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Apollo Stallion


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:38 pm    Post subject: JJ Watt Headed To IR - Sky Is Officially Falling Reply with quote

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports J.J. Watt re-injured his surgically-repaired back and will be out "an extended period of time," possibly the rest of the season.
He's expected to be placed on injured reserve Wednesday. Watt had back surgery over the offseason, but made it back in time for Week 1 when some thought he'd miss 2-3 games. It's fair to wonder if he pushed himself too hard to get back and did more harm than good. Either way, this is a massive loss for the Texans as a team. Easily the most dominant defensive player in the game, Houston will now have to turn to some replacement-level player. Back injuries are never good, and Watt turned 27 last spring. He even started talking about retirement back in April.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Explains a lot. He has been average all season long.

We don't have any depth there but whatever. I blame BOB. Mainly because I don't like him but also because he should have shut watt down until he was ready to come back
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a devastating injury. We have to have the worst medical staff in the league.

We signed Antonio Smith.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chalk up another one for Apollodamus. Amount of snaps JJ was seeing coming off back surgery was criminal and I said as much just a week ago.

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The part that is really scary is that we are a Lamar Miller or JJ Watt injury away from being non functional. Both are being abused by this coaching staff because their backups are roadkill like Blue and Grimes, and Still, Covington, and Heath. Just because your morbidly obese DC is still kicking doesn't mean your 35 year old 350 lb NT should see as many snaps as Wilfork does and I promise you - he will break at some point.


While BOB & Romeo and the always incompetent Texans medical staff deserve some blame, I place PRIMARY responsibility squarely on our GM-for-life who proves over and over that has no clue on how to protect our most valuable assets.

This is the same franchise that resigned Arian Foster a year early then abused him to the tune of 460 friggin touches in 2012 (despite years of empirical proof that RBs performance regresses significantly following seasons of 300 carries - the Jamal Anderson effect). Foster had already hurt his hammy in 2011, had to sit out a game in 2012 due to an irregular heartbeat and was useless down the stretch, and of course he was a complete physical wreck in 2013 ultimately succumbing to a lumbar spine issue and missing most of the season. Like most abused RBs, he managed to rebound for a season following the extended layoff, but washed out again the following season and looks like he's cooked for good this year. Somebody please explain to me how "the boss" makes a decision to pay a player a completely out of scale contract of 5 years / $45 million instead of just using the RFA tag for 1 year $2 million AND getting draft pick compensation for losing him as well as failed 2nd rounder Ben Tate. The team is the WORST team in the NFL as a direct result, yet it doesn't come back on the guy who made the "investment" then did the equivalent of letting the valet drive his Porsche around for a year and trash the tranny.

Same GM who allowed Clowney to be shamed into an early return that sacrificed at least one season and left us with what is at least diminished goods. Same GM that resigned Cushing early to another far above market rate long-term deal despite clear evidence that roid abuse had him with the legs of a 38 year old. Same GM that put it's high priced investments on a field turf known industry wide to be a massive risk to player safety. Same GM that season after season refuses to address depth issues on the offensive or defensive lines that has compromised Duane Brown, Erik Winston, and others who played hurt so many times it clearly impacted their longevity. Same GM that signed an RB in Lamar Miller, to a 4 year / $26 million deal, and seemingly is oblivious to known durability concerns and is presiding over the same Arian Foster mistake with Miller on pace for 450+ touches!!!

I am sure that McNair and his accomplices in the Houston media will spin another failed season as excusable because we were "bit by the injury bug", but almost every one of these has been at best predictable and at worst a direct result of the incompetence of his employees. Rick chose to leave a void at Center and assume a rookie could "captain" the o-line. Rick chose to ignore the fact that his franchise LT had a severe injury and that depth would be critical, yet we have Kendall Lamm seeing snaps. Rick let durable and experienced G/C's Ben Jones & Brandon Brooks walk eliminating critical continuity on the o-line a replaced with a part-time starter in Allen and filler Oboushi (did you see what Brooks & the Eagles o-line did to Pittsburgh this week???). Rick created the clear o-line deficiencies while also knowing he had signed a $72 million statue at QB that required max protection due to his elongated delivery. Rick let Crick walk, has a 35 year old obese NT and 4 other guys who likely don't make another NFL roster on the DLine. Now, his $100 million defensive MVP hall of famer is damaged again and possibly looking at a shortened career himself because this team runs him out there every single snap regardless of the clear long-term ramifications.

If one of Bill O'Brien's horse trainers kept killing off the horses worth millions in stud fees I'm sure he'd be sent to the glue factory himself, yet he seemingly endorses the stupidity Rick Smith allows year after year despite the fact he hasn't even won but two stakes races in 11 years!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

amazingandre wrote:
What a devastating injury. We have to have the worst medical staff in the league.

We signed Antonio Smith.

At least the Ninja Assassin is back.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marco79 wrote:
amazingandre wrote:
What a devastating injury. We have to have the worst medical staff in the league.

We signed Antonio Smith.

At least the Ninja Assassin is back.


Here's hoping he invites Rick Smith over to take a late night dip at his "welcome home" pool party. "We've got a floater...."
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marco79 wrote:
amazingandre wrote:
What a devastating injury. We have to have the worst medical staff in the league.

We signed Antonio Smith.

At least the Ninja Assassin is back.


all is right with the world.

Clowned was playing DE against New England while Simon and Whitney were starting at OLB. I can see that continuing going forward
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pastor Dillon wrote:
Marco79 wrote:
amazingandre wrote:
What a devastating injury. We have to have the worst medical staff in the league.

We signed Antonio Smith.

At least the Ninja Assassin is back.


all is right with the world.

Clowned was playing DE against New England while Simon and Whitney were starting at OLB. I can see that continuing going forward


Ninja looked pretty good throughout that superbowl ruin last season, but even IF he's still got some juice we're gonna need guys like Covington, Still, and Heath to step up BIG in Watt's absence. It feels like we're doomed to never have all of our blue chips playing together. The Texans responded poorly to losing Arian Foster last season via an ugly [inappropriate/removed] patch job named Alfred Blue and Chris Polk. Hopefully we're not looking at a similar outcome.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2016 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is the officially projection, is it something that he needs 6-8 weeks off or is he most likely done for the season and a return is a long shot?

I think we can survive 8 weeks without him, and have him back for the home stretch and playoffs.

its a completely different mentality to hold down the fort until he returns and move on without him
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pastor Dillon wrote:
What is the officially projection, is it something that he needs 6-8 weeks off or is he most likely done for the season and a return is a long shot?

I think we can survive 8 weeks without him, and have him back for the home stretch and playoffs.

its a completely different mentality to hold down the fort until he returns and move on without him


he had another surgery, he is done for the year
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well the sky didnt fall, but super bowl hopes might have. I think Watt missing this year gave clowney the room he needed to grow, now they can both thrive together and dominate.
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