MISSING: “Our O-Line”, If Found Please Contact the Houston Texans
Let me start by saying I was at a loss for words from 1-4 P.M on Sunday. Why do you ask? Well even with the onset of Hurricane Irma I was able to tune in and watch the Houston Texans take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. To say the least, the Texans were favored and highly expected to win, especially at home. What happened throughout four quarters of that game left many fans of both teams utterly shocked.
Lets make a long story short. The Jaguars defeated the Texans 29-7. I’m a fan of being realistic at all times especially with football so I won’t stop now. Nobody expected this. Most people were aware of the Jacksonville defense, that was filled of elite players from front to back. The quarterbacks room of Houston knew this beforehand and knew they had to get rid of the ball quickly and make good decisions. That didn’t happen. Why not?
I’m not sure if you’ve heard of it, but theres a very important group on good football teams referred to as the offensive line. Apparently in Houston this is an area they have chosen to completely ignore this year. This might sound like I’m over exaggerating but trust me I’m not. The Jaguars actually set a new franchise record for sacks in the first half alone. Take a moment of your time and ask yourself “When was the last time you heard of the Jaguars setting a record that wasn’t associated with losing or turnovers?”
“When was the last time you heard of the Jaguars setting a record that wasn’t associated with losing or turnovers?”
Head coach Bill O’ Brien pulled his go to move, the“ halftime quarterback change” after Tom Savage turned the ball over and couldn’t escape any of the fast closing pockets. The Jaguars defense seemingly smelled blood in the water seeing rookie Deshaun Watson hit the field. He started off showing his running ability to escape sack situations. In the end though he ended up throwing an interception, and besides one scoring drive, he wasn’t able to produce any more points.
I’ll be honest, there’s only a handful, and I mean one single handful, of quarterbacks who could’ve handled the lack of offensive line by Houston and still made plays and led point barring drives. That being said the issue is clear for the Texans. The defense was on the field too long, but seriously needs to do something about their linebackers being split out in coverage . The receiving core was without their second best option and lost two tight ends to concussions in the first half. At the end of the day and most importantly, if this offensive line unit doesn’t step it up in a major way, there will be zero playoff hope for this team.
P.S @ Texans management : This MAY have been a sign that you need to take care of Duane Brown and get him back on the field don’t you think? *shrugs*