Originally Posted by eriadoc
Kubiak didn't do much to lose this game. The players did. You got that 100% right. What you're missing, however, is a pattern from Kubiak that ends up with him being put in position to lose games for this team when the players have managed to avoid crapping the bed. Sure, when the players just fall apart, it doesn't much matter what the coach does. But when the players have at least kept the team in the game, it often comes down to a play call or series of clock management decisions. How many times have you seen Kubiak just completely give up before the half? Or on a particular series? When it's 3rd and 23 and you have a lead, what does Kubiak ALWAYS do? He gives up. He doesn't call a play that has even the remotest chance of picking up the first down. Other teams TRY.
Kubiak calls a game as if he can't trust his players. And hey, the way they've played lately, he's probably right. So why the hell did he assemble this group of players this way and coach them to be the way they are now?
Anyway, I haven't bagged on Kubiak much over this game because he was mostly a non-factor. He was a non-factor because his players collapsed, therefore never putting him in a position to make a tight decision.
First Texans series yesterday ended with a FG because on the play before that (3rd and 9) Gary called a pass to AJ in the flat that went for exactly -3 yards. Drive killer right there. You need 9 yards to keep the drive alive and Gary's out there on the opening posession playing it safe for the FG.
Unless Schaub decided to check down to that and if that's the case then I'd like to know why he does it so often and why he did it on that play. It almost never goes for more than 5 -6 yards.