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Gary Kubiak: Texans are having a difficult offseason

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Few teams have seen more talent leave in the last couple of weeks than Houston, which has seen Mario Williams sign a huge contract elsewhere, traded DeMeco Ryans and released Eric Winston, among others. Texans coach Gary Kubiak acknowledges that’s going to hurt.

Obviously, it’s been a difficult 10 days,” Kubiak told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “We’ve lost some key players who are tremendous people and leaders. They played a big part in our building process. It’s going to be difficult to replace them, but obviously we have to move on and other players have to step up.”

The Texans are coming off by far their best season in franchise history, reaching the playoffs for the first time, and it’s been surprising to see just how many players from last year’s team won’t be back this year. Other players who have left include tight end Joel Dreessen, guard Mike Brisiel, cornerback Jason Allen, fullback Lawrence Vickers and quarterback Matt Leinart.

Kubiak lamented in particular that the Texans weren’t able to retain players from their strong 2006 draft class, which included Williams first overall, Ryans in the second round and Winston in the third round.

“I’ve never been part of a better draft class in all my years of coaching,” Kubiak said.

And he may have never been part of a worse first couple weeks of free agency.

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66 Responses to “Gary Kubiak: Texans are having a difficult offseason”
  1. joetoronto says: Mar 24, 2012 10:14 AM

    So why didn’t you guys resign those players, Gary?

  2. dspyank2k11 says: Mar 24, 2012 10:18 AM

    no… shoot.. sherlock?

  3. leksington says: Mar 24, 2012 10:19 AM

    Why in the world is it that Charley Casserly can’t get a sniff at a GM position?

  4. mercurialcj says: Mar 24, 2012 10:19 AM

    Hey, it could always be worse. You could be the Dolphins, just saying.

  5. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Mar 24, 2012 10:19 AM

    The sad part is that no one will remember how great the Texans team from 2011-2012 will be. If schuab had stayed healthy… If him an Mario stayed healthy it could’ve been a legendary team!!

  6. nolahxc says: Mar 24, 2012 10:21 AM

    This dude’s going to tell ME they’re having a difficult offseason….

    at least you aren’t suspended a full season

    smh

  7. ty46 says: Mar 24, 2012 10:22 AM

    They sucked for a long time, drafted high, paid much for it. Cap collapses.

  8. mrslay1 says: Mar 24, 2012 10:24 AM

    The NFL is full of stories of if I could have wish I should have. That’s the difference between champions and non-champions!

  9. nineroutsider says: Mar 24, 2012 10:25 AM

    I still think they will be fine. Better sign Manny Lawson though to play OLB and expect pass rushing from someone else. Not many decent 3-4 backers left…

  10. texanfan62 says: Mar 24, 2012 10:25 AM

    This is the classic problem of robbing Peter to pay Paul.In this case, both Kubiak and Rick Smith were trying to save their ass,by signing Daniel Manning and Jonathan Joseph to big contracts last year so they would win in order to save their jobs.It worked, but now you have a classic cap problem.YOU CAN’T KEEP PLAYERS.They just lost the Division Title this year by winning last year.They’ll pay for it this year.

  11. theredbengal says: Mar 24, 2012 10:26 AM

    That’s what happens when you pay free agents
    (J-Joe 50 mil for 5 years) big money instead of keeping your own.

  12. petehemlock says: Mar 24, 2012 10:27 AM

    Boo-Houston Texans

  13. joetoronto says: Mar 24, 2012 10:27 AM

    andrejohnsonforpresident says:
    Mar 24, 2012 10:19 AM
    The sad part is that no one will remember how great the Texans team from 2011-2012 will be. If schuab had stayed healthy… If him an Mario stayed healthy it could’ve been a legendary team!!
    ***************************************************
    I agree they were good but “legendary”, really?

  14. eaglesnoles05 says: Mar 24, 2012 10:28 AM

    …and one one them you didn’t so much “lose” as you traded him for a 4th round pick and a 12spot slide in the 3rd…

  15. dolphins4 says: Mar 24, 2012 10:29 AM

    This is why teams have to have good personel people ,draft great plus great people that deal with the salary cap like the Eagles Joe Banner.

