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    Question OL dept. : TODD WADE ? ? ?

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    July 15, 2006, 12:20AM
    Wade released as shake-up continues on Texans' O-line
    New blocking scheme makes big tackle expendable
    By MEGAN MANFULL / Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

    With changes in the works on the offensive line, the Texans released veteran tackle Todd Wade on Friday.

    The 6-8, 314-pound tackle was lured away from the Miami Dolphins with a $10 million signing bonus in 2004. He started 22 games for the Texans before spraining his medial collateral ligament against Indianapolis on Nov. 13. His rehabilitation continued this offseason, and Wade was unable to participate in the Texans' workouts.

    "Anytime you're in a situation like I am, you have to make tough decisions," Texans general manager Rick Smith said. "As an organization, we appreciate what Todd has done for us. He's a good football player. But you have to factor in so many aspects when making a decision, like a player's salary, his style and how it fits in your system and where we want to go in the future."

    Wade, a starter since he entered the league in 2000 out of Mississippi, likely will be picked up quickly by another team. He was not able to be reached for comment.Texans guard Steve McKinney said Wade will be missed when camp begins July 27."It's tough, because Todd was a good friend," McKinney said. "The unfortunate problem was his injury came at a time when there was a coaching change and the offensive line was having fingers pointed at it. Changes were inevitable, and sometimes you get lost in the shuffle when you're in an injury situation."Because of the injury, Wade never was able to show how he might adapt to playing in the new scheme coach Gary Kubiak brought from Denver. The Broncos use a zone-blocking scheme that utilizes quick linemen who must be able to make the initial block and then get to the second level. Because of that, the linemen in this scheme typically are some of the NFL's smallest.

    Some of the Texans' linemen have been trimming weight and switching positions. At this point, right tackle Zach Wiegert is the only player returning to the same position at which he started when the 2005 season ended. McKinney is at right guard, free agent Mike Flanagan is at center, Chester Pitts is at left guard and Seth Wand is returning to left tackle, where he started in 2004."The attitude will be a little different," McKinney said. "Some of the blocking schemes will be different. The position moves they've made are putting guys in the best positions for them, I think. I felt in the past, some of us were playing in the position that wasn't best suited for us. Regardless of whether we like all the moves they've made, we believe it's put the best five on the field in the best five positions they can play."

    The Texans also will monitor the progress of rookie tackles Charles Spencer and Eric Winston, each third-round draft picks. Neither is expected to crack the starting lineup by the season opener, but each could make an impact at some point in the year. Winston is slated to back up Wiegert, and Spencer is competing for the backup job at left tackle.The coaches hope the changes will improve the team's pass protection. In four years, quarterback David Carr has been sacked 208 times. Three out of the last four years, he was the most sacked quarterback in the league.

    megan.manfull@chron.com

    > http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/4048721.html

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    I HOPE WE TAKE A SERIOUS LOOK AT T.WADE.

    if he's healthy,
    he's a good player

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    He's solid, but nothing to write home about.

    Besides, I think Brick and Adrian will grow into a very good and extremely athletic set of tackles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelly
    I HOPE WE TAKE A SERIOUS LOOK AT T.WADE.

    if he's healthy,
    he's a good player
    Todd Wade might be one of the worst left tackles in the game. In fact I can't think of 3 left tackles in the NFL that are worse. Anyone who's watched any of the Texan games saw Carr either getting sacked or running for his life. And this was against teams with an average pass rush. And guess who's mostly to blame for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Untouchable
    He's solid, but nothing to write home about.
    Calling him solid is just wrong. HE'S JUST BAD! (And I don't mean that in a good way).

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelly
    I HOPE WE TAKE A SERIOUS LOOK AT T.WADE.

    if he's healthy,
    he's a good player

    yeah lets take a look at an o lineman from the team that had probaby the worst O line in fottball (Jets line was horrid due to injuries....Texans line was just horrid. I kinda like the the look of the Jets O line....they don't need to bring in another o lineman.

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    Hmmm...The Texans have a Bad Line?? Yet Davis starting in just 12 games a year has avg over 1000 each year on around 250+ carries a year and had 13 td's rushing in 04 alone? Doesn't he know a Bad O-line is the RB's excuse??

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    Quote Originally Posted by savage69
    Hmmm...The Texans have a Bad Line?? Yet Davis starting in just 12 games a year has avg over 1000 each year on around 250+ carries a year and had 13 td's rushing in 04 alone? Doesn't he know a Bad O-line is the RB's excuse??

    Savage I base calling it a bad line not on Davis rushing for 1000 yards but the fact that Carr has been living on his Ass for the past few years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelly
    At this point, right tackle Zach Wiegert is the only player returning to the same position at which he started when the 2005 season ended.
    If I'm David Carr, I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing - good that they're trying to shake things up and improve on a line that's been like a seive in pass protection, or bad in that things might actually get worse before they get better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesR
    If I'm David Carr, I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing - good that they're trying to shake things up and improve on a line that's been like a seive in pass protection, or bad in that things might actually get worse before they get better.
    If I'm David Carr, I'm still pissed that my team didn't take D'Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Untouchable
    If I'm David Carr, I'm still pissed that my team didn't take D'Brick.
    Very good point!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardTodd27
    Todd Wade might be one of the worst left tackles in the game. In fact I can't think of 3 left tackles in the NFL that are worse. Anyone who's watched any of the Texan games saw Carr either getting sacked or running for his life. And this was against teams with an average pass rush. And guess who's mostly to blame for that.
    you're right....there's just one problem- Wade should not have been playing LT as he's a natural right/strong-side tackle and was outstanding at that position early in his career....

    Houston seems the place where offensive tackles go to bury their careers...whether it be Tony Bosselli, Ryan Young or now Wade...

    I'd love to see the Jets take a crack at Wade- as Kelly said earlier- he is an outstanding player when healthy....Wade at RT and Ferguson at LT could be bookends for a while...Mangold develops at OC, put Kendall back at guard, shift Jones inside to compete with Moore and you could possibly turn one of the weakest links on the team into a strenght...

    that said I doubt they sign him after bringing Clement in, which was a strange move...

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    You can NEVER have enough depth, especially at KEY POSITIONS! As Jetfans, we all should know this by now! I would bring him in and sign him through Camp. If the projected starters make it through Camp healthy, then cut him and keep his agent's number close in case of injury during the season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Untouchable
    If I'm David Carr, I'm still pissed that my team didn't take D'Brick.
    I'd be even more pissed they selected Travis Johnson over Alex Barron the prior year....

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