Originally Posted by ghostlight
Again today we could not TD in the red zone. Year after year this is a weakness for our coach. Seems like we could prepare our 2nd team OL to just play forward. I am very hacked about the short passes inside the 10. The running game falters due to defense playing the zone block by filling all the gaps. This has been and will be our downfall. Red Zone scoring is a must and not 3 points.
What is the answer??
A big portion of the problem came as a result of decisions made at the beginning of last season. The loss of Brisel and Dreessen to FA and release of Winston and Vickers has never been replaced with equal or better talent. This problem can be directly attributed to the lack of salary cap space. The Texans had to reduce the roster and were unable to adequately replace the losses due to the salary cap. The Texans are also playing against better defenses than they did a year ago. The Titans had BIG dollars to spend in FA and it's showing good results.
The lone exception is Brooks who does appear to be coming in to his own as an equal or better replacement for Brisel.
In other news Joe Mays has been out playing Brian Cushing. On that note Demeco Ryans was traded due to the salary cap and as a result the Texans became vulnerable to giving up rushing yards in the middle. However Joe Mays has been a pleasant surprise filling the middle.