Houston Texans Remain Positive, and Maybe That’s the Problem

People aren’t very happy with the Houston Texans this week, but the Chron tells us that the players remain positive that the team is moving in the right direction. Sure, they say that they were outplayed, but they’re positive, and all of the players rallied behind Sage Rosenfels.

Richard Justice isn’t too pleased. He says that “losing is what this franchise does best.” And he wants someone to be held responsible. He wants owner Bob McNair holding people responsible. And he starts by pointing fingers at McNair, saying that he is responsible “for the NFL’s worst franchise” – which is arguable because the last time I checked, the Detroit Lions were still in the NFL.

Then Justice goes after Kubiak, writing that “Coaching isn’t just drawing up a running play that works. Coaching is instilling the right mindset in a team.”

This leads us back to the first paragraph and those players being positive about the team moving in the right direction. The players shouldn’t be positive after games like this. They should be angry. They should be pissed. They should be demanding changes. Instead, they seem complacent. They seem like they’re willing to accept whatever comes. And this comes from the mindset that Gary Kubiak is setting.

The Texans’ next opponent is the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins have defeated the San Diego Chargers and the New England Patriots this season, and they’re not playing like a team that nearly went winless last season. New coach Tony Sparano and his offensive coordinator Dan Hennings have been pulling out all of the tricks.

So, Mr. Kubiak, if you or your guys see this formation, it’s called the single wing, and the odds are that there is going to be a direct snap to running back Ronnie Brown. The Patriots couldn’t stop it. The Chargers couldn’t stop it. I doubt you and your guys will be able to stop it because, frankly, your defense hasn’t really been able to stop anything. But maybe if you recognize it in time, you can call a timeout.

Though I’m betting that Sparano and Hennings try a different trick against the Texans.

Not that they should need to use any tricks.


To make matters worse for the Texans, David Carr threw a touchdown pass for the New York Giants on Sunday. And he wasn’t wearing gloves. Sure, it was only a five-yard pass to Sinorice Moss, and it was thrown in a blowout, making the score 44-6.

But damn, David Carr threw a touchdown pass.

***************** Things aren’t looking so good for Derek Anderson in Cleveland, however. Though he is still, supposedly, the Browns’ starting QB, word is that a bad game next Monday against the Giants means that Brady Quinn gets the job. And from what I’ve seen of Quinn, I don’t think that is much of an upgrade.

**************** While the Texans were imploding against the Colts, the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens were going at it. And by going at it, not only do I mean they were playing each other, but also that Titans defensive back Cortland Finnegan and Ravens receiver Derrick Mason were also fighting with each other.

But the real fighting was going on between the Titans as Finnegan got into brawls with teammates Keith Bulluck and Albert Haynesworth.

Now that sounds like one happy family. I’d hate to see what was going on with the Titans if they had actually lost a game this season. – John Royal

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