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“The hurry-up, again we weren’t fully prepared for some reason,” said outside linebacker Brooks Reed, who didn’t play in the first matchup because of a groin injury. “It’s extremely hard to get the call in and line up when they are going hurry-up. They’re not going to wait for you. They’ve got plays planned out and one audible and they’ve got their play ready. Whereas we’ve got to get the call from the sideline, get lined up, recognize the formation.

“It takes us a lot more time to get lined up than they do. That’s the challenge and again that’s what kind of got us today. And making plays too, it’s them making plays not just them hurrying up. I think we could have been a little bit more prepared. We knew that was going to happen. We saw it on film, them lining up quick and defenses not being ready. We didn’t think it was going to be us and in some cases today it was.”
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That's a pretty candid remark by Reed, but it tells us something - Wade Phillips is not perfect.
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“The hurry-up, again we weren’t fully prepared for some reason,” said outside linebacker Brooks Reed, who didn’t play in the first matchup because of a groin injury. “It’s extremely hard to get the call in and line up when they are going hurry-up. They’re not going to wait for you. They’ve got plays planned out and one audible and they’ve got their play ready. Whereas we’ve got to get the call from the sideline, get lined up, recognize the formation.

“It takes us a lot more time to get lined up than they do. That’s the challenge and again that’s what kind of got us today. And making plays too, it’s them making plays not just them hurrying up. I think we could have been a little bit more prepared. We knew that was going to happen. We saw it on film, them lining up quick and defenses not being ready. We didn’t think it was going to be us and in some cases today it was.”
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Yep, we were out coached on that. I think Wade even admitted that. Other players said it was chaos out there at times.
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It appears that neither the Texans defense nor Texans offense have any hurry up abilities this season.

I blame coaching for this lack of preparedness. Wade saw it a few weeks ago, but the defense did not adjust to it.

And Gary should have had the offense ready to take advantage of the opposing defense and mismatches, as well as be prepared to play catch up as most of us already knew that the Texans would most likely be playing from behind.

Are our coaches that stubborn? I do not believe they are incompetent, so the only thing I can think of is that they are too stubborn to adapt.
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It appears that neither the Texans defense nor Texans offense have any hurry up abilities this season.

I blame coaching for this lack of preparedness. Wade saw it a few weeks ago, but the defense did not adjust to it.

And Gary should have had the offense ready to take advantage of the opposing defense and mismatches, as well as be prepared to play catch up as most of us already knew that the Texans would most likely be playing from behind.

Are our coaches that stubborn? I do not believe they are incompetent, so the only thing I can think of is that they are too stubborn to adapt.
Sometimes it feels like we are what amounts to the kids who have to ride in their Father's Amish buggies all the while yearning to be in one of those exotic sports cars that casually pass you by on the road into town. I have mentioned in he past that the NFL moves fast, but this franchise seems to be a step behind and a little slower moving much of the time.
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Clock management...and when in doubt on a quick snap, give Wes Welker (or that other insufferable dwarf receiver) a helmet to the face. They have to stop the clock for the referee conference to discuss the penalty assessment which is PLENTLY of time to get lined up and if you hit the muff-hugga HARD enough you've assured he's not going to be involved in the next play. Sometimes you TAKE the penalty.
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Sometimes it feels like we are what amounts to the kids who have to ride in their Father's Amish buggies all the while yearning to be in one of those exotic sports cars that casually pass you by on the road into town. I have mentioned in he past that the NFL moves fast, but this franchise seems to be a step behind and a little slower moving much of the time.
It does make you wonder if McNair is looking in the NFL's rear-view mirror to emulate previous successful dynasties too much. He might be lacking the vision to see big picture evolution in the NFL, much to the detriment of required deviation that continuous success demands.

"Old school" coaches like Belichick see the evolution and adapt accordingly. His team is winning games today in a much different way than they were winning games in 2002. Rule changes and player evolution is changing the game. Young head coaches like Jim Harbaugh are dynamic because they understand the on-going evolution. Adapt or go extinct.

Reminds me of that documentary about Tom Landry. Dude was a genius innovator, and so much of the league at the time was stuck in the 1950's power run game that his schemes seemed exotic and unrealistic to his peers. In hindsight, however, we see him for the true genius that made the NFL a better overall game. Now his perspectives and innovations are considered fundamentals in football. By the same way, today's innovations and evolution will be perceived the same way decades from now.

