The Gary Kubiak Experiment Should Be About Over, Shouldn't It?
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"We obviously weren't ready to play and that starts with me," Gary Kubiak said Sunday. "You play that poorly, that starts with the coach. I didn't have them ready to go."
Yeah, that sounds pretty damn familiar to me. Take any Houston Texans loss since Gary Kubiak has been coach, especially a loss where the team looked bad -- particularly Pittsburgh and Oakland last season -- and you'll see where Gary Kubiak has made much the same statement. It's all his fault. He didn't have his team ready to go.
It makes you wonder just what it is that Kubiak does during the week. Hell, it makes you wonder just what it is that Kubiak has been doing since this season's schedule came out. It shouldn't take a genius to figure out the New York Jets, the team with last season's leading rusher in the AFC, Thomas Jones, would try running the football. Especially since the Jets were starting a rookie quarterback. Yet the Texans ended up not being able to stop the run. And seeing as how Mark Sanchez was a rookie, you might also have thought that the Texans defense would try to mix things up a bit and throw some different looks at Sanchez. But the Texans just seemed to go with basic vanilla looks that Sanchez was easily able to dissect.
Yes, Frank Bush is the defensive coordinator. And he's supposedly the one making the calls on the defense. But he was hired by Kubiak to implement Kubiak's preferred defensive plan. And if that's Kubiak's preferred defensive plan, then the Texans are in trouble.
Sure, Mario Williams and DeMeco Ryans excepted, the Texans just don't appear to be that talented on defense. But isn't Gary Kubiak the guy who makes the personnel decisions -- drafting and free-agent wise? I'm always reading about how GM Rick Smith is just a figurehead for Kubiak. So is appears that Kubiak just doesn't know how to identify talent.
So knowing that Kubiak's not spending his week working on the defensive plans, or on personnel, then what is he doing? You don't really expect me to believe that he's working on his offensive game plans, do you? Because if he was working on the offensive game plans, then I would be expecting a genius like Kubiak to come up with something besides Steve Slaton up the middle or a screen pass.
I know that Matt Schaub was injured, and that he wasn't able to do everything that Kubiak would have liked. But in that case, Kubiak really should have been playing Rex Grossman. Now I don't have that much faith in The Sex Cannon, but surely he could have done a better job than an injured Schaub. Who knows, maybe Grossman would have been capable of getting off a pass deep down the field.
Before last week's University of Houston game, head coach Kevin Sumlin took the blame on himself for losing last year's game to Oklahoma State because he had had a bad half and failed to get his team prepared for what Oklahoma State would do in the third quarter. On Saturday, the same thing happened to the Cougars -- for the second straight year Oklahoma State came out in the third period and put up 21 unanswered points. But whereas the Cougars weren't able to adjust last year, this year, Kevin Sumlin found a way to adjust what his team was doing so as to stop Oklahoma State and got the win.
Now how many times has anybody ever seen Gary Kubiak adjust anything that his team's doing during the game? The Texans often don't seem to know what they're doing coming into the game, and once they start doing something, they just never try anything else.
I don't know what Gary Kubiak does during the week. But preparing his team to play a football game isn't one of them. And I don't know about you, but going into year four of the Gary Kubiak Experiment, I'm getting a bit tired of hearing the same old excuse. If Kubiak can't get his team ready to go, then maybe it's time Bob McNair looked into getting somebody who can.