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[Official] Texans @ Steelers

Discussion in 'Houston Texans' started by Castor27, Sep 22, 2020.

  1. Cannonball

    Cannonball Contributing Member

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    A couple of things that I noticed today:

    1) For almost the entire game for both teams, drives were either a 3 and Out or a score. The only exceptions were when Pittsburgh knelt to end each half and the Texans drive at the end of the 3rd/start of the 4th that ended in an INT.

    Overall, the Texans had 10 possessions. 3 TDs, 1 INT, and 6 3-and-outs.

    2) Our longest run play was 5 yards. I'm not sure how that even happens. Watson lost more yards on sacks that Johnson gained on 13 carries.

    I don't actually blame a lot of that on Johnson, Pittsburgh was making the first hit in the backfield most of the day. The Texans HAVE to have a run alternative. RB/WR screens, short routes, quick hitters. Basically the pass-runs that pass heavy offenses in college use. Plays designed to give us easy completions for 4-6 yards that the run game isn't giving us. You can't just continue to run up the middle for a yard and a half every play expecting something different to happen.

    I could be wrong, but it seemed like every pass was at least a medium distance, 8+ yards. I haven't really seen a short passing game yet.
     
  2. STR8Thugg

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    You don't understand the context of the post.

    I'm furious about the game.

    Maybe Houston will always be average bc we have a ton of stupid people like you.
     
  3. STR8Thugg

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    Non-sequitur much?
     
  4. Bobbythegreat

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    Well, that was expected.
     
  5. J.R.

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    Deshaun Watson was sacked five times.

    Which means the Texans’ recently minted $156 million franchise quarterback has already been sacked 13 times in just 12 quarters to open the 2020 season. And that D4 has now been sacked a staggering 152 times since he theoretically changed the Texans’ franchise when he made his NFL debut in Week 1 of the 2017 campaign.

    Let me repeat that stat, just so there’s no confusion: Watson has been sacked 152 times since his NFL debut.

    He’s three contests into his fourth season.

    He’s played in only 44 pro games.

    Somewhere, David Carr is flashing back in pain.

    You could currently make a decent case that Watson should have built a protective wall between himself and the Texans instead of signing away his future to the team that still can’t properly protect him.

    Some of this is on D4. He doesn’t get a free pass. Especially with his team starting 0-3 again and Watson being outplayed in Weeks 1-3 by Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson and Ben Roethlisberger.

    Watson loves to extend plays, bounce around in the backfield like a super-smooth pinball, then finally find an open target way down the field. Like the Texans, Watson is still too often his own worst enemy. Sometimes the smoothest move would be throwing the ball away and moving on to the next play.

    But of course, this is mostly on the Texans.

    Watson was sacked 19 times during his initial seven games in his rookie season before a major knee injury ended a thrilling start and helped send the Texans to 4-12.

    O’Brien received more organizational power after that numbing year. Watson was then sacked a league-high 62 times in 2018.

    Last season, the Texans traded a ton — and I mean a ton — to Miami to acquire left tackle Laremy Tunsil. But the offensive line was still unpredictable, and Watson was taken down 44 more times during the regular season, then sacked 11 more times in two playoff games.

    O’Brien received even more organizational power after that season, and the franchise’s GM delivered Tunsil a new $22-million-a-year payday.

    But four seasons after Watson started trying to stay upright while throwing darts for the local red and blue, the Texans’ OL is still unpredictable, and Watson is still struggling to stay upright.

    The Texans ran for just 29 yards Sunday, which is basically zero in NFL terms. Johnson has run for only 57 yards on 24 carries (2.37 yards per carry) in the last two defeats, which is only making the initial view of the Hopkins blockbuster more one-sided.

    It also means the Texans’ OL apparently can’t run block and can’t pass protect at an average level for 60 full minutes.

    Which is how another Sunday defeat and 0-3 in 2020 happen.

    Then the Texans went 30 minutes without scoring a point, a nonexistent run game continued to be nonexistent, and after Watson forced a deep throw into double coverage early in the fourth quarter, the real outcome soon became clear.

