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New England Patriots
41 to 28…..
Is the final chapter to the 2012-2013 season for the Houston Texans. Week 14 would be a precursor to what would be a double dose of the New England Patriots and Tom Brady, and how the Texans would finally meet their fate. There is plenty of blame to be pushed around and after what could be a promising season, and the Divisional round of the playoffs once again the road block to the Super Bowl.
The month of December and the two playoffs games were nothing but a shade of their former selves from the early part of the season. The city of Houston will be talking about this for the entire off season but the pain on this one will not go away for sometime.
Stats Do Not Tell the Whole Story
Matt Schuab was 34/51 with two touchdowns and one interception with a quarterback rating of 90.6. The stats look good but majority of that came at the end of the game in garbage time with the Patriots playing prevent defense. Schaub was not helped out with some key drops, but his confidence in the pocket was lack luster. He will get the bulk of the criticism, but this team will only go as far as he will take them. Little out of the pocket ability, Schaub lacks that ability to “improvise” on the run make him one dimensional. Schuab has struggled with NFL throws and never took over the game when the team needed him too. The Texans will not make a move at the quarterback position, but something will need to be evaluated in the off season.
End of the Road
Shaun Cody, Connor Barwin, Quintin Demps, Bradie James, Barrett Ruud among other could have played their last snaps as Texans. With nearly 20 potential free agents the Texans have plenty of work to do this coming off season. Throw in some decisions with Kevin Walter and Antonio Smith the shape for next years team will start soon.
Devier Posey was injured in garbage time for the Texans and suffered a torn Achilles that has an extended time-table. It is hard to tell when Posey will be back but don’t expect him to be rushed back for 2013 and this will cause the team to examine their wide receiver situation. Posey was a pleasant surprise with after he took snaps away from Keshawn Martin and Lestar Jean and actually was able to chew up yards after catching the football. He had a nice touchdown catch against the Patriots while sliding on his back. It will be his last for sometime which gives the offense another promising weapon lost for a portion of next season.
Gary Kubiak needs to evaluate himself, his offensive staff and the defensive staff too. Wade Phillips who has been bulletproof from criticism needs to be looked at hard too. The coaching staff looked out matched when it came to matchups and overall game plan. It might be wishful thinking, but special team coordinator Joe Marciano needs to be looked at also, especially after the erratic play his coached special teams played the entire season. There might be no changes on the coaching front but schemes need to be looked at how to improve for the upcoming season.
Andre, Arian and Owen Need Help
Despite their big numbers they need help from other offensive players who can create after the catch or run. It is amazing to see how many times the Texans players got into open space and were tackled by the first defender, and majority of the skill players for the Texans were guilty of this. They need players who can run away from defenders and not be caught from behind. The offense needs an injection of real speed and give the Texans a new look on offense.
Off Season Begins
The Texans are going to need address several positions but they have free agency and the draft to put together an even better football team. With more cap room than the 2012 off season it will be a crucial year for the Texans to get this team to the promised land. The window is closing on a few Texans and trying to get there will take a few more key pieces and calculated off season from the front office.
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