Nov 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) reacts after making a sack during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
It was another week with yet another loss for the Houston Texans, dropping them to a poorly earned record of 2-8 overall after 10 games.
Head coach Gary Kubiak created another quarterback controversy by playing former starter Matt Schaub in place of Case Keenum in most of the second half, who originally unseated Schaub in October. Kubiak can’t make up his mind with either of his QBs.
Kubiak gave his reasoning and we all have to live with it I guess.
Entering Schaub in the game did nothing to get the Texans a third win of the season, with Schaub having zero touchdowns. Sure the Raiders didn’t rush the QB as much with Schaub in the game, but once the Texans did reach the red zone they either came up with field goals or nothing, including the final drive of the game. That can’t cut it.
Marc Vandermeer of the official Texans web site wrote in his weekly “Vandermeer’s View” article:
"“Even with all the miscues, another couple of wins would have had them in the hunt for a wild card berth at this point. But here we are, with a winning season officially off the table, still searching for answers.”"
With a more unbiased view of the Texans, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle wrote grades for the Texans.
In his overall grade of an F-minus, McClain wrote:
"“This was the worst performance in franchise history. A five-point loss to the lowly Raiders without quarterback Terrelle Pryor and running back Darren McFadden, their two leading rushers.”"
I can’t say I disagree with McClain on that grade.
Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle wrote about the argument between Andre Johnson and Schaub towards the end of the game.
Robertson quoted Johnson saying:
"“I could have made a play that would have had a different outcome. There were just words exchanged. You could see the frustration on his face and the frustration on my face. We talked about it. It’s over. I have no problems with Matt. We’ve played a lot of football together.”"
Here is the game recap from House of Houston’s Blair Parker. Parker wrote:
"“Confusion. Disarray. Shambles. Frustration. These are just a few of the many words that describe the hot mess that is the Houston Texans football team right now.”"