I’m beginning to wonder about those Texans. I’ve be a fan since Bob McNair brought us a team as Houston sat in the dark for several years after Bud Adams took the Oiler’s to Tennessee. But know I’m beginning to wonder if we need to dump Gary Kubiak or should we be looking at getting rid of our defensive line coach instead or should we be looking at getting rid of both of them.
The past several weeks everyone has been blaming it on the fact that the Texans have been getting off to a slow start and making the comeback in the third quarter to blow the game in the fourth and in the last few games it’s been in the last few minutes of the game and in most it’s been the final play, except for last week’s game with the Titan’s which it looked as they weren’t even at the game.
We built a new stadium for the Texans to play in and all we could hear was Bud Adam’s crying all the way from Tennessee how the Oiler’s would have done better if we would have built them a new house. But every time they got close to accomplishing anything Adams would either get rid of key players or coaching staff that had gotten the team to near play-off potential. Now it looks like we are facing the same thing with the Texans. First they made it look like David Carr was a patron saint as a quarterback and they didn’t really look at putting players in the offense that could match his capabilities, now we have Matt Shaub at the helm and have a strong offensive unit, but they need to get the jitters on third down conversions. And our defensive unit, what gives? I have no idea what the head office is thinking, bringing in all these young defensive players and not bringing any veterans to the game. It seems as if the Texan’s have no overall balance from year to year.
At the end of week six the Texans were looking good for some reason with a record of 4-2. They had a bye week in week seven and when they came back in week eight it seems as if they lost interest in the game. Now let’s take a look at thinks beginning with week #8.
In week #8 the Texan’s played the Colt’s in Indianapolis. The Texan’s didn’t get off to a good start entering the half with the Colt’s leading 17-3. The Colts began the second half with the ball in their possession, scoring on the first series of downs making the score 24-3. With the next series of downs the Texan’s scored bringing the score to 24- 10. The Colt’s score a field goal making the score 27-10. Entering the 4th quarter; the Texan’s score a touchdown bringing the score to 27-17 leaving 12 minutes on the clock. With this next possession the Colt’s manage to score a field goal making the score 30-17 with approximately 7 minutes left on the clock. The Texan’s having control cannot manage to come up with anything knocking off 2 minutes. However, they hold the Colt’s on the next series of downs forcing them to punt. However with this possession the Texan’s cannot convert on a 3rd and long, the bad thing is they were on the Colt’s 14 yard line. The Colt’s regain possession with :58 on the clock, with defeating Houston 30-17. The issue here is Houston, has a weak 1st half and stands toe to toe throughout the second with the defense showing little growth.
In week #9 the Texan’s played the Charger’s in Houston. . In this game the Texan’s stood strong leading Charger’s in the first half by a score of 20-14. However it looks as if the Texan’s couldn’t mount an offense in the second half, only scoring a field goal in the 3rd. Yet they allow the Charger’s to score a touchdown in the 3rd and another in the 4th with a 2 point extra point conversion. Ending the game with the Charger’s defeating Houston 29-23. In this game it looks as if Houston again has problems converting on 3rd and long and the defense just falls when the offense is in a 3rd and long position, allowing for the first down.
In week #10 the Texan’s played the Jaguar’s in Jacksonville. In this game Houston has a weak first half, going into the second with the Jaguar’s leading 17-3. The Texan’s have a strong 3rd quarter showing pulling down 14 points and holding the Jaguar’s scoreless. Entering the 4th quarter the score was tied 17-17. Jacksonville scores the first touchdown of the 4th quarter putting them up 24-17; however Houston rebounds on the next series of downs tying the game up at 24-24 with 4 minutes left in the game. Houston manages to hold the Jaguar’s during the next series regaining the ball with 1 ½ minutes left to play. The Texans get some decent yardage, making it to the Jag’s 45 yard line where again another third and long play. Opps! With 16 seconds left in the game it looks as if we will be going into overtime. Jacksonville manages to move the ball to their 34 yard line and on the final play of the game they throw up a Hail Mary which is batted down by the defense into the arms of WR Mike Thomas for a 50 yard TD, allowing the Jaguar’s defeating Houston 31-24. This is just one of several momentous Houston comebacks to be lost in the final seconds of the game.