    Watson had to be perfect Sunday for the Texans to reach 1-2. He finished 19-of-27 for 264 passing yards, two TDs, one pick and a 110.7 rating. But the sacks kept adding up, third down-and-26 happened, and one bad throw became eight game-changing points for the Steelers.

    The Texans ask Watson to do so much but don’t give him the offensive weapons he deserves.

    The Texans also knew the moment they traded up to draft Watson with the No. 12 overall pick that they needed to build a legit wall around their franchise QB. Forty-four games later, he’s been sacked 152 times, and the wrong kind of weekly hits just keep coming.

    You take away Watson’s No. 1 receiver and you still can’t protect him?

    That’s about more than being 0-3 again.

    That’s the Texans failing to do the one thing that was so obvious way back in 2017.

    This team and this franchise aren’t going anywhere until they realize that they’re still getting in Watson’s way.
     
  6. TheRealist137

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    Fire Bill O’Brien
     
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  7. jev5555

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    BO'B will take over play calling duties. I'm calling it now.
     
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  8. conquistador#11

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    He could have just wrote that last line.
     
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  9. Nimo

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    I think Clutchfans would be better GMs. Keep Hopkins, keep Hyde, keep Clowney, keep Matthieu (or even Gipson), Get a better CB, get a better TE. Trade Fuller, trade McKinney, trade Martin. I'm not even going to go into the draft.
     
  10. juanm34

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    O’Brien Sucks!!!!
     
  11. DonnyMost

    DonnyMost clean your room bucko

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    I think this is inevitable.
     
  12. BMoney

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    That's nonsense. Come on, now.
     
  13. DatRocketFan

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    Bill O' Brien gonna step down from either hc or gm so he can focus more on betterin the team, any thing prior to this will b wipe clean with a brand new start.

    Sounds r****ded as sht but very high chance.
     
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  14. gfab-babyboi

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    Things we don’t see - sweeps , outside runs, rub routes / crossing routes - RB screens etc etc
     
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  15. conquistador#11

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    I wouldn't go teapot on Gipson for not being 'tough and dependable' after deciding he should start in a meaningless game in week 17. A game in which he got hurt, with no other solid option to back him up.
     
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  16. Rudyc281

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    O’Brien will take over play calling duties
    And Mike Devlin will be let go.
     
  17. Rudyc281

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    This offense is very complex those are simple plays lol
     
  18. J.R.

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    GM William O’Brien’s roster not as good as Head Coach Bill O'Brien thought

    He built this team with an eye toward maximizing veteran presence, hoping their ability to handle the trying circumstance a COVID-19 season would make a difference. It hasn’t.

    The Texans looked woefully ill-prepared to play in their season opener and looked sluggish and confused in Game 2 at home.

    Sunday, in a tale as old as the time O’Brien has been with the Texans, the Texans were manhandled up front, seemingly abandoned an offensive approach that had been successful and wilted down the stretch.

    The Texans have worn down and been pushed around late in the last two games.

    Running back David Johnson, who was involved in the Texans’ trade of star receiver DeAndre Hopkins in the offseason, led the team with 23 yards rushing on 13 attempts.

    That is 1.77 yards per carry.

    Johnson stands 6-foot-1.

    Had he just managed to make it to the line of scrimmage and fall forward he would have gained more yards. With the Texans’ offensive line’s porous run blocking, Johnson was lucky to get back to the line of scrimmage at all.

    Inconsistency is at the heart of just about everything he has delivered for the franchise in seven years with the organization.

    One consistent issue though has been an inability to beat good teams on the road.

    This loss dropped Houston to 0-3 on the season and in a deep hole in terms of a third straight AFC South crown.
     
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  19. Nimo

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    Or quick slants
     
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  20. JayZ750

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    basically like 50% of every other teams passing playbook.

    it’s impressive that BillyO’s offense has actually gotten worse over the years. They can’t even run simple WR screen passes anymore. Those were always a little boring, but often worked
     
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