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TEXANS ATTEMPTING A REBOUND AGAINST THE RAVENS IN WEEK 2

CloakNNNdagger

Hall of Fame
There will need to be much improvement in many aspects of the offense and defense,

The Oline will need to do a better job in pass protection, Watson will have to play ''smarter,'' the TEs will need to be a part of the game, the Dline and ILB will need to stop the run, the receivers will need to invest in spiderman gloves, and the coaches will need to make adjustments within the Texans players' capabilities and the Ravens' schemes.

It is evident from today's practice, that the Texans are practicing on one of the greatest deficiencies uncovered in last week's game. Here they are practicing their tackling.

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Omerta

Waterboy
I was wondering when this was going to pop up. As the resident lurker and ravens fan, I am interested to see this game. I’m not entirely sure what to expect, however I am expecting to win. I don’t mean this in a disrespectful way, I just think the Texans have some holes that they need to fill, a week isn’t going to afford them enough time to do it.

If I was the head coach though, I would pay attention to Baltimore’s interior offense of line. The center who is very good when healthy, he’s coming back from a devastating knee injury not even a year ago. They’re starting a rookie at right guard, and have an unimpressive left guard. The tackles on either side are great, so I would not try attacking there. I would be considering a lot oF double A gap blitzes.It’s not a bad unit in it’s entirety, but the interior offense of line is the one weakness the offense has.

on offense I would try to slow this came down to a crawl. I would not have any confidence that my outside receivers can match up man the man with the outside corners. Their safeties are unproven, but both have shown they’re willing to tackle and getting pretty good in coverage. So if I was going to attack through the air I would be using tight ends. That being said I think the ultimate path to victory is going to be draws, and interior running. The defensive line has been upgraded with Campbell and Wolf, but they have two unproven rookie linebackers, although they played well against Chubb, I will see what they could do against David Johnson who is the lone bright spot last week.I would be in no hurry to see if I could keep pace with Baltimore in a shoot out.

I am also considering a lot of screens considering Baltimore Will probably go man heavy and try to blitz Watson. I will try to pick on their rookie linebackers in particular, and maybe have a few tunnel screens, to see if I can get Johnson in space one on one with one of those linebackers. Also I would try some outside screens to Peters side after watching him being an unwilling tackler on Derrick Henry. I would also consider using bunch formations, or Rub routes to try to get Will Fuller out in space. Try to take him off the line of scrimmage and get him going before the snap of the ball, using lots of motion.
I am also considering a lot of screens considering Baltimore will probably go man heavy and try to blitz Watson. I will try to pick on their rookie linebacker is in particular, and maybe have a few tunnel screens, to see if I can get Johnson in space one-on-one with one of those linebackers. All so I would try some outside screens to Peter side after watching him being an unwilling tackler on Derrick Henry. I would also consider using bunch formations, or rub routes to try to get Will fuller out in space. Try to take him off the line of scrimmage and get him going before the snap of the ball, using lots of motion.

take it for what It’s worth, these are just the musings of an idiot who enjoys strategy. I’ve always had massive respect for the Texans going back to the Andre Johnson days, and I have found that the Texans fan bases endear themselves to me. I’m hoping for a good competitive game, with no injuries.
 
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CloakNNNdagger

Hall of Fame
I was wondering when this was going to pop up. As the resident lurker and ravens fan, I am interested to see this game. I’m not entirely sure what to expect, however I am expecting to win. I don’t mean this in a disrespectful way, I just think the Texans have some holes that they need to fill, a week isn’t going to afford them enough time to do it.