The NFL is clearly morphing into a very offense-friendly league. Hopefully the Texans can keep up.
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It does make you wonder if McNair is looking in the NFL's rear-view mirror to emulate previous successful dynasties too much. He might be lacking the vision to see big picture evolution in the NFL, much to the detriment of required deviation that continuous success demands.

"Old school" coaches like Belichick see the evolution and adapt accordingly. His team is winning games today in a much different way than they were winning games in 2002. Rule changes and player evolution is changing the game. Young head coaches like Jim Harbaugh are dynamic because they understand the on-going evolution. Adapt or go extinct.

Reminds me of that documentary about Tom Landry. Dude was a genius innovator, and so much of the league at the time was stuck in the 1950's power run game that his schemes seemed exotic and unrealistic to his peers. In hindsight, however, we see him for the true genius that made the NFL a better overall game. Now his perspectives and innovations are fundamentals.
(cough) StoletheflexdefensefromVinceLombardi...(cough) I'll give Landry his due, but Knoll was his superior.
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(cough) StoletheflexdefensefromVinceLombardi...
You, my friend, are about to have a serious conversation with infantrycak in your near future.

p.s. Vince might have invented it, but Tom perfected it.
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"We weren't prepared". When has that NOT been one of the excuses after a loss?

Too bad the team isn't prepared to find coaches who will prepare the team for the big games.
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yeah, its just ironic that the team we lost to constantly has players saying "we were prepared" in regards to their coach after big wins.
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(cough) StoletheflexdefensefromVinceLombardi...(cough) I'll give Landry his due, but Knoll was his superior.
Landry was the DC with the Giants and Lombardi was the OC with the Giants . Landry had the defensive background . I thought Lombardi was not so much the innovator as he was the the guy who made sured you were prepared for anything on a given play .

I kinda think Wade's wishy washy I wanna be a head coach again wore then with the troops . I don't believe that Cushing's injury was the reason the defense regressed that much .
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Is any defense ever really ready for the hurry-up offense? If so, how does a DC prepare for it?
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Waaay before you get to the field, that's how. Prepare in the film room and coaching what to do in a given situation. The problem was preparation meets execution.

They neither knew situationally that the hurry-up was coming nor did they know how to execute a defense once it was in front of them.

Wade is being groomed under the Kubiak Denny's Menu school of football play calling. The primary breakdown was with Wade...not with the players. JMO
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The Buffalo Bills were renoun for their hurry up offense in the 80s as were the Broncos. Q: How many Superbowls did the Bills and Broncos win in the 80s? Each had four trips, but how many did they win?

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One way is for the defense to call a timeout.

But like the other poster said, it's all about preparation in practice and the film room. They should have had a base defense ready to go whenever in that situation, especially if in the red zone.
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The difference is the Bills ran it ALL the time. Doing it once or twice a game to catch the defense off guard is quite effective.
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It does make you wonder if McNair is looking in the NFL's rear-view mirror to emulate previous successful dynasties too much. He might be lacking the vision to see big picture evolution in the NFL, much to the detriment of required deviation that continuous success demands.

"Old school" coaches like Belichick see the evolution and adapt accordingly. His team is winning games today in a much different way than they were winning games in 2002. Rule changes and player evolution is changing the game. Young head coaches like Jim Harbaugh are dynamic because they understand the on-going evolution. Adapt or go extinct.



The NFL is clearly morphing into a very offense-friendly league. Hopefully the Texans can keep up.
You mention Jim Harbaugh and Bill Belichick...nothing in those teams seem stuck in "systems". We seem a slave to our system while other teams build systems around their talent. Hell, for an offensive guru, Kubiak can't even run a hurry up offense. While we patiently wait for things to come our way via patience, guys like Andre Johnson are at the end of their careers.

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A: ZER0
30 other teams didn't make the Championship games in those 8 years. Sure, zero SB wins but 8 years times 30 teams = there were 240 other missed opportunities for the other NFL teams. Tons of innovation from those Bills teams are still used today. Broncos couldn't win a SB without Elway. Didn't before, haven't since.
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Typically add a DB or two & drop LBs because you can't change personnel, then get the freaking play calls immeadiately, and make sure your conditioning is top notch because your guys are going to get gassed.
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