Jul 27, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak watches practice during training camp at Methodist Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Will Kubiak surprise us in 2013?

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Training camp has begun thus marking the start of the season. From all accounts it was a typical good start to camp for the Texans. Here we will get find out if JJ Watts elbow is 100%, if Cushing still has a knee (he does for the record) and before long if Fosters calf has settled down. However the big question that will dictate the 2013 season we won’t have answered. How will Gary Kubiak approach 2013?

Kubiak is a truly gifted tactician who game plans as well as anyone in the league. He knows his people, he doesn’t deviate from success and the players respect him. That is very important. Doesn’t matter how smart you are, if the team lacks respect, or faith it is over. Texans fans however have their concerns. From the outside looking in, Kubiak has a great weakness… he’s predictable. The game plan is straightforward; ran the ball till the passing lanes free up then make the other team pay for it. This is great when everything is in order and against lesser teams and coaches it is a beautifully choreographed affair. However, as we saw in New England last winter, some teams are geared to beat you when you telegraph what’s coming.

Last year, especially late in the season the Texans leaned towards a more conservative approach. Tried and true stick to the plan consistency is admirable, but it’s high time to let it all hang out. The talent is there, the hunger and drive is with the players. Why hold them back? Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war Mr. Kubiak. Show no mercy, destroy the opposing teams and take some risks. Perhaps a blood transfusion from Wade Smith might be in order.

This is going to be the great test for the Texans in 2013, can Gary Kubiak be unpredictable, ruthless… coach outside his comfort zone to put opposing teams off balance? A lot of that will depend on the relative health of the team, how well the o-line plays and the receivers not named Andre Johnson are able to impact games. But ultimately it will come down to Kubiak mixing up the offense and surprising everyone.

Training Camp can tell us a lot about the state of the players as we head into the 2013 season, but it can’t tell us if Kubiak has changed his approach. If new additions like DeAndre Hopkins pan out as planned… perhaps Kubiak is already scheming away on how to mix things up, ready to surprise us all this season.

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