December 30, 2008
'Advanced NFL Stats' sums up the Texans season
I've mentioned before that I really enjoy reading Brian Burke's work over at Advanced NFL Stats. Burke, a self-described "closet math enthusiast" and F/A-18 carrier pilot in the Navy, likes to use real statistical methods to explore conventional NFL wisdom, figure out strategies that work and evaluate teams.
If you are a left-brained NFL fan, you can waste quite a lot of time checking out his site.
Recently, Brian wrote an entry talking about the collapse of the Redskins. He theorized that if you make reducing turnovers the be all and end all of your offense, your offense will play too conservatively and you will lose.
It made me wonder what he thought of the last two years of very poor turnover ratios that the Texans have experienced, so I asked him to look at his numbers relating to the team. This is what he responded...
"I think the Texans were generally an average team. 2008 was basically repeat of 2007 the way I see it. Both years' records were 8-8. In my efficiency rankings the Texans went from 14th to 13th in offense, and from 29th to 30th in defense.
Their passing offense was very strong, and their running game was solidly above average. The only weakness the of offense was a high interception rate.
I agree that many of those were due to risky/aggressive play after falling behind, but the biggest reason might be opposing defenses. While in general I believe "taking" interceptions has far more to do with the passer than the defense, there can be exceptions. This year, the Titans, Ravens, and Steelers were in a league by themselves. In their 4 games against those teams, the Texans threw 9 interceptions, about half of their entire season total. In their win over Tennessee, the Texans won the interception battle 0-1.
The biggest weakness is the pass defense. Although their defensive interception rate was actually slightly above average this year, they give up 7.0 net YPA, which is among the worst in the league. The Texans ranked 26th in sacks this year. I'm not familiar with the Texans personnel, but I imagine getting a complement to Mario Williams would prevent teams from double-teaming him so often. Sacks create fumbles quite often, so another pass-rush specialist might really help the team. But better pass defenders would obviously help too.
So with an improved pass defense, you've probably got a playoff-contender in Houston. Part of the problem is that the AFC South has the Colts, and now the Titans too. Drop the Texans into a different division, and they're 10-6 or 11-5.
Then there's that heartbreaking fumble against the Colts this year..."
Ayyyyyyy! We were trying to forget that game. Brian, thanks for sharing your thoughts with us anyway, as it is always interesting to get a outsider's perspective.
Speaking of things that smack you in the face, I leave you with the YouTube of Eagles owner Jeff Lurie being so excited after a touchdown during the last game that he high-fived his wife in the face. Set to music. Not terribly relevant but I thought it was sorta funny:
Anything you want to add to what Brian wrote?
Posted by Stephanie Stradley at December 30, 2008 09:37 AM
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A full year with Dunta Robinson in the mix, and a better pass rush, the YPA will go down from 7.0. I think the only piece really missing in the secondary is an above average safety; I am fine with everyone else we currently have. It is hard for DB's to cover for too long, when a QB has a long time to make decisions he will complete a lot of long passes, which I would assert is the biggest reason for our 7.0 YPA, rather than blown coverage.
I would like to see what our YPA is after we have a pass rush that ranks in the top 10 in the league, rather than the bottom 10. Defensive End, Linebacker, and Safety are the top 3 priorities the Texans should have this offseason.
Any chance Suggs would come play with Mario?
[The Ravens want to keep Suggs, but they have a number of guys they need to re-sign. We need to see who we get as a DC. Hopefully it is a guy that players want to come play for. -Steph]
Posted by: DavidC at December 30, 2008 11:06 AM
Merry Christmas Steph!,
You got your belated present giftwrapped this afternoon in the firing of Richard Smith. Ultimately, I think he was fired because of the loss at Oakland. You can point to the struggles of the defense if you want, but had this team finished the season on a 6-game winning streak the entire staff would have been invited back.
As you know, I believe the Texans defense has struggled as a result of it's severe lack of talent. Brian Burke said, "The biggest weakness is the pass defense." How true. Not having Dunta Robinson for all of training camp and most of the season hurt, and he's still no where near 100%. However, I think having "Petey" Faggins on the field hurt more than having D-Rob off of it. Burke also mentioned the lack of a pass rusher, and that position failed to be upgraded as a result of the Rosevelt Colvin flop. Solve that issue and this defense will be instantly improved. We all witnessed what "pressure" can do to a QB in Philly this past weekend. He also mentioned how many turnovers this team committed. That puts any defense, especially a young defense, in a severe bind. If I'm not mistaken, we have the youngest defense in the NFL.
