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Old 09-16-2004   #1
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I found this article interesting.. thought id share it.

Texans cant adjust?
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Good write up, thanx Grid
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What is amazing is that this is what a lot of us have been saying and it simply states the obvious when you think what happens with the Texans in the 2nd half. Perhaps I'm over stating things, but I don't think so. Basically, I think Capers writes a script and refuses to adjust. Its like war fare. If you are getting the H kicked out of you, you don't continue to do the same thing if you can help it. We get tunnel vision and it leads to a 2nd half loss. Its an indication of an inability to think on your feet and under pressure. Its like taking notes while the game is going on rather than focusing on the game at hand. Oh, I also think the other teams have picked up on this tendency. Capers even said that even though a couple of the turnovers where around the 50, that SD went on to score rather quickly. That has to be a recognition that we have a problem defensively and I think he refuses to admit it.
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It was pretty obvious from where I was sitting that Wade had made some major halftime adjustments which stifled the Texans.
It's gonna be nice when we can say that. As for later in the article when it was stated
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As it turned out, Schottenheimer had told San Diego writers that the team made no adjustments at halftime. They knew what he said was bogus, because Charger defensive back Quentin Jammer told them adjustments were made. But they couldn't get to Wade for confirmation.
Uhh... yeah. Teams never make adjustments at halftime. That's why all there is all those come from behind victories, talking heads saying what needs to change in the second half, etc....

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Very intersting column on several levels. Loved the Bud stuff

However, to me, this only confirms what I have been seeing with my own eyes. Yes, the players, including Carr, bare a significant responisibility for second half nose dives, but, I have also been saying repeatedly that the Texans seem incapable of making adjustments on the fly in the second half, along with a general "try not to lose" philosphy. It will be insteresting to see if the trend continues, but if so, the heat will eventually be flelt by Capers.
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I'm amused that the Chargers seem to have a bit of a clown act going on in their front office with the media situation. I didn't know Marty was such a control freak...always thought Tom Coughlin took the cake for that one.

SO many games last year involved fast Texans starts followed by slow, painfully eroding leads in the second half. Wonder whether it really is that we can't adjust well, or whether the team was just so new even in season 2 that we were still able to surprise some people with what we do. I tend to think that it's the former.
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along with a general "try not to lose" philosphy.
The last 2 years this has been Dom's game plan by his own admission. The 1st year we just didn't have the players to compete every week. Last year, no depth and too many injuries. He said if we could stay close until the end of the game and be able to win at the end was the best strategy for the team at this time.
I haven't heard that line this year yet, and it has only been one week, but it looks like we are employing the same philosphy. We have more talent and David has matured, so let him keep the offense open more in the 4th quarter.
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Grid, thanks for finding the article. However, the piece is out of the Port Arthur News, not San Diego.

Great little tidbit about Bud not paying his coaches during the playoffs. Can Titan fans really understand why Houston was so happy when that loser left town?

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Anybody who watched the game would understand why I needed to talk with Wade. His defense, after giving up 14 first downs and 259 yards the first half, limited Houston to six first downs and 77 yards the second half. The Texans managed just one first down in the fourth quarter against what had been one of the NFL's worst defensive teams the previous two years.

It was pretty obvious from where I was sitting that Wade had made some major halftime adjustments which stifled the Texans.

He confirmed that adjustments were made and that he'd purposely waited until halftime to make them. By holding off until the half, he kept Houston's coaches from having time to make counter adjustments. Based on the results, it's apparent the Texans weren't able to adjust on the fly.

You have to think that's exactly what Phillips, who never got serious consideration when he interviewed for Texans' head coaching job, anticipated.
Waiting until halftime to make planned adjustments seems pretty risky considering that the Chargers never forced a punt in the 1st half. But, they came up with those turnovers, so it worked out for him in the end.
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