There has been much displeasure and disappointment over the Texans loss to the Giants. I have heard about Sage telling his coaches about the play book, etc. In my opinion that has no relevance. Well, there are these guys that work for each team. Their sole responsibility is to acquire game tape of each team they are playing that year. They get as many games needed in order for the coaches to study and come up with a logical game plan. See my point ? So as far as I’m concerned that’s x-nayed as an excuse. The Texans just flat out did not come to play. They were out matched at certain positions, and there was much indecision in their play. Thus the hard time they had with the Giants.
Luckily this is a new week and a new opportunity, however they are facing a Chiefs team that is very legit. Just as the Texans do, they run the ball very well and they are good at stopping the run. Although Matt Cassel hasn’t had a great year, he does just enough not to lose the game. The Chiefs have play makers on offense but they all have not been productive like they should be. Bowe has the potential to be a big time player, Chambers is steady, Charles and Jones are quality running backs, with Moeaki starting to show he can be a play maker at the TE position. Dexter McCluster can do it all from a returner standpoint and as a running back and receiver.
To me the defense is where they have made the biggest improvement. Coach Cremel has done a great job of keeping it simple and letting the guys play. It allows to them to react more than think and they play much faster. They tackle well and are disciplined, check the Indy game if you have doubts. I think they match up well with the Texans offense in a lot of ways. It won’t be anything fancy, the Chiefs are going to make the Texans earn everything they get, keeping the ball in front of them, make the tackle and move on.
One would think the Texans could focus more on the run and take some chances in the secondary. The problem is that they aren’t playing well back there which could open up the run game for Kansas City. Doesn’t mean Cassel will pull an Eli, but this is the NFL so you never know. I’m interested to see how the Texans come out on defense and what scheme will be used to defend the Chiefs offense. For both sides I think it’s pick your poison. I definitely think the Texans offense is better, but this could be a game where they will have to out score the Chiefs to win.
I don’t know if any of you remember this, but here’s a history lesson for you. Prior to the 1996 season the Denver Broncos were pretty much an offensively dominant team, much like the Texans. In 1995 they finished 8-8, but what is interesting are the moves made that off season. They signed Neil Smith, Keith Traylor, Alfred Williams, John Mobley, and Darrien Gordon to name a few. Now, to go along with a high powered offense they had a high powered defense as well. The Broncos won the Super Bowl the next two years. I see similarities with this Texans team and the Broncos team before they made these moves. One-sided and lack of depth and leadership on defense, oh and play makers on defense. My definition of a play maker is someone that forces the issue form beating a block or excellent coverage on a route, beating a defensive player on a route and getting open. Not falling into sacks and getting tipped balls for INT’s. My example is not far fetched, just go back and look at the history of coaches that come from the same school of thought. Hopefully Coach Kubiak will get it the way Mike Shanahan did.