Basically, I think Smith was dealt a bum hand. Now, could a better coach have made the defense a little better? That answer had better be yes, because if we find out that the grass isn't greener with a new DC, then this firing could turn out to be a mistake.
It more than likely won't appear that way though, because next season we'll have a healthy D-Rob for the entire season. This defense will also have matured another season together, and because of that simple fact they'll be better. They won't be forced to play the first three games on the road, and the offense HAS to improve in the TO department. On top of all that, the defense is in line for the kind of help this off-season that the offense got last off-season, in regards to free agent spending and draft picks.
The funny thing is, no matter who is the DC next season this defense will be better. That's undeniable, but if a better man than Richard Smith takes the helm I'm all for it. After all, in the end I'm a Texan fan, and all I want is what's best for my team. May the new DC truly be an upgrade over the old one. Go Texans!
[And a Merry Merry Christmas to you. Even with the winning down the stretch, the Texans defense is still among the worst in the league. Good coaching should make a difference faster than in three years. Kubiak improved the offense in one year with basically the same talent. I hope the Texans can get a DC that Kubiak, the players and the fans can trust....or at least have hope for improvement. -Steph]
Posted by: Carson at December 30, 2008 11:55 AM
I wouldn't limit the defensive criticism to the pass defense. It was pretty bad all over. I guess some others thought so too. The run defense has to be stout as well, especially playing against Jax and Tenn. Hopefully the new coaches can improve both aspects of the defense.
Now that Smith is gone, I thought I'd be singing "Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead", but I actually feel kind of bad for him and the other fired coaches. I guess we find out now if it was talent or coaching that hurt the defense the most. Or maybe not - I expect a lot of help from the draft on defense and maybe a little in free agency as well. I for one wish Smith, Hoke, and Franklin well and hope they find new positions soon - hopefully Smith with a team I don't like.
[Agreed with you about the failings of the defense. The run defense wasn't terribly stout either. -Steph]
Posted by: Dead Coach at December 30, 2008 12:08 PM
THEY DID IT!!!!! THEY DID IT!!!!! This is the happiest time of my Houston Texans Fan History, except of course for when they canned David Carr and told him where he could shove his hairstylist. Thru tears of joy i see a blurry monitor and realize that trying to do anymore work today would be fruitless, this is a day meant to be spent in CELEBRATION!!! I am going to cruise up and down Richmond like the Rockets won a championship!! Oh, and no, I do not feel bad for any of the coaches who were fired, all will be just fine, get jobs somewhere else, and have all been paid hansomely. So please don't feel bad for them. They did not do their job, and thusly were canned. Plain and Simple. Celebrate Steph!! REJOICE!!!
[For the second Rockets championship, I walked up and down Richmond with a broom to celebrate their sweep. It was quite a night. Though this change provides more hope for the future, like showing Carr the door, right now we get to wait and see. I'll save the champagne until after I see what the replacement is. Ask Denver fans whether canning the coach fixes your defense right away. -Steph]
Posted by: Tommy Tune at December 30, 2008 12:37 PM
So reduce turnovers and improve on defense. Got it.
Seriously, not something we didn't already know, but still interesting.
BTW, you do a great job on the blog. I disagree with you sometimes, but I respect the time and work you put into this. It's one of the highlights of the Texans' coverage.
[Thanks. I appreciate the kind words. Sometimes I wonder if anyone reads this stuff. I thought the info about the yards given up by the secondary was something I hadn't seen elsewhere.-Steph]
Posted by: fracguru at December 30, 2008 12:37 PM
Do statistics matter ? I don't know, but found this to be interesting.... --Posted by: R Scott at December 29, 2008 10:31 AM
Okay, my little Dead-Ender friends, it's time for a little lesson in statistics, especially those related to the NFL. When Mark Twain supposedly said "there's lies, d*mn lies, and statistics," he was talking about the very thing you see above.
It isn't that statistics lie, but that raw numbers without context and values for comparison are worthless. What our Dead-Ender friend here has given us isn't "statistical information," but simply DATA, with nothing to compare it to and no context whatsoever.
So, your friend the fool here has spent an entire day of my vacation poring over the numbers, arranging them and trying to help establish a context in which the data, above, can be seen, so that you can compare the Texans "win-loss," "strength of schedule," etc., with those of other teams.
