Wade Phillips loses first game as Interim Head Coach
For the second straight week, the Houston Texans struggled to play disciplined football totaling 114 yards in penalties for the second week in a row. Those negative yards were key in adding to the franchises 12 straight loss.
“That’s very disheartening,” Phillips said of the penalties. “Ten of them were in the first half which really hurt our defense. I don’t know what pass interference is anymore. I thought the guy made a heck of a play to get the ball on the one-yard line. At the end of the game, we jumped offsides. When you know its third-and-one, those kind of penalties, there’s no excuse for those.”
The game was viewed as the first of three for former Cowboys Head Coach Wade Phillips in which to impress team owners enough to keep him on as the head coach for next season. There are already rumors that put Penn State Head Coach Bill O’Brien in the running.
Things can go from bad to worse next weekend as the Texans face Peyton Manning and the #1 Team in the AFC, the Denver Broncos.
“They’re the number one offense in the league. Not just him (Manning), but their whole offense, their offensive line, their running backs. They move the ball better than anybody in the league. I think we’re fourth now in people moving the ball on us. It’s a big challenge.”
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Patriots come calling this Sunday
The Houston Texans have gone full circle this season, but in the wrong direction. Last season, the Texans were the Toast of Texas boasting a 10-1 record, this year, the Texans are at best mediocre with a dismal 2-9 record.
Texans receiver Andre Johnson had harsh words for his teams predicament.
“We suck,” Johnson said. “As an offense. That’s pretty much it. You’re not going to play perfect every single game, but I mean, it’s been bad, you know?” Johnson said. “They were booing us last week. They booed us before. I said it before, if we’re not putting good stuff on the field, we ain’t giving them nothing to cheer about, they booed. They should boo.”
Things will not be any easier this week, in fact, they will be much harder. The Texans face a red hot New England Patriots squad who overcame a 17-0 deficit Sunday night to win 34-31 in very dramatic fashion over the equally red hot Denver Broncos.
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The Houston Texans pulled out all the stops to try and secure a victory against the Oakland Raiders including pulling Case Keenum and replacing him with Matt Schaub. Keenum was not playing bad at all and through the third quarter had completed 13 of 24 passes for 170 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Hardly reason to pull him off the field.
If any one section of the team was faltering it was the Texans defense which was picked apart by Raiders rookie quarterback Matt McGloin who fired off 18 of 32 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns. Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak, who was in the booth for the game, called down to the field and had them replace Keenum with Schaub.
“What was happening was, we had to make a lot of changes from a protection standpoint to handle some of the things they were doing,” Kubiak said after the game. “Trying to create some tempo and do that. And it made it very tough on Case, in my opinion, being a young player. I knew that Matt could get done some of the things that I wanted to get done, real fast, and to give us a chance to win the football game. So that’s why I did it.”
Schaub went on to finish the game but in the 4th quarter, after missing All Pro wide receiver Andre Johnson with a pass, got into a verbal confrontation with the receiver.
“We just exchanged some words,” Johnson said. “It’s just the heat of the moment; once we got in the locker room we talked about it. I’m not worried about it; me and Matt have played a lot of football together. Things like that happen, I think there’s a lot of frustration going on, and I think it happened because of frustration.”
The Texans next face the Jacksonville Jaguars and great seats and tickets are still available!