Randy Bullock, an argument for patience

Seven weeks removed from having the worst field goal percentage of any qualifying kicker in the NFL, Randy Bullock has made a dramatic turnaround.

He made all of his field goal attempts starting in Week 11, and is one of seven kickers who attempted at least 10 field goals during that span to make all of them.

Bullock began the season 1-for-5, including an 0-for-3 performance in Week 2, when the Texans needed overtime to beat the Tennessee Titans. In his first nine games, Bullock missed all four field goals of 50 yards or longer that he attempted. Worse, he only made 61.5 percent of the field goals he attempted that were between 40 and 49 yards. His fourth-quarter percentage during that time was only 25 percent, his worst in any quarter.

With that came calls for a change at the position. Bullock faced it admirably.

He didn't hide; he didn't make excuses. He talked about what he was doing to improve and the kicking coach he'd visited for help. His teammates, like holder Shane Lechler, insisted things would get better for him. This was, after all, essentially Bullock's rookie season, after he spent his actual rookie season on injured reserve.

Bullock's turnaround, lost among all the other issues that came with the 14-game losing streak to end the season, started against the Oakland Raiders, when he made a 51-yard field goal in the second quarter.

His path this season was an argument in patience. Sometime a rocky start can turn into a great career. There's plenty of time for Bullock to have that.