The Texans were flagged 14 times for 113 yards in Sunday’s road loss. Head coach Gary Kubiak didn’t like the mental lapses, and said so in the postgame press conference.
“I’m very disappointed,” Kubiak said. “The biggest disappointment is in discipline. That’s my responsibility.”
The Texans committed seven penalties in each half. The Ravens weren’t clean on the whole either, as they were flagged 10 times. But they drew yellow flags just twice after the intermission.
Kubiak blamed many of the miscues on the road environment at M&T Bank Stadium, as well as “playing a great team.” Defensively, the Texans were repeatedly hit with offside, encroachment, and neutral zone infraction calls.
“In the second half we must have jumped offsides four or five times,” Kubiak said. “Regardless to whom it was, it’s a team thing, and there’s no way you’re going to win on the road with 14 or 15 penalties.”
“We weren’t fooled by Joe Flacco’s cadence,” Watt said. “Guys were just trying to make plays, but we cannot have that many penalties.”
Reed agreed, and said that the Texans ultimately needed to just keep their collective eyes on the ball.
“At the end of the day, you watch that ball snap,” Reed said. “You can’t move until that ball is snapped. So it’s about being disciplined, and we’ve got to make some corrections, but we’ll grow from this.”