After the first two games of the regular season, the Houston Texans looked like the NFL team this city has been craving. A tough as nails defense that hit hard, a no fear quarterback who made plays, and a gunslinger coach who played aggressively. Then Indianapolis came to town. The game was billed as the biggest in franchise history. The team and the city felt invincible. The Texans were down multiple key starters and the game got away from the early. Schaub was able to rally the team and bring them within 6, but it was too little too late. And so began the steps backwards. Since the Indianapolis game, I have noticed a distinct regression in multiple aspects of our team. Our pass defense has lost its confidence. Our run defense has gotten shaky. Our running game looks lost. Our pass rush looks like its old self. During the first two games, a 3rd and long meant excitement. Williams off the edge, Okoye up the middle, and maybe TJ making a leaping INT! Now 3rd and long breeds anxiety. Questions like, "Why is Faggins 15 yards off the LOS?" or "Why can't we generate a pass rush?" start to pop up. On offense, 1st and goal was a reason to be excited. Will we score on a run up the gut, a fade into the corner, or let Schaub run it in himself on a naked bootleg? Now 1st and goal, even from inside the 5, breeds anxiety as well. "How many tries will Dayne get this time?" So what has changed? Why did our team look so great in the beginning and seem to fall so fast? For one, injuries have played something of a role. Losing Green really hurt us. But Dayne has shown in the past he isn't as bad as he looks, Wynn has been a great replacement on special teams, and Andre Davis has played superbly as a replacement for Andre Johnson. I really think the difference in the last two games has been confidence. We've played some very questionable teams over the past two weeks. Coming into the games, neither had a single victory. The Texans know what losing can do. We've lost more than we've won every year we've been in the league. It creates a panic. The players have alluded that this has been a major problem in the past. Just read any comment by any player about David Carr, and you'll know exactly what I mean. Schaub's presence has helped hold this team together, but nothing fixes the problem like winning. I think the moral of the story so far is to be patient. This team has the talent, and we've seen it. The Texans do have a pass rush. They can run the ball. They have a good coach. They also have leaders. DeMeco and Dunta are smart and tough. Schaub is a general. This team is learning to win, and every victory, even like yesterdays, helps. They know they can pull it out in crunch time, make those key stops on 3rd down, and drive from the 5 yard line with 2 minutes to go. These are the kind of things that build winners. And no matter how talented your team is, I do not believe there is any substitute for a winners attitude.