Texans' Glover Quin
Houston Texans fans must be wondering what creative way their team will find to lose next week, given the last minute debacles of the past two weeks.
Last Sunday, it was Glover Quin's bone-headed bat down of a David Garrard hail-mary into the waiting arms of Jacksonville's David Thomas for the touchdown as time expired.
This week's losing effort came with Houston's inability to stop a last second surge by Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets. Sanchez ran a perfect, quick offense with under two minutes left in the game, connecting on a huge pass to Braylon Edwards down the sideline and also on the eventual game winner to Santonio Holmes in the corner of the endzone. Again putting a dagger in the hearts of Texans fans.
The Texans have largely been successful on the offensive side of the ball, moving down the field with consistency, especially when able to establish the run with Arian Foster.
Andre Johnson has had some struggles with his ankle injury and ball-hawking safeties, like those he was faced with in today's game, but will finish the 2010-2011 season with Pro Bowl caliber numbers. Offense certainly hasn't been the issue for the Texans. But the defense, especially the secondary, just cannot get it together.
The NFL's worst secondary has, time and again, been exposed for its lack of size and speed. Over the past three weeks of football, receivers from San Diego, Jacksonville and New York have had their way in route running, often untouched in the open field.
The Texans' defensive line hasn't helped much either. The lack of pressure on the quarterback has allowed Phillip Rivers, David Garrard and Mark Sanchez to bring their teams back from deficits in the second half to pull out wins.
The Texans' offensive unit cannot be expected to carry the team to victory if the defense cannot do its part. If changes are not made in the Texans secondary, specifically, they will continue to find new and interesting ways to lose each Sunday.