If I was the head coach though, I would pay attention to Baltimore’s interior offense of line. The center who is very good when healthy, he’s coming back from a devastating knee injury not even a year ago. They’re starting a rookie at right guard, and have an unimpressive left guard. The tackles on either side are great, so I would not try attacking there. I would be considering a lot oF double A gap blitzes.It’s not a bad unit in it’s entirety, but the interior offense of line is the one weakness the offense has.

on offense I would try to slow this came down to a crawl. I would not have any confidence that my outside receivers can match up man the man with the outside corners. Their safeties are unproven, but both have shown they’re willing to tackle and getting pretty good in coverage. So if I was going to attack through the air I would be using tight ends. That being said I think the ultimate path to victory is going to be draws, and interior running. The defensive line has been upgraded with Campbell and Wolf, but they have two unproven rookie linebackers, although they played well against Chubb, I will see what they could do against David Johnson who is the lone bright spot last week.I would be in no hurry to see if I could keep pace with Baltimore in a shoot out.

I am also considering a lot of screens considering Baltimore Will probably go man heavy and try to blitz Watson. I will try to pick on their rookie linebackers in particular, and maybe have a few tunnel screens, to see if I can get Johnson in space one on one with one of those linebackers. Also I would try some outside screens to Peters side after watching him being an unwilling tackler on Derrick Henry. I would also consider using bunch formations, or Rub routes to try to get Will Fuller out in space. Try to take him off the line of scrimmage and get him going before the snap of the ball, using lots of motion.
I am also considering a lot of screens considering Baltimore will probably go man heavy and try to blitz Watson. I will try to pick on their rookie linebacker is in particular, and maybe have a few tunnel screens, to see if I can get Johnson in space one-on-one with one of those linebackers. All so I would try some outside screens to Peter side after watching him being an unwilling tackler on Derrick Henry. I would also consider using bunch formations, or rub routes to try to get Will fuller out in space. Try to take him off the line of scrimmage and get him going before the snap of the ball, using lots of motion.

take it for what It’s worth, these are just the musings of an idiot who enjoy strategy. I’ve always had massive respect for the Texans going back to the Andre Johnson days, and I have found that the Texans fan bases in tear themselves to me. I’m hoping for a good competitive game, with no injuries.
Thank you for you unbiased thoughts. Here's to the winner AND loser coming out uninjured and stronger for subsequent games.
 

CloakNNNdagger

Hall of Fame
Fulton against the Chiefs had a 53.4 overall grade from PFF and was beat a few different times from the interior, while Howard had a 59.4 overall grade which included multiple penalties. They surprisingly held up a better in pass coverage..............77.0 and 70.4 grades in that area respectively. I don't have Martin's overall numbers, but he didn't hold the middle pass protection racking a 54.8 grade, which would have had a negative effect on Fulton and Sharping's pass protection grade of 54.4. A center's poor pass protection will always negatively affect both guards..........certainly something that was seen with the up-the-middle breakdowns we saw.
 
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dream_team

Hall of Fame
I was wondering when this was going to pop up. As the resident lurker and ravens fan, I am interested to see this game. I’m not entirely sure what to expect, however I am expecting to win. I don’t mean this in a disrespectful way, I just think the Texans have some holes that they need to fill, a week isn’t going to afford them enough time to do it.

If I was the head coach though, I would pay attention to Baltimore’s interior offense of line. The center who is very good when healthy, he’s coming back from a devastating knee injury not even a year ago. They’re starting a rookie at right guard, and have an unimpressive left guard. The tackles on either side are great, so I would not try attacking there. I would be considering a lot oF double A gap blitzes.It’s not a bad unit in it’s entirety, but the interior offense of line is the one weakness the offense has.

on offense I would try to slow this came down to a crawl. I would not have any confidence that my outside receivers can match up man the man with the outside corners. Their safeties are unproven, but both have shown they’re willing to tackle and getting pretty good in coverage. So if I was going to attack through the air I would be using tight ends. That being said I think the ultimate path to victory is going to be draws, and interior running. The defensive line has been upgraded with Campbell and Wolf, but they have two unproven rookie linebackers, although they played well against Chubb, I will see what they could do against David Johnson who is the lone bright spot last week.I would be in no hurry to see if I could keep pace with Baltimore in a shoot out.

