Titans 16, Texans 10: And the Texans Are Officially on the Clock

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Our long, national nightmare is finally over.
Finally. It took weeks of torture, but the long, slow, painful death of the Houston Texans' 2012-13 season mercifully came to a close on Sunday. Fittingly, it ended at the hands of the former Houston Oilers -- in the same year that its former icons Bud Adams and Bum Phillips died within mere days of one another, and Phillips's son had the reins of the current Houston team -- in unceremonious fashion 16-10 in Nashville.

Despite a surprisingly strong start, the Texans fell back on what they knew, namely turning the ball over and not forcing turnovers of their own to match. Appropriately, the final play of the year for the Texans was a Matt Schaub interception, a perfect ending to a remarkably pitiful season. Now, changes are on the horizon for this team. A new coach -- probably Penn State's Bill O'Brien, who is rumored to be the frontrunner -- a new quarterback (be he veteran or rookie) and a whole host of other changes will be in place by the time training camp opens next summer.

With the loss, the Texans secured the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft and now speculation begins as to whether they will take a quarterback or a pass rusher or trade out of the spot and look for a veteran QB to fill the gaping void left by Schaub's disastrous implosion. But there was a game played on Sunday...

What went right: It ended.
After all the terrible plays, the poor clock management decisions, the penalties, the picks six, the injuries and the changes -- on the roster and on the coaching staff -- some higher power decided it was finally time to end it all...and it was done in just over two and a half hours. It was the best Christmas gift fans could get.

What went wrong: Turnovers
As has been the case all season, the Texans gave the ball away too many times and didn't take it away nearly enough. Schaub threw two interceptions -- one on a deflection that should have been caught -- and fumbled the snap that gave the ball back to Tennessee in Texans territory.

What must improve: Coaching
It has been a VERY bad season for coaching and that continued on Sunday with bizarre clock management issues and ultra-conservative play calling, something that seems completely out of place on a team that was 2-13 going into the game and literally had nothing to lose. Something has got to change with this franchise and it starts with the coach.

What should stay the same: Energy
One positive to take out of this debacle is the fact that players on this team continued to play hard even when there was no reason to do so. That shows some character, and they'll need it going into one of the most pivotal offseasons in franchise history. Unfortunately, players did not play smart, but the effort certainly was there.

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Even with Kubiak gone, the offense under Rick Dennison remained stuck in neutral.  (And just think, Denver had a chance to hire him.)  Wade's off the cuff remark about how Jeff Fisher was able to go from interim to regular head coach just makes you want to shake your head.  (No Wade, you don't get to stay.  Bye now.)  I still can't fathom former Texan Travis Johnson's fetish for Schaub.  On 13's Extra Points he STILL thinks Schaub could remain as the starter or at least back up. No Travis.  As an analyst, you are as good as you were a defensive tackle...

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