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One thing that has been a thorn in the side of every Texans fan since the inception of the team is this organization's lack of game-finishing ability.
For some reason or another, it always seems that all we needed was one more inch in the end zone, or one less fumble on the goal line, or one kick through the uprights, and the Texans would walk off the field victorious.
Alas, it is just not in this team's genetic makeup to take that jump, even in a meaningless preseason game.
The challenge flag thrown by head coach Gary Kubiak regarding the Andre Johnson fumble on the first drive of the game for the Texans offense was definitely a step in the right direction. However when the game, any game, is on the line, the Texans coaching staff needs to start making the right calls.
The coaching staff needs to put this team in a place to win.
In order to give this team a shot at the playoffs, the first and foremost item on the coaches' minds should be this: How does a team simulate pressure on a kicker during the preseason? How about having him kick a 51-yard field goal in front of the team that sent them packing last season, and if the kick was good, it would send the game into overtime? Sound like a good start?
I understand the coaching staff was trying to end the game with one more shot into the end zone and was unaware that running back Chris Henry and third-string quarterback John David Booty would have a collision in the backfield with 10 seconds left on the clock and no timeouts.
Still, why risk it? Let the kicker battle take priority, because if it’s a playoff game with the same situation, it sure will be then.
How many more opportunities is this organization going to have like that during the preseason?
The Texans' game management issues need to be addressed just as readily as Slaton’s fumble, the zone blocking, or even Cushing’s backup for his four-game suspension. It is an issue that could ultimately keep this team from its goal to reach the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.
There is enough talent on this team that once it reaches the playoffs, who knows how far they could fly?