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Bill O'Brien Press Conference: Sunday 2:30 p.m.

O'Brien will meet with the media at 2:30 p.m. to review the Texans' meltdown last night. Grab the pitchforks and torches, as we begin what will likely be many depressing post-game pressers for the 2014 season unless they fix things quickly.

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"Reminds me of that time over Macho Grande"
"Reminds me of that time over Macho Grande"
Christian Petersen

You can stream the conference live using THIS LINK at 2:30 p.m. (CDT)

It wasn't pretty at all.  In fact, it was the worst pre-season game I have ever witnessed.  That isn't to say things can't improve, because they couldn't possibly get any worse than what Houston did in the desert last night, but can they improve enough to even match last year's 2-14 record?  I don't see how the Texans could win a single NFL game if they keep showing up like that.  The lack of discipline, and lack of talent, was glaringly obvious. Things would look better with a full complement of our starters on both sides, but we have some major issues to fix regardless.

The secondary was shredded by all three Arizona quarterbacks, including rookie Logan Thomas.  The QB situation in Houston is far worse than anyone had feared.  The Texans had better be on the phone this morning with general managers all over the league in search of ANYONE (other than Blaine Gabbert or Ryan Mallett of course) to come bolster this offense.

I'm sure we'll hear the usual coach-speak from O'Brien today, but it would be much more encouraging if he announced a that they are bringing in a quarterback and a free safety as a priority.  Yeah, I know, that ship has sailed.  Or has it?

Here are some quotes this morning from around the media regarding last night's meltdown...

Kevin Patra,, wrote:

Houston's defense got steamrolled by the cardinals.  Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton drove Arizona up and down the field seemingly at will. The Texans even made rookie Logan Thomas look like Ben Roethisberger late in the game.

The J.J. Watt - Jadeveon Clowney duo was the one bright spot, but it was overshadowed by a secondary with more holes than a kitchen strainer.

The Texans' offense was just as pathetic.

O'Brien blamed the entire offensive unit. It's true the offensive line struggled and the receivers didn't make any plays, but the quarterback situation was by far the biggest culprit -- not to mention the worst situation in the NFL.

Ryan Fitzpatrick was the epitome of terrible. He made awful reads and pitiful passes. He played an entire half and ended his night 6-of-14 passing for 55 yards and two interceptions.  Case Keenum did nothing to rave about, and Tom Savage did little more than confirm he does, in fact, exist.

Until O'Brien gets the quarterback situation figured out, he's likely to see many more "terrible" performances during his first NFL campaign. -

Kent Somers, wrote:

Despite missing two of its top three receivers, the Cardinals passing game operated at peak efficiency. Twelve players caught passes. Three quarterbacks combined to pass for 349 yards, three touchdowns and complete 79.4 percent of their passes. -

Dave Zangaro,, wrote:

The Texans had 13 penalties for 126 yards. (They had 172 yards of offense.) That was a major problem in 2013 and it looks like it crossed over to a new regime. There were plenty of bone-head penalties too.

A bright spot for the offense in the early going was Jonathan Grimes, who got the start. Grimes wasn’t able to practice at the beginning of training camp because he was on the Non-football Injury list but from the moment he got to practice, he has looked good. He had 10 carries for 39 yards. Alfred Blue had five carries for 30 yards but did drop a couple passes.

Jadeveon Clowney started the game and showed why he was the No. 1 pick. On one particular play, he was able to get into the backfield as Stepfan Taylor took the handoff. Clowney got him for a five-yard loss. Clowney has done that a few times during training camp.

A couple times, Clowney lined up on the same side as J.J. Watt and the two wreaked havoc. That’s how Watt picked up his sack in the first quarter.

Clowney did struggle in coverage, which is to be expected. He gave up a touchdown on a wheel route but it was called back for a penalty.

Clowney wasn’t the only one struggling in coverage. In fact, pretty much everyone did but no one struggled more than Brandon Harris. Harris is a former second-round pick but he’s in serious danger of getting cut before this season. He gave up a touchdown to Larry Fitzgerald and was called for an obvious pass interference a little later. It was a rough day for the secondary as a whole.

D.J. Swearinger struggled in coverage earlier too. That’s the weakest part of his game and it showed again on Saturday. But he did do what he does best on special teams. He leveled a punt returner in the first half.

Jerrell Powe was one of the most intriguing players heading into Saturday night’s game. He has looked extremely strong during training camp practices. He’s doesn’t have much experience but looked just as strong against the Cardinals. He got good push most of the night and picked up a sack in the third quarter. -

Alright, that's enough.  It was ugly, and it isn't going to be reversed quickly.  This will be a monumental near-scorched-earth rebuilding effort, and I look forward to hearing what O'Brien says at 2:30 p.m. (CDT) today.  Ideally, owner Bob McNair pushes O'Brien aside at some point in the press-conference, and announces that GM Rick Smith was unavailable to meet the media today because either he was terminated, or is in the process of securing a new starting quarterback for the Texans.  I would accept either of those outcomes as a result of what we witnessed last night.

What do you think O'Brien will say later today?