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Texans try to avoid the new QB/RB jinx

I think it is safe to assume that when the Houston Texans rid themselves of quarterback David Carr and running back Domanick Williams, they wanted a fresh start at both skill positions.  They obviously did that by signing both QB Matt Schaub and RB Ahman Green this offseason.  It has also been said (and proven) that teams who start a season with a new starting QB and RB do not fare very well.

In the past five years, 7 teams added new starting QB’s and RB’s; of those 7, 5 of the teams suffered at least ten loss seasons.  Only one recorded a winning season.  Yet the Texans feel they can buck that trend with Schaub and Green.  The team will test that theory on Sunday, September 9 as they take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Reliant Stadium. 

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak seems to have a good feeling about the signings as he told Megan Manfull of the Houston Chronicle, “(Their familiarity) played a big part.  With Ahman knowing Sherman’s terminology and Mike having such a relationship with him, there’s no doubt in my mind that’s why we were able to land him in free agency because he had some tremendous offers.  Denver, I know, was one of them.  Tennessee might have been the other.  Kubiak added regarding Schaub, “And then with Matt, I knew how they called things, and I knew the guys that were with him. When I spent the day with him just talking football, progressions and things that we teach, and listening to him spit it back at me before we ever even pulled the deal — it had a lot do to with it.”

Based on the preseason, Schaub appears poised and in command behind center, and Green appears to have regained his mojo, as his 46-yard run against the Cowboys in their preseason game will indicate.  Once the Texans’ offensive line becomes cohesive and on the same page (which I think will happen), this version of the team will be leaps and bounds ahead of previous Texans teams.  Of course, it would be real helpful if defensive end Mario Williams improves as opposed to previous seasons.  But again, based on observations and reports out of the Texans’ training camp, the team is vastly improved over last season’s version.


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