Has there ever been a less satisfying victory in Texans' history? The Texans are 8-3, with a two game lead in the division. They are 4-0 in division play, boast the greatest defense in team history, a potent running game, an incredible receiving corps, and are in line to host a playoff game for the first time in team history.
Yet for some reason, I have that same Monday morning feeling that I do after a loss. Oh yeah, it's probably because of that quarterback mess.
While it's true that any player can get hurt at any time, I never though that the Matt Leinart experience was going to last just two freaking quarters. Now we're facing a situation where T.J. Yates will be leading your Houston Texans to the playoffs.
If I believed in a higher power that cared enough to influence football games, I'd seriously be questioning what the hell Texans fans did to piss him/her/it off. Is it possible that Bud Adams really did sell his soul to the devil and part of the deal is the never ending suffering of Texans fans? Did Bob McNair dig up the remains of an ancient Native American chieftain to install a goal post? Did Gary Kubiak steal a battle red ruby from Tutankhamen's tomb?
Well, I can't answer those questions, but let's take a quick look back at what happened yesterday and remind ourselves that the Texans did, in fact, win.
Here we go:
- It's rather irrelevant now, but I think that Matt Leinart was getting a bit of a bad rap for his play. Do I wish he would have gone downfield more? Sure, but he did have a beautiful touchdown to Joel Dreessen and, more importantly, didn't make any mistakes. He did pretty much exactly what I expected him to do. Now, if he did that same checkdown crap for the next few games, I might have an issue, but remember, we didn't need Leinart to take over games -- just to manage them. Again, this is irrelevant now, but the plan for Yates should be the same.
- Did it seem to anyone else that the takedown of Leinart was borderline "driving the quarterback to the ground"?
- Matt Schaub, Matt Leinart, and Mario Williams are all out for the season (assuming reports are true that Leinart's injury is in fact season-ending). I'm not trying to read too much into this, but if I were a Texans player whose first name started with the letter "M", I'd be a little more careful these days. Does anybody know the extent of Mister Alexander's injury?
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