First of all, I want to say that I did not do a data analysis of every single team. Instead, I took all 12 playoff teams and derived their numbers, as Mr. Dead-Ender did in his post above. I then also collated all the data from the other three 8-8 teams. What I found will probably surprise some of you. If you're a Dead-Ender, of course, you'll come up with some lame retort that has nothing to do with logic and everything to do with your Dead-Ender mentality, which is that you hate the Texans for any of a variety of reasons and refuse to see any light at the end of the tunnel. For you Dead-Enders, only the complete demise of the Texans - the first such NFL team to do so since the original Dallas Texans in 1952 - will make you happy.
Can't help you there, of course.
But for those who REALLY want to understand the numbers behind "strength of schedule" for the season just concluded, please attend.
First of all, here are the 12 NFL playoff teams for the current season, with the records of the teams that beat them this year, in descending order of WIN PCT:
TEAM W L T OppW OppL OppT OppPCT
Baltimore Ravens 11 5 0 61 19 0 0.763
Pittsburgh Steelers 12 4 0 45 16 3 0.727
Carolina Panthers 12 4 0 42 22 0 0.656
Arizona Cardinals 9 7 0 71 40 1 0.638
Minnesota Vikings 10 6 0 61 35 0 0.635
San Diego Chargers 8 8 0 81 47 0 0.633
Tennessee Titans 13 3 0 29 19 0 0.604
Miami Dolphins 11 5 0 48 32 0 0.600
Atlanta Falcons 11 5 0 56 39 1 0.589
Philadelphia Eagles 9 6 1 61 50 0 0.550
Indianapolis Colts 12 4 0 33 31 0 0.516
New York Giants 12 4 0 22 25 1 0.469
Of course, this tells only part of the story; we must also now consider the playoff teams' records of the teams that lost to them this year, ALSO in descending order of WIN PCT:
TEAM W L T OppW OppL OppT OppPCT
New York Giants 12 4 0 106 102 0 0.510
Indianapolis Colts 12 4 0 94 97 1 0.492
Philadelphia Eagles 9 6 1 74 85 0 0.465
Pittsburgh Steelers 12 4 0 88 104 0 0.458
Carolina Panthers 12 4 0 83 109 0 0.432
Tennessee Titans 13 3 0 88 119 1 0.425
Minnesota Vikings 10 6 0 68 92 0 0.425
Baltimore Ravens 11 5 0 71 102 3 0.412
San Diego Chargers 8 8 0 51 77 0 0.398
Miami Dolphins 11 5 0 70 106 0 0.398
Atlanta Falcons 11 5 0 61 99 0 0.381
Arizona Cardinals 9 7 0 53 91 0 0.368
Now, I want you to notice something right off the bat. The New York Giants wind up FIRST on the list for "opponent strength of schedule" counting only the teams they defeated, but LAST on the list counting only the teams to whom they lost! (Note that the Giants lost to the Browns (4-12), Cowboys (9-7) and the Eagles (9-6-1)).
So, what does that mean?
Well, we aren't looking at other factors such as Home vs. Road games, etc. Also, you could hazard a guess that the Giants kind of "throttle back" for teams they take for granted, and get "up" for the teams they see as challenging. You make up your mind if that's the case. But the point is, these data can be interpreted in a number of ways depending on how you see it. This is because there are so many variables involved - no wonder no one has come up with a tried-and-true system to infallibly predict the outcomes of games.
Now, the best way, in my opinion, to determine the effect of "strength of schedule" is to COMBINE the Win-Loss records, and see what that gives us. So here are the playoff teams and the COMBINED records of their opponents:
TEAM W L T OppW OppL OppT OppPCT
Pittsburgh Steelers 12 4 0 133 120 3 0.525
Baltimore Ravens 11 5 0 132 121 3 0.521
San Diego Chargers 8 8 0 132 124 0 0.516
Minnesota Vikings 10 6 0 129 127 0 0.504
New York Giants 12 4 0 128 127 1 0.502
Philadelphia Eagles 9 6 1 135 135 0 0.500
Indianapolis Colts 12 4 0 127 128 1 0.498
Carolina Panthers 12 4 0 125 131 0 0.488
Arizona Cardinals 9 7 0 124 131 1 0.486
Miami Dolphins 11 5 0 118 138 0 0.461
Tennessee Titans 13 3 0 117 138 1 0.459
Atlanta Falcons 11 5 0 117 138 1 0.459
What do we see? For one thing, the "strengh of schedule" is distributed pretty much around the .500 mark! IOW, there are PLENTY of teams now in the playoffs, who got there because their opponents were below average, and some of them have good records. OTOH, there are teams who're there with not-so-good records (such as the Chargers), who have above-average strength of schedule, as it turns out.
