Alex Gibbs Made Me Want My Mommy
Texans hosted their first 2008 training camp practice open to the
fans on Saturday morning, and I couldn't sleep last night in anticipation
of just being there and seeing new assistant head coach Alex Gibbs
ply his crafty trade to a group of impressionable young footballers.
Gibbs, you see, is the master of all things zone blocking and one-cut
I arrived at Reliant Park and finally saw Gibbs, I thought, my what
a fresh face on the field, a true visage of wisdom and warmth. Then
practice started, and HOLY MOTHER OF GOD he ripped into fullback
Jameel Cook for whoknowswhat. I heard maybe ten words come out of
his mouth and at least four of them were "ass". I can
only assume the other six were nuggets of his genius, like rainbows
of love shone across a golden dewy meadow, but all I kept hearing
I thought, after checking that my shorts weren't soiled, poor Jameel.
Poor, poor bastard. The kid is toast. But then Gibbs went after
Chester Pitts, and then another player. At first the fans around
me were stunned silent, perhaps with the same mixture of equal parts
fear and awe that were arm wrestling inside of me.
comfortable with the manner in which Gibbs dispensed his blessings,
we found ourselves actually cheering for this man, begging of him
to share more of his footballing wisdom amongst his many and varied
uses of our language's most colorful terms.
Gibbs is here. He has chosen us. Our asses, chewed as they might
be, are blessed because of it.
Gibbs, meet Kung Fu Panda
you see Kung Fu Panda? As the story goes, through a series
of unlikely and humorous events, an unassuming panda is deemed to
be the dragon warrior, sent to the village to defeat its most feared
enemy. How silly, right? A roly-poly creature, seemingly docile
if not borderline comatose, becoming a skilled warrior, protector
of all that is treasured.
rookie left tackle Duane Brown is our Kung Fu Panda. Brown walks
slow, runs slow, blinks slow, hell he even sweats slow. Nothing
spontaneous going on here. Until he snaps on his helmet, that is.
the Kung Fu Panda after a dumpling, Brown becomes the dragon warrior
once the ball is snapped. In 9-on-7 drills this morning, Brown moved
so quick upfield to make a second-level block on a linebacker, I
had to double check his jersey number.
fully expect Brown will have his gut handed to him on a frequent
basis by Mario Williams, but I think we just might have found our
very own Kung Fu Panda to protect the village.
Battle Brewing at SLB?
were no surprises from a depth chart perspective at Saturday's morning
workout, though I admit that I expected Zac Diles to be the one
working with the first team at strongside linebacker. Instead, I
found free agent Kevin Bentley working in his place while Diles
backed him up on the second team.
was a fourth round pick in 2002 of the Browns and later signed with
the Seahawks, joining them en route to Super Bowl XL as a backup
and specials teams standout. When he signed with the Texans in March,
his versatility was believed to be an asset and insurance in the
event Diles wasn't ready to start.
is Diles ready to start or not? It's too early to say I suppose,
but this is definitely a camp battle to watch. Many Seahawks fans
felt Bentley was good enough to start. In fact, in the last game
he started for Seattle, Bentley registered 10 tackles in a thorough
whipping of the 49ers.
Demarcus Faggins didn't practice this morning. He spent some time
on the bike, apparently nursing an injury of some sort. Perfect
chance for Jamar Fletcher to take hold of his spot on the depth
chart, right? Well, Fletcher was burned badly by a deep ball from
Sage Rosenfels that Andre Davis easily took into the endzone for
a 50-yard touchdown. So yeah, Davis proved last season that he's
pretty good running deep routes, but then David Anderson also had
no trouble in getting separation from Fletcher, too...
any late round quarterback, Alex Brink found some difficulty in
gaining traction amidst brief moments of competency. Brink mishandled
a snap and gave up on the play - walking away from the football
- and earning a heart-to-heart convo with Baby Shan. On the next
play, Brink then overthrew running back Darius Walker, all of about
four yards downfield. Then finally, some brilliance. Brink whipped
a dart about 15 yards to tight end Owen Daniels...
Johnson showed no ill effects of arthroscopic knee surgey to me.
He was dialed in with Matt Schaub throughout practice, smoothly
moving in between coverage and catching everything I saw thrown
his direction. Of course, C.C. Brown was providing some of that
deep coverage in the middle, but nevertheless, Johnson was stunning
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