Are there any other Indian-related NFL teams that wear red and yellow on the schedule? Because I don’t think my heart can take another one.
So, that was pretty much a complete disaster (again) until the last few minutes. You could feel the collective “tightening” in Reliant Stadium today, if you know what I mean. The Texans’ defense did everything it could to lose the game, but Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, and the Texans’ offense would not allow it.
DeMeco Ryans lost for the year, so now what?
Obviously, a defense can’t get any better when arguably their best player is no longer on the field… but at this point it’s hard to imagine the Texans getting any worse on that side of the ball. The run defense will certainly take a hit, which sounds bad – but if that encourages teams to run more against the Texans, that’s a good thing, right? How’s that for a silver lining? Maybe not so much after the way the Chiefs ran roughshod over Houston on the ground today.
Big players make big plays… again
Schaub and Johnson came through when it counted the most, just as they did against the Redskins. Much like that game, this was another case of Houston’s talent (ahem, on offense) rising above and winning the day. The coaching certainly had nothing to do with the win, and the defense I’m half convinced was actually trying to lose the game. So, it was up to the playmakers, and wow did they ever come through.
A word about the fans
I know that every NFL team likes to loudly proclaim that their fans are THE GREATEST FANS IN THE NFL!!!!! but today left quite a bad taste in my mouth. I was in attendance last week when the Giants beat the Texans down with ease. Fans started heading for the exits early – which I would never do – but I get it. It was a complete beatdown, traffic sucks, whatever.
But today, when the Chiefs went up 31-21 with 7:11 to go in the game – thousands of Texans “fans” began their mass exodus. SEVEN minutes left in the game, and the team had all three of their time outs (not that that matters – it was SEVEN minutes!!)… oh, and by the way they have known and proven playmakers on offense. I was disgusted. It was only a ten-point lead, and even the season ticket holders who sat next to us took out early. As did the season ticket holders behind us. And the ones next to them. These are probably the same people who sold their tickets to Cowboy fans to make a quick buck. Disgusting.
They absolutely deserved to miss what they missed today, which was a crowd WELL short of full making a ton of noise without them. Buncha sorry quitters. Who the hell pays thousands upon thousands of dollars for season tickets, and leaves when the game is far from over? It’s their right, of course. I just find it irritating. But I also don’t want my disgust with these particular fans to account for all my comments on the fans. The ones who DID stay were loud as hell, and the electricity that surged through the place was second only to the elation when Amobi Okoye sealed the game with a sack.
So, we’ve got problems
Big ones. We’re all sick to death of the same responses every week. “We’ll work hard to get it corrected.” “We’re gonna stick with the guys we have.” And so on. RIGHT NOW is the perfect time for the Texans to make a bold move. A big change. If they’re serious about making the playoffs in 2010, with the BRUTAL schedule they’ve yet to get into the teeth of – they need to go off of their franchise “script.” Their bye week is here, and they have two weeks until the next game. Either the Texans need to send Frank Bush packing and get to work with a new guy – ANY new guy – or they need to make a move for a player that can come in and be a difference-maker. Not a guy off the street. Not a guy who might bloom into a great player – but a really good NFL veteran. If it costs them a few draft picks, or a high draft pick – so be it (depending of course on who the player is and what you’re giving up).
Of course, we all know none of this is going to happen, unless the Texans make a dramatic change in the way they do business. I want to be happy (and I am) about the win today, but has there ever been a darker cloud over a 4-2 team? You just know the good times aren’t going to last as long as the defense keeps making the same mistakes. Atrocious pass coverage, an inconsistent but mostly non-existent pass rush, poor tackling, poor scheming, lack of adjustments – it’s just the same thing over and over. I would hope that the injury to DeMeco Ryans would make the team realize that the defensive issues went from beyond critical to… whatever is worse than that.
We’ll talk more about the game during the week. There’s plenty to go over, and most of it isn’t good – but the Texans did give us quite a thrilling finish today, and THANK the football GODS for that. After last week’s debacle, it was good to have something to jump up and down about today. Now the Texans have two weeks to DO SOMETHING about what will most assuredly keep them out of the playoffs if it is not remedied.