Rams 38, Texans 13: Time to Admit This Is Not a Good Football Team
What did we learn from the game?
At this point, virtually nothing is working. In the movie Forty-Year-Old Virgin, one character advises Steve Carell, who has done everything the right way or so he has thought for his whole life, "You gotta try some wrong." The coaching staff, the players and team management and ownership need to take a long, hard look at the organization from top to bottom and start making some hard choices. It is doubtful this season can be salvaged on the field, but you can at least begin the process of letting the fans -- and the taxpayers who footed the bill for your stadium -- that this type of effort and performance will not be allowed to stand. Of course, they stuck with David Carr and Dom Capers long after their shelf date had taken them from fresh to DEAR GOD DON'T EAT THIS UNLESS YOU WANT SALMONELLA! so, I'm not sure I trust them to do the right thing.
What do we never want to see/hear again?
The main storyline emerging in the aftermath of the game is how despicable it was for fans to cheer Matt Schaub's injury. There should be more emphasis on the game than on a few idiot fans, but let me say it unequivocally, this is absolutely deplorable behavior. Cheering on the injury of a player is disgusting and classless.
Key Moment of the Game
It wasn't a key moment so much as a series indicative of the entire Texans's season. In the first half with the ball near midfield, Schaub was flushed from the pocket and unable to complete a pass on first down. On second and ten, they handed the ball to Arian Foster who gained no yards. On third and ten, they threw the ball 5 yards and punted. It wouldn't be as frustrating if it weren't so commonplace in this offense.
Game Balls: Arian Foster
Through the awful play of the last four games, Foster has begun to emerge as one of the better backs in the NFL. Unfortunately, because the Texans get behind in every game, he doesn't get the opportunities to pound the ball he probably should. Had that happened today, he might have gone for over 200 yards.
Goat of the Week: Bob McNair
It all begins at the top and the team's owner has incubated an attitude that doesn't demand accountability and is happy with the status quo. When the cameras caught him sitting in his luxury box leisurely eating peanuts (or whatever the hell that was, maybe the souls of fans who ponied up for PSLs before this season) with his team being destroyed on the field below, I and a number of people on Twitter wondered out loud if that image wasn't simply a perfect example of why things have gotten so bad.
Random thought of the week:
At one point during the game, Vince Young tweeted that he was ready to suit up for his hometown team. This is why some people should never use Twitter.
Next Up: at Kansas City
All the Texans have to do now is play the undefeated Chiefs with one of the toughest defenses in the NFL in one of the most brutal environments in sports, and possibly with TJ Yates as their starter. Yippee!