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Old 11-22-2013   #1
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Default Explaining the Texans Breakdown

In the case of our current Texans, explanations that the coaching stinks as a reason for the Texans demise bother me for various reasons, foremost being that the causal connection between the Texans breakdown connected to coaching remains unestablished. Most complaints boil down to nothing more than question begging / circular arguments- (e.g. Why are the texans sucking? Because the coaching sucks. So why does the coaching suck? Because the Texans are sucking). And circular arguments only presume the truth of what they are trying to prove which means that they prove nothing whatsoever.

For me, the following is an insightful analysis of why the Texans are suffering a breakdown. To be sure, there may be other factors but starting with onfield reasons for the Texans' demise is always a good place to start.

http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2013/11/...tt-gary-kubiak

Two observations I would make from the analysis:

(A) Many of the stats analyzed above relate back to the various things we've seen with our own eyes with the performance on the field so in that sense the observations aren't anything new. However what spoke more loudly to me regarding the analysis is how thoroughly across the board in position groups the Texans are struggling at the same time. In other words, the comprehensiveness of the performance decline is shocking.

(B) The broader conclusion I take from this analysis is that the major reason the Texans are crashing and burning is because on the whole we've made bad personnel decisions as a team on offense and defense despite some of the shining bright spots like Watt or Foster (and I have to say I'm questioning the wisdom of the investment we made in Foster).

What say you?
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