Houston Texans: Growing impatient with Gary Kubiak and Co.
Oct 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak (left) on the sidelines against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
With the Houston Texans possibly playing this Sunday Night without starting running back Arian Foster against the Indianapolis Colts, and having Ben Tate available at less than 100-percent, I’m growing tired of the lack of decision making from head coach Gary Kubiak and company.
You meant to tell me the Texans are coming off a bye week, and they still can’t decide which running backs will be on the 53-man roster come game day?
Even if Foster is unable to play, they still can’t or haven’t make up their mind?
I really hope they are just playing games with the media and the Colts, because if not, the Texans are in more trouble than I originally thought.
On Friday, Kubiak was quoted as saying by veteran Houston Chronicle reporter John McClain on his Twitter account, saying:
How tough of a decision can it be?
Let’s look at the careers of the three backs and make a decision right now.
Deji Karim: In 2010 with the Jacksonville Jaguars he played in 11 games and totaled 160 yards on 35 carries. The following season played in 12 games and on 63 carries he collected 130 yards. Last year, in three games played for the Colts, he didn’t even make an attempt rushing the ball.
This year he hasn’t been on a roster.
Dennis Johnson: The rookie was cut in training camp and has zero NFL experience. He played college football at Arkansas where he averaged 6.3 yards per carry in 2011 and 5.5 ypc his senior season. He has the potential, but zero experience, unlike his competition in Karim.
Ray Graham: Of the three running backs on this list, Graham is my No. 1 choice to be on the roster as either the second or third back this Sunday night, depending on the availability of Foster.
Graham, I believe, has better potential than the other two backs as the rookie played college football for the Pittsburgh Panthers. He’s carried the ball a lot in college with 222 carries his senior season for 1,042 yards, and he also had seasons of 922 and 958 as a student-athlete.
Why not go with Graham and see what happens? It makes the most sense and compared to his competition on this list, I believe he’ll make the most of this opportunity if ever given a chance. He, like Johnson, has no NFL regular season experience.
Kubiak needs to choose Graham or he’s not making the right decision at the right time, once again. Remember how long it took him to make a change at quarterback when the team was (and still is) struggling?
How did that work out in the standings? It is time to make a decision and make it now!