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New faces provide fresh outlook for Texans

The Houston Texans could possibly have some optimism going into the 2007 season, as they will have nine different starters on the squad.  All told, they willl have 11 new players, 7 of them on offense alone.  Texans general manager Rick Smith has promised a “revolving door” policy regarding players until he and team head coach Gary Kubiak get comfortable with the roster.

Kubiak probably said it best when he told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, “We feel better about this group of players than the one we went into the season with last year.  Rick and his guys have done a hell of a job of understanding what we need and what we’re trying to do and then finding players that fit in.” 

The offense received probably the most change during the offseason; they signed former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Schaub and former Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green and the Texans will expect major contributions from both if they expect to continue the momentum they enjoyed winning their last two games of last season.  The defense didn’t experience as much turnover.  Only 4 players are new starters on defense: offensive tackle Amobi Okoye, outside linebacker Danny Clark, cornerback DeMarcus Faggins and strong safety Jason Simmons.

Kubiak is optimistic with the Texans’ chances this season, stating, “When I look at our team, I feel good about where we are.  I know we’re headed in the right direction.”  Certainly cause for optimism, but the Texans will definitely have their work cut out for them as they have 2 possibly 3 winnable games in the month of September.  They face Kansas City, Carolina, Indianapolis and Atlanta.  They should be able to beat Kansas City and Atlanta.  Carolina is iffy and there’s no way they defeat the Colts.  So 2-2 in September is not out of the question in this scenario.  But momentum-building will be the key here for any success the Texans expect to have this season. 

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