But my main point is, there's no one you can point to who wins all the games they should, and loses only those they should lose.
Well, I take that back, there's ONE TEAM: The Ravens. The Ravens ONLY lost to better teams, and ONLY beat teams with worse records than their own. The only exception was their loss to the Dolphins; both those teams ended up with 11 wins.
But since that's an "outlier," you certainly can't make a inference from it.
Now, what about the Texans?
Here are the FOUR teams that ended up at 8-8, and the records of the teams that beat them this year:
TEAM W L T OppW OppL OppT OppPCT
Houston Texans 8 8 0 80 48 0 0.625
New Orleans Saints 8 8 0 79 49 0 0.617
Washington Redskins 8 8 0 68 57 3 0.543
Denver Broncos 8 8 0 61 67 0 0.477
So what do we see? For one thing, the Texans' opponents who defeated them, do indeed have very good records - in fact, much better than the other 8-8 teams. The Broncos (who slipped just shy of making the playoffs) in fact sport an opponents' record that is WELL under .500! But I'd also point out that so do the
playoff-bound GIANTS, the reigning SB champs! So does it actually mean anything?
Logically, wouldn't you expect to lose to teams who have a much better record than yours? But the flip side of the coin that's often cited, of course, is that the teams you BEAT aren't very good. So let's take a look at our four 8-8 teams in that light:
TEAM W L T OppW OppL OppT OppPCT
Denver Broncos 8 8 0 56 72 0 0.438
Washington Redskins 8 8 0 53 75 0 0.414
Houston Texans 8 8 0 52 75 1 0.410
New Orleans Saints 8 8 0 48 80 0 0.375
Again, the Texans' vanquished opponents are under .500 - and so are those of all the other 8-8 clubs. The Texans aren't the worst in that regard; that honor belongs to the Saints.
Finally, in order to get the entire picture you must combine the W-L-T records of ALL the opponents, and see what emerges:
TEAM W L T OppW OppL OppT OppPCT
Houston Texans 8 8 0 132 123 1 0.518
New Orleans Saints 8 8 0 127 129 0 0.496
Washington Redskins 8 8 0 121 132 3 0.479
Denver Broncos 8 8 0 117 139 0 0.457
Now, that's fascinating! The Texans' strength of schedule (defined as opponents W-L-T records) is the only one that is above .500 among the 8-8 teams. In fact, when you compare the Texans to the PLAYOFF teams, only the Steelers and Ravens played a tougher schedule. In fact, six of the playoff teams ended up playing opponents with records below .500! Given the nature of the playoff selection process - and parity in the NFL - that's not at all surprising, but what is surprising to me is that the Texans had one of the toughest schedules in the league, as it happens, and still ended up 8-8.
You have to wonder how well they might have done with, say, the CARDINALS schedule.
So, chew on that for awhile. But next time someone drags out the "Texans didn't really beat anyone, and the teams they beat weren't very good," you can look them in the eye and say "that's because they play in the NFL, not the Big 12."
Posted by: fool at December 30, 2008 01:33 PM
Yes I would like to write more but I must go lie down, I have a terrible headache on the left side of my brain. What are the statistcal advantages of firing 3 coaches, keeping two others and hiring from within vs hiring an outsider.
[I'll put up various thoughts on this stuff soonishly... -Steph]
Posted by: Larry House at December 30, 2008 01:54 PM
On a more serious note, I believe that with a new DC and staff along with the addition of a couple of starters (2) acquired through FA, vast improvements will be made and noticed in the defense. There are players (starters) who are a notch below the upper echelon who can be added via FA. If the Texans can pick up any 2 of 3 of these type players, LB, FS, DT then all will be well. For those who say all the available cap funds will go to signing Texan FAs, let me just say you can give Demeco, Morlon Greenwood's salary and he would be the 3rd highest player on the team. And you haven't even touched your available salary cap $$$$.
