Texans Powerless in Ike's Aftermath
like ItB.com's still-sweltering headquarters, the Texans found themselves
lacking electricity in a 31-12 defeat to the Titans in Nashville.
Trying to mount a seemingly achievable comeback, the Texans failed
miserably when given chance after chance in the redzone, turning
the ball over twice on downs and once by interception.
off a Hurricane Ike-induced bye week, it was the second of two ugly
starts for quarterback Matt Schaub. Off-target and out of sorts
for most of the game, Schaub was sacked three times and threw three
interceptions to go with his 188 yards passing and 46 percent efficiency.
It didn't help that his best target, receiver Andre Johnson, had
an unusually poor day as well, including a drop of a sure touchdown
bomb in the second half.
Schaub's subpar afternoon, the Texans' efforts to climb back into
the game seemed to be undermined by some questionable coaching decisions
and playcalling. The team notably missed two opportunities to challenge
plays that led to the Titans' second touchdown, and they curiously
eschewed field goal opportunities in the third and fourth quarter
that if converted might have drawn the deficit to within a single
game undeniably ended though on the team's final fourth down attempt,
this time coming on the Titans' 11-yard line with 1:17 left in the
game. Down 24-12 and out of timeouts, Schaub hurried the offense
to the line of scrimmage so that he could loft a softball to defensive
back Cortland Finnegan and watch him return the interception 99
yards for a touchdown.
one game ball today, and it goes to running back Steve Slaton. Assuming
the starting responsibilities for the injured Ahman Green (thanks
for the extra $200k, Batman!), Slaton carried the ball 18 times
for 116 yards and a touchdown. His statistical bonanza came mostly
on a nifty 50-yard run, but even taking that out, he still averaged
nearly four yards per attempt.
team's redzone efficiency did them in more than anything else. Schaub
has not proven himself to have the poise in this area of the field,
and honestly, the braintrust feeding him the plays isn't really
doing him any favors, either.
sort of effectiveness, both on the field and on the sideline, was
cute the last two years as the young passer and coaches were learning
their way in the NFL, but not anymore. This is year three of Texans
v2, and the time for excuses is over.
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