In referencing Arian Foster’s 4th quarter slip/trip that could potentially have won the Texans game against Jacksonville on Sunday, Head Coach Gary Kubiak might have accidentally summed up the Texans woes as of late:
“We can talk about a play here or there; people want to talk about the fumble, they want to talk about the Hail Mary. We had the screen called, we got the perfect setup, we trip and fall. What do you do when you trip and fall? You trip and fall. We had many opportunities in the game to get it done, and we just didn’t get it done.” – blog.houstontexans.com
“Just didn’t get it done.”
Kubiak’s words are an unintentional admittance of the shortcomings that have plagued the Texans since, well, week three’s loss to the Cowboys. Since then, the Texans few signs of hope were perceptively fortunate wins against the Raiders and Chiefs. After winning their first division game, the Texans have lost the next two divisional match-ups and four of the last five contests.
The Texans defense has seemed to gradually decline even though it has been one of the league’s worst the entire season. The defense hasn’t allowed less than 24 points all season, and hasn’t allowed less than 29 in the last five games. Although six injured-reserve listings over the course of the season have some culpability, injuries can only explain so much.
The final play on Sunday against the Jaguars was another devastating hit to a Houston secondary that has bordered on laughable. How many times have we seen corners/safeties get ragged on for not stepping up and knocking down a deep ball? Criticism has been rightfully thrown at players attempting to intercept a ball while subjecting the team to unnecessary risk. In this aspect, CB Glover Quin cannot be blamed for the mishap that cost the Texans the game.
In hindsight, every player thinks of what they “should have done,” but Quin did exactly what he and the rest of the league have been taught to do in the same situation. Quin could have caught the ball since there was no Jaguar in his relative area; he could have hit the ball with more of a downward trajectory, but he didn’t, and would it even have mattered? The Texans squandered a potential game winning drive against San Diego and did the same against Jacksonville. Tight-end Joel Dreessen’s fumble took the the Texans from a possible game-winning field goal try to the Hail Mary that cost them the game.
Pointing fingers is pointless. Despite the defensive ineptitude, the Texans have managed to blow nearly every chance they have had to overcome the struggles on that side of the ball. Kubiak has voiced the need for change, he will not be altering defensive coordinator Frank Bush’s responsibilities. In actuality, the remaining games could ultimately decide the fate of the entire staff. Management has made an extensive commitment to put talent on the field, and not producing as much as a playoff birth may signal the end of the Kubiak era.
A visit to the Meadowlands to the face the Jets is next on a list of remaining games that can’t be provoking any sense of optimism for Texans’ fans, as if the current state of things is not enough. Jets, Titans, Eagles, Ravens, Titans, Broncos, Jaguars. How many of these games appear winnable? Two?
Now two games back in both the AFC South as well as the current wild card standings, the Texans playoff chances are beginning to look more like fantasy. The talented teams are beginning to separate themselves from the pack in both conferences and right now, the Texans simply aren’t one of them.
About the Author
Written by Zachary Stanley
By the end of the fall I will have obtained a Bachelor's degree from Ithaca College. I have been blogging for quite some time and am greatly enjoying my various responsibilities in this field. I am currently a Feature Celtics Columnist and a Featured Sports Contributor for two different sites. I am also a couple weeks from opening up my new blog site, CelticsNotes.com.