Scrolling our Let's Talk Texans group on Facebook, the meme below was posted. To say the last 3 years, as a Texans fan has been rough, would be putting it lightly. But when I look at the road of Lovie Smith's career, it's hard to not feel that some of the oversight he is getting today is unfair. As with anything, building a team takes the right people. With the Texans we've always seemed to have struggled with not having the total mix to win at the same time. When we finally got our franchise quarterback, the offensive line was not good. We had a pro-bowl receiver, running back, left tackle, number one defense(Dre, Foster, Duan Brown, @sonofbum ), and Schaub, the passing leader in the NFL gets injured just before the playoffs. Now the only thing I will say is that Lovie has been to the Super Bowl, both as a Defensive Coordinator and a Head Coach, and didn't win the big game. But after leaving the Rams and taking on as head coach of the Bears, in his second season as head coach, with REX GROSSMAN, he lead them to an 11-5 record. Followed by a Super Bowl appearance and 13-3 record! He took over a bad Tampa Bay Bucks team who after his first season, drafted their Franchise QB, and only gave Lovie one year with Winston. But let the critics tell it, he is this guy who failed as a college coach at the University of Miami? NO? University of Texas? NO? Texas A&M? NO? No, he failed at the University of Illinois. But did he fail or did the area fail him? A university who, since 1963, has only had 10 wins a total of 3 seasons. Click her for UOI season records. Listen, I can't tell you that Lovie was the plan all the time, and I can't tell you that Josh McCown wasn't a deposition away from leading this organization, but what I can tell you is that the recipe so far, is set to be a pretty good pot of Gumbo if you ask me, and here's why.
- With no draft picks in the 1st and 2nd round in his first draft, the rookie GM chooses a QB with little to no starting experience in College, but experience in a system similar to the QB coach in Pep Hamilton, who would be working closely with him.
- Knowing you are in a rebuild, Tim Kelly absolutely should have not been brought back, but Pep gets one on one time with your rookie QB and gets quality time to spend with him and not having to worry about doing anything other than coach the rookie quarterback.
- Lovie comes in and gets to work directly with the defense only. No head coaching responsibilities, solely concentrating on the defense. He came in saying there is a difference from turnovers and takeaways. Turnovers mean the offense made a mistake, but a takeaway means the defense did their job. 3 INT's the year before, 17 under Lovie's direction.
- The last thing that they tried to belittle here was that Lovie took the defense from 31 to ONLY 27. But here is the deal, NO defense in the top 10, had an offense in the bottom 10. The biggest issue with this team over the last several years is the defense dominated the time of the possession. I still remember seeing JJ breathing heavy at the ends of games, and how many times did the defense end up defending in their own territories?
- Check out Lovies History here. Lovie Smith and Nick Caserio's connection can absolutely be the combination that they both need. A coach with Super bowl Experience utilizing blue collar players. (DAWGS) and a GM that knows how to find raw under rated talent. In Nick's executive Patriots History, he NEVER drafted in the top 5 during his tenure. Mostly in Late rounds, or no picks in the first round, the Patriots built their dynasty on blue collar players. Yea Yea Yea and the GOAT at QB.