Texans Reach the Breaking Point, Andre Johnson Walks Off

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Andre Johnson deserves better.
"Me and Matt are fine." -- Andre Johnson, after Sunday's 28-23 loss to the Oakland Raiders

You're Andre Johnson.

You get drafted in 2003 by a one year old expansion team, still in its infancy stage. You're excited, you're eager, and you're hoping to be the foundational building block of something great.

But as it turns out, it's not great. Far from it.

You endure three years of Dom Capers and four years of David Carr and still somehow manage to go to two Pro Bowls and become one of the elite receivers in the game, which in retrospect is the football equivalent of becoming a world class chef using only a spoon, a cheese grater, and a Zippo lighter.

Three years in, you get a new head coach, a new general manager, and eventually a new quarterback, and things are better, but far from perfect. In years the offense is good, the defense is wretched. In years the defense is great -- well, the one year the defense was great -- you're injured most of the season.

Yeah, sure, the team gets better, you win a couple playoff games, but it turns out to be fool's gold.

And six games into 2013, you're right back where you started. It's bad.

The team slides dreadfully backwards, largely due to said quarterback, who commits such heinous, unspeakable acts of football self-mutilation that sending the authorities in with a strait jacket was probably advisable. 2013 unraveled, and 2-0 quickly became 2-4.

You're Andre Johnson. You're 32, and the clock is ticking. You deserve better. At the very least, you deserve hope. Finally, it appears, hope knocks.

A second year quarterback, forgotten by 31 other teams, gets an opportunity. Yes, 2-4 became 2-7 in his first three games, but the team was at least competitive (which qualified as progress, at that point) and the lifeless carcass of an offense suddenly had a heartbeat, and for you, something funny happened. The second year quarterback, a gunslinger if nothing else, threw you the ball -- he threw it to you repeatedly, often, and everywhere on the field.

And like a superhero finally discovering his super powers, you realized this is what it should have been like along. Deep balls, contested jump balls, red zone throws, end zone throws, all the throws that for some reason every other NFL quarterback who ever threw you a ball was afraid to throw....these should have been yours for the last ten goddamn years.

YOU ARE ANDRE FUCKING JOHNSON.

And this kid knew it.


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34 comments
Spencer Aleshire
Spencer Aleshire

Do an article on Andre walking off the field before the game was over. Great players have played on shitty teams. No excuse. Captains go down with the ship.

MrMajesti
MrMajesti

The sad part to all of this is the blame this time doesn't fall on who it should. The offensive line was atrocious that game. People blamed Carr when it was Capers who taught Carr to not throw at a person, but at a particular spot. Timing routes killed him. Schaub has seen what a good (not great) offensive line can do in the past and It's gotten us some great seasons. And for all of AJ's criticisms lets not forget the times he dropped balls that could have been touchdowns or firstdowns in his illustrious career. 

Bottom line, NONE of them are perfect in this.

bum102003
bum102003

nailed it ...yup yup yup yup yup. 

René Espinoza
René Espinoza

Am i missing something? People defending his antics... Just looks like him being a prima donna on the field to me. And Dez gets called a diva for doing the same thing a few weeks ago! Biased much folks?

sintex_error
sintex_error

Kubiak was a mediocre QB behind a great John Elway, he picked up a mediocre QB in Schaub to prove that he could win by building talent around him and the old school Denver system... it's time for a new coach and QB

michael_jozwiak
michael_jozwiak

Maybe Case Keenum will be the starter and Matt Schaub the closer in the 4th Quarter.

Michael Terry
Michael Terry

Andre's reply to Schaub was "yea, I ran the wrong route."

AMT1200
AMT1200

Boo'ing the teams QB when he walks out on the field is bad for the entire teams image and confidence.  Is Shaub the best QB on Earth? no. Is Keenum? No.

The Texans aren't playing well this year, and that combined with all the Boo'ing is a recipe for failure.   

