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12/08/2006 02:58:00 PM

Texans fans have right to be upset

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Vince Young has led the Titans to five wins in their last seven games.
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The Second-Guess bowl takes place in Houston on Sunday when Vince Young leads the surging Titans into Reliant Stadium where an entire city will unite in disgust for the Texans' 2006 draft choices.

The people of Houston wanted the Texans to take hometown hero Young, who fell to Tennessee at No. 3, instead of their eventual pick, Mario Williams.

Young has won five of nine starts in the NFL and has recently become the favorite for offensive rookie of the year. As it turns out, the Texans did draft a future defensive star. His name is DeMeco Ryans, a linebacker nabbed in the second round who has koming stats. Williams, meanwhile, has 4.5 sacks on the year and has been struggling with a banged-up foot.

Nothing about the Texans' draft made sense. Charley Casserly was in charge of Houston's choices even though he was already told he was on the way out. They took a guy who shot up draft charts because of his combine workout -- a surefire recipe for disaster. The choice was an implicit endorsement of quarterback David Carr. Carr is in his fifth year with the Texans and has not gotten them into the playoffs. Houston had a unique opportunity to start over with Young or Matt Leinart.

Now, the Texans enter next year's draft in the same position. They're heavily invested in Carr and will try to build around him, even though it's hard to imagine him leading them to the playoffs. This time, they likely won't even have a look at any big-time quarterbacks in the first round. Then the same thing will happen in '08, etc. At some point, this franchise needs to make a decisive shift in its strategy.

Houston fans will make Sunday a spectacle if Young leads the Titans to a win. Poor Mario Williams, who is mainly a victim of circumstance, better have the game of his life.

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