In week #11 the Texan’s played the Jet’s in New York. In this game the Jet’s put a sound beating to the Texan’s all the way through the 3rd quarter where they lead the Texans by the score of 20-7. Entering the 4th, the Jet’s manage to score a field goal taking the score to 23-7. Houston manages to control the quarter by scoring 20 points on their next 3 possessions, giving them the lead 27-23. With 55 seconds left in the game, the Jets take possession at their 28 yard line. Again the Texan’s defense fails to hold the offense back allowing the Jet’s to move the ball 72 yards with the last play being capped by a pass interference called placing the Jet’s on the Hou-6 with and easy move for the touchdown. Another game lost after a tremendous comeback due to errors in the last few seconds of the game. The final ending up with the Jet’s winning 30-27.
In week #12 the Texan’s played the Titan’s in Houston. This particular game the Texan’s simply dominated the Titan’s the entire game. The Texan’s didn’t really show any strength, it was as if Tennessee simply was off its game. Nothing seemed to go their direction and the Texans won this one by a score of 20-0.
In week #13 the Texan’s played the Eagle’s in Philadelphia. Again, the Texan’s go into the locker room at halftime getting off to a slow start, with the Eagle’s leading 20-10. The Texan’s make a strong comeback in the 3rd quarter by scoring 14 points putting them in the lead 24-20. However something really went wrong in the 4th quarter. It seems as if the Texan’s defense came to a screeching halt allowing the Eagle’s to regain that 14 points placing the Eagle’s back in the lead 34-24 with this being the final score. It’s as if week after week the Texan’s start out weak but make a consistent comeback only to lose the came in the last quarter(and that is usually in the last 5 minutes of the game) due to a defensive that is weak in the knee’s or an offense that can convert on 3rd and long attempts. You would think by now the Texan’s coaching staff would find another playbook or revise what they have.
In week #14 the Texan’s played the Raven’s in Baltimore. In this game the Texan’s had a slow first half; however they didn’t go to the locker room with their heads between their tails even though the score was 21-7. In the 3rd quarter the Texan’s hold the Raven’s to a single touchdown and they themselves scoring 2 field goals to bring the score to 28-13 in the Raven’s favor. But somehow in this game the Texans manage to gain some momentum in the 4th quarter scoring two touchdowns in the last twelve minutes and holding the Raven’s from even scoring. The amazing thing is on the final touchdown the Texan’s need a 2 point conversion to tie the game and they pull it off with 21 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime with the score being 28-28. But as always, the Texan’s seem to blow it in the final minutes of the game. In the overtime period the Raven’s begin by having possession of the ball but are unable to capitalize with Houston taking possession on their 9 yard line. But like usual, Houston bobbles by throwing an interception on 2-10 and the Raven’s capitalize with a final of 34-28.
In week #15 the Texan’s played the Titan’s in Tennessee. In this confrontation, Tennessee seems to have it together. Dominating the Texan’s going into the half with a score of 24-3, the Titan’s show they are here to play after being humiliated in week twelve. In the 3rd quarter the Texan’s began to make some sort of comeback by holding possession for the first 6 minutes and scoring a touchdown bringing the score to 24-10. The Titan’s then take possession only to lose the ball on the by an interception with Houston ending up on their 16 yard line. Both teams continue to battle it out with the Titans capitalizing with 32 seconds left in the quarter (31-10). In the 4th quarter the Texans manage to score another touchdown holding the Titans to a 31-17 victory. Again the Texans blame it on a slow start and a weak defensive game. It just seems like they lack a balance in coaching.
And finally we will look at this week’s game where the Texan’s played the Bronco’s in Denver. The Texan’s went into the half leading the Bronco’s by a score of 17-0. This was one of the first games in which they showed a strong presence in the first half, but it looks as if when they returned in the second have they had reverted back to their old self’s. The offense seemed to have problems converting on third and long and the defense seemed as
if they stayed in the locker room. In the 3rd quarter the Texan’s flame tends to flicker offensively only gaining two field goals. But the Bronco’s and Tim Tebow take it to the Texans in the second half scoring 24 points and the victory.
I’m wondering if the Texans will scrub their defense coaching staff or dump Gary Kubiak. With one came left in the season will Houston make a go for it at Jacksonville, they have no reason to win except to save face. Let’s wait and see next week. As we see the Texan’s either don’t have the stamina going into the game or they run out of gas within the last 5 minutes. And being from Texas we no longer have a premier team.
References: All material retrieved from http://www.nfl.com/teams/houstontexans/schedule?team=HOU&id=2120