I don’t have an official source on this story, but I don’t think I would be too far off if I said Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak was giggling like a child while watching the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football.
It was not because he was enamored with seeing a former back-up quarterback, much like he once was, throw for 517 yards. Nor was it because Ron Jaworski said a naughty word or Jon Gruden showed off his vocabulary of about 12 words – many of which can be understood by an...oh, hi there, BRB Aggies.
Coach Kubiak was giggling because the Deep Steel Blueprint presented itself as obviously as it could and it just so happens to involve
To reach 2-0, Kubiak is going to have to unleash his tight ends upon
If you want something Football Outsiders-y, then I could tell you that both, unsurprisingly, rank in the top-four among tight ends in Defense-Adjusted Yards Above Replacement (simply put, DYAR is a total value quantifier which is better to use, at this point, than the DVOA stat).
With the ol’ eye test, I couldn’t help but notice that there was tons of space along the seams and middle of the field, and no Dolphin defender could really match up well against a tight end. As a result,
Even if it has been to an extreme in past seasons, this is why Gary Kubiak, along with a growing number of others, values the tight end so much. For the Texans, Owen Daniels, Joel Dreessen, James Casey, and Garrett Graham provide huge mismatches with their size and athleticism, and that’s what
Thirteen catches and 189 yards means you don’t need to overthink this. With a thinner receiving corps, the plan should be set in stone: Get the tight ends involved early and often. I would have Daniels and Dreessen (with Graham as a rotational guy) out at tight end, with Casey in his fullback/H-Back/tight end/slot WR/duct tape-can-do-anything role. Between those three, you’re going to get a personnel mismatch somewhere or cause the defense to miss an assignment among the three tight ends.
As has been said about the tight ends before, you don’t tip your hand because of this. You can still call an audible at the line if it looks like
At the end of the game, if you tell me that the 2-TE + Casey package was utilized fairly often (let's say 30-50% of offensive snaps), then I’d feel pretty good about the offensive success against
What say you, BRBers? Will the tight end collection pay off or will