The Texans blew another winnable game today. Another loss at home, this time to a team that was 0-4 on the road this season. If you follow this team closely, you can’t honestly say this was a surprise. I don’t think I need to spend too much time on this, because it’s literally the same problems that have plagued the team all season.
First, let me get this out of the way. Yes, the intentional grounding call was bad. One of the worst of that type of calls I’ve ever seen, but it’s not why the Texans lost. Okay, moving on…
Gary Kubiak blows yet another important call
The 4th & 1 QB sneak play was a complete disaster, and 100% on Kubiak. Sure, Schaub called the play and rushed to the line to try and catch the Chargers off-guard – but as the coach you have to realize “um, my QB is about to kill us and I need to call time out.” But he didn’t.
In that situation, when you rush to the line, and don’t make any sort of calls AT the line – it’s pretty obvious to everyone in the stadium that a QB sneak is coming. I know I sound like Captain Hindsight here, but that was the wrong call, even if it had been successful. Here’s the very, very basic, simple and obvious thing that should have happened:
You call a time out. Then, you call the next two plays before the FIRST play. First play – run the ball with Arian Foster. Second play – whatever play you want to call, but do it quickly. There. Done. NFL coaching. Time out, go to the line with your first down-making play and your first down play in your pocket – continue.
Andre Johnson is not the best in the NFL if he can’t make that catch
Sorry. I hate saying it as much as you hate reading it, but it’s true. No, it wasn’t a perfect pass – but that doesn’t mean anything. Great players make that play, and while Andre certainly is a GREAT, GREAT player – the best WR in the NFL makes that catch. Johnson must already have more drops this season than he did all of last season. Of course, I still think he is the best WR in the NFL, but that was just sickening. I don’t think you can blame his ankle injury on that, but clearly he wasn’t himself if he makes that gaffe.
Arian Foster is pretty good
Foster had a heck of a workload today, didn’t he? Yep, 27 carries for 127 yards, 4 catches for 70 yards. Whew! That’s a lot of work… guess what? Still not enough Arian Foster. He was torching the Chargers in the first half, and he didn’t get the ball enough in the second. I know they want to save his legs, but Derrick Ward should never be on the field on 3rd down when the team still employs Foster, and Ward definitely shouldn’t be getting carries in the red zone. What, oh what, would this man accomplish if he were properly used? (LIKE HE WAS IN THE FIRST INDY GAME!!)
Broken record secondary may break records
Kareem Jackson is terrible. He might be good one day, but right now – he is terrible. Glover Quin isn’t terrible, but he’s average right now. He’d look a lot better with a pass rush and good safeties. Eugene Wilson is a joke out there. Don’t let the couple of plays he made last week (no, really!) fool you. He’s afraid of contact, gets turned around easily, and inexplicably looks like he is barely trying sometimes.
Bernard Pollard. *heavy sigh* Okay, you guys know I love me some Pollard. I do. I love his attitude, and I love his fire – but obviously, that doesn’t equal results on the football field. Pollard’s pass coverage – already suspect – has been an absolute disaster this year. The one thing you could always count on him for, though, was his tackling. That has also almost completely disappeared. He’s having a bad year, and it’s a contract year – so when can you expect him to perform better than this season?
Brian Cushing is way out of sorts in the middle
Cushing is having to do too much thinking in the middle. He’s at his best when he can play with reckless abandon, and just use his physicality to beat people. In the middle he has to make calls, he has to read the offense, he has to “do” too much. Now, of course – let’s not give up on this experiment yet because it’s only his second game in the NFL at the position, but if it doesn’t get better soon, the Texans need to come up with another option. I’d rather have an All-Pro at strongside LB and just a guy in the middle than what we have now, which is just a guy at all the LB spots.
It’s going to be a long week on the radio, the blogs, etc. But, we’re used to that, aren’t we? I picked the Texans to go 9-7 and miss the playoffs before the season, and right now considering the upcoming schedule, that looks VERY optimistic.
We’ll have plenty more to
complain talk complain talk complain talk about all week, so why blow it all right now?
Oh, by the way – the Colts lost today. That would have been huge if… well, you know.