Here’s a post that we should circle back to as we contemplate the Texans' efforts to rebuild their defense and Wade Phillips installs a 3-4.
Gary Kubiak talked about it at the recent owners meeting in New Orleans:
“You have no chance to be successful if you can only win one way. Look at Green Bay. They could beat you by scoring 30 or 35. But they can beat you 9-0. When you show up on game day, you don’t know if it’s going to be an offensive day, a defensive day or a special-teams day. But if you don’t have the ability to win in all three of those areas you’re not going to be very consistent.
“We can win a game 34-31, but we’ve got to get our team in position to win 10-7 if we have to. That’s got to be something in our players’ minds.”
That’s an excellent summary and an excellent stance.
Five of the Texans’ six wins last season came thanks to scores of 34, 30, 31, 35 and 34 points. Only a 20-0 win over Tennessee, in which the Titans started overmatched quarterback rookie Rusty Smith, didn’t fit the mold.
To compete for that long out-of-reach playoff slot, the Texans can't sit and wait for a team to start a third-string quarterback against them.