See the previous post. Nothing has changed. The Texans, despite their best record in team history, are primed for an early playoff exit.
When the final chapter of the 2012 Texans is written, it will focus mainly on the sparkling first half or 2/3 of the season. JJ Watt was as dominant as any defensive player in NFL history, Andre Johnson had one of his best seasons ever, and Houston at times looked like the class of the conference. But unfortunately, this season looks like a big pile of fool’s gold. Sadly, I’ve seen that coming for a long time now, but the LEVEL of implosion in the final four games of the season was something I did NOT foresee. I feel like I know this team better than 99% of anyone who follows and is “emotionally invested” in the Texans – but DAMN.
You can point to all kinds of problems for this team’s late-season collapse. Houston was no longer able to hide the existence of several flat-out BAD starters… um, and bad special teams coaches.
And then there’s Matt Schaub, who started the season well, and is finishing it in a spectacularly-awful fashion. Without a really good running game, Schaub is a flat-out liability at this point. When the running game is humming, you can win with him.
But with Cadaver Newton at right tackle, Cadaver inside linebackers, Cadaver Marciano as a special teams coach, Cadaver red zone play, etc… it’s just not happening right this season.
Once again, the Texans lose in Indianapolis (0-11 all time), and they desperately needed either home-field advantage or some momentum going in to the playoffs, and they have nothing close to either of those.
The worst crime of today’s loss is this – the playoff game just will not be fun to watch next week. Even if the Texans win the game (which right now I cannot say in any way that I think they will), it’s hard to get excited about what comes after that. Anyway, sadness. What else can be said?