Wow. This is not complicated. I’m sure I’ll have a lot more to say about this game as the week goes on, but really – what more is there to say than this:
Run the ball. Run it. See the ball? Yeah – RUN IT!
Arian Foster is a star. He’s not just a system guy. He’s a game-changer and a difference-maker. If you run Foster and he’s getting stuffed over and over – fine, you rely on the pass. But Foster was getting big chunks of yardage from the START today (well, when Gary Kubiak and/or Rick Dennison finally let him run it). So why abandon it? I’m going to tell you why.
Okay. I have no idea why the Texans do this, but it’s been happening all throughout the Kubiak Era. The Texans CONSTANTLY try to be cute. They want to outsmart people. They want to outcoach the other team (which I honestly don’t think has ever happened). The only time I can think of when they DIDN’T try to get cute… was the first game of the year against Indianapolis!
It doesn’t matter if the other team knows what you’re going to do. The question is – can they stop it? Did the Colts stop the Texans running game in game one of the season? No. Did the Texans stop running the ball in the first game of the season? NO! Did the Colts stop the run tonight on Monday Night Football? NO! Did the Texans stop running it? Well, I guess you have to START running to actually be made to stop, don’t you? Unbelievable. Inexplicable. Inexcusable.
I don’t understand. Dwight Freeney continued his complete and utter dominance of Duane Brown. The Texans didn’t get Brown much help, and by passing SO much in the first half, they forced themselves into passing a lot in the second half. When Freeney knows the Texans are going to pass, he’s even MORE dominant over Brown than he usually is.
Can’t put this one on the defense
Sure, the Texans only gave up 23 points on defense, but as they have all season, they still broke when it mattered most. They didn’t get enough pressure on Manning, they didn’t stop the Colts on third down enough, and they gave up long, extended drives. Another big problem that isn’t getting better, as much as I hate to say it, is that Bernard Pollard is getting absolutely destroyed out there. His coverage has gone from bad to worse, and now he’s inexplicably starting to miss a lot of tackles.
There will be more to discuss, of course. I’m sure there will be some interesting nuggets from tonight and tomorrow’s Kubiak press conferences. As always, he will blame himself… but will he blame himself for the right reasons? “Aw shucks, it’s on me” is one thing, but how about “I really blew it by not running the ball more. We ran the ball effectively all game long, but I really want everyone to think I’m super-smart, so I tried to outsmart everyone and it was a total disaster, and it cost us a REAL chance to when a game when the Colts were not at their best.”
This was a very frustrating game. The Texans honestly could have won this game, had they played to their strengths and not repeatedly exposed their weaknesses. My mind boggles with bewilderment at what went on out there. We could all see the problem, but apparently our offensive brain trust could not.
So let’s all vent, shall we?