Texans slump to 5-7 record with four-game skid
The Houston Texans lost their fourth straight game and are
likely out of the playoff hunt for the eighth season in a row after
another close loss to Jacksonville this weekend.
Now this long-suffering team has to figure out a way to salvage
something positive out of the season with four games to go.
“We need something good to happen to us,” coach Gary Kubiak
said. “Nobody’s feeling very good right now … you’ve got to play
back the confidence, you’ve got to go out and make the plays to get
your confidence back as a football team and we’re going to do
Houston’s latest loss dropped the team to 5-7 and instead of
talking about a playoff run, Kubiak was left to answer questions
about his job security and play-calling on Monday. He brushed aside
personal concerns about his status with the team.
“I’ve got so many people to worry about, I’ve got players,
coaches and everyone in this building,” he said. “It would be
very selfish for me to worry about myself. I’m very disappointed. I
think everybody is right now, but I don’t worry about myself. I’ve
got a lot of people that I’ve got to get a smile back on their face
and I’ll keep working to do that.”
Kubiak went over his decision to call a halfback pass on first
down from the 5-yard line midway through the fourth quarter of
Sunday’s loss. Chris Brown’s throw as he was getting hit was
intercepted by Jacksonville and may have cost Houston the win.
Kubiak said the Texans worked on the play all week and executed
it well in practice.
“If it works it sure looks good, but it didn’t work,” he said.
“It’s disappointing and with the outcome would I like to have it
back? You bet. But we just didn’t get it done. It doesn’t matter
why we didn’t get it done or what happened, the bottom line is we
didn’t get it done.”
That play was one of three interceptions against the Texans on
Sunday. Matt Schaub threw one and Rex Grossman had the other while
filling in for Schaub early in the game. The Texans also had three
turnovers in last week’s loss to the Colts and lost their previous
two games after missed field goals by Kris Brown that would have
“The reason we’re losing some close football games is because
we’re the team that’s making some of the big mistakes at crucial
times,” Kubiak said. “It’s hard enough to win in this league when
you’re doing things right and when you’re adding these types of
issues to the game it makes it even more difficult. For us to get
back going in the right direction, these things have got to get
The Texans have also been dealing with injuries that could
extend into Sunday’s game against the Seahawks. Schaub dislocated
his non-throwing shoulder on Houston’s first offensive play and
when he returned midway through the second quarter the Texans were
down by 17 points.
They were already without running back Steve Slaton, who is
struggling with a right shoulder and neck problem that has caused
numbness in his thumb. Kubiak said Schaub has a “good chance” of
playing this week, but Slaton is listed as day to day and will
visit a specialist on Tuesday to evaluate his injury.
The next two weeks look good for the Texans to get back on track
with a trip to St. Louis (1-11) following this week’s game against
Seattle (5-7). Even if the Texans can win those two games, it will
be difficult for Houston to finish with its first winning season
since Miami and New England round out the schedule.
“I think our football team can win every week,” Kubiak said.
“There is not a game I go into right now that I don’t think we can
win. Obviously, we’re not playing clean enough to win. But we’ve
got to find a way as a group … to play cleaner football and
better football in crunch situations if we want to take the next
step as a franchise.”