"The Texans have won the toss and have elected to receive."
Those were not the words I was hoping to hear. Why any coach on any level would do this is beyond me! I happen to root for another team (Schaub's UVA) that also has the peculiar habit of making this idiotic decision.
While I could list many more reasons, here is the most basic reasoning:
NEVER give your opponent the opportunity to have possessions in a row. (This is what happened last night - The Chargers scored a touchdown on their last possession of the half and left the Texans with 18 seconds (not enough time for a meaningful possession). Then, we had to kick the ball off to the Chargers again and they scored another touchdown. So instead of our Texans being down 21-7 (or less - remember what happened on our first possession) and having the ball...the Chargers have the ball and it is 28-7. This is why you NEVER elect to receive!
ALWAYS give yourself the potential of getting 2 possessions in a row - if it happens then it can be an integral part of a comeback or it can help stretch a lead.
Yes it was an amazing comeback last night - yes I thought it was possible and stayed up way too late (east coast) to watch it happen - but it should not have been necessary. A team better than the Chargers would not have let us get away with it!
Will Kubiak learn from this and start to defer to the 2nd half? I'm not hopeful...coaches can be incredibly stubborn and defensive about stuff like this. My hope is that we lose the opening coin toss the rest of the year and that other coaches elect to receive just to get under Kubiak's skin because they know he wants the ball first...