After starting the season with a healthy Deshaun Watson, the Houston Texans have still managed to start their 2018 season 0-2. Only 10.9 percent of NFL teams that started 0-2 made the playoffs. Here are three burning questions following Week 2’s loss to the Tennessee Titans.
The Houston Texans found a way to let a banged-up Tennessee Titans team defeat them last Sunday in Week 2. As sad as it was, credit rookie head coach Mike Vrabel for outcoaching his former boss, Bill O’Brien. However, Vrabel didn’t believe Sunday’s win was due to his coaching though. I tend to disagree with Vrabel, but here’s what he said following the victory, as reported by the Tennessean:
This win in the NFL is not about the coaching. It will never be about the head coaching. Losing will. But winning is all about the players and the staff getting them ready.
Vrabel’s confidence in all of his players, not just his playmakers, earned him the win. His Pro Bowl-caliber offensive tackles, Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin, were both unavailable. Starting in their place was Kevin Pamphile and practice squad tackle, Tyler Marz. Also, starting quarterback Marcus Mariota was nursing an arm injury. Stepping up at QB was Blaine Gabbert. A decent game from all three players contributed to their victory along with some trickery. Safety Kevin Byard threw a fake-punt touchdown pass to rookie safety Dane Cruikshank. Some wildcat formation direct snaps to running back Derrick Henry helped the Titans keep the Texans confused. By the end of the game, Tennessee celebrated their unlikely 20-17 victory in front of their home crowd.
John McClain has been covering Houston sports for the Houston Chronicle for over 40 years. As a veteran in the sports journalism industry, he knows a thing or two about Texans history. McClain labeled Sunday’s loss to the Titans as one of the worst regular season losses in Houston’s history. I have to agree with him.
McClain: One of most embarrassing losses in Texans history https://t.co/pY8AoIZRQq
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) September 17, 2018
The Texans will need to put this loss behind them. If they don’t, multiple people will be out of a job, which leads to our first burning question.