Re: How improve offense?
I just rewatched the game, taking into account all the things that were said in this thread and over the course of the years.
While there's a little truth in several comments, they are not unique to the Texans. The vast majority of the teams are doing the same thing; many with worse results.
In this particular game, Schaub actually throw the ball beyond the yard marker more often than Flacco on third down.
Teams throw the ball the yard marker all the time.
Only teams with the elite QBs and teams that rely a little more on the vertical concept are different (the later took more risks and end up with worse result overall.)
It all boils down to execution, and penalties is a part of it.
Sometimes, a lineman allows a bit too much pressure; sometimes the receiver couldn't get enough separation; sometimes Schaub made a poor throw; sometimes the receiver drops a ball; sometimes Schaub was fooled by the scheme; sometimes the receiver runs a poor route; sometimes Schaub picks the wrong target (a guy that was covered instead of the open man.)
But we all know that Schaub is not an elite QB;
I still maintain that Schaub is somewhere between 11-15.
He's a solid QB that needs the parts around him to function up to their levels, and that includes special team plays and the defense. In the previous two games, Schaub played better than that level; in this game, he didn't.
The Ravens actually played more to the balance philosophy of the WCO; this was a day where most things clicked for them, and they took advantage of it. Then they pounded the ball in the fourth quarter when they had a big lead.
There's no magic to it.
Special team had another bad day.
The defense couldn't create turnovers; they couldn't make the big plays needed to overcome the offensive woes.