The past few years have been a struggle for the Houston Texans Special Teams. It's a wonder that Joe Marciano is still employed by the team.
- In 2009, Kris Brown was only 65% on field goals.
- In 2010, Matt Turk was 21st in net punting average.
- Brett Hartmann never panned out after suffering a knee injury and failing 2 drug tests (there is a pending lawsuit over his knee injury citing unsafe grass).
- Neil Rackers was nearly dead last in kick offs 2 seasons ago. Randy Bullock played 0 games last season after suffering a groin injury, forcing Shayne Graham to become the "interim" kicker. Both Graham and last year's punter Donnie Jones left for Cleveland and Philadelphia, respectively.
Long Story short? The Texans special teams has been a disaster the last several years. Who is responsible for the special teams on the Houston Texans? Joe Marciano. Marciano has been the special teams coordinator since the Houston Texans existed in 2002. Chick Harris, the running backs coach, is the only other coach on the team who has been with the Texans that long.
But despite all of the drama that has been happening the last few seasons in the special teams department, Marciano has a golden opportunity to revive his name. He has one of, if not the greatest punter in NFL history, Shane Lechler. He has a wonderful, but now injury prone rookie kicker Randy Bullock. Lechler is also a wonderful kick off specialist. But the time is now for Marciano. It's the last straw. He better have a wonderful year for his special teams, or he's getting the axe.