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.”
Tickets and great seats are still available for this AFC match up.
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!
In what has turned out to be an emotional week for the Houston Texans, there was a spot of bright news in a sea of dark. Head Coach Gary Kubiak has been cleared and released from the hospital.
“I want to thank my family, the McNair family, the Texans organization, the doctors and staff at Houston Methodist Hospital and the entire Houston community for all the love and support we have received over the past three days. I’ve been through an ordeal and my focus now is to get back to good health. Doctors have told me I will make a full recovery but we have not determined when I will be cleared to return to the office. Again, thank you for the support and concern.”
The Texans also announced that free agent signee Ed Reed will not be starting this week. Reed, one of the most sought after free agents this summer, has only recorded 14 tackles, zero pass defenses and zero forced turnovers.
The Texans take on the Arizona Cardinals this weekend. Great seats and tickets are still available!