It can be validly argued that we are not in the playoffs because of Kris Brown. The dumbfounding reality that good kickers can instantly go bad emerges every year in the NFL. This year, the shanking-plague spread more rapidly through the league than staphylococcus in a Cleveland locker room, but no kicker contracted a more acute infection than Brown. But because Brown's sudden unreliability was so severe, it caused a lot of fans to react as if the guy was the Ryan Leaf of field goal kickers. People who should've known better were posting things like, "A loser is a loser, run him out of town!" Short memories seem to also be contagious. It is true that Brown should probably hang up the cleats this year, but here's an article that will help remind you of what the guy has done for this team, and how important he is in Texans history: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/fb/texansfront/5959242.html After Kris is gone, this is the kind of player I'm going to remember: "In a 22-19 victory against the Dolphins last Oct. 7, Brown showed the Texans just how much football player lurks inside that No. 3 jersey. Brown became the third kicker in NFL history to make three field goals of 50 yards or longer in the same game, and that wasnt the half of it. He injured the heel of his left foot during the Texans first kickoff and needed a pain-killing injection at halftime... After all that, Brown made a 57-yarder as time expired."