7 comments on “Case Keenum and The Dumbening of the Texans

  1. I think some of this critique is just being sick of the hard work talk. They do try to make adjustments to deal with stuff that they don’t talk about publicly, but if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work.

    Ultimately, the Texans story is one that is seen a lot in the NFL…they couldn’t replace decent NFL starters with younger guys. That the drop was so catastrophic is a combo of the unpredictable Pick 6 oddness, and then responding to that by going with a popular local noob QB and not getting the Tebow result.

    Pointing blame is hard when looking at the Texans roster composition because of the collaborative nature of the GM/HC in Houston between 06-13. I have heard that the offensive line coach was surprised about the Winston cut.

    Should it be surprising that the o-line coach had difficulty replacing an every down starter at RT with an inexperienced 7th round, small school pick? Particularly when they were also replacing RG? Yeah, they’ve been able to do a lot with lower round guys with this line, but when they fail, is that all on the coaching?

    Next man up was the mantra of 2011, but I thought it was an impressive coaching job making it as far as they did with a backup, backup 5th round pick as your end of year starter. In 2012, they had to training wheel the offense some with the issues they had with QB/oline and quarterback hits, hurries, sacks. You could see how hard it was to scheme around some of the issues they were having on offense.

    It’s difficult to completely judge Wade when he looked like he got coal in his stocking both times Brian Cushing got hurt. He allowed a ton of flexibility for the defense. The Texans didn’t want to spend the money on DeMeco Ryans but couldn’t replace his production, or his ability to help out if Cushing got hurt.

    The Texans took a risk going all in on Cushing, and then not really having a plan B at ILB. Last year’s top snap linebackers were Connor Barwin and Bradie James. Maybe you don’t want to pay those guys (particularly James) but they went forward with Cushing and a bunch of unproven/injury history guys. When that fails, particularly after Cushing gets hurt, is that all on Wade?

    Is it all on Wade that somebody decided that Ed Reed was what his defense needed at safety without him being a part of the process of deciding if Reed had anything left, or would be a good fit?

    As for Keenum, if McNair really wanted to properly evaluate/develop him, he wouldn’t have done a head coaching change in the middle of the season and dictate that 7 remains in the game even if he can’t protect himself with his reads. You fire the (undisputed) best player caller on the team, put more responsibilities on other coaches and expect things to get better on offense?

    This isn’t meant to be a commentary that regime change shouldn’t have happened. Not a huge fan of in-season coaching changes without better staff options, but it allowed them to perhaps talk to candidates who would not talk to them if they had a coach in place. Just don’t expect the team to look better after you do it.

    As for the Wade awkwardness, I say be careful what you wish for if you want him gone as DC. I don’t see him as The Savior of the Texans, but there’s a bleepload of terrible defensive coordinators out there that play musical chairs from getting fired place to place. Many more worse options then him than better ones. Personally, I think it would be easier getting a offensive minded head coach to retool the offense, and then get some more bodies for Wade. Not sure Wade would want to stay on board in that scenario, but easier to switch schemes on one side of the ball than all at once.

    I’m already on record for saying that I think the Texans need a new GM. The team needs to rebuild trust and hope, and nobody with a lick of sense ever says, “Thank goodness Rick Smith is managing this draft.”

    Who knows what a stronger GM position will look like for the Texans, but there’s nothing in his background that suggests that he would be any good at all with more control. But everybody is sick of me talking about this, so I guess we just have to hope for a miracle worker head coach that is able to stop the Texans from Ed Reeding or over-reacting to Ed Reeding.

  2. Excellent insight into a broken team. Unfortunately the problems start at the top and won’t easily change. Plus believe there is a chance they purposely tanked. Example the lack of play action in the last game, AJ drops easy passes, Case under center. Change starts at the top and I don’t see that happening. Again excellent article

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  4. I feel that Coach Kubiak lost many veterans last year when they were out-played and badly out-coached in NE, in spite of the new letter jackets. To me, the jackets were a symbol of a coaching staff being sophomoric, and out of touch with what the team needed for a game plan to beat NE. After the vets saw the lack of coaching depth and inability to adapt the game plan to beat other teams. Late last year, I think many vets lost faith in the coach. This year, the whole team quit.

    Now the team has the same coaches, minus one, being asked to change and adapt to get better team play. I think they are unable to adapt. The staff were chosen for their Kubiak buy-in and loyalty. Coach Kubiak is a great guy but could not change or adapt well. I do not think the other coaches can either. Just look at the offensive coordinator game plan this week as an example.

    Time for a new head coach and staff that can evaluate the players, can develop a young quarterback, plug holes in the o-line and defense, and can adapt to NFL forces.

    • “Time for a new head coach and staff that can evaluate the players, can develop a young quarterback, plug holes in the o-line and defense, and can adapt to NFL forces.”

      Good luck in finding that. They don’t grow on trees.

    • Adaptation and utilization of resources is what we should do – and we’re not doing it. The article says it best when it mentions our problems will be worked on rather than evaluated and adjusted, even changed, if needed. When you have a mobile quarterback, you should work with it and call plays designed around him (only one play in the past 4 games). When you can complete the deep pass, you call more plays in the deep secondary(decreased play calling in recent games). Instead, we call the same plays as if this wasn’t in our arsenal.
      At this point, we have nothing to lose. Let’s see a double reverse, or Johnson in the shotgun, or Watt in the backfield as fullback on 3rd and 1. This will have other teams on their toes and the fans in their seats. As of now, our competitors have a copy of our conservative playbook and have figured out exactly what we are going to do next.

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