John McClain, as you may know, was sent to cover the NFL Combine. For once, I am not going to bash McClain. He turned in a pair of pretty solid stories linking the Texans and a pair of college football prospects: Prince Amukamara of Nebraska, and Von Miller of Texas A&M.â†µ
So what is my beef with the Chronicle this time? The titles of the articles. The Miller article is entitled Texans see LB Miller as perfect fit for 3-4. Terrific title, I'm excited to read about how Texans scouts, anonymous or not, are drooling over Miller. Except...there are no quotes from anyone involved with the Texans in the story. At all. There is some vague linking of Gary Kubiak with Miller based on their connection as Aggie alums. That's it.
The Amukamara article, which is out today, is titled Texans zero in on drafting a top-quality cornerback. I'm so pumped to hear about McClain's inside sources on this one. This is going to be the position! Someone can battle Kareem Jackson! Except, again, this one has precisely zero to do with the Texans actually wanting to draft Amukamara. It states that he likely won't be around, and it states that he loves the defense we run. Yet it's titled as if the team is going to trade up picks to go get the man, because they love him that much.â†µ
I'm not sure if it's McClain, his editors, or a rogue agent who has infiltrated the Chronicle premises, but if someone could please tone down the headline generating machine over there, that would be great. You could try "Miller Good Fit For 3-4 Defense" or "If Texans Look For Corner, Amukamara Could Be It." Those wouldn't be as sexy, but they'd also have the distinction of being factual.â†µ