As I watched the Super Bowl I watched two players, specifically, like most Texans fans did. Jacoby Jones and Vonte Leach. Jones didn't look like the same player that was in Houston last year. Leach is catching passes out of the backfield and still opening holes for his teammate Ray Rice behind him just as he did in Houston for Foster. The most disturbing thing that I saw was the confidence that Jones has now. You just didn't see that in Houston. I then asked myself, "Why? What happened in Baltimore that didn't happen in Houston?" After trying to figure it out the answer became obvious; it's coaching. Now I don't mean Kubiak. I me Joe Marciano and Larry Kirksey, the Special teams coordinator and Wide Receivers coach respectively.
Why did Jones mature in Baltimore as a returner but couldn't in Houston? Why do we see him stretching the field in Baltimore but we didn't in Houston. Now, we could say it was the offensive scheme and Kubiak's offense not being conducive to Jones style. But I believe it is deeper than that. Marciano's special teams are undisciplined and inconsistent to say the least. The special teamers routinely miss assignments and get out of their lanes. This is symptomatic of bad coaching and leadership from the sideline. Why do we not see young receivers progressing and being used more in the offense. Many want to blame Schaub and I would agree that he played a part. But in reality in comes down to discipline and leadership. Other teams have it, Houston doesn't.
Point being, maybe we need to leave the players out of this and shack up the coaching staff. Specifically the two aforementioned coaches. Obviously the players play a part. They have to execute. But if what they are trying to execute is poorly planned and poorly communicated, and the players have not been physically and mentally prepared to execute the game plan, how can we expect the team to get to the next level.
Jacoby Jones is an example of what players can become with the proper coaching. The Texans organization needs to make it happen here.