I was talking with a buddy over the course of the past few weeks about our beloved Texans. He shared many of the same concerns/complaints that I did---and some of the same ones I've read hundreds of times on the MB. I'm not a big "blamer," so I'm not going to really say whose "fault" it really is. A single loss is rarely any ONE persons fault...but a conglomerate of failed efforts. I suspect that if we were able to effectively ascertain and analyze the situation seperate from emotions--we'd be able to see that there were many poor to downright crappy decisions made on all aspects of the past few weeks. But if we were emotionless, devoid of human intellect, pure bandwagoneers--well, we'd be Cowboys fans and not Texans fans! There are so many guys on this board that have infinitely more Texans FB knowledge than I do...so I am I anxious to hear your feedback. And you can feel free to flame me if you like--but this is anything but "just another rant" about the Texans. I was a lifelong Oilers fan and attending home games from the time I was old enough to go--the family had season tix. I want SO MUCH to catch the Texans spark and be a rabid fan...but there's really been so little to get excited about. I've been to numerous games and have had a blast! When I go out into public, I'm ALWAYS repping my Texans...and when the week after gameday is a bust, I don't hang up my Texans cap and stride out into the community wearing my XYZ hat. I am a TEXANS FAN...PERIOD! Win, lose or draw. Most of us know and are willing to acknowledge that Kubiak is unlikely to ever take us into the upper-escalon of NFL caliber teams. For the first several years, fans on this mb used the "well, give it time--we're still an expansion team" excuse. From year to year the excuses of why we're not a team in contention seem to change...but the problems are still the same, imho. Kubiak is not and never will be a "go for the throat" kinda guy. Let's just come to grips with it...and most of us have. But the fact is, he's the HEAD FOOTBALL COACH and the accountability for SUCCESS as well as the responsibility for FAILURE, lies with him. Why do CEOs get bonuses for success and fired for their failure? Because the buck stops with them! CEOs make millions of dollars in bonuses because they hire good VPs & Asst. VPs that hire good Managers that hire good Supervisors that hire good Workers! The guy at the top of the ladder gets cred and catches heck for it. Problem is, we can't fire the owner--so you can choose to blame the GM if you like, but imo the on-field operations belong to Kubiak. Beyond Kubiak--I lay MUCH of the blame at the doorstep of ownership. I'll refrain from getting into a loooong drawn out analysis of the times we've dropped the ball in the front office--the lists are endless, and sadly we all know it. Too painful to rehash. But now for the piece de resistance--why it's not really Schaub's fault. Now please realize that I've gone from a Schaub Hater to a Schaub Sympathizer to a Schaub Fan to (now) someone that just doesn't think that he's got "it." Most of us would admit (emotionlessly--not a word, I know) that Schaub's "numbers" have been impressive for the past few years. But my thought on why his numbers were so good (aside from Foster & AJ) are this: THERE WAS NOTHING ON THE LINE! He had nothing to play for. There wasn't any "buzz" or "hype" and the Lord knows that there wasn't any "playoff talk" for Schaub to live up to. The Offense WAS the only lifeline that the Texans had for the past few years. But with each additional piece that was added--culminating with Wade and pretty good defensive play, a little more pressure was added to Schaub. Schaub is a good quarterback, but not a GREAT one--and never will be. An elite QB is more than just somebody that calls plays and throws the ball. He's not an emotional leader--which is what's needed for a playoff push. The guys on the field need to know that when the chips are down, their guy is gonna go all "Brett Favre" and do what it takes to win the game. And Matt just doesn't have it. I think that it's evident to anyone with eyes to see, that Matt just isn't a pressure guy (I know, I know--I win the "Capt. Obvious Award" for today). But the only way to figure out whether somebody can handle the pressure is to put them under pressure. And now we have...and now we know. My fear is that because Houston has such an insatiable need to be "the good guys" that Bob will never hire a Gruden or a Cowher type. Even though the city loved the BUM Phillip's and the Glanville's and the Buddy Ryan's that brought attitude and swagger to Houston...Bob's just not that guy. I am incredibly fearful that when Bob finally gets enough pressure from wherever his "pressure" comes from, he's going to just look for the next "comfortable choice" for HC--and that's gonna be Wade. Wade is a terrific DC but has no business ever being a HC again. I apologize for being so lengthy in my thoughts--but I don't often post in the TT forum and I wanted very much to be respected for my thoughts outside of the NSZ--so I wanted to be thorough. I await the responses of the peers I respect, for their FB acumin.