Posted by: Larry House at December 30, 2008 02:11 PM
First of all, thanks for providing a place for intelligent football discussion this year. I especially like when you ask outsider's opinions and share them with us (like today's entry). It's good to see what the rest of the league thinks.
Second, I am assuming you are all going to be here through the playoffs and beyond, and since there isn't much point in cheering for the Texans in the post season - who are you cheering for? Not who do you think will win, who do you want to win (or both)? Here's mine - not sure how the matchups will work after the first round:
NFC: Round 1 - Can't stand Minn. Hope they lose. Arizona limped in, and doesn't deserve to be there. Hope they lose too. Round 2 - The Giants had their moment last year, so I won't cheer for them. I'm tired of the rookie QB / head coach thing, so Atlanta is out. I wouldn't mind seeing Philly in the Super Bowl, but I used to live in Carolina, and they've never been to the big game, so I'll cheer for them.
AFC: Round 1 - I hope San Diego gets beaten like a drum, and then some. Baltimore has the rookie thing and I'm not a Ray Lewis fan, so they are out too. Round 2 - Indy and Tennessee are division rivals I don't like to cheer for, although if they were to face each other I'd cheer for Indy. That leaves Pittsburgh and Miami, and I guess Miami is the lesser of two evils there. From 1-15 to the Super Bowl would be a heck of a story.
To win it all? Carolina. But if I were betting, I'd pick Indy. They've won their last 9 games after starting 3-4. Plus they have playoff experience and veteran leadership.
[Meh on this playoff group of teams. I am ABTT--Anybody but the TItans. May Bud Adams be perpetually one yard short in all of his endeavors. None too fond of the Colts either. I have some friends who are Panther and Eagle fans so I guess I'm kinda sorta rooting for them. -S]
Posted by: Dead Coach at December 30, 2008 02:19 PM
EXCELLENT POST FOOL! Death to all deadenders!
Posted by: Kip at December 30, 2008 02:50 PM
I hate to hijack your blog, but I just read where Matt Ryan got Offensive ROY. No problem there. HOWEVAH, Ryan Clady got 2 votes to Steve Slaton's zero? WTF? Tell me I read that wrong. If people voted for Chris Johnson or Forte instead of Slaton I could understand, disagree, but understand. But Ryan Clady? Not saying he didn't do a good job as a rookie tackle, but ROY? And the leading rookie rusher gets no votes?
[Lovely rant. Ultimately those throw away votes for people who aren't going to win anyway are just symbolic. I'll settle for finally having a season where the run game didn't make me want to hurl. -Steph]
Posted by: Steve at December 30, 2008 02:53 PM
Thanks "fool" for that informative post, I could never have deduced that the Texans had a tough schedule without seeing your information. Look dude, we get it, you like to read blogs, cut and paste, and call any fan who criticizes the Texans "Dead-Enders". Seriously, we get it. I'll tell you what I saw this year fool, I saw the Texans basically be eliminated from the playoff picture in week 11. I saw them humiliated by the Steelers and Ravens. I saw them unmotivated and ill-prepared at the Vikings and Raiders. I saw a team fold up like preschool origami against the Colts. Thats called reality dude, and the reasons are plenty. I believe the team made an improvement on offense this year, but they still have a long way to go before they are elite. And the defense was a joke except for one game against the hapless Browns. For 3 years the defense has been a joke. I think this franchise has a personality issue, and needs to get tougher up and down the line, top to bottom. They need to demand results. They need to focus on what's important, and not read about their perceived Pro Bowl snubs. They need to INTIMIDATE. There has not been a single game that I can remember where we were able to get inside a QB's head with pressure, and create turnovers. We hardly ever hit any QB late, or pile on a little extra after the play, we hardly ever make the other team UNCOMFORTABLE. The QB normally has time to make a sandwich in the pocket. Of course, it happens to Texans all the time, we get hit late and cheaply all the time, and it shows. I understand lots of these issues are due to both coaching AND talent. Well, at least they have changed some coaching now, and hopefully will change some personnel this offseason. And the first step there is cutting ties with Weaver, Greenwood, CC, and Faggins in my opinion. No more dead men walking on defense, please.
