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Old 04-09-2013   #35
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Default Re: [Grantland] Hey, Don't F*$% This Up: The Houston Texans' Outdated Offense

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Originally Posted by thunderkyss View Post
I think it's funny how just 3 years ago, people were talking about the innovation of the Texans' offense. Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. Yes, just a few years ago we would hear how other teams, NFL teams, were copying parts of our offense adding it to theirs.

But that same guy is now the most conservative in the league.

Something must have happened between then & now.
Gary, like most anybody else, has become someone who relies on what's comfortable and what worked well in the past.

Everything about the guy screams "play it safe."

Oh, we only picked up 1 or 2 yards on 1st down? Well ****, let's be safe and not commit a turnover here. After all, the defense will get it back for us. This game is about field position after all. (Which works well against lesser opponents who always shoot themselves in the foot...not so wonderful against very competent offenses such as GB and NE and now apparently Indy, again!)

Our QB is the definition of reliably safe. So much so that he began throwing the ball away even when he had a meager amount of pressure on him at the end of the season last year. We've all seen THAT before, it's the sign that something is wrong. Isn't it? Be it physical, mental, or both...something is wrong there.

Keeps inferior coaches on staff. Joe Marciano: Nuff said. Right? Oh wait, the outlawing of "the wedge" is what killed Joe's mojo. I forgot. Always an excuse for how Gary can keep inferior coaches and players around.

The mystique has worn off of Gary Kubiak because he himself has become predictable and beatable by any team who isn't named Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, or any other weak sister team out there that breaks down in the midst of a game against us. We won the two OT games vs. Lions and Jags because frankly they quit before we did. Against GB and NE (twice) it was the Texans who mailed it in at the first sign of trouble.

This team is a reflection of its head coach. Stable, productive offense...loyalty amongst them all, which makes them feel like a team (and probably gets them through many games they'd otherwise lose to weak sister teams)....but an inability to dig deep into the suitcase of courage and pull out the starched underwear and buckle down for a hard day's work.

We don't have to play nice about this, guys and gals. It is what it is. I don't expect a leap this year, there's nothing here that has happened the previous several seasons that should fill anybody with a trustworthy springboard to jump upon and dive into a Kool Aid-filled 2013 season. We're going to beat the teams we should, and we'll lose to the teams we should lose to. And along the way, Gary's old habits will undo him and this team when crunch time arrives.

Good, entertaining football...until the heat gets too hot, and then we fold up and head home. Same ****, different season. But better than being a cellar dweller, I might add.
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