People are all about Keenum now, thats fine, but when he screws up you need to boo him (and entire team) as well.   When our defense screws up, boo them too.   AND when Keenum plays the majority of the game and we still lose in the end, don't put the weight of the loss on Shaub like he is some kind of superhero and it's all his fault that we lost.  

Texans fans have become disgraceful.

John Hodges
John Hodges

Foster will be hurt again.. Get rid of him too.. Wade needs to stay coaching defense.. He can't help it he has crap for DBs.. That is Kubiak and Smith's fault..

Tony Gutierrez
Tony Gutierrez

As much as I like Cushing his career is basically done...Clean house fire Kubiak, Rick Smith, Wade Philips, Schaub...put Keenum as starter and Andre will be happy. With a hopefully healthy OD and Foster we will be back in playoff contention next year.

pkmurray
pkmurray

Clearly kubiack has suffered brain damage from his recent mini-stroke. The only other explanation could be is that schaub has photos of kubiack in compromising positions.

Evan_C
Evan_C

I don't even care about football and I thoroughly enjoyed this read. This Schaub guy really sounds like a disaster.

John Hodges
John Hodges

Dre isn't the team.... There are a few players just as good as he is...

Colby Jack
Colby Jack

He doesn't deserve a better team. He deserves a better coaching staff. Andre Johnson IS the team.

Jeff Wong
Jeff Wong

I think the Texans tend to forget...the reason why the NFL exists & they have a job is because the fans. Never think you're above the fans!

Alisa Gillman
Alisa Gillman

Sean Pendergast, I LOVE YOU! Expertly & beautifully written article. I've said it before & I'll say it again - KUBIAK & SCHAUB HAVE GOT TO GO! Period.

John Hodges
John Hodges

As well he should have... He deserves a better team than this. So does JJ, Cush, and Case..

Averylyssa
Averylyssa

My thoughts exactly. I love you referring to Case as "the kid". 


Puller58
Puller58

I had a hunch Kubiak was going to do this.  (His glib "Miss me?" to the press seemed to say he was either told by or got the feeling McNair wouldn't fire him.)  With that being the case, (And the last time he benched Schaub for Sage Rosenfels, it was with an apparent fear of being fired.)  he had made noises that Schaub wanted his job back, and he was somewhat critical of Keenum.  (And to be fair, the things I saw in pre-season are pretty much what you saw in this game.  Hiccups.)  But Keenum made some plays unlike the scatterarmed Schaub who once again made bunches of bad throws.  His tantrum with Johnson is likely frustration that Johnson made Keenum look good, so why not do the same for him?  I know, silly, but Schaub is deeply insecure, and fearful of being shipped off if Kubiak loses his job.  He can relax.  (Sad.)

davidh0809
davidh0809

Sean, you're g*dammed right! Top that off with Ben "I'm outta here on the next contact" Tate calling me "wishy-washy" and I'll sing the refrain to F@CK THIS...

marcusskog1
marcusskog1

@Spencer Aleshire  hes not the captain and to be honest if he didnt walk off the field then he wouldve did to shaub what he did to finnegan, so its probably best that he left

TexanTodd
TexanTodd

Dude, you obviously don't know shit about the game of football if your comparing Andre Johnson to Dez Bryant, LMFAO!

eryanwhite
eryanwhite

@AMT1200 

when you pay $500,000 fucking dollars for the right to watch a stupid football game, included in that..... is the right to "boo". 

jgdemeris
jgdemeris

@AMT1200 Maybe we should start a mercy rule in the NFL....what do you think? Oh and everyone gets a trophy!

pkmurray
pkmurray

@AMT1200 booing your favorite team is not disgraceful. i would argue it is disgraceful to sit there and not show your displeasure over the teams performance. even if the front office or the coaching staff doesnt hold anyone accountable. As a true fan, it is your right to hold the team accountable and boo when you are not pleased with the product that you are presented. booing is a fans only true recourse.

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