  16. mrbigass says: Mar 24, 2012 10:30 AM

    Cap space, cap space, cap space. Needed to sign younger players whose contracts are coming up was the main reason for not resigning Mario and releasing Winston. Would have liked to have Brisiel and Dreesen but did get Myers back.

    And one thing about building a successful team is that of the players that are lost, there are quality ones to take their place. The best parts of this team are still there and a good draft will have them back in good shape for the new season.

  17. eaglesnoles05 says: Mar 24, 2012 10:31 AM

    I love how matt leinart’s name isn’t an active link, as every player ever mentioned on this site tends to be. Like no one cares enough about his loss to click on him anyway lol.

  18. packeranddarien says: Mar 24, 2012 10:31 AM

    Kubiak lamented in particular that the Texans weren’t able to retain players from their strong 2006 draft class, which included Williams first overall, Ryans in the second round and Winston in the third round.

    Holy shnikes.

    It’s hard enough to get ONE blue chip prospect out of a draft but to hit THREE in successive rounds and then let ALL of them go in the same offseason?

    That’s just wrong. And….very strange.

    It goes against almost every (you still have the Cowboys and the Redskins ) team’s philosophy in building a team core; select your cornerstones in the draft and KEEP them as long as you possibly can.

    You can’t help but think there is a deep and severe rift between the coaching staff and the front office in Houston.

    And its growing.

  19. waitingguilty says: Mar 24, 2012 10:31 AM

    Very likely that Gary wanted to keep them but smith and McNair are being “fiscally conservative”.

    Aka cheap.

  20. oldbyrd says: Mar 24, 2012 10:32 AM

    Something”s not right. Houston we have a problem!

  21. cantonbound13 says: Mar 24, 2012 10:34 AM

    At least your owner is not Stephen Ross! So there’s hope.

  22. steelernationsparksjealousy says: Mar 24, 2012 10:37 AM

    Lol! What a group of losers. Try winning a ring some day.

  23. thejuddstir says: Mar 24, 2012 10:37 AM

    When you can’t re-sign that kind of talent, it’s hard to believe the Texans were ever serious about P. Manning. Apparently B. McNair is happy with just getting a sniff of the playoffs.

  24. jacksaysfu says: Mar 24, 2012 10:38 AM

    Be happy Texans fans you got a 4th and moved up 12 spots in the 3rd for Demeco Ryans , you really fleeced us …. hahaha suckers
    Thanks again ,
    Eagles fans

  25. krank00 says: Mar 24, 2012 10:50 AM

    The most valuable commodity in the NFL is TALENT. Rick Smith has squandered a ton of it. Kicking Eric Winston to the curb and letting Demeco go for a 4th rounder and a move up in the third was an absolute dereliction of duty. I know that the Texans had a great next man up mentality but that is not suppose to start in March!!

  26. texanssuperbowlbound says: Mar 24, 2012 10:56 AM

    Rick smith pisses me off. Of course he wanted the 2006 draft class gone… He didn’t draft them and it was hanging over his head… But we can keep jacoby jones at $3 million and Antonio smith at $8 million this season… What the hell ever… Bring back casserly….they better hit home runs in this draft or we are screwed…

  27. pgolf3 says: Mar 24, 2012 11:02 AM

    Pretty sad when J allen asks JJoe about Cincy signs, and JJ wants to return with him. O yea, you can Have Manny lawson as well. Nice player but…Who Dey

  28. apmn says: Mar 24, 2012 11:11 AM

    @jacksaysfu
    too bad the Texans didn’t draft VY in ’06…just imagine how excited you would have been last year when they traded him to the Eagles for a 4th…wow, the Eagles could have been some sort of “Dream Team” this past year with VY on the roster! hahaha, the Texans really are suckers, not like those crafty, perennial Super Bowl Champion Eagles!

