Houston Texans: Bill O’Brien Is Clueless About Team Offense


The Houston Texans can’t blame this one on the officiating.

The Houston Texans can’t blame this one on the officiating.

From the opening coin toss to the turnover battle to the time of possession to the score on the JumboTron to the final whistle, the San Diego Chargers won it all posting a 21-13 win over the the Houston Texans.

The highest scoring offense in the NFL improved to 5-6 while the Houston Texans slipped to 6-5 maintaining a one game lead over the surging Tennessee Titans.

After a scoreless first quarter in which neither team appeared impressive, Osweiler capped a 10-play, 72 yard drive with a one yard scoring plunge.

San Diego would score two touchdowns in the final 11:11 of the second quarter building a 14-7 lead going into the locker room.

The second score set up on Osweiler’s first interception, one described by Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien as just his quarterback trying to make something happen trying to make something happen.

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The Houston offensive futility was never more evident than on consecutive drives in the third quarter that began at the San Diego 48 and 38 respectively.

The Texans fumbled away their first opportunity following a 20 yard gain by the usually sure-handed Lamar Miller.

It was his first lost fumble of the season in 192 carries. The second ended with Nick Novak‘s 19-yard field goal.

Trailing 14-7, the Houston Texans faced fourth and goal at the San Diego two-yard line, O’Brien elected to kick a field goal rather than trust his offense and his quarterback with a 45.6 QBR for the contest.

Following the loss O’Brien was asked what he might do to fix the offense heading to Green Bay.

"“I would say right now, I would have no idea five minutes after that game just ended. We’re going to try to work to make sure that we have a good game plan for Green Bay, teach it to the players and hopefully we can coach it good enough and we can execute it good enough that we can go out there and play better on offense against Green Bay.”"

The sad tale is that the Houston Texans brain trust has had 10 weeks coming into the San Diego game to find an answer for an offense that has scored more than two touchdowns in a game just once this season.

It’s disappointing to to that he has no idea other than what a normal fan would say such as we have to play better and maybe even more disappointing in a season that is slowly slipping away is that there is no move to change up the offense.

Here’s a suggestion. Try throwing a screen pass to Lamar Miller. Can anyone remember the last time the Houston offense threw a screen pass?

As for a change at quarterback, well that isn’t coming anytime soon according to O’Brien.

Here’s what O’Brien had to say:

"“No. We’re going to come in here tomorrow (Monday),” he said. “We’re going to correct mistakes and move on to Green Bay.”"

Osweiler who trotted out the same old same old that he must play better continued to rewrite the Houston Texans quarterback record book on Sunday throwing three more interceptions.

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With five games remaining, notwithstanding hearing our head coach and quarterback trot out the same old excuses doesn’t do much to inspire faith that things will turn out rosy on the other side.

As they say actions speak louder and then words and Green Bay is a moment to put up or shut-up with Tennessee knocking on the doorstep of the division lead.

Will they get their act together?

We’ll have to see.