There will be better times ahead. There will be wins and celebrations and good feelings. But we’re not there yet.
The new Texans began the preseason on the business end of a methodical 32-0 Arizona onslaught that included some of the nasty 2013 demons we were hoping to see exorcized. Bill O’Brien called it “unacceptable” and will have to find a way to get his offense functioning or the next game against Atlanta will feature similar results.
Thirteen penalties, two turnovers and a host of 3rd down conversions contributed to the long night. Offensive execution was severely lacking against a defense that was 6th in the NFL last year. The quarterbacks had trouble against a tough Arizona secondary and persistent pass rush.
There were some moments of note in the running game as
The night began with Arizona pinned back after a
There are still more questions than answers at this point. Did O’Brien not want to show his hand, watering down the attack? Does the defense really miss
The answer to the second one is a resounding “Yes.” And, oh by the way, having a healthy
But the penalty volume was crushing. O’Brien was clear that some types of infractions due to aggression are understandable. However, much of camp has focused on being mentally sharp and this team is acres away from where it needs to be.
It’s preseason. A loss or a win means nothing. But handling situations with precision and avoiding unforced errors is a must if this squad is to bounce back from the abyss of 2013. Opening day is four weeks away. There’s a long way to go and a short amount of time to get there.