April 29, 2006
Mario who?

I can't really claim to be a Texans fan, so I don't have emotional investment in their rather curious draft choice. But judging from the reactions of others, Mario Williams had better be all that and a bag of chips to make up for whatever Reggie Bush and Vince Young eventually do in the NFL. Richard Justice may be an idiot, but he's also correctly identified the problem with this selection:

Perhaps more than anyone, [quarterback David] Carr is the biggest loser in this deal. An offseason that was supposed to be about giving him a chance to succeed spun off the road on Friday.

Maybe this will be the right choice. Tom puts the best face on it for the Texans. Even Justice admits Williams is a stud, so whatever the other guys do he shouldn't be a flop. And there's likely to still be some good RBs at the thirty-third slot, and maybe an offensive lineman or two later on. Still, though, if the reason for bypassing Reggie Bush was that he was too expensive for Bob McNair's blood (as Justice claims), then this really is a dumb decision. I'm generally unsympathetic to owners in this kind of contract dispute to begin with; after all the money the citizens of Harris County threw at McNair for the building of Reliant Stadium, I never want to hear that excuse, ever.

Like I say, I don't really care all that much. I just hope those that do wind up feeling better about this some day.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on April 29, 2006 to Other sports | TrackBack

I would think that a year free of Chris Palmer, with Gary Kubiak, and getting Eric Moulds instead of lead-handed Jabar Gaffney would qualify as "help." Maybe an offensive line as well.

Posted by: norbizness on April 29, 2006 2:50 PM

My feeling was they needed O-line help far more than they needed a running back. OJ never took Buffalo to any Super Bowls.

Posted by: Linkmeister on April 29, 2006 4:21 PM

I don't really care that much either and that's really the problem. The Texans needed to give some of us a reason to care and this didn't do it. Having the #1 draft choice and the chance to get Vince Young or Reggie Bush seemed pretty exciting to me. But, fine, they picked someone I don't know the first thing about and I have no interest in buying a ticket, reading the sports page - nothing. Good work, Casserly and McNair.

Posted by: muse on April 29, 2006 4:39 PM

I could care less about the choice, as well. If we put half as much time into being concerned about our energy policy as we do into relatively meaningless professional sports, we'd be far better off as a nation.

Posted by: Dennis on April 29, 2006 6:00 PM

Michael Huff went # 7 over Matt Leinart's #10. I'm just happy to see two Longhorns get drafted before Leinart.

Posted by: RawHide on April 29, 2006 6:12 PM