I am also considering a lot of screens considering Baltimore Will probably go man heavy and try to blitz Watson. I will try to pick on their rookie linebackers in particular, and maybe have a few tunnel screens, to see if I can get Johnson in space one on one with one of those linebackers. Also I would try some outside screens to Peters side after watching him being an unwilling tackler on Derrick Henry. I would also consider using bunch formations, or Rub routes to try to get Will Fuller out in space. Try to take him off the line of scrimmage and get him going before the snap of the ball, using lots of motion.
I am also considering a lot of screens considering Baltimore will probably go man heavy and try to blitz Watson. I will try to pick on their rookie linebacker is in particular, and maybe have a few tunnel screens, to see if I can get Johnson in space one-on-one with one of those linebackers. All so I would try some outside screens to Peter side after watching him being an unwilling tackler on Derrick Henry. I would also consider using bunch formations, or rub routes to try to get Will fuller out in space. Try to take him off the line of scrimmage and get him going before the snap of the ball, using lots of motion.

take it for what It’s worth, these are just the musings of an idiot who enjoys strategy. I’ve always had massive respect for the Texans going back to the Andre Johnson days, and I have found that the Texans fan bases endear themselves to me. I’m hoping for a good competitive game, with no injuries.
Just by looking at the stats, the Browns had a decent yards per carry. How do you feel about the Ravens ability to stop the run? Running the ball is something BOB is quite stubborn on.
 

dream_team

Hall of Fame
I am concerned about our run defense on this one.
Dobbins and Ingram may both go for a Hundy on Sunday.
Not if the middle of the OL is weak. Not both of them going for a Hundy, maybe 1 bu not both.
The 'ray of light' here is the Ravens actually struggled running the ball against the Browns. I don't know much about their defense this season, but the Browns had one of the worst rushing defenses last season. This lines up with @Omerta 's comments on his concerns with the interior of the OL.
 

Omerta

Waterboy
Just by looking at the stats, the Browns had a decent yards per carry. How do you feel about the Ravens ability to stop the run? Running the ball is something BOB is quite stubborn on.
It’s really hard to say. I’m confident our run defense will finish in the top 5 of the league. I think our “struggle” with Cleveland is overstated. They broke a few long ones early, and then we put the clamps on them until the end when we allowed them to run on RPO’s for obvious reasons. It certainly corrected itself when the work was being done on the scoreboard.

I like our defensive line but it’s to early to know if it is an actual problem or if this was just our pre season game and we were just getting our line calls and our cohesion on par.
 

Speedy

Yeller Dweller
Everyone talks about Jackson running, but he’s a damn good passer as well. He did lead the league in TD passes last year with just 6 picks.

The Ravens use of their TEs is going to be an issue as well.

Judon lived in the Texans backfield in the game last year. Watson was sacked 6 times, hit a ton more.

DJ31 will likely have to carry the full load as Duke likely doesn’t even suit up.

It just seems like there are so many things the Texans will HAVE to do right just to stay in the game. I just don’t see it happening.

Any given Sunday and all, but I fear this one turns out much like last year’s game did.

At least this time the Texans will have the advantage of 00,000 screaming fans. Hey, maybe with no fans to worry about dying of heat stroke, they open the roof and let the Ravens try to deal with some Texas heat and humidity.
 

Thorn

Dirty Old Man
I don't like the old Colts or the new ones, and don't care if the Texans beat either of them. Not that it's a likely outcome though. Another few weeks and the season will be over with anyway.
 

Speedy

Yeller Dweller
I don't like the old Colts or the new ones, and don't care if the Texans beat either of them. Not that it's a likely outcome though. Another few weeks and the season will be over with anyway.
They’re actually the old Browns.
 

thunderkyss

Just win baby!!!
Staff member
Contributor's Club
but doesn't it just seem like this is the type of game BOB wins? .
No.

Just like last week, if we're competitive it would show we are at least knocking on the "contender" door. But against the real deal... we're exposed for who we are. A house of cards.

