Texans Carr won't be breaking down anytime soon
The city of Houston was
heart broken when the Oilers bailed on the town in 1996 and
left the east side of Texas with only the Cowboys to root for.
The Oilers had been gone for six long falls before the professional
football of the National Football League returned to Houston. In their first game back
in the saddle the Texans took on America’s Team the Dallas
Cowboys in a game that divided the state in half. Both teams were
airing commercials where fellow Texas residents wearing their
respective team’s gear would go through a Spy vs. Spy type
thing of playing pranks on each other like a bagger at a grocery
store would grab the eggs of the other guy and drop them on the
floor instead of the paper sack. In this momentous game the hype
around the state was ridiculous. The state hadn’t been
so excited about the two teams playing since the Cowboys and
Oilers clashed in the 1994 regular season. The game was held
in Houston at their new state of the art stadium Reliant Stadium.
The atmospere in the state was electric, and the game was playing
out to be one of the biggest games in memory, with bragging rights
as big as the State of Texas at stake. Finding a Texans
ticket was nearly impossible. When one looked out into the
crowd all they could see was a churning sea of red white and blue
the team colors of the Texans. The game got started and on the
first drive, quarterback David Carr hooked up with tight end Billy
Miller for a 19 yard touchdown, the first one in franchise history.
The Texans were amped up by their home crowd and played like they
had been in the league for years. They held the Cowboys to only
one touchdown and won the game 19-10. More importantly, for some
people at least, the Texans got to say they are the best football
team in the state, which is a big deal in Texas; football is a
religion down there.
Last year the Texans looked like an improved
team. They finished the season 5-11 but could’ve very easily
been 9-7 with losses to Indianapolis, New England, Cincinnati,
and the New York Jets by less than a touchdown. The team actually
took the eventual Super Bowl champions to overtime where, who
else other than their kicker Adam Vinatieri booted a 28 yard chip
shot through the uprights and won the game and saved the team
from an embarrassing loss to a second year team. The team is well
on their way with their four season plan to make the playoffs.
In the off-season the Texans didn’t make
very many big moves through free agency, opting to rather build
their team more through the draft. The team did bring in a few
veterans in to help the team out like tight end Mark Bruener,
offensive tackle Todd Wade, linebacker Dashon Polk, and defensive
tackle Robaire Smith.
In the draft, the Texans had 10 draft picks
to work with, including two first round picks. With their first
pick the Texans grabbed South Carolina cornerback Dunta Robinson.
The Texans needed another cornerback in the worst way and got
a very good one in Robinson. Robinson can flat out fly running
his 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds and is extremely good at man
to man coverage and welcomes the thought of being out on the island
by himself. With the 27 th pick in the draft the Texans got Western
Michigan defensive end Jason Babin. This was another position
that the Texans really needed another guy at. The Texans also
picked up three native Texans in Notre Dame cornerback Vontez
Duff, Texas wide receiver Sloan Thomas and Texas Tech quarterback
Bj Symons who are from Copperas Cove, Spring, and Houston, Texas.
The offense looks like it will be very good
over the next couple of years with the young players it has. These
young guns are led by quarterback David Carr who was the franchises’
first draft pick ever. The other two young emerging stars are
second year running back Domanick Davis and second year wide receiver
The Texans use the 3-4 defense like many other
teams in the NFL. They are led by savvy veterans like linebackers
Jaime Sharper and Kailee Wong, and cornerback Aaron Glenn.
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