Texans Q&A

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BattleRedNation.com editor Charlie Bernstein asks NFL Expert Chris Steuber about some pressing issues with the Texans. Find out if he thinks Houston can make their first playoff appearence in 2008.

Do you think Steve Slaton can be a contributor in his rookie year, assuming Ahman Green follows the recent path of his career and gets injured?

I felt better about Steve Slaton following his sophomore season than I did after his junior year. He didn't demonstrate the same kind of explosiveness as a junior as he did as a sophomore, and that fact disturbs me moving forward to the NFL. I wonder how much of an impact he will have at the NFL level. When you look at Slaton, he has a compact, strong build, and if you watch him on the field, he does a lot of the things Brian Westbrook does with the Philadelphia Eagles.

If Ahman Green goes down with another injury, Chris Brown can supplement a potential loss. But Slaton is a good change of pace runner who could provide the Texans with big plays in a situational role.


Will Duane Brown be able to protect Matt Schaub at left tackle?

I have some serious concerns about Duane Brown. He's an athletic tackle, but when I watched him last year at Virginia Tech, he played soft in a lot of games and struggled against bigger defensive ends. The Texans are hopeful that Charles Spencer is finally healthy, and if he is, he and Brown will vie for the starting LT position.


Will Xavier Adibi receive some snaps as a rookie assuming the Texans trio of starting LB's- Ryans, Greenwood, and Colvin stay healthy?

I think you will see Adibi compete for playing time this season, but it will be in a situational role. Adibi's true value will come on special teams this season.


I've gone on record saying that this Texans team can compete for a wildcard spot assuming that Andre Johnson/Matt Schaub/Mario Williams stay healthy, am I crazy?

I don't think you're crazy, but the Texans play in one of the toughest divisions in the NFL. You mentioned Andre Johnson, Matt Schaub and Mario Williams. I'm not too concerned about Williams' health, but Johnson has been banged up the last couple of seasons, and Schaub hasn't started a full year in the league, so I don't know what to expect from him. But if they all stay healthy, the Texans have one of the best young teams in the league. I think for them to make the playoffs this season, they have to hope the Colts or Jaguars have a down year.


Amobi Okoye led all rookie DT's in sacks last year, what can we expect from him in year two?

If you're a Texans fan, you have to be excited about Amobi Okoye. Okoye just turned 21 years old, and he's only going to get better. I think you will see him raise his sack total from 5.5 to around eight this season and be even more consistent inside against the run. In two or three years, he will be one of the elite DTs in the league.


If you were the Texans GM/VP/HC/etc., would you trade Sage Rosenfels for a second or third-round pick?

If I were running the Texans, I'd keep Rosenfels, because he doesn't have second or third round value. But to the Texans, he's a quality backup, and in the NFL today, you need two quality quarterbacks on your roster.

What is the biggest question mark on the Texans roster?

There are a lot of questions on the Texans roster, mainly on the offensive side of the ball. Can Schaub and Johnson stay healthy? Will the offensive line be able to come together and protect the quarterback? Can the Texans improve their running game, be more consistent and stay healthy? I guess the biggest question mark for Houston is if they can stay healthy, because beyond their starters, they don't have much depth on their roster.

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