I'm just hoping we show to be closer to the Ravens than the Browns did.

6-38

Can we score more than 6?

Can we hold the Ravens to less than 38?
 

texanhead08

All Pro
This could be closer than expected just because the Ravens should be able to run it down our throats at will and that could chew up clock and limit the number of possessions in the game.

I say 31-16
 

Texansballer74

Hall of Fame
After last week loss and the way we lost. I just don’t have any confidence in this team beating or playing competitive football against this powerhouse. We’ve always struggled with running quarterbacks. Lamar Jackson will have a field day against this terrible tackling defense. Their TE will feast against our linebackers. They will put a spy on Watson. We will have costly penalties. The offensive game plan will look vanilla and pedestrian.

Hopefully they will prove me wrong.
 

PHILLYTEXANFAN

Saddle Up Partner
Everyone talks about Jackson running, but he’s a damn good passer as well. He did lead the league in TD passes last year with just 6 picks.
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I am going to have to disagree with this. Lamar is a smoke and mirrors passer, meaning he needs the run game and trickery running on all cylinders to make good passes. Take away his trickery, he becomes a subpar passer. Titans showed the world that in the playoffs.
 

CloakNNNdagger

Hall of Fame
There will need to be improvement all the way around if the Texans are to be competitive with the Ravens. But even PFF feels that a complete Watson turnaround this week will be mandatory if this is to occur.

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Much of Watson's greatness comes from crazy plays outside of structure after pressure has been put on him, but leaning into that stylistically is a very small needle to thread. Against Kansas City, Watson averaged 3.14 seconds with the ball in his hands, almost a full second longer than Mahomes per play.

As mentioned earlier, a third of the pressure came so fast that no amount of speeding up his process would have mitigated the danger, but the other two-thirds could have been affected if Watson had speeded up his game.

Play under pressure can be spectacular, but it is also highly unstable and unpredictable. And over a long period of time, virtually no quarterback plays well in the face of it. The only two quarterbacks with a PFF grade above 70.0 when under pressure over the past two seasons are Mahomes and Drew Brees; that grade of 70.0 would only have been good enough to rank 21st overall in 2019. Watson has been some way below that at 54.6 when pressured.

Over the past two seasons, PFF has charged Watson with 26 sacks independent of the blocking that has been protecting him. That is among the worst rates in the NFL, and it is an issue that he needs to improve if he is to be working in harmony with the rest of the offense rather than fighting against it.

Though those spectacular plays under pressure are part of what makes Watson great, reaching his true potential lies in minimizing how often he needs to make them and leaning into the situations where his life is easier — throws within structure and before pressure arrives.

The Texans offensive line is likely to be a work in progress, but it was supposed to be the best line that has been put in front of Watson so far in his NFL career. For that to have any chance of proving true, Watson needs to do his part and protect his protection. As PFF has shown before, quarterbacks own their pressure rate to a huge degree. Improving the level of pass-protectors in front of Watson will make a big difference to his play, but the biggest difference that can be made comes from an adjustment to his game, one that likely needs to be made without Hopkins anyway.

Though life after Hopkins has thrust all of the attention on Watson and the skill position players — including newly rejuvenated David Johnson in the backfield — it may be the offensive line and pass protection that determines how good this team can be. And nothing affects that dynamic more than Watson's play behind them.

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Texansballer74

Hall of Fame
I am going to have to disagree with this. Lamar is a smoke and mirrors passer, meaning he needs the run game and trickery running on all cylinders to make good passes. Take away his trickery, he becomes a subpar passer. Titans showed the world that in the playoffs.
Agreed 100% . Tennessee’s defense last year in the playoffs. They took the running game away from him and made him throw from the pocket. Lamar struggled with throwing passes in tight windows and was very inaccurate with the out patterns.
 

