Joseph needs to lose more graciously

Johnathan Joseph had an off year, which was partially a product of groin and hamstring injuries.

Still he's a top-of-the-list cornerback in the AFC South, and is going back to the Pro Bowl.

Joseph is not among the top post-loss talkers in the NFL.

I wrote Sunday night about how a second-pounding at the hands of the Patriots was followed by a lot of Texans too simplistically saying they just had to make more plays.

Joseph was at the head of the line on that.

Later this week, given time to ponder the result and the end of the Texans’ season, Joseph moved further in the wrong direction.

PFT deconstructed the comments very effectively.

“Obviously we had the right guys in here to win 13 ballgames to get up to that point,” Joseph told CSN Houston. “For whatever reason, we didn’t advance. I still can’t put that over because I think we were a better team. I think we just didn’t make the plays at the right time …”

“Not at all,” Joseph said when asked if the gap between the Texans and Patriots isn’t that big. “Just four or five plays. You take a few of those plays that they made and go the other way, it’s a different ballgame.”

This is a terrible and insulting fallback that’s simply illogical.

The better team makes the plays at the right time.

And a good player on the losing team is gracious in defeat, complimenting the guys that beat him instead of maintaining two losses by a combined score of 83-42 were the matter of four or five plays.

If the Texans decision-makers share that thinking while mapping their offseason strategy, count on the gap between Houston and New England to grow, not shrink.

UPDATE (4:15 ET)

The Texans reached out to say the quotations attributed to Joseph are inaccurate. Here is the relevant transcript from the teaam:

(on what needs to change next year for the team to improve) “To be honest, I don’t really know because obviously we had the right guys in here to win 13 ball games to get us up to that point. Whatever reason we didn’t advance, I still can’t put that over because I think we were a better team, we just didn’t make the plays that needed to be made at the right time.”

(on if the team lost its edge in the last month of the regular season) “I don’t think so. Like I just said, it comes down to making plays. Any time you’re in a big game, each ball game comes down to four or five ball plays at the end of the game. At the end, if the other team makes more than you, that’s what the end result usually is, a loss.”