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EllisUnit
09-26-2011, 10:29 PM
http://www.chron.com/sports/solomon/article/Familiar-horror-tale-unfolds-for-Texans-2188595.php


NEW ORLEANS - Texans games are a little bit like Stephen King novels. Entertaining, scary and, in the end, predictably morbid.

You will occasionally be wowed by a crafty and surprising plot twist. Like a dominating half of football in the Superdome. Or a nine-point lead over the Saints with possession of the ball and only 12 minutes to the never-before-reached plateau of 3-0.

But most likely, the final scene will be spectacularly gruesome. That's the formula.

Anyone who has paid attention to the Texans during the Gary Kubiak years should be familiar with the long-running series of game-losing defensive efforts.

Richard Smith's failures begat Frank Bush. Bush's failures begat Wade Phillips.

Phillips' failure will begat … oh goodness, it is only September. Let's not start that.

As much as you might want to point to what happened in Sunday's 40-33 defeat being a repeat - though Glover Quin's being beaten for a touchdown pass here and Kareem Jackson's being beaten for a touchdown pass there did seem awfully familiar - you haven't read this book.

Despite a slew of monumental defensive collapses that are more recognized as part of franchise lore than Toro the Bull, the Texans had never allowed 23 points in a fourth quarter.

Or any quarter for that matter.

Bush, the linebackers coach with the Tennessee Titans, and Smith, the linebackers coach for the Denver Broncos, whose teams played each other Sunday, were probably thinking, "Well, at least my defense never did that."

Blame the offense's failure to score touchdowns on four of five trips into the red zone.

Blame Matt Schaub for getting happy feet in the pocket and an inexplicable fourth-quarter interception.

Heck, blame Arian Foster's anti-awesome hamstring that forced him to sit out another game if you like.

The stand fails

But none of that would have mattered without the historic collapse of Phillips' defense, which entered the game ranked No. 1 in the NFL in points, total yards and passing yards surrendered.

"It was 26-17, we had all the momentum, and all of a sudden it turned, and we just couldn't get it back," said Phillips, who seemed stunned that his defense fell apart down the stretch. "They've just got a good offense.

"We tried a lot of different things against them, and they seemed to make the plays at the right time."

New Orleans, which converted on a whopping six of eight third-down opportunities in the second half, went to an empty-backfield set, and the Texans reacted as if they had never seen the formation.

The Saints pounded the Texans in the fourth period, scoring touchdowns on three consecutive possessions on drives that lasted less then two minutes each.

They averaged 9.2 yards per play on the marches and tacked on a couple of two-point conversions to boot.

Thank goodness that after taking over at the Texans' 9 with 1:53 remaining, the Saints displayed their compassion for the beaten and downtrodden by choosing not to try to score another touchdown.

"It's a tough matchup for us. We knew that," Phillips said. "We didn't get enough rush and coverage at the right time.

"We worked on empty (backfield), and they ran a lot of it. They ran a lot of it early in the game, and we did all right against it. Late in the game, it was tough for us."

Yeah. Texans tough.

Misery loves company

No, the Texans aren't the first team to be shredded by Drew Brees, who completed 31 of 44 passes for 370 yards (45 yards more than the Texans' first two opponents combined) and three touchdowns.

But they keep telling us this year is different. This group is different. This unit is the best collection of defensive players the Texans have had.

Bob McNair even opened the checkbook this offseason and allowed general manager Rick Smith to sign free-agent cornerback Johnathan Joseph and safety Danieal Manning, each of whom had an interception against the Saints.

Plus we know Phillips is the franchise's most accomplished defensive coordinator. But it mattered little Sunday, as his secondary played yogurt-soft man-to-man coverage with the game on the line. And he doesn't know why.

When they needed a stop, the Texans couldn't get one. Like so many times last year. (And the year before that and …)

"It's a new year," Jackson said. "Nobody's thinking about last year. It's the third game of the season, and we came up short. We will watch the film and go on to the next game."

And hope not to reproduce the horror story again.


I sure bet he's hoping that atleast haha

TexansFanatic
09-26-2011, 10:43 PM
I read your cut and paste before clicking the link. I knew that had to be Jerome Solomon.

I used to dislike him, but he's growing on me.

Pantherstang84
09-26-2011, 10:46 PM
Not particularly a Soloman fan. However, I can't argue with anything in this column.

TexansForTheW
09-26-2011, 10:53 PM
Golf clap for that one. Great analogy, made me chuckle. This team is capable of doing some great things. Can we do it? That's another question, but this team is different from previous years.

badboy
09-26-2011, 11:08 PM
Hope all who read are Stephen King reader or have watched his movies.'

I think the Saint game will be a 'Firestarter' and Mario will become 'Cujo' and lead the Texans through 'Desperation' down the 'Green Mile'. Will Foster 'Carrie' the 'Bag of Bones' to a TD record? Speaking of myself I will be an 'Apt Pupil' although my 'Dark Half' might think I am 'Riding the Bullet' and a 'Silver Bullet' at that.

Could go on but I am overcoming my 'Insomnia' and will leave this thread reminding all that 'sometimes they come back'.

EllisUnit
09-26-2011, 11:12 PM
Hope all who read are Stephen King reader or have watched his movies.'

I think the Saint game will be a 'Firestarter' and Mario will become 'Cujo' and lead the Texans through 'Desperation' down the 'Green Mile'. Will Foster 'Carrie' the 'Bag of Bones' to a TD record? Speaking of myself I will be an 'Apt Pupil' although my 'Dark Half' might think I am 'Riding the Bullet' and a 'Silver Bullet' at that.

Could go on but I am overcoming my 'Insomnia' and will leave this thread reminding all that 'sometimes they come back'.

haha well done, that was damn good !!!