  29. glac1 says: Mar 24, 2012 11:13 AM

    teams that have a history of overpaying seldom can keep their own players on the roster. Teams like that also struggle to win the championship. Disciplined teams who keep the long range outlook in mind when signing players generally are the most successful.

  30. kcporkchop says: Mar 24, 2012 11:23 AM

    On behalf of the Chiefs, I’d like to say thank you for Eric Winston.

  31. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Mar 24, 2012 11:28 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Mar 24, 2012 10:27 AM
    andrejohnsonforpresident says:
    Mar 24, 2012 10:19 AM
    The sad part is that no one will remember how great the Texans team from 2011-2012 will be. If schuab had stayed healthy… If him an Mario stayed healthy it could’ve been a legendary team!!
    ***************************************************
    I agree they were good but “legendary”, really?

    ***********************************************I believe so. They would’ve been ranked a top 3 defense and offense. I personally believe they would’ve won the SB if both were healthy. O an Andre stayed healthy too

  32. dewalt2990 says: Mar 24, 2012 11:29 AM

    The Lions were in major cap trouble. STILL we re-signed all of our core players this off-season. After our first playoff appearance in what seems like forever. The Texans and Lions are on similar paths right now, but not for long if you guys keep this up.

  33. contract says: Mar 24, 2012 11:36 AM

    Awful work by the front office. Good teams keep their home grown talent through their 2nd contract.

  34. jeremycrowhurst says: Mar 24, 2012 11:37 AM

    Sounds like my eight year old, when he spends all his allowance on Saturday and then complains on Sunday that he has no money.

  35. AlohaMrHand says: Mar 24, 2012 11:52 AM

    shut the hell up

    signed
    The Saints and Dolphins

  36. mauicat1 says: Mar 24, 2012 12:14 PM

    I can tell all Texan’s fans that the Chiefs will give Eric Winston a great place to play. Glad Kubiak was able see fit to let the best right tackle in the NFL get away. I still can;t believe we got him. Must have been the Bar-B-Que.

  37. nfl1818 says: Mar 24, 2012 12:35 PM

    No kidding. Talk to your gm and cap people. Obviously very bad planning. To come close one year and then hit the cap wall is frankly not that impressive. This ain’t major league baseball. It’s a fair game with clear rules.

  38. baddorange says: Mar 24, 2012 12:35 PM

    Right. You lost any credibility when you named Leinhart.

  39. kenudo says: Mar 24, 2012 12:35 PM

    It’s a good thing for them that division is so weak. But they’re going to turn into the Chargers of the AFC south. Probably winning the division easily but being exposed in the playoffs

  40. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 24, 2012 12:44 PM

    Quit crying and man up……signed a colts fan!!!

  41. madsqgrdn says: Mar 24, 2012 12:51 PM

    Too bad you didn’t have mike Tannenbaum … He is always able to keep the best free agents on the jets. Mangold Harris dbrick revis Holmes pouha ..wow pretty good GM right there.

  42. texanfan62 says: Mar 24, 2012 12:55 PM

    All you Chiefs fans better beware.Winston is a great person, but really didn’t play all that well.Gave up too many sacks.Plus,he’s coming from a zone blocking scheme.He’s got to adjust.All you Eagles fans,remember this; Ryans had Major Achillies Surgery in 2010.He’s just now getting to the point that he’s coming around,plus you guys won’t beat the Giants,LOL!

  43. tombrookshire says: Mar 24, 2012 12:57 PM

    FO must either be thrifty or dumb to not lock up at least Williams and Winston. Ryans no longer fits the new defensive front they run and he was injured in 2010.

  44. texansfan81 says: Mar 24, 2012 12:59 PM

    This is just awful work by the Texans Front Office. I’m beginning to to think the 2011 season was a fluke and the only reason we did do well was Wade Phillips defense and his drafting skills. No playoffs this year and the city will become restless like in 2010.

  45. bowmanj35 says: Mar 24, 2012 1:01 PM

    thats why the packers dont sign top free agents except every other decade. and they dont trade top talent for shabby draft picks. I admit its tough as a packer fan for our big free agent signings to be Saturday and Muir, but then again we arent losing everyone either.

