http://www.thebumpandrun.com/ by Marcus Coleman The showdown between the Houston Texans and the Oakland Raiders on Sunday was not a game one would brag about as a great game. However, I found it quite interesting. Speaking from a players perspective, I thought both teams showed toughness, and showed as long as you play the game out, both the good and bad plays, there is a chance of winning. Unfortunately, the Texans came up on the losing end of this battle. There were many mistakes by both teams, penalties, missed assignments, dropped balls and so forth. Which is evident as to why the game came down to the last play. QB Matt Schaub had an opportunity to make a play in the red zone but ultimately has become the scape goat as the pass intended for Jacoby Jones was intercepted by Raiders defensive back Michael Huff. Schaub only had a couple of options due to time constraints and him rolling out to the left gave him one receiver to throw to. His only other option was to run. However, I can't put this all on Schaub. Look below as I explain During my time as a player with the Jets, every week during our 2 minute period, we worked on the scramble drill. For the offense, if the quarterback rolled out of the pocket, receivers adjust accordingly. That was their responsibility to get open and make it easier on him. From a defensive standpoint, we used it to work on finding and covering the receiver nearest you. It basically turns into cat coverage. I take this cat, you take that cat and play on. The Texans were in 12 personnel, 1 back and 2 TE's. Owen Daniels is split wide left with Jacoby Jones in the slot. Joel Dreessen is aligned on the right in the normal TE position, with Kevin Walters off the line with a tight split. To the left, Jacoby fades from the slot position with Daniels running an in cut. On the left Dreessen and Walters run a Curl/Flat or Curl Wide. As the play develops, Schaub gets pressured and scrambles to his left. Jacoby Jones curls back inward coming back to Schaub. While Schaub is scrambling left, Daniels continues on his in route, Walters sits at the spot where he initially cut off his route but wheels away from Schaub back towards the left. Dreessen's out route takes him out of the play completely. Going back to the scramble drill, the purpose of this drill is not onlyto get open, but to create space based on which way the play is going. Instead of curling back, Jones should broke down towards the front pilon, Walters should have broken back at a 45 degree angle since Jones pulls his defender with him. When Raiders defensive back Tyvon Branch commits to Schaub, the space for Walters is created. Daniels would have a chance, but has to see it earlier than he did. The forward momentum of Raiders defensive back Huff would not have allowed him to react back to the throw of Walters, especially if Schaub puts it in a good spot. Based on the play, it is possible Schaub could have evaded Branch to score. The Texans are usually good about finding open spaces and sitting down in open zones. This play shows one of two things. Lack of situational awareness, or the injury to Andre Johnson, who normally would draw double coverage on a play like this, has more of an impact than perceived.