over the past three years. Carr is too mobile -- not to mention too valuable -- to justify the beating he has taken. Expect the team to use more three-step drops to get the ball out of Carr's hand more quickly. The team also should continue to develop the moving-pocket schemes that worked so well early last season. Carr seemed to be most vulnerable when the pocket collapsed and he couldn't get outside. Offensive coordinator Chris Palmer will make protecting Carr the No. 1 priority even if it means sending fewer receivers on passing routes. . . .

When TE Bennie Joppru finally gets over the groin injury that robbed the first two years of his career, he'll add another dimension to the offense. Joppru has great hands and was considered a gifted blocker coming out of Michigan in 2003, but he hasn't played an NFL game in two years and remains a mystery to the Texans.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Preseason Schedule

The opening games of the preseason schedule have been released. The Texans will begin with a game against the Denver Broncos. Houston has lost all three of the previous meetings with Denver (two preseason games and a regular season game).

Afterwards, Houston will take on the Oakland Raiders during Week 2. This will be the first preseason game the Texans have faced against the Raiders.

Week 3 will be on the road against the Dallas Cowboys in Texas Stadium. The two previous games will be hosted at home in Houston at the Reliant Stadium. These two teams have met on three different occasions.

The closeout game will be against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This is the fourth-consecutive year that the Texans will closeout the preseason against the Bucs.

All other aspects of preseason scheduling are still up in the air.


Saturday, March 12, 2005

Eric Sutulovich Returns

After a 3- year term as Assistant Special Teams/Administrative Assistant, Eric Sutulovich will be returning to the Texans for another year. Sutulovich began his career as a tight end for Louisiana Tech from 1993-95. He was also part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes between 1992 and 1999.

Sutulovich’s Coaching Extent :
  • 2002-05: Assistant Special Teams/Administrative Assistant, Houston Texans
  • 2001: Offensive Coordinator, Fort Scott Community College
  • 2000-2001: Offensive Graduate Assistant, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2000: Assistant Head Coach /Offensive Coordinator, Casper Cavalry
  • 1999: Assistant Football Coach, Bishop Ward High School
  • 1997-99: Offensive Graduate Assistant, Louisiana Tech University

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Updating Houstonians

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The Texans anticipated Seattle and St. Louis locking up Pro Bowl left tackles Walter Jones and Orlando Pace, respectively, but had their fingers crossed nonetheless. Quarterback David Carr's backside was vulnerable last season, and if the Texans had a chance to land a premier left tackle, they were prepared to pursue it in free agency, but now it's more likely the team will stick with Seth Wand and hope he improves in his second full season as a starter. Coaches drew similarities between Wand and Tony Boselli when the Texans picked Wand in the third round of the 2003 draft. Wand played at tiny Northwest Missouri State and is very raw. His run blocking is miles ahead of his pass protection, and at times he appears better suited to play right tackle. Speed rushers gave him problems in 2004, but the coaches still believe he will develop into a quality left tackle. . . .

The Texans are pleased with the progress free safety Marcus Coleman is making in his recovery from a shoulder injury that prematurely ended his season. Coleman made a smooth transition from cornerback to free safety in 2004, and he solidified a position that had been a problem spot for the Texans. With Coleman at free safety and Glenn Earl, who is entering his second season, manning the strong safety position, the Texans feel good about their starters, but depth could be a concern. Jason Simmons and Marlon McCree were the top reserves at the positions last season, but both are free agents and could bolt for other teams, although Simmons seems content with his role as a special teams player and utility defensive back. The Texans believe former college option quarterback Jammal Lord potentially could emerge as a viable backup to Coleman. Ramon Walker is an option behind Earl at strong safety, but he missed most of last season recovering from knee surgery, and he is more of a special teams contributor. Finding a safety should be in the Texans' draft day plans. . . .

The Texans aren't likely to add a player who single-handedly fixes their pass rush. That's more likely to come from a player currently on the roster, perhaps outside linebackers Jason Babin or Antwan Peek. In the meantime, the team will explore scheme options to get more pressure on the quarterback. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio held back much of his playbook last season because the Texans started three rookies on defense, and he didn't want to overwhelm them. Inside linebacker Jamie Sharper, cornerback Dunta Robinson and free safety Marcus Coleman are excellent blitzers, and if the Texans can't generate a pass rush the conventional way, expect them to pressure the quarterback from different angles more than they have the previous three seasons.