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Old 07-17-2013   #1
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Know this has been discussed some here because most fans have sentient thought and eyeballs.

It's the subject I'm discussing for my first post that goes only to the Ultimate Texans part of the Chron website. (For those who missed the news, my TC blog has been shut down, and all my content is going to Ultimate Texans website. This is to make it easier for people to find Texans content in one spot on the website, and more importantly to sell one big blog to advertisers instead of a bunch of little ones. The good news with this is that it may be easier for road trip fans to find my content for the 2013 season, and to me that has become a higher priority in-season).

Here is the link to my blog post: "A detailed look at Houston Texans 2012 3rd and long run plays"

Has some stuff you know, maybe a few things you didn't know. Mostly it frames the issue going into the next season. I'd love for extra comments on this because I think of blog posts as time capsules of a subject--love to look at old ones to see what was right and not so right.

If you want to find my writing on the site, you can click on my name in the blog post, or click on the "Voices" tab at the top of the page. Or here's the direct link: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans...haniestradley/

Thanks for sending page views that direction. It is what allows me the opportunity to go to training camp and share what I see there to you.
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Default Re: On 3rd and extra long runs.

Steph, nice read as usual. Thumb up!

We have talked about this before on this MB.
Kubiak, from what I observe, believes in "percentage", risk-averse football.
It can be boring for many fans, but overall, one cannot deny the result.

I want to remind all that the Texans also faced third and long situations near their own end zone more than the average of the league.

That was not the only peculiar thing for them; the Texans also had too many negative plays on first downs, Alex Gibbs would have cringed at the boys if he was still here, methink, because in his own words, he would have been fired for that.
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I want to remind all that the Texans also faced third and long situations near their own end zone more than the average of the league.
I was wondering about a breakdown by field position. Did you do something on that?
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Steph, nice read as usual. Thumb up!

We have talked about this before on this MB.
Kubiak, from what I observe, believes in "percentage", risk-averse football.
It can be boring for many fans, but overall, one cannot deny the result.

I want to remind all that the Texans also faced third and long situations near their own end zone more than the average of the league.

That was not the only peculiar thing for them; the Texans also had too many negative plays on first downs, Alex Gibbs would have cringed at the boys if he was still here, methink, because in his own words, he would have been fired for that.
3rd & +7 in near own end zone data link.

14 games, 24 times, near worst in league. Unlike most of those other teams, ran/pass 50-50 from that situation. Likely because didn't need to take risk.

Also, here's the grim numbers on 1st down and 0 or less yards achieved link.

Saw the numbers at Football Outsiders on run stuffs. The numbers of 2012 were bad. Much worse than any other Dennison year. Even worse than some bad running game years.

You can't just attribute that to running in obvious run situations because 2011 they did that a lot.
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I gotta blame the right side of the line for some of this, but Kubiak is certainly no gambler.
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I gotta blame the right side of the line for some of this, but Kubiak is certainly no gambler.
I think it comes down to NOT trusting the right side of the line and ABSOLUTELY trusting the defense.

That works great when your defense can stop the other team. But if you're facing someone like the Patriots or the Packers, UR DUUUUUMD.
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I gotta blame the right side of the line for some of this, but Kubiak is certainly no gambler.
Nah, all five guys (and other guys in the rotation) have their fair share of boos boos, not just the right side.
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On 3rd and 7 or longer outside their own 20, the Texans attempted 65 passes vs 14 rushes.

That's a completely different story as compared to when they were inside their own 20.
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3rd & +7 in near own end zone data link.

14 games, 24 times, near worst in league. Unlike most of those other teams, ran/pass 50-50 from that situation. Likely because didn't need to take risk.

Also, here's the grim numbers on 1st down and 0 or less yards achieved link.

Saw the numbers at Football Outsiders on run stuffs. The numbers of 2012 were bad. Much worse than any other Dennison year. Even worse than some bad running game years.

You can't just attribute that to running in obvious run situations because 2011 they did that a lot.
But since they didn't take many chances on third and long, they didn't have
any turn over either.
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