Originally posted by strickac:
Originally posted by thl408:
So far HOU is ahead in the poll. I agree. That team that is better than their record indicated but had piss poor QBing the year prior. Their division isn't strong and now they get a soft schedule due to sucking last year. They also play the NFC East which is soft, and Fitzpatrick can bring steady, unspectacular play at QB.
Losing Kubiak will probably kill their running game though. Foster is a product of their zone blocking. He's not going to put up the numbers he did in the past. I think they'll be mediocre and a fringe .500 team.
O'Brien utilizes a combination power and zone blocking scheme. At least that's what was done in NE when he was there. If he forces HOU to go full power run scheme, he will be disappointed. So I don't see O'Brien doing a full 180 with regards to the run blocking scheme. Fitzgerald is average on a good day, but that is still better than how Shaub played.
So based on that and their soft schedule, I think they are the surprise team. At this point in the year, your guess is as good (bad) as mine.