Omerta

Waterboy
I am going to have to disagree with this. Lamar is a smoke and mirrors passer, meaning he needs the run game and trickery running on all cylinders to make good passes. Take away his trickery, he becomes a subpar passer. Titans showed the world that in the playoffs.
Did you happen to catch last weeks game? No run game to speak of and threw dimes on outs and deep shots outside the hashes.

i actually love it because this will be the year Lamar erases all doubt as a passer. Leading the league in QBR and touchdown passes wasn’t enough because he didn’t feel the need to play outside of what our offense does. People are basically saying Lamar is only good because of play-action and his legs. Even though When other Qb’s use play-action well they are gods.

Also I love the fact that people say Tennessee exposed the ravens. That’s hilarious because Lamar was the only one who played worth a damn. He counted for over 500 yards and three touchdowns, he had two interceptions, and a fumble. What they don’t talk about is how our number one running back was out of that game, and nobody else around him played like they were worth anything. Mark Andrews was injured, Mark Ingram was injured, so Lamar was working with weapons that wouldn’t make some teams practice squad. We addressed that this year.

The whole narrative is bunk anyway, people said that Lamar would be nothing after San Diego figured him out, and they showed everybody how to stop him. All he does is the following year and go to lead the league in most passing statistical categories, becomes a second ever unanimous MVP, and puts together the best record in the NFL. So I really do enjoy people saying he got exposed, because when they do he tends to come back next year with a vengeance.

In case nobody noticed he went 20 for 25 passing 275 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions, and half those passes Over 10 yards, of those over 10 yards 3/4 of those were over 25 in the air. Out of all of those he hit the Deep hash throws no less than five times. Two to Snead, two the Marquise Brown, and one to Mark Andrews. If your banking on him not being able to pass I think you’re going to be disappointed.
 
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PHILLYTEXANFAN

Saddle Up Partner
Did you happen to catch last weeks game? No run game to speak of and threw dimes on outs and deep shots outside the hashes.

i actually love it because this will be the year Lamar erases all doubt as a passer. Leading the league in QBR and touchdown passes wasn’t enough because he didn’t feel the need to play outside of what our offense does. People are basically saying Lamar is only good because of play-action and his legs. Even though When other Qb’s use play-action well they are gods.

Also I love the fact that people say Tennessee exposed the ravens. That’s hilarious because Lamar was the only one who played worth a damn. He counted for over 500 yards and three touchdowns, he had two interceptions, and a fumble. What they don’t talk about is how our number one running back was out of that game, and nobody else around him played like they were worth anything. Mark Andrews was injured, Mark Ingram was injured, so Lamar was working with weapons that wouldn’t make some teams practice squad. We addressed that this year.

The whole narrative is bunk anyway, people said that Lamar would be nothing after San Diego figured him out, and they showed everybody how to stop him. All he does is the following year and go to lead the league in most passing statistical categories, becomes a second ever unanimous MVP, and puts together the best record in the NFL. So I really do enjoy people saying he got exposed, because when they do he tends to come back next year with a vengeance.

In case nobody noticed he went 20 for 25 passing 275 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions, and half those passes Over 10 yards, of those over 10 yards 3/4 of those were over 25 in the air. Out of all of those he hit the Deep hash throws no less than five times. Two to Snead, two the Marquise Brown, and one to Mark Andrews. If your banking on him not being able to pass I think you’re going to be disappointed.
They rushed more than Lamar threw, so i wouldn’t say the run game was completely non existent regardless of stat sheets. Outside of maybe Myles Garret, Mack Wilson and Denzel Ward, Cleveland doesn’t have a good defense, so to have a good day in the air vs them doesn’t move the needle for me. 2014 was the last time Cleveland had a defense out side of the bottom 10 in the league.Thats just me though.
 

Speedy

Yeller Dweller
I am going to have to disagree with this. Lamar is a smoke and mirrors passer, meaning he needs the run game and trickery running on all cylinders to make good passes. Take away his trickery, he becomes a subpar passer. Titans showed the world that in the playoffs.
Matt Schaub led the league in passing yards once with that tricky ass play action business. Guess what? The league is full of making you think you’re doing one thing while doing another.

