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Old 12-10-2005, 04:55 PM   #1
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Interesting Article In Houston Paper About Casserly And Redskins

this is an excerpt from todays Richard justice column about Casserly not doing his job because the redskins were also interested in acquiring Philip Buchanon from the raiders so the texans rushed to get him,I didnt know we wanted him,thank God we didnt end up with him,cant fathom the Texans only watching 4 of his games,thats poor management,heres the article:

Buchanon blunders
No matter what McNair does with coach Dom Capers (he goes) or general manager Charley Casserly (he stays), the first four years have served as a learning experience for the owner, too.

For instance, there's the Phillip Buchanon trade.

Before the Texans made the deal, McNair's football staff came to him with some concerns. They wanted him to know that the issue of Buchanon's attitude had come up. They'd looked into his character as well.

In briefing McNair, Casserly ran down a list of former coaches and teammates the Texans had spoken to. Almost to a man, they said Buchanon wouldn't be a problem.

McNair, satisfied his people had done their jobs, approved the deal.

Only later did he learn they hadn't.


Research lacking
For instance, McNair wasn't told Buchanon didn't like tackling people. Because his football staff apparently didn't know or didn't think it was worth mentioning.

At least that's what McNair was told. Had Casserly and his people taken the time to read Bay Area newspapers, they would have known Buchanon didn't care for contact. It was no secret in Oakland.

Nor was it mentioned to McNair that Buchanon had problems covering wide receivers, which can lead to real problems for a cornerback.

He was beaten so often by Brett Favre in one prime-time 2003 contest that he was removed from the lineup during the game. McNair said he learned of this problem only after he began asking tough questions.

Turns out, the Texans watched only four of Buchanon's 2004 games. McNair was flabbergasted.

How could such an important decision be based on so little information? Because the Texans were in a hurry. Because Al Davis hurried them to the church.

With the Redskins rumored to be in the hunt for Buchanon, the Texans acted too quickly. They traded for a player who wasn't what he thought he was.

"I think everyone blew it," McNair said. "If you're going to give up high draft choices for a player, you'd better be thorough. If you don't have enough time, you say, 'Sorry, we're not done with our due diligence.' That's what happens when you're too eager. We had a need, and we were too eager to fill it."

As the Texans pick through the debris of a 1-11season, Buchanon's name comes up a lot. He has come to symbolize other failures.

When men buy professional sports franchises, they typically fall into one of two categories.

Some of them, such as Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, believe they know everything and immediately attempt to do everything from scout to draft to sell club seats. They typically fail.

Others, such as Kansas City's Lamar Hunt, hire good people and stay out of the way. They typically succeed.


Balance is best
The best owners such as New England's Robert Kraft are somewhere in between. They hire good people and allow them to do their jobs. But they also remain involved. They force people to sell their decisions. They hold them accountable for the failures.

This is the type owner Bob McNair apparently would like to be. He won't be coaching wide receivers, but neither will he be as passive as he has been for four years.
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Old 12-11-2005, 09:34 AM   #2
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Re: Interesting Article In Houston Paper About Casserly And Redskins

no comments on this? heres some more about Casserly in a different article,he makes the point that Casserly should probably fired but theres no one better out there to get,I see a lot of people on the warpath say we need a gm,but who would we get?

Bob McNair may already have decided to fire them all. That means you, too, Charley Casserly.

We interrupt for an unpopular opinion.

Casserly should not be fired.

Got that?

He was more than competent when he was getting players for Joe Gibbs. It was only after he was turning players over to Norv Turner and Dom Capers that his competence became an issue.

He should get a second chance to hire a head coach. And this time, he should add a first-rate group of assistant coaches.

One of McNair's fundamental mistakes has been cutting corners in putting together a coaching staff. Casserly has made mistakes, too, and if there was someone better available, McNair would be justified in hiring him.

Except there's not. Unless 69-year-old Ron Wolf wants to come out of retirement and unless Scott Pioli wants out of the contract he just signed with the New England Patriots, there's no franchise-turning general manager out there.

Casserly knows the league and knows what's wrong with the Texans. He wanted fundamental changes as far back as last winter. He had lost confidence in offensive coordinator Chris Palmer. He had
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Old 12-11-2005, 10:08 AM   #3
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Re: Interesting Article In Houston Paper About Casserly And Redskins

thats only half an article
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Old 12-11-2005, 10:37 AM   #4
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Re: Interesting Article In Houston Paper About Casserly And Redskins

What has killed the Texans is injuries and lack of player development on the offensive and defensive lines. Charlie has gone out of his way to bring in quality lineman each year, but either by injury or lack of coaching/player development both lines are still weak. The offensive line in particular this year and last year has been racked by injuries. Most teams including the redskins would be just as bad as the texans if they lost most of their starting offensive line and have a young developing QB. Oh wait we did have that...Ramsey.
Charlie is partly to blame, but he does not deserve to get fired.
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Old 12-11-2005, 11:16 AM   #5
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Is there a link?
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i would welcome c casserly back to washington.he and coach gibbs worked well in his last stay here.i think part of that was that they each had equal input in player decisions
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heres the link:http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...e/3515657.html
but most of the article is about bob mcnair
what I would like comments about is how can you {Casserly} only watch 4 games of a guy and give up ,I cant remember,but I think it was 2 draft picks,and i think one was a #1 pick,that is majorly pooching the dog,even though i would probably welcome him back here,that blunder alone is enough to be fired over,and the only reason he probably wont be is because theres no one else out there to get
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I'm curious as to whether he wanted Buchanon that badly, or he didn't want the Skins to have him. If he's working his own personnel to affect a team in another division, he's lost touch with reality.
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Re: Interesting Article In Houston Paper About Casserly And Redskins

The Texans have hired Dan Reeves as a "consultant"

http://www.al.com/newsflash/regional...st=alabamanews

I wonder what, if anything, that could mean for the team
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A "consultant", LOL that's good!

Let's just call it what it is, Reeves is being brought in to see if this is a job he'd be interested in.

That would be a great hire for that team IMO.
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Old 12-13-2005, 04:12 PM   #11
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Re: Interesting Article In Houston Paper About Casserly And Redskins

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i would welcome c casserly back to washington.he and coach gibbs worked well in his last stay here.i think part of that was that they each had equal input in player decisions

Honestly, I think Beathard was the key in the last Gibbs regime, when Casserly took over you could start mapping the Skins personnell failures on a regular basis. I never cared for Casserly.
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I really wouldn't want Casserly back either.

His time in Houston has been a disaster.
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Re: Interesting Article In Houston Paper About Casserly And Redskins

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A "consultant", LOL that's good!

Let's just call it what it is, Reeves is being brought in to see if this is a job he'd be interested in.

That would be a great hire for that team IMO.
Skins have had consultants in the past and they never hired them as head coaches. So it is possible he is what he is, a consultant.
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