  46. tom35mt says: Mar 24, 2012 1:02 PM

    Why in the world is it that Charley Casserly can’t get a sniff at a GM position?
    ——————————————-
    Because he said that Cam Newton was garanteed bust, because he drafted guys like david carr

    the guy doesnt know QBs

  47. txndave says: Mar 24, 2012 1:04 PM

    Hate on us all day… its funny how fans from teams like the eagles and chiefs got something to say, when in the playoffs where were you guys?? Oh yeah that’s right…
    ON YOUR ASSES!!!

  48. texxxan4life says: Mar 24, 2012 1:27 PM

    Sorry kansas city fans… But eric wanted to stay here In houston.. He loves out here… I feel sorry he has to play at a run down crap hole stadium and for a team that has no hope… its unfortunate that a great player has to waste his prime years playing for losers

  49. truthassassin says: Mar 24, 2012 1:32 PM

    Texans finally assemble a good team and now they lose half of their best players… Not sure what they’re thinking

  50. snikerbotloot says: Mar 24, 2012 1:46 PM

    Have to wonder if they made a run at Manning would they be seeing more guys coming thru the door? Just sayin….

    Either way, letting this many FA’s walk is bush league. I run my FF team better.

  51. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Mar 24, 2012 2:24 PM

    does any team in the nfl draft as good as the texans? it’s unbelievable how strong they draft each year and how loaded they are with talent. i guess they haven’t had enough prolonged success to just ignore high priced free agents, keep their own playmakers, and keep everyone happy.

  52. godzilla111111 says: Mar 24, 2012 2:30 PM

    andrejohnsonforpresident says:
    Mar 24, 2012 11:28 AM
    joetoronto says:
    Mar 24, 2012 10:27 AM
    andrejohnsonforpresident says:
    Mar 24, 2012 10:19 AM
    The sad part is that no one will remember how great the Texans team from 2011-2012 will be. If schuab had stayed healthy… If him an Mario stayed healthy it could’ve been a legendary team!!
    ***************************************************
    I agree they were good but “legendary”, really?

    ***********************************************I believe so. They would’ve been ranked a top 3 defense and offense. I personally believe they would’ve won the SB if both were healthy. O an Andre stayed healthy too

    ——————————————————-

    A healthy Schaub would have gotten them by the Ravens to the SB?

    A healthy Schaub lost to the Ravens 29-14 (a mere detail).

  53. rwmilli says: Mar 24, 2012 2:37 PM

    Love all the saints fans on here whining, just because your franchise made a literal ” stupid ” mistake doesn’t mean other teams can’t have real problems, quit complaining nobody cares about your dirty franchise, and to all you Texan fans who think you ” fleeced ” the eagles, guess again, thanks for an amazing 4-3 backer :) well take it, enjoy struggling next year because your F/O is a joke.

  54. downslide33 says: Mar 24, 2012 2:41 PM

    Couldnt they have kept Dreisen and cut Daniels???

    Daniels is always hurt.

  55. dashmooz says: Mar 24, 2012 2:53 PM

    This isn’t ‘awful’ work by the Texans front office. People tend to fall in the ‘if they gave tons of money to players they had a great offseason’ or ‘if they didn’t give a ton of money to players they had a bad offseason’ camps.

    This was purely an evaluation as to the worth of these players to the team based on their salaries.

    Sure, they could have given Mario $100 MM if they wanted – but it would have crippled them for years. It would have been absolutely asinine. I like Mario, wish we could have kept him, I know we couldn’t; I wish him the best.

    Why on earth would you want to keep DeMeco, as good as he is? Cushing is better and faster, and cheaper from a salary perspective, and signed through 2013. DeMeco counts $8 MM/yr against the cap and comes out on passing downs, and is still recovering from a torn Achilles. That much $ is not worth it for a 2 down player.

    The Winston cut is the one that surprised me, but he didn’t have a great pass blocking year (although run blocking he was very good), and I suspect his knee surgery in January wasn’t as successful as everyone thinks.

