Tuesday, April 15, 2014
RTC: On the pressure to take a quarterback
By Tania Ganguli
Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans ...
We begin with a story that isn't exactly about the Texans and is exactly about the Texans at the same time. On TheMMQB.com, Peter King writes from a conversation he had with Mike Holmgren, who thrice found himself in the position of needing a quarterback. Once with the Packers, once with the Seahawks and once with the Cleveland Browns. For all the talk about the lack of a perceived star in this year's quarterback class, Holmgren notes one thing that is almost certainly true. “Somebody in that group can play, I feel sure of that,” Holmgren said of the quarterbacks in the 2014 draft class. “You list them, you evaluate them, you discuss them as a scouting and coaching group, and you pick one. Now—and this is very, very important—once he’s with you, you never, ever let anyone believe he’s not the right guy, not the quarterback of the future. In the building, obviously, that’s a given. But in public too. Every time you talk about him, he’s your guy."
While the headline on this piece seems to indicate a look at the future, Will Grubb of SportsRadio610 recounts a conversation on the station with former Texans general manager Charley Casserly in which Casserly says the Texans didn't get any offers to trade the top pick in either of the two times he presided over that selection. That doesn't mean the Texans won't trade this pick -- in fact if they get the right offer they certainly will. But it's interesting to get a look at the team's history through a former member of its front office.
Channeling his inner Charles Barkley, Arian Foster thinks athletes are held to too high of a standard by society, writes James Palmer of CSNHouston.com. He wants more realism in expectations. I think Texans owner Bob McNair would proudly say he holds the players and coaches he employs to high character standards.