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Houston Texans: 5 Biggest Mistakes of 2013 So Far

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Houston Texans: 5 Biggest Mistakes of 2013 So Far


It seems a little early to be calling anything done so far in 2013 a mistake for the Houston Texans, so let me preface this piece by saying most of this is speculative. Some of these things could pan out and turn up a success. But if you're asking me right now to name five things that I've disagreed with the team doing thus far in the calendar year, then we'd have something to talk about.

Every team makes questionable draft picks and boneheaded moves in free agency, at least in a fans eyes somewhere. There is zero chance to please everyone with personnel moves, but for all of Rick Smith's goofs, he has been pretty solid as a general manager as a whole. He has built a deep roster that has Super Bowl expectations and looks to be that way for the considerable future.

Let me add that if you're reading this to see where I rank Matt Schaub still being on this team, well you're going to be disappointed. I've been around and around with Texans fans all summer that are leading the backlash on their starting quarterback. Do I want the team to be as locked in long-term on Schaub if his decline has truly started? Of course not. But those of us that don't knee jerk realize that the options for an upgrade at the position currently are nonexistent.

With what quarterbacks are getting paid the last two offseasons, Schaub is making peanuts and shouldn't even have a realistic reason to make this list. But here are the personnel decisions that I disagree with up to this point.

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5. Letting Glover Quin Walk in Free Agency

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I remember that I tried to convince myself that I was okay with letting Glover Quin walk in free agency if the team drafted a safety early in the draft. But in hindsight, Detroit really didn't pay him so much that Houston couldn't have put a similar deal on the table.

Quin, while nothing special, was great in the scheme and would have been a better long-term plan that what they eventually decided to go with.

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4. Bringing in a 34-Year-Old Ed Reed

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I'll admit, I was excited about bringing in Ed Reed for the first week or two. Even at a shade below his former self, he could be that guy that gets Houston over the hump in the postseason. They needed a defensive leader and a veteran presence. However, turning 35 next month with a bum hip seems to be a miss.

This one could still work out, but I'm not holding my breath. It just seems like he put one over on the team and they know it.

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3. Rolling Another Year With Derek Newton at Right Tackle

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I've gotten into it on twitter and at round-table discussions over my lack of faith in the talents of Derek Newton. Consistency is key in this offensive scheme and you want your line to jell together. Unfortunately for Newton, starting talent is required, too.

I've always thought Newton was a good depth guy to have in a pinch. But as a 16 game starter, the running game is going to suffer on his side of the line again.

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2. Drafting Sam Montgomery Even After the Red Flags

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If you've been reading my training camp and preseason coverage, you know that I was never on board with the selection of Sam Montgomery. I understand LSU fans saying the red flags of him were overblown. But when he shows up to day one of camp out of shape and can't even pass a conditioning test, why was anyone shocked?

I'm not ready to close the book on Montgomery and label him a bust, but he certainly isn't off on the right foot thus far at a position that is hurting for someone to step up and make an impact.

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1. Retaining Joe Marciano

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I told my partners on our podcast that if the decision was left up to Gary Kubiak, Joe Marciano would retain his job as one of the worst special teams coaches in the league. Kubiak just doesn't have what it takes to fire a guy he likes personally. If Bob McNair hadn't stepped in and fired Frank Bush after 2010, Gary would have went down with that ship.

Sure, the players have to make the plays, but at what point do you hold Marciano accountable for things that even high school teams practice?