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CloakNNNdagger
09-11-2011, 12:13 AM
Texans learn good individual stats don't translate into titles
By DALE ROBERTSON, Copyright 2011 Houston Chronicle
Updated 10:43 p.m., Saturday, September 10, 2011


DUBIOUS DISTINCTION

Matt Schaub, Arian Foster and Andre Johnson combined for 7,202 yards in 2010 to give the Texans the 10th-most-prolific three-pronged attack in a single NFL season. But the Texans still finished 6-10, becoming the first team with a losing record to have a quarterback, running back and receiver combine to surpass 7,000 yards.

Note: In parentheses is the all-time ranking for total yards.

2000 Indianapolis Colts Went 10-6, made the playoffs

Quarterback Yards Running back Yards Wide receiver Yards Total

Peyton Manning (2)4,413 Edgerrin James 1,709 Marvin Harrison 1,413 7,535

1995 Detroit lions Went 10-6, made the playoffs

Quarterback Yards Running back Yards Wide receiver Yards Total

Scott Mitchell (3)4,388 Barry Sanders 1,500 Herman Moore 1,686 7,524

Scott Mitchell (6)Brett Perriman 1,488 7,326

1999 Indianapolis Colts Went 13-3, made the playoffs

Quarterback Yards Running back Yards Wide receiver Yards Total

Peyton Manning (4)4,135 Edgerrin James 1,553 Marvin Harrison 1,663 7,351

1984 St. Louis cardinals Went 9-7, did not make the playoffs

Quarterback Yards Running back Yards Wide receiver Yards Total

Neil Lomax (5)4,413 Ottis Anderson 1,174 Roy Green 1,5557,343

2010 texans Went 6-10, did not make the playoffs

Quarterback Yards Running back Yards Wide receiver Yards Total

Matt Schaub (10)4,370 Arian Foster 1,616 Andre Johnson 1,2167,202

2001 St. Louis Rams Went 14-2, reached the Super Bowl

Quarterback Yards Running back Yards Wide receiver Yards Total

Kurt Warner (1)4,830 Marshall Faulk 1,382 Torry Holt 1,363 7,575

Kurt Warner (7)Isaac Bruce 1,106 7,318

Statistics are for losers?

The Texans and the Indianapolis Colts, who meet in the season opener today at Reliant Stadium, present some compelling evidence of that with their respective, albeit divergent, recent results.

Since the NFL was founded in 1922, only 11 teams have had a quarterback, a running back and a receiver combine for more than 7,000 yards in a single season. Matt Schaub (4,370 passing), Arian Foster (1,616 rushing) and Andre Johnson (1,216 receiving) combined last fall to make the Texans the newest members of this group.

But their entry came with an ignominious asterisk.

Finishing 6-10, the Texans posted a losing record to go with their prodigious offensive stats. And they failed to reach the playoffs.

That's why when you ask Schaub, Foster or Johnson to reflect on the magnitude of what they accomplished, you get indifferent shrugs.

"I guess it's something to be proud of," Johnson said, summing up the feelings of his fellow triplets. "When you don't win I really hadn't thought much about it. It would have meant a lot more if we'd gone to the playoffs."

At least the Colts have done that. Three of the 11 Peyton Manning-era teams to advance to the postseason - 1999, 2000 and 2004 - featured 7,000-plus-yard triple threats. The latter had three such combinations as Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison and Brandon Stokley each surpassed 1,000 yards receiving to go with Manning's 4,557 passing and Edgerrin James' 1,548 rushing.

But it was the 2006 Indy team that won the Super Bowl, and those Colts fell short of 7,000, albeit by only 52 yards.

Missing Manning

It also seems worth noting that none of the three Colts teams to crack 7,000 reached the AFC Championship Game.

Manning will miss his first start today, and his return from yet another neck surgery has left his playing future in doubt.

Could the timing be fortuitous? Perhaps the Texans and their explosive weaponry are poised to take the baton from the Colts, assuming Foster's preseason hamstring issues don't linger.

The defending NFL rushing champion's readiness remains a game-time decision, according to Texans coach Gary Kubiak.

As the first undrafted free agent to lead the league in rushing, Foster contributed more to the cause than any of the other top 10 teams' backs except for the Colts' James, who ran for 1,709 when he, Manning and Harrison totaled 7,535 in 2000.

That ranks second to the 7,575 compiled by Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk and Torry Holt of the 2001 St. Louis Rams, who lost the Super Bowl to New England.

The Rams won the 2000 Super Bowl but didn't have a 7,000-yard threesome.

Texans' burden

Big offensive numbers by themselves won't get the Texans over the playoff hump.

But, assuming the defense carries its weight, history favors them becoming a force if they can keep piling up the yardage.

Kubiak was Broncos offensive coordinator in 1997 when John Elway, Terrell Davis and Rod Smith combined for 6,565 yards.

That Broncos team won the Super Bowl, but Kubiak dodged the question when asked to select his favorite set of triplets.

"I love all my players," he said. "But (Schaub, Foster and Johnson) are most important to me now."

DocBar
09-11-2011, 12:24 AM
The most telling stat is the easiest to cipher: wins and losses. All the others are meant to soothe the feelings of those on the wrong end.

Cush
09-11-2011, 12:37 AM
They have to figure out if they are gonna be a good team or a great one. All they've proven up til now is that they are good in one phase of the game.

Put a top 15 defense and a special teams unit that can cover with that offense, then you have a TEAM that can win a whole lot of games.

DocBar
09-11-2011, 12:39 AM
They have to figure out if they are gonna be a good team or a great one. All they've proven up til now is that they are good in one phase of the game.

Put a top 15 defense and a special teams unit that can cover with that offense, then you have something that win.I hope we prove we're only good in one phase of the game: Winning!!

Cush
09-11-2011, 12:40 AM
Me too Doc.

Can't. Wait.