Houston Texans need to have less penalties


Sep 28, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills palyers fight during the first half at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien had the right idea on Monday when speaking about how his team needs to have less line of scrimmage penalties and false starts.

The rookie head coach of the Texans said the following in his Monday press conference:

"“Line of scrimmage penalties, false starts, can’t happen. Protection has to be better. We’ve got to run the ball better … It’s never as bad as you think it is offensively, you know, relative to yesterday, and it’s never as good as you think it is.”"

When asked about the “offensive protection,” O’Brien told the Houston media:

"“It starts with the quarterback getting us to the right person in protection. The way we do things, it starts there, which for the most part was good … And then it goes with the offensive line, obviously they’ve got to block better, more consistently. And then it’s the running backs and the tight ends … We all have to be more consistent.”"

Well that makes sense, but if nothing else the Texans have already surpassed their win total from last season, but this week he’s right about making improvements, because the Texans might be facing their toughest team yet in the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5.

Both teams enter the game 3-1 overall. The Texans defeated the Bills on Sunday by a 23-17 score. The Cowboys won over the New Orleans Saints, 38-17.

In total, the Texans had eight penalties for 90 yards against the Bills.

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The Cowboys defense played with energy and were inspired in their win against the Saints on Sunday, so this offense best better protect QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, and hopefully he can cut done on his interceptions in Week 5.

If the improvements O’Brien is looking for at the line of scrimmage don’t happen, it might hamper the chances of a Texans win on Sunday against their in-state rival.