AFC South: Dale Strahm
The team promoted Mike Maccagnan to director of college scouting and named Dale Strahm a national college scout. Previously, Strahm was director of college scouting. He’s quite a bit older than Strahm and it appears this move is a changing of the guard at the top of Houston’s college scouting flow chart. Like most people in posts like his, Maccagnan will work in the background for a large part of the year and we won’t see his work come to fruition until next spring.
Peyton Manning won’t be ready for the start of camp and could miss significant time following his May neck surgery. Being without its top player for a significant chunk of camp after a lockout will surely be a setback for the team. And it’ll make for an incredibly boring preseason when we see Curtis Painter and whoever the team brings in as a stopgap get the work. Remember Jared Lorenzen and Quinn Gray in the summer of 2008? It will be a challenge to get good work for guys on offense without Manning in place.
Jack Del Rio put Blaine Gabbert’s learning curve into perspective on the radio with Pete Prisco. Talking about Gabbert having a playbook, JDR said: “I mean I guess I could give you a book of Chinese and a translation book of Chinese and then see how you are in a month and if you can speak Chinese or not. That’s what I equate it to.” That’s some good stuff there that we should keep in mind as we look for a quick impact from Gabbert.
Of course Randy Moss’ agent is going to boast about Moss’ fitness. It would be news if he wasn’t in shape. It’s way less significant that he is in great shape. We can daydream about how Mike Munchak and Chris Palmer would use Moss more effectively than Jeff Fisher and Mike Heimerdinger did. But I don’t think there is any way the Titans, who talked of releasing Moss last year, bring him back no matter the regime change.
It won’t take long for the Texans to feel the draft, says John McClain.
The Texans’ draft is better than McClain initially thought. (Video.)
Director of college scouting Dale Strahm reviews the picks with Nick Scurfield of texans.com.
Bob Kravitz does the draft grade thing and looks at the schedule.
John Oehser looks at new defenders Jerry Hughes and Pat Angerer.
Expectations for fourth-round offensive lineman Jacques McClendon from Nate Dunlevy.
Gene Frenette looks at the revamping of the defensive line and at linebacker and says safety is next, which lines up with Darren Sharper’s visit.
A ticket-sales update from the team.
Judgment day has arrived for Reggie Nelson, says Adam Stites.
Breaking down the defensive line with Zoltan Paksa.
Chris Johnson leads the short list of players who skipped the first OTA day, writes Jim Wyatt.
Derrick Morgan has a motor like Kyle Vanden Bosch’s and a chip on his shoulder like Jevon Kearse had at the start, says David Boclair.
Damian Williams was the sixth-best draft day bargain, says Jeff Chadiha.
Williams was the best value pick of the third round, says Rick Gosselin.
Clay Travis says it’s ridiculous to question Myron Rolle’s commitment because he took a year off to study as a Rhodes Scholar. I absolutely agree. (Full disclosure, Travis and I work for the same Nashville radio station.)
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
"When his technique catches up with his work ethic, then you're going to really have somebody special."
Well, Bill Kollar already ranked as a huge guy for the 2009 Texans, who as a team had just 25 sacks a year ago, 12 of them from Mario Williams.
The team's new defensive coordinator is expected to keep Williams' career on the rise, to squeeze maximum production out of free agent addition Antonio Smith who will play end and tackle, to get Amobi Okoye back on track after a high ankle sprain slowed him in Year 2 and to up the production of the rest of the group.
Now, too, he'll be expected to show Barwin how technique can turn that excellent work ethic into NFL production.
I talked to Kollar for a recent blog column, which you can find here is you missed it or care to revisit.