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It’s hard to believe that this early in the season
02-14-2019, 05:07 AM,
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It’s hard to believe that this early in the season
the time has come for the Houston Texans organization to put up or shut up. But Womens Deshaun Watson Jersey , sitting at 2-3 with a glimmer of hope that comes from a team who nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory the last two weeks, starring down the best strength of schedule in the NFL over the remaining games, Houston could make some moves and give themselves a real chance at doing something in the post season. Even if that something is make a hasty exit from the AFC Wild Card round. Commit to the run gameDeshaun Watson is taking a beating trying to improvise behind an offensive line made up of one promising center, a few very green but high upside guys and a handful of traffic cones and caution tape. The best way to keep your quarterback clean and healthy is a solid run game. Oddly enough, committing to the run has never really been an area of weakness for Bill O’Brien’s team, but watching them try to out-scheme the Dallas defense last week with multiple miss-direction pay action plays and designed QB keepers left a lot to be desired. With Lamar Miller and D’Onta Foreman on the sidelines, the running back room needs help. Prescription: Bring back Troymaine Pope. The “pinball with a football” did a thing, or two, in the preseason and might just do it again. if nothing else, he’s a great wing to Alfred Blue’s yang. Shore up the Secondary and Lock up the Honey BadgerTyrann Mathieu is one of the very few bright spots in the Houston secondary so far this season. He plays with confidence, intelligence and swagger that Houston has rarely, if ever, had from the safety position. Putting him at the heart of the Texans secondary for years to come will add stability , fire and leadership. With so many players landing in free agency in the 2019 off-season, the Honey Badger would be a great foundation that Houston can build on. Prescription: Beat the bushes and find at least two more cornerbacks to sign. Jonathan Joseph won’t be around much longer, Kevin Johnson may not either and Kareem Jackson isn’t the long term answer to any question Romeo Crennel should be asking. While they’re at it, signing Jadeveon Clowney might be useful to save some coin, too. Maybe J.J. Watt can restructure his deal to help them resign Clowney... Send Bill O’Brien to Offensive Coordinator SchoolThe local flag football association has a more diverse playbook available for coaches than what it seems Bill O’Brien installs each week. How on earth you can have three trips inside the red zone and not come away with a touchdown when you have arguably the scariest wide receiver corps in the NFL, the most promising second year QB in the league and a propensity to run the ball up the A-gap three out of four plays is mind boggling. Newsflash: The All Field Goal Offense is not a viable game plan! Prescription: Hand the offensive play calling duties over to someone, anyone, who can actually call a game the opposing defensive coordinator doesn’t see coming a week in advance.Beat Teams The Texans Should Beat!Losing to the Tennessee Titans and New York Giants was fairly well inexcusable. Neither of those teams is a threat to do anything in the post season. With games coming top against similar level teams like the Buffalo Bills. Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns anything less than 8-4 by week 13 is inexcusable. Prescription: Identify someone already on the coaching staff who has a history of getting teams ready to play and put that person in charge of the game plan so Bill O’Brien can focus solely on “ a better job of...” fill-in-the-blank. Decide Right Now if They’re Playing for 2018 or 2019Sure this sounds crazy, but having the 27th pick in the draft won’t help Houston land a great young offensive tackle in what some are calling the best offensive line draft in over a decade. Let’s face it, with just two more high quality offensive linemen (and some pro-level play calling) the Houston offense could easily become the scariest one this league has seen in a long, long time. Prescription: Put Bill O’Brien on notice that one more loss means the ejector seat button gets smashed and he’s launched into the ex-coach stratosphere. Houston would then have the pick of the litter for a new head coach, a pile of higher draft picks and a core of great players - some with many years still ahead of them - to build on for the future. What do you think? Have a list of your own? Post your prescriptions in the comments section. The Houston Texans have won six straight games for the first time since 2012 Houston Texans T-Shirt , leaving their terrible start behind them and putting them firmly in control of the AFC South as they head into their week off.Despite the dramatic turnaround, coach Bill O'Brien and the Texans (6-3) know that they haven't accomplished anything yet."We've done a great job of coming back from where we were," O'Brien said. "But we've got a long way to go."Houston's latest win came in dramatic fashion on Sunday in Denver when the Broncos missed a field goal as time expired to allow the Texans to hold on for the 19-17 victory to keep their winning streak intact. Now they have two weeks to prepare before a trip to visit the Redskins on Nov. 18.Four of the team's wins during this streak have come by a touchdown or less, giving the Texans confidence in their ability to win close games."Our first two wins were overtime wins," J.J. Watt said. "When you have to go through those, you learn to never give up hope. You just keep growing one day at a time, one game at a time. It will come."He agrees with his coach that the Texans can get a lot better and believes this team filled with hard workers will make that happen."It will continue to come," Watt said. "We still have a lot of things to work on. You continue to find a way to win while you work on those things. It is a lot better to work on them while you are winning than losing."The Texans had a shakeup on offense last week when receiver Will Fuller was lost for the season with a torn knee ligament and they traded with Denver for star receiver Demaryius Thomas to take his place. Thomas had three receptions for 61 yards in his Houston debut, but had a false start, lined up in the wrong spot and looked lost on a drive in the fourth quarter, showing he has plenty of work to do to get up to speed before facing Washington.O'Brien said his struggles were understandable considering he only had three days of practice to try and learn what he needed to know before Sunday's game."(We're) just continuing to try to coach him up on what we're doing offensively," O'Brien said. "Now, we can kind of take a step back and really go back into what we call the basic information Houston Texans Hats , teach him the formations, teach him the routes, the protections, how the protections fit with the routes that he's running and things like that and the technique of the route."While Thomas gets acclimated in Houston, the Texans have been impressed with the development of big rookie tight end Jordan Thomas. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Thomas, who was a sixth-round pick in this year's draft, has recently emerged as a great goal-line target. He's grabbed three short touchdowns in the past two games, adding another dimension to Houston's red zone offense, which struggled earlier this season."He was a wide receiver and then as he got bigger, (former Mississippi State coach) Danny Mullen moved him closer to the ball and he became a tight end," O'Brien said. "Now, he's had to learn how to block against some of these defensive ends and outside backers and he's gotten better and better at that."The Texans' big winning streak has coincided with long skids by both the Titans and Jaguars Houston Texans Hoodie , who both have just three wins. The Jaguars have dropped four straight and the Titans have lost three in a row entering Monday's game against Dallas.The Texans think the attitude they showed in getting through their early struggles will help them as they try to add to their streak after the bye."A team with grit, fight, one that can really overcome adversity, play good football in tough situations, take care of the football in critical situations, I think that's the kind of formula that you want to have going down the stretch, hopefully, playing in the playoffs," safety Tyrann Mathieu said.

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