Never said Jackson was elite, but what they do, he makes the plays. He’s certainly no Josh Allen who couldn’t hit the water if he fell out of a boat.
 

PHILLYTEXANFAN

Saddle Up Partner
Matt Schaub led the league in passing yards once with that tricky ass play action business. Guess what? The league is full of making you think you’re doing one thing while doing another.

Never said Jackson was elite, but what they do, he makes the plays. He’s certainly no Josh Allen who couldn’t hit the water if he fell out of a boat.
Oh no doubt. I can recognize he makes plays and that he won an MVP, but its most valuable PLAYER and not passer.
 

Omerta

Waterboy
They rushed more than Lamar threw, so i wouldn’t say the run game was completely non existent regardless of stat sheets. Outside of maybe Myles Garret, Mack Wilson and Denzel Ward, Cleveland doesn’t have a good defense, so to have a good day in the air vs them doesn’t move the needle for me. 2014 was the last time Cleveland had a defense out side of the bottom 10 in the league.Thats just me though.
Ogunjobi is a beast too. I will concede they’re not all stars everywhere but that defense isn’t bad. Their going to finish anywhere from 12-18 is my guess.

my point was this. Everyone tends to forget Lamar Jackson‘s greatest attribute. His ability to develop, to recognize weaknesses in his game and then one off-season turn them into strength. When he lost to San Diego in the playoffs they used a completely different scheme to defend him than the Titans. He recognized the deficiencies in that scheme, or more so the deficiencies that the scheme caused him. He worked on it in the off-season. Then when he played Miami they try to do the same thing, and he torch them 59 to 10. Then Tennessee, Piggybacked off of what the bills did, and did a decent job of slowing him down. The Browns try to execute that same scheme, and stack the box, play contain, take away the middle, and make him throw deep. He torched them to the tune of 38 to 6. In two years he went from a guy who looks like he had never thrown a pass, to one of the most efficient throwers of the T-ball in the NFL. And if last week is any indication, he’s gotten even better.

Now I’m not going to pretend that he’s on an Aaron Rodgers level, but to suggest that he can’t pass deep any longer I think is ignoring the history of his development. Now this isn’t to say the Texans have no Path victory, but if I am Bill O’Brien I’m certainly not going to try to make Lamar pass it.

the good news is we are going to find out Sunday because I think the Texans will do exactly what you’re saying so we will see. I still try to keep Lamar on the sideline instead of betting he still can’t throw.
 

banned1976

All Pro
Did you happen to catch last weeks game? No run game to speak of and threw dimes on outs and deep shots outside the hashes.

i actually love it because this will be the year Lamar erases all doubt as a passer. Leading the league in QBR and touchdown passes wasn’t enough because he didn’t feel the need to play outside of what our offense does. People are basically saying Lamar is only good because of play-action and his legs. Even though When other Qb’s use play-action well they are gods.

Also I love the fact that people say Tennessee exposed the ravens. That’s hilarious because Lamar was the only one who played worth a damn. He counted for over 500 yards and three touchdowns, he had two interceptions, and a fumble. What they don’t talk about is how our number one running back was out of that game, and nobody else around him played like they were worth anything. Mark Andrews was injured, Mark Ingram was injured, so Lamar was working with weapons that wouldn’t make some teams practice squad. We addressed that this year.

The whole narrative is bunk anyway, people said that Lamar would be nothing after San Diego figured him out, and they showed everybody how to stop him. All he does is the following year and go to lead the league in most passing statistical categories, becomes a second ever unanimous MVP, and puts together the best record in the NFL. So I really do enjoy people saying he got exposed, because when they do he tends to come back next year with a vengeance.

