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A PLAN to success over the Patriots: The OL, DL and Matt Schaub

>“If you continue to do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten”

This attitude will induce complacency and failure AND someone else will always advance and progressively pass you by. The Texans have done the same thing against different teams who have different schemes and the Texans don’t make adjustments. The Texans have played old school: “you line up yours against mine and mine will win.” The Texans work on executing THEIR plan and do not work on a GAME plan; which would be specific to the team they are playing. The Texans need to find weaknesses and pounce on them. This is what Bill Belichick does best and the Texans don’t (seem to) do at all. The better game plan on Sunday involves the OL, DL and an improved Matt Schaub.Most of the success (outside of Schaub) is which team can protect their quarterback and which team can get to the other's quarterback.

The Texans need to PLAN for Vince Wilfork and find a plan to improve the production of Matt Schaub. Last week, Schaub underperformed (as usual) BUT the offensive line exceeded our expectations. If the Texans take care of Wilfork, the rest of the Patriot D-Line is average at best. If the Texans O-line performs as well as they did vs. the Bengals, Foster will have another banner day and Schaub will go without a sack. IF Schaub cleared the century mark (last week) with his QB rating, the game would’ve been 21-0 at halftime. Instead, the Texans barely squeaked out a win. A win on Sunday will be based on the success of the run AND the pass; which means Schaub MUST perform well. If he continues to focus on his primary receiver, he WILL throw another interception and/or a QB rating in the 60’s – again. This will not bode well for the Texans Sunday. The end of the season collapse is still on Schaub.

The Son of Bum’s group exceeded our expectations vs the Bengals. The PLAN this week should involve the Texans defensive backs playing tight and physical on the Pat’s wide receivers. This will give JJ Watt and crew time to get to Brady. The blitzes need to come inside the pocket as opposed to around the outside. Brady hates people shooting for his legs. By coming from inside the pocket, Brady becomes uncomfortable and vulnerable. The NY Giants have been very successful against Brady with this same plan. If the Defense continues to do what they’ve always done, there's a very good chance Brady will pick them apart.

The outcome of this game will (basically) be a result of what occurs inside the trenches. THIS favors the Texans BUT they need to game plan (specifically) for the Patriots and hit their weaknesses. You can count on Belichick to focus on the Texans’ weaknesses.

If the Texans pounce on the Patriots’ weaknesses, we can expect a huge and joyous upset. BUT…..If the Texans continue to do what they’ve always done, they’ll always get what they’ve always gotten – mediocrity and possible 42-14.

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