If you look at run/pass ratio, the Texans were barely in the top half of the league at 52%/48% run to pass. The record of the teams in the top half of the run/pass ratio was 12 wins - 4 losses. Of course teams with a lead are more likely to run and use clock than teams that are behind. Saying an offense is too predictable, too conservative, too whatever is just too difficult to determine with cursory looks at run/pass ratio. Field position, down & distance, score, the defense the opponent is in, etc., are all factors into what play was called when & why. If someone wants to take a real crack at critiquing Palmer's playcalling taking in all of those factors, great. Otherwise, this thread just becomes another "He said, she said" argument.
But, there is a prevailing attitude among the "pro-Palmer" posters that the coaching staff is blameless regarding this loss. They didn't fumble or throw picks, did they? That's baloney. The coaches are as responsible for execution as the players. These are the plays they designed, these are the plays they taught the players, these are the plays they determined to have the best chance of succeeding in each circumstance. Their fingerprints are all over this loss. No one is immune from criticism. Everyone in the organization has to take their medicine on this one.
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