Note To Texans’ Fans: Bush Messed Up The Draft, Not Casserly

By Gregory Moore
Updated: September 15, 2006

SAN ANTONIO – If I hear one more so-called expert proclaim that the Houston Texans messed up by drafting Mario Williams, I’m going to pull their so-called draft expert card. Let’s make something very clear for everyone, including Texans’ fans: Reggie Bush is the reason why he is not in H-Town; not Charlie Casserly or Bob McNair.

What NFL fans need to realize is that in the world of sports business, there are some caveats that you must adhere to. One of them is that if you are dealing with a very contentious side in negotiations and you know what your checkbook can handle, you stay within budget.

It seems that people fail to realize that Bush and his agents wanted almost $28 to $30 million in guaranteed money from the Texans. Casserly knew what the projected cap was going to be for the Texans and giving a running back that will have to run behind a bad offensive line was not on his agenda.

Now, if Reggie had said sure, I’ll take the $26.5 million that was on the table as his signing bonus, this would be a moot point and Super Mario would be playing for either the New Orleans Saints or the Titans. But folk remember this one point about Bush and his faction. It was greed that forced the Texans’ hands.

Casserly was smart to start negotiating with Williams’ agent after talks with Bush and his crew broke down to the point when no one was talking. Williams was just happy being drafted. He didn’t think he was appointed to be anything. Folks it is all about understanding your role as a young man.

Bush thought he was entitled to be the top draft pick and he tried to embezzle his way into a Texans’ uniform. He didn’t have to try and use strong arm tactics. All he had to do was realize that he was getting more money in three years than he ever could have earned with a real job.

That’s the bottom line. Williams understood that and was more than happy to take on the mantle of being the co-franchise of a bad team.

That’s the real reason why the Texans didn’t take Reggie and these talking heads that are saying otherwise need to stop lying to the public. The Texans wanted maturity and Bush was immature at the wrong time in a business deal.


“Colt ain’t no Vince. Davis is a bum!” Can we stop with all of this crazy talk for a moment? Sometimes I wonder what games people be watching. As bad as the Texas Longhorns played on Saturday, that doesn’t mean that this isn’t a good football team. It just means it is a young football team.

As horrendous as the Dallas Cowboys looked late in their 24-17 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, that doesn’t mean that they can’t win at least nine games. But to replace Drew Bledsoe with Tony Romo or to ask for UT’s offensive coordinator to leave town after just one game?

Only in the state of Texas do we have the ignorant calls from uninformed fans in week one or two of a sporting season.

When it comes to Da Boys losing last Sunday, wasn’t that 24 straight points given up by the defense? I’m sorry what side of the ball does Bledsoe play for? Not his fault that Roy Williams and company don’t know how to tackle and stop a statue like Byron Leftwich.

As for Colt McCoy and the Longhorns. Look, Ohio State is a bona fide national champion contender this year with Troy Smith at the helm. The Longhorns are fortunate to even be in the Top 25 right now but with McCoy at the helm, this team will have to grow into a national powerhouse.

People forget how bad the Horns looked in the first two years of Young’s reign. It was flipping disastrous at times. But see fans don’t remember those times. All they remember was a national title. Okay that’s fine but how about a little reality in your fanaticism for your team. How about realizing that unless you have key players coming back, things are different.

The Longhorns are not the same team that they were last season nor were they same team they were in 2004 or years prior. So since this is a revolving door, get off the kid and let him learn the ropes. Freshmen make mistakes all the time. It’s just a football game; not a flipping world crisis with lives on the line that he’s trying to solve. People get a grip will ya?

FOLEY HAS CULPABILITY IN HIS OWN SHOOTING Before you jump on Steve Foley’s side of things right now, check his history. Hey Steve the question is this: were you drinking on the night you got shot?

Reports are now coming forth that Foley may have been so far over the alcohol limit that prosecutors are wondering if he has taken something else. And this is where I have my issues with the union for not stepping in and ensuring that a player with this kind of troubled past is fit to work in the NFL.

Foley is an alcoholic people. How do you know if you’re an alcoholic? How many arrests are you getting and alcohol is involved? If you, as a person, have been arrested the number of times that Foley has been and you have pled guilty to driving while intoxicated, then you are an alcoholic.

Whether the union, his friends and teammates don’t realize it, Steve Foley is an alcoholic. But that doesn’t excuse the shooting because Foley could have prevented the whole scene to begin with.

I’m not going to excuse the police officer that shot at him. That individual shouldn’t even be a police officer. I know of no regulation that allows officers to conduct themselves in the matter that this officer did. If he loses his job behind this incident, so be it.

That’s called owning up to your own culpability. And Foley has to own up to his culpability in this as well. He has to because it makes things utterly impossible to back him on being the victim. He’s no more the victim than that police officer is.

Foley and his family know that he’s in big trouble. Let’s forget about football and six figure paychecks. Foley has a serious drinking problem and if he and/or his family don’t realize it, it could be worse. This time it was a couple of bullets in non-threatening areas on his body.

If Foley continues his path of having a violent temper and mixing it with alcohol, the next story we read about is going to be one in which he died from either Cirrhosis of the liver or he was shot after he charged a police officer.

Foley’s situation is a grave one and we all need to realize what is at stake here. We are not talking about a football career; we are talking about life. We’re not talking about trying to find him an alcohol treatment program or something of that nature; we are talking about a behavioral change that needs to take place.

As so many Southerners like to say, it is time for Foley to have a “Come to Jesus” meeting with himself. But the NFL and the union need to also realize that the best way to help these guys is to show them that altercations with authorities is not in the best interest of the team or the league.

I’ll run this one paragraph from the NFL for as long as possible but there is a code of conduct that needs to be followed and that code is as follows: “Engaging in violent and/or criminal activity is unacceptable and constitutes conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the National Football League. Such conduct alienates the fans on whom the success of the League depends and has negative and sometimes tragic consequences for both the victim and the perpetrator. The League is committed to promoting and encouraging lawful conduct and to providing a safe and professional workplace for its employees.” I didn’t make this up; it’s in the league’s personal conduct policy. Whether you want to shift blame or not, Steve Foley has violated that paragraph on more than one occasion and I am sure he has violated his probation and/or the NFL drug policy as well.

Steve, if you or your family reads this, get help man. Get some professional help. You don’t have control of alcohol; it has control of you and that’s not a good thing. It wasn’t good in 1999, in 2000 or even now. Get some help dude and take responsibility for what you have done in this situation.

That police officer may have been wrong in profiling you but you fueled the altercation to a flash point by getting out of your car and confronting him. Right or wrong, the officer felt threatened and you got shot. That was the alcohol and whatever else you had talking I’m sure but like I said, it has control of you. Get help for your addiction.