In case nobody noticed he went 20 for 25 passing 275 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions, and half those passes Over 10 yards, of those over 10 yards 3/4 of those were over 25 in the air. Out of all of those he hit the Deep hash throws no less than five times. Two to Snead, two the Marquise Brown, and one to Mark Andrews. If your banking on him not being able to pass I think you’re going to be disappointed.
He will get no resistance from the Texans defense. I'm expecting Lamar to account for over 400 yards this weekend.

I think by the end of the 1st quarter the Ravens will have a double digit first quarter lead. Final score:
Baltimore 44
Houston 10

The most disappointing thing to me about the Texans defense, they were once on par with the Ravens defense. Now they're one of the worst in the league with no way of stopping the avalanche that is about to bury them.
 

dream_team

Hall of Fame
I was cheering on the part about DW4 holding on to the ball too long. This will make an OL look worse than it is. However the OL did play like crap last game and DW4 didn't do them any favors. He needs to speed up his reads and get rid of the ball.
If you listen to the whole interview, Harbaugh actually says "holding onto the ball long" in a complimentary way. He said this causes problems for defenses.

I know I'm in the minority, but I actually want DW to hold onto the ball (when there isn't a blitz). You spent alot of money and draft capital on that OL, use it.
 

dream_team

Hall of Fame
Ogunjobi is a beast too. I will concede they’re not all stars everywhere but that defense isn’t bad. Their going to finish anywhere from 12-18 is my guess.

my point was this. Everyone tends to forget Lamar Jackson‘s greatest attribute. His ability to develop, to recognize weaknesses in his game and then one off-season turn them into strength. When he lost to San Diego in the playoffs they used a completely different scheme to defend him than the Titans. He recognized the deficiencies in that scheme, or more so the deficiencies that the scheme caused him. He worked on it in the off-season. Then when he played Miami they try to do the same thing, and he torch them 59 to 10. Then Tennessee, Piggybacked off of what the bills did, and did a decent job of slowing him down. The Browns try to execute that same scheme, and stack the box, play contain, take away the middle, and make him throw deep. He torched them to the tune of 38 to 6. In two years he went from a guy who looks like he had never thrown a pass, to one of the most efficient throwers of the T-ball in the NFL. And if last week is any indication, he’s gotten even better.

Now I’m not going to pretend that he’s on an Aaron Rodgers level, but to suggest that he can’t pass deep any longer I think is ignoring the history of his development. Now this isn’t to say the Texans have no Path victory, but if I am Bill O’Brien I’m certainly not going to try to make Lamar pass it.

the good news is we are going to find out Sunday because I think the Texans will do exactly what you’re saying so we will see. I still try to keep Lamar on the sideline instead of betting he still can’t throw.
It's a game of pick your poison with Lamar. The Texans defense isn't good enough to be able to contain the run, as well as protect against the deep pass. We can't apply QB pressure w/o sending in a blitzer and leaving the middle open for Andrews. The Texans D will have to mix-up what they're giving up on specific plays and hope that Lamar doesn't recognize it.
 

badboy

Hall of Fame
Agreed 100% . Tennessee’s defense last year in the playoffs. They took the running game away from him and made him throw from the pocket. Lamar struggled with throwing passes in tight windows and was very inaccurate with the out patterns.
Now we just need to figure out how to do that.
 

CloakNNNdagger

Hall of Fame
I have to say when I listened to a part of Watson's presser interview of 9/16/20, I was extremely disturbed re. his answer regarding if he was happy with the tempo of the game, and why he didn't step it up when the Texans were behind in the 2nd half. Listen starting at 2:32.

With trailing 3 scores in the 2nd half, the Texans averaged 27 seconds between plays throughout the half. His explanation could not be considered anything but ridiculous. From good source within the organization, Watson does not like to go up tempo. And it isn't because O'Brien doesn't want him to........with most of the other QBs in O'Brien's history, no huddle up tempo was common place. O'Brien, for whatever faults you may assign him, he is protective of Watson. As one person in the organization subtly put it, when processing can not be sped up, up tempo or no-huddle is a poor option.
 


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