Originally Posted by Mr teX
Total snaps for the season don't truly capture Kubiak's conservative playcalling within a game...There are too many variables that have to be factored in looking at it this way.... Better insight into that would be to see his play breakdown based on down and distance for the first down.
For 2012, a year with a better defense than in pre-Wade years, the Texans were very aggressive on 1st down in the first half of games ending up with the 2nd most passes on first down in the first half of games
Only team that passed more on first down in the first half of games was the Patriots. The ratio of passes to runs on first down in the first half of games was far above average for the Texans.
In the second half of games, the Patriots were #1 in number of rushing plays. The Texans were 7th
Most of the teams passing a lot on first down in the second half of games are teams that need to because they are losing.
So just because some people repeatedly say that the Texans are "run first" or are "overly conservative" doesn't mean it is true. I think sometimes people have unrealistic expectations relative to what NFL football just is. You know, like sometimes even good offenses punt. Or maybe a team that has a ton of turnover on the offensive line and injuries of their TEs and stuff may sometimes struggle with their execution.