Posted by: Tommy Tune at December 30, 2008 03:06 PM
Nice look into the "true" strength of schedule for NFL teams finishing 8-8 or better. I hope most can agree that the Texans played a tough schedule this season, a schedule that was only made tougher by the Hurricane and the loss of their bye week. They've taken the first step towards becoming a playoff team - being a consistent winner at home. Now they must take that act on the road, and clearly the Texans need to play better in enemy territory. Obviously, that's easier said than done in this league, but once they can steal wins on the road they'll make the playoffs.
From Walter Cherpinsky: I can hear it now, Bill Belichick screaming, "What's with this BCS bullcrap! We finish 11-5 and don't get in, but a team with a lousy 8-8 record gets homefield advantage? We need a playoff system! What's that? Oh yeah, we already have one..."
[Not terribly fun playing 15 games in a row. But I guess it worked for the Ravens. Football Outsiders ranks the Texans strength of schedule as 7th. Their end of the season stats are out. Pretty interesting: http://www.footballoutsiders.com/dvoa-ratings/2008/final-2008-dvoa-ratings -Steph]
Posted by: Carson at December 30, 2008 03:09 PM
And I definitely fall in with you Steph on the ABTT front. But if you told me that the Titans were going to come up one yard short again in the Super Bowl, I would personally drive the team bus to the stadium just to see the look of despair on the face of that toolbox Adams.
Posted by: Tommy Tune at December 30, 2008 03:12 PM
I guess there is no worry that Kyle Shanahan will be recruited by his Dad anytime soon. He's fired from Denver.
Posted by: DavidC at December 30, 2008 04:38 PM
Doesn't an agressive, strong willed Defensive Coordinator bring in his Own assistant coaches ? I've been known to be wrong (long time ago) but I'm afraid Kubiak is going to hire a DC that is hamstrung by Kubiak's conservative defensive philosophy. I hope it was all poor Richard's fault, but I don't know. If the Texans get a couple more Play Makers on defense, any Coordinator may do....Does anybody read your stuff, well me and it looks like Bob McNair reads your Blog, Stephi.
Was that a Bull Sh!t roughing call against Bullman or what.
[Just because coaches have been kept on doesn't mean a good DC can't bring his own if he has them. Having some guys on staff with familiarity with the players isn't a bad thing. It can help the new guys hit the ground running a bit. -Steph]
Posted by: otherJerry at December 30, 2008 05:50 PM
Look dude, we get it, you like to read blogs, cut and paste,... --Posted by: Tommy Tune at December 30, 2008 03:06 PM
Go back and reread. None of this was "cut and pasted" from any blog. I built a rather large spreadsheet showing the number of wins, and who beat whom, and constructed all that data myself.
If you don't like facts, then don't ever, ever post anything here on the ChronBlogs again without the disclaimer "these are my opinions only and do not reflect any effort to back up anything I say with actual information whatsoever."
It's called "intellectual honesty." Try it.
Posted by: fool at December 31, 2008 08:36 AM
Combined Bears' Good, Bad & Ugly + Defensive coordinator comments
At Bears game I can confirm that homemade '8-8 is great' cardboard sign was pitiful, only topped by her mindless 'We Want Sage' flipside. Bears fan seemed almost resigned to defeat (see Cubs fan) compared to bitter Titans fan who was in denial even though scoreboard = 13-12.
Speaking of section 123~ there was a pretty 30ish female fan garbed in battle red coat over steel blue jersey I sat next to who put me on to your blog (don't recall her name, but thanks to her), was adamant about firing Richard Smith (got her wish) and wants Texans draft of D-lineman, outside LB and safety in first three rounds (let's see what Rick Smith does). She also told me Orton would under throw Hester two plays before it happened down to the one yard line. Too bad Petey Reeves couldn't hear her.
More Bears game: Our section witnessed the pep band deliver their usual DNP, front row stalwart Wayne buying beers for everyone in rows 1 & 2 following a fateful Bears' three & out with 2 min left in 3Q and enjoyed contraband 24 oz margaritas the source of which I'm not at liberty to disclose. It was just about the most fun you could possibly have in a drizzle. On the field, the O-line opened holes for #20 and #21 to run through nicely and Shaub gave a nice performance, as did the receivers.
Re Texans new DC, that young woman at the game who got her DC wish thinks Gregg Williams would be a good 4-3 fit for Texans.
Stephanie, glad to find your blog for the first time and hope you continue this during the off season.
[Haha. Thanks for coming on by. Love the comments.-Steph]
Posted by: Kurt at January 1, 2009 09:42 AM