As the Texans’ skulked into the locker room, down 14-0 at the half against the Indianapolis Colts, what was left of the fans at NRG Stadium gave the team a healthy, audible round of boos. This is notable because the Texans evidently have fans that still care enough to boo the wretched product this team puts on the field every week.
To be fair, the Texans’ defense is merely spunky and kind of mediocre, not a total dumpster fire like the offense. As if it weren’t official already, the offense is no longer just a “Davis Mills had to play because Tyrod Taylor got hurt” problem. Taylor sucks just as bad as Mills. Before leaving the game in the third quarter with what looked like a leg injury, Taylor had generated 66 yards of offense on 27 plays.
When the Texans coined the slogan “That Football Feeling” for this season, I don’t think this is what they had in mind. This is going to be a long final five weeks, people. Let’s get to winners and losers….
Jonathan Taylor had 143 yards rushing on Sunday.
Photo by Eric Sauseda
4. Michael Pittman and Jonathan Taylor
Running back Jonathan Taylor is the second year offensive player on the Colts who gets most of the attention, and rightfully so. Taylor is an MVP candidate, and yesterday had the quietest 32 carry, 143 yard, 2 touchdown performance I can recall. Pittman also showed that he is going to be a problem for the Texans for many years to come, as he caught six balls for 77 yards, and carried twice on end arounds for 33 yards.
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3. Joe Brady
When the Texans, and several other teams, were looking for a head coach in early 2021, one of the hot names out there was 32 year old Joe Brady, who’s masterpiece bit of coaching was turning Joe Burrow into a transcendent Heisman Trophy winner at LSU in 2019. Matt Rhule brought Brady to Carolina in 2020, and the Panthers offense never really got out of second gear, not with Teddy Bridgewater under center in 2020, and not with Sam Darnold (and eventually, Cam Newton) under center this season. That said, I would take him here coordinating the Texans’ offense in a heartbeat.
Tyrod Taylor left the game Sunday in the third quarter.
Photo by Eric Sauseda
2. Tyrod Taylor
Late in the third quarter, Taylor went into the blue medical tent with what looked like a tweaked leg injury. He immediately emerged from the tent, put his helmet on, but did not reenter the game. Davis Mills went in, and the day was done for Taylor, who generated just 66 yards of offense on 27 plays. David Culley has said repeatedly that Taylor give the Texans the best chance to win, and compared to Mills that may very well be true. However, this is a lost season, and whatever watchability Taylor brought to the position earlier in the season, before the hamstring injury that sidelined him for over a month, has dissipated. This is the worst offense in the league, whether it’s Taylor or Mills under center. It doesn’t matter.
1. Deshaun Watson
Someday, the Texans will trade Watson, who is still listed as a healthy scratch each week, and that will be that. Watson will be gone from here, which is all he has wanted since last January. However, the one fly in the ointment that has developed for Watson is that the one team for whom he has waived his “no trade” clause, the Miami Dolphins, has all of a sudden won five in a row, and may decide that they are better off NOT gutting their future drafts to trade for Watson, and NOT spending $40 million per year to pay him for his services. In other words, Watson and his camp may need to go back to the drawing board to find a few new potential destinations to send him.
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