Discussion in 'Texans Talk' started by Wolf, Nov 20, 2006.
I think one key people forget is Kubiac and company are rookie head coaches too, I don't know how much power Sherman has with his imput
What Went Right?
Running Back Committee Now in Session
As fans, we like the predictability of a single running back that we can count on week after week, but with a rookie sixth rounder and an undrafted free agent at the top of the depth chart, we are not afforded such a luxury. It didn't really matter against a normally tough Bills defense, as Wali Lundy and Samkon Gado combined for 130 yards on 18 carries, two of which ended in touchdowns. Toss in a couple wide receiver reverses and the hard-nose running of David Carr, and the Texans gained 188 yards on the ground against the Bills, which ought to be good enough to win most games.
Carr's Completion Record
David Carr's 22 consecutive completions were the kind that sorta snuck up on you, much like the way they did when Redskins QB Mark Brunell did it against the Texans earlier this season. So, yeah, most of those completions were nothing too special individually, but taken as a whole, Carr had an effective day executing the gameplan of head coach Gary Kubiak, managing several drives deep into Bills territory.
Outside linebacker Shantee Orr set the early tone for the Texans defense in the third quarter, sacking Losman on third down for their first drive of the half. It was cool enough to force a punt in a quarter that has been brutal for the team this season, but Orr made it totally awesome when he hurdled his blocker, cleanly clearing his helmet, en route to the point blank sack of Losman.
What Went Wrong?
Rookie Coach Decisions
Yeah, it's pretty typical to blame the head coach for a loss, but it seems especially appropriate here. Gary Kubiak, who for the record is still a rookie when it comes to this head coaching stuff, made a decision to throw the ball late in the game in a third down short yardage situation. Had Carr completed the pass for a first down, the game was probably over. Incomplete, it saved the Bills a critical timeout and valuable time on the clock for a comeback. Kubiak made a similar "no guts no glory" call near the end of last week's win over the Jags that made him look like a genius. One week later, and he's back to looking like a rookie.
Somebody Cover that Guy
When an opposing receiver, in this case Bills WR Lee Evans, burns you once for an 83-yard touchdown, you tip your cap. When he does it twice for the same distance, you start looking around for scapegoats. CB Demarcus Faggins drew the assignment in both instances, and while he looked bad losing the coverage to one of the fastest men in the league, the lack of any safety help deep was equally troubling. Glenn Earl and Jason Simmons each appeared to have at least some responsibility in helping Faggins, but neither took a good angle to even have a decent shot at catching up to Evans. Sidenote: When Robinson later intercepted Losman, he had switched sides to cover Evans. Now why didn't that switch happen earlier in the game? Maybe ask the rookie coach or his rookie defensive coordinator? Hmmm...
Cook-ie Crumbled Again
Fullback Jameel Cook killed a huge momentum-building drive when he lost the football at the Buffalo 13 just before halftime. Credit Bills safety for a solid hit, but at worst, the Texans figured to at least tie the game at 17 with a field goal that deep in Bills territory if Cook had maintained possession. Instead, a player who rarely handles the football (everyone still remember Cook's fumble two weeks ago against the Giants?) will probably find himself handling it even less in the future. Oh, and blame a rookie head coach for even allowing Cook the opporunity to hold the football again
Wow! I like the lack of ranting that failed to accompany your criticism.
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