    Brisiel – $20 MM – way too much for him.

    Dreessen – wish him well, but we have Owen Daniels, G. Graham and J. Casey. Can’t pay multimillions at every position for multiple people.

    This is a proactive move by the front office to enable them to resign Matt Schaub, Duane Brown (one of the best LT all around in the game), Glover Quin and Connor Barwin next year. We have a lot of talent now, and a lot coming up for contracts. Can’t sign all of them, so this year we lost a bunch.

    Remember – when you have a great draft, exactly 4 years later the bill comes due on those players. 2009 was a pretty good Texan draft (Cushing, Barwin, Quin) and they are going to want to be paid.

  56. juicedtothemax says: Mar 24, 2012 2:58 PM

    Doesn’t matter I don’t know why everyone is making a big deal.
    1 Mario was always overhyped
    2 Brisiel has been in a battle with Caldwell the last 2 seasons for that job- 1&1A. He easily replaces him.
    3 Nobody gave Winston credit until Houston cuts him. Now he’s all world. His replacement imo is on the roster and is more consistent. (Butler).
    4 love Dreeson but it’s time for him to get paid somewhere. Plus Graham has played well when given the chance and is more athletic. If he fails Casey will be there to pick it up, hes the real stud imo.
    5 We all saw what TJ “baby” Yates was able to do. Clearly a competent back up.
    6 no need to get anybody in FA all the starters are on the roster. Sharpton takes Demecos place. He played better in this system last year. Demeco is strictly a 4-3 beast. So all the positions are filled without missing a beat. Just drafting for depth. 2 of the draft picks won’t even make the team because of good depth the team already has.

  57. dlew2191 says: Mar 24, 2012 3:24 PM

    apmn says: Mar 24, 2012 11:11 AM

    @jacksaysfu
    too bad the Texans didn’t draft VY in ’06…just imagine how excited you would have been last year when they traded him to the Eagles for a 4th…wow, the Eagles could have been some sort of “Dream Team” this past year with VY on the roster! hahaha, the Texans really are suckers, not like those crafty, perennial Super Bowl Champion Eagles!

    What 4th round pick? VY was a free agent to the Eagles….

  58. jacksaysfu says: Mar 24, 2012 3:30 PM

    Txndave : Wasn’t this your 1st ever appearance in the playoffs? You couldn’t even take the division until manning got hurt. Just be a man & admit the Eagles butt raped you in that trade for Ryans .

  59. prplpuzzetrz says: Mar 24, 2012 3:32 PM

    Could be worse! They could follow the Vikings off-season method and go to the local hospital and sign amputees and point guards ?????
    Sheesh

  60. bvolke says: Mar 24, 2012 3:56 PM

    As a Bills fan, I’ve been very happy with the Texans offseason so far :)

  61. bobhk says: Mar 24, 2012 4:12 PM

    Watch for the Texans to knock of Pats in the playoffs this year.

  62. percywhipped21 says: Mar 24, 2012 4:35 PM

    Yeah so why again were these players traded or not resigned? Seems kind of silly after such a good season.

  63. naptownwarrior says: Mar 24, 2012 5:18 PM

    Indianapolis Colts 2012 AFC South Champions!

  64. mauicat1 says: Mar 24, 2012 5:58 PM

    Anyone calling Arrowhead a dump has obviously never been there. Slamming another fan’s stadium and the team that plays there is just plain stupid. I really, really dislike the Cowboys, and their owner. As for their stadium, it is way over the top. But guess what, I don’t have to go there. And as fans, we all have opinions, but you should get a history of success before you start bashing.

  65. LoCoSu@%s says: Mar 24, 2012 6:18 PM

    Translation – Please dont fire me when we go 7-9 next season.

  66. rc33 says: Mar 26, 2012 10:51 AM

    Poor cap management; all you can say. Their first really successful season followed by having to release a bunch of key veterans because they were too “up against” the cap?
    Poor job by Kubiak and the GM.

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