I'm still a little sick to my stomach from the game as I write this, but I will forge ahead.
Against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Houston Texans defense...excuse me a second while I vomit......was absolutely, incredibly inept and terrible. Granted Maurice Jones-Drew is a talented running back, the rest of the Jaguars offense is ridiculously over-untalented and there's no excuse for letting them run up the scoreboard and all over the field.
Why were the Jags able to run all over the Texans, you ask? I was the simple fact that the Texans Defense is Awful with a capital "A". For the third week in a row the Secondary didn't back up the front 7 by filling the cut-back gaps and Jones-Drew was able to exploit this for a 50+ yard Touchdown run.
Excuse me while I vomit again.
David Garrard was able to find an open receiver on nearly every pass play. Despite the fact that the Jaguars were playing with a very inexperienced offensive line, the Texans couldn't get much pressure on Gerrard. Like he did in week 1, Texans Defensive Coordinator Frank Bush didn't adjust at all to what he was seeing out of the Jags and kept blitzing linebackers and secondary, which left receivers wide open.
An ineffective blitz is worthless. It's actually even more damaging because it leaves receivers wide open that a decent Quarterback who doesn't panic under pressure can dump the ball off to. The Texans Defense is inexcusably terrible at putting pressure on the Quarterback, stopping the run and stopping opposing offenses on 3rd down. These three factors are the reason why if some big moves aren't made...the Texans will go nowhere this year.
The coaching staff insists on continuing to play Busing who is absolutely terrible. He's slow, he over-pursues, bites on play-fakes and arm tackles. Nick Ferguson, Barber or bringing back Harrison would all be better options than Busing. That's the first move that needs to be made.
Next, Kubiak and McNair need to make it very clear to Bush that if he doesn't start adjusting to offenses, he'll be fired. It's as simple as that. The Defense can only be as good as their coordinator.
Ugh. This defense is disgusting.
The pathetic defense aside, the offense played really, really well against a decent Jaguars defense. Schaub was able to throw for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also put his team in position to tie the game twice, but the Texans were kept out of the endzone by a bad pass-interference call and a questionable Chris Brown fumble. Schaub might have even had another chance to get the boys in the endzone in the last minute if it hadn't been for a stupid Mario Williams Horse-Collar tackle on third down. Overall, I was pretty impressed with Schaub in this game.
As predicted, Steve Slaton seems to have gotten his legs back under him. He was able to get 76 yards on the ground including a 20 yarder as well as receive for another 37. This game is exactly what the young Slaton needs to get his confidence back.
Back from injury, Kevin Walter also had a big game as the Texans leading receiver in his first game of the season. Andre Johnson was a little limited, but his presence was still felt on 4 receptions that totalled 86 yards.
All in all, this Battle Red Sunday was extremely painful to watch. It's like a roller coaster getting excited over the offense doing so well and scoring touchdowns, only to watch the defense lazily let the opposing team counter with their own score. I'll still give credit that it is early in the season and they still have a chance, but the Texans better start focusing on making drastic improves to the defense...starting now.
I think I'm going to throw up again....