Tuesday Morning Quarterbacking: Well, It Could Be Worse

I hate to say I told you so, but…I told you so on

Saturday

. I said the Texans would lose big. I said they would get fooled on the trick plays.

The Texans lost to the Baltimore Ravens 41-13 on Sunday. They got burned on some trick plays. They couldn’t score in the red zone. Sage Rosenfels thought that Ray Lewis was one of his receivers. The Texans' defense forgot about the existence of Todd Heap.

But I’m not going to put the blame on the players, though that would be easy. Like punter Matt Turk going offsides on a free kick – he was the kicker, how does a kicker go offsides? Or Duane Brown getting called for holding on a pass play. In the end zone. Resulting in a safety for the Ravens. Or Sage Rosenfels throwing four interceptions.

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But like I said, that’s too easy.

The blame for this loss goes on the coaching staff, especially Gary Kubiak.

Kubiak threw his defensive coaches under the bus after the loss on Sunday. But really, come on, the Texans defense played as they were expected to play, like one of the worst defenses in the NFL. The Ravens pulled off their trick plays, but that should have been expected. The Ravens ran the ball down the Texans throat, but that should have been expected.

No, this loss isn’t the fault of the defense or the defensive coaches.

This is all Gary Kubiak.

Defensive coordinator Richard Smith didn’t call for Sage Rosenfels to pass from the Ravens one yard on a first and goal. And Richard Smith wasn’t the one calling the plays when the vaunted Texans offense was unable to score a touchdown when they had a first and goal from the six. And Richard Smith wasn’t the one who mismanaged the clock on the last drive of the first half, leaving the Texans in a position where they were lucky to get off a field goal.

That’s all on Kubiak.

It’s Gary Kubiak who once again sent out an unprepared team. It’s Gary Kubiak who produced an offensive game plan that didn’t work. It’s Gary Kubiak who couldn’t manage the clock. It’s Gary Kubiak who hired Richard Smith. It’s Gary Kubiak who chose the players on this team.

Richard Smith will be fired come the end of this season. But Gary Kubiak needs to be fired at the same time.

SOME MISCELLANEOUS NFL GAME NOTES:

The Houston Oilers Tennessee Titans defeated the Chicago Bears on Sunday to go 9-0 on the season, and to remain the NFL’s only undefeated team. The shocker was in how the Titans pulled off the win. The Titans, one of the NFL’s best running teams, had to resort to the pass to win as the Titans running backs were held a total of 20 rushing yards.

Quarterback Kerry Collins threw for a season high 289 yards and two touchdowns while completing 30-of-41 passes. At one point, Collins completed 12 straight passes as the Bears dared the Titans to throw the pass. Which the Titans did for the victory.

The 20 yards rushing for the Titans was one yard above the franchise low of 19 yards, which the Titans last accomplished back in 1965 when they were the Houston Oilers and got only 19 yards against the San Diego Chargers.

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The Texans' next opponent is the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-20 on Sunday as Peyton Manning went 21-for-40 for 240 yards and three touchdowns. The Colts had lost 12 straight games to the Steelers before Sunday.

The Colts are now 5-4 on the season as they struggle to stay in the AFC playoff chase. They should be able to go 6-4 next week.

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Things could be much worse for the Texans. They could be the St. Louis Rams, the Oakland Raiders, or the Detroit Lions.

The Rams lost 47-3 to the New York Jets on Sunday as they stormed back in the second half after falling behind 40-0 in the first half. Running back Steven Jackson missed his second game out of the last three – which is kind of bad when you consider that he just signed a huge contract.

The Jets scored on their first seven possessions of the first half, and Thomas Jones, who the Chicago Bears dumped so as to keep Cedric Benson gained 149 yards and got three touchdowns.

The Raiders, meanwhile, somehow found a way to lose 17-6 to the Carolina Panthers even after they held Panthers QB Jake Delhomme to 7-for-27 and 72 yards and four interceptions. The Raiders have now gone nine quarters without scoring a touchdown, and they are averaging seven points a game under interim coach Tom Cable.

And then there are the Detroit Lions, who are going strong in their attempt to become the only team in NFL history to go 0-16 for a season. The Lions lost 38-14 to the Jacksonville Jaguars and, at 0-9, are currently off to their worst start since 2001 when they went 0-12.

So, Texans fans, remember: It could be much, much worse. -- John Royal

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