As long as maturity is the subject at hand. There is another unit of the Texans organization that needs to grow up.
If the Texans are to make a run at the playoffs the coaching staff has to mature around game management.
During the 2009 season, at least two of the seven losses could have been reversed if the coaching staff utilized the challenge rules in the game.
First, during the Week Nine 20-17 loss to the Colts, running back Ryan Moats caught a nine yard pass from Matt Schaub, and rumbled toward the end zone.
However, he was tackled out of bounds, and coughed up the ball on the one yard line.
The initial call was Texans ball on the one, and then the Texans with close to two and a half minutes left in the half called time out.
Giving the Colts sideline enough time to review the previous play, and throw out the red challenge flag.
The result was an overturned call and a touchback for the Colts, which ended with a Manning drive to a score.
Had the Texans ran up to the line of scrimmage and snapped the ball, or even kicked a field goal we would be looking at a 21-20 outcome with the Texans looking at the franchise's second win over the elusive Colts.
Second, the Texans' defense put together a couple of terrific goal-line stands against the Tennessee Titans during the two teams’ epic second battle in the 2009 season.
Both four down defensive stands ended in a one yard rushing touchdown by the Titans over the middle, and both were arguably short. The ball never crossed the plane.
The Titans rushed in their field goal unit and kicked the extra point; all the while the Texans coaching staff never threw the red flag. Even if one of those touchdowns had been reversed, the outcome of the game would have put the Texans on top.
This would have sent them into their first post season trip with a 10-6 record instead of home with a 9-7 season record.
This training camp needs to present the Texans coaching staff with situational opportunities, where they can practice and mature in regards to game management.