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Reeves is still pretty new around these parts, but the early returns
on the Texans’ biggest signing of unrestricted free agency
this offseason have not been impressive. In fact, they have been
downright concerning as Reeves has looked inconsistent at best in
preseason play as the team’s starting cornerback.
were warned, of course, by our neighbors to the north that Reeves
was toasted often in the Cowboys secondary. A change of scenery
(for the better, I might add) would help, at least we hoped, not
to mention being under the tutelage of coaches like Jon Hoke, who
has contributed to the development of the team’s other starter,
it is early. Way early. Reeves is just two games into the fake season,
so really nothing is on record yet, though nightmares of Reeves
chasing Santonio Holmes into the endzone in Week 1 are in fact keeping
me up at night. Pity me.
Reeves is maybe then just beginning to prove to be just the latest
example of an unrestricted free agent signed from another team for
a nice chunk of change that disappoints once he is wearing a Texans
is a trend I think we all thought would die once the Dom Capers/Charley
Casserly era had finally passed, a time when the team almost knowingly
had to overpay to attract free agent talent to an expansion team.
then the team signed defensive end Anthony Weaver to a contract
with $12 million guaranteed. Weaver, now in his third season as
a Texan, still isn’t as healthy as the day he inked his retirement
last year’s big foray into unrestricted free agency, running
back Ahman Green, failed to remain healthy for most of the season,
in spite of even having a weekly roster bonus for just showing up
to play. I understand injuries happen, and when you’re hurt,
you’re hurt, but signing Green at 30 was as a known injury
risk. Boom goes the dynamite.
now Reeves joins the pantheon of mercenary Texans riding shotgun,
armed with $6 million in bonuses but without any bullets.
needs to be held accountable. Given the team has had some success
in recent years in the draft, the talent prognosticating woes are
more easily identifiable with the pro scouting department, a group
helmed by Bobby Grier, the associate director of pro scouting.
what’s interesting about Grier here is this: he’s been
with the team since 2000, more than two years before the inaugural
training camp. Grier has been one of the few holdovers from the
Capers/Casserly era that has survived three years into Gary Kubiak/Rick
Smith regime, and I’m having a hard time figuring out why.
it’s because Grier is a football man and has been pretty much
his whole life. He spent decades with the Patriots, both as a coach
and front office executive. While the Patriots did have some success
in the ‘90s with Grier heading up their personnel department,
the team only achieved their Super Bowl-winning accomplishments
once he was shown the door by Bill Belichick in favor of Scott Pioli.
The late Joel Buchsbaum of Pro Football Weekly wasn’t
too complimentary of Grier’s expertise as scouting director.
think he was a good, hard worker and a loyal soldier who moved up
the ranks, but I think at the end he may have gotten promoted one
notch too high,” Buchsbaum said. “I think he overemphasized
size, speed and athleticism. Didn’t put enough emphasis on
competitiveness and how the guys played.”
a young and still somewhat inexperienced general manager, Rick Smith
probably has a lot respect for Grier and might even see him as a
role model. Maybe it’s why Grier still has a job, I don’t
know. But it seems to me that the time might be soon approaching
that Smith asks Grier to respectfully resign from his post so that
he may finally fill the vacancy with someone else.
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