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Celebration has turned to panic in Houston

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The jubilation following Houston’s first playoff appearance in franchise history has quickly turned to panic.

A sampling from the coverage from the Houston Chronicle on Friday:

“In what might have been the worst performance by the Texans in Gary Kubiak’s six seasons as coach, they somehow found a way to lose a second consecutive game to team with a losing record,” John McClain wrote.

It gets worse.

Another column suggests the team should consider benching quarterback T.J. Yates for Jake Delhomme. It’s worth noting Yates was 13-for-16 on Thursday, and he averaged over eight yards-per-attempt. He wasn’t the problem. The team needs to be dominant around him, and they weren’t.

McClain wrote another article with the headline: “Texans may need to bench [Kareem] Jackson after another terrible outing.”

Finally, the fans have all but given up hope on the year. 83% of readers responding to an online poll believe the Texans will lose in the first round of the playoffs.

Was that heroes welcome for the Texans after their win in Cincinnati really only 12 days ago?

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  1. frankgarrett says: Dec 23, 2011 10:49 AM

    LOL .. MERRY CHRISTMAS HOUSTON

  2. blkmanwtan says: Dec 23, 2011 10:52 AM

    Wade Phillips

  3. CKL says: Dec 23, 2011 10:56 AM

    RE: Jackson…another Saban DB that BB could have drafted & didn’t despite need. I’ve always wondered why he seldom drafts or signs Saban’s players when he respects Saban so much as a coach.
    Houston seems like a team that maybe isn’t used to success and is having a little trouble handling it in clutch moments. At least they have another game to get back on track before the playoffs.

  4. mike5011ad says: Dec 23, 2011 10:59 AM

    The problem is not the QB. They have nobody who can win a one on one matchup at the reciever postion. Kevin Walter is a good “hands” guy, but he would’ve been the 4th WR for the Colts. Jacoby Jones and Bryant Johnson would not have even made their squad. The safeties and linebackers cheat on every 5-10 yard route, making it hard for the TE’s and RB’s to get any yards after the catch. You can’t really blame the QB for not throwing deep when you know that Jones or Johnson won’t get open or make a tough catch. This team only has a chance if Andre Johnson comes back and plays at an all-pro level. Otherwise, switching QB’s does not make the recieving talent any better than a D group…

  5. weekendatberniemadoffs says: Dec 23, 2011 10:59 AM

    houston = fraud.

    as a panthers fan i was amazed how we dominated every facet of the game last sunday.

  6. cwmorga says: Dec 23, 2011 11:00 AM

    “Krispy” Kareem is terrible. The Saints went after him repeatedly in their comeback win over Houston in week 3. I was almost embarrassed for him that day, but last night might have been even worse given that it was Orlovsky picking on him.

    It’s sure looking like the Texans’ first trip to the playoffs will be a short one. They better hope they hang on to the 3. The Jets are a much better matchup for them than the Steelers (assuming the AFC playoff picture doesn’t change in the next 2 weeks).

  7. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Dec 23, 2011 11:01 AM

    o and why in the heck was Jackon one on one vs Reggie?? An Jason Allen?? Did we not sign Jonathan Joseph for a reason??

  8. animal30 says: Dec 23, 2011 11:01 AM

    Thats what you get for not playing Andre Johnson.

  9. bake69 says: Dec 23, 2011 11:03 AM

    The Texans had their chance to pick up a QB and get him ready. No one can win with a 3rd string QB.

  10. packattack1967 says: Dec 23, 2011 11:03 AM

    Sounds like Bears fans.

  11. garykubiak says: Dec 23, 2011 11:03 AM

    Can you blame the fans? Reality is setting in. This team is done. They peaked and injuries have caught up to them. Had a nice 7 game run there but…it’s over. 7 game win streak to likely 4 game losing streak(counting the playoff game). Sucks but nothing you can really do about it. Get healthy and try again next year.

  12. txndave says: Dec 23, 2011 11:05 AM

    It is what it is..
    All the injuries are catching up to them.
    Rookie qb, I mean they had a good ride.

  13. avianflew says: Dec 23, 2011 11:06 AM

    Bum Phillips

  14. bunjy96 says: Dec 23, 2011 11:06 AM

    Typical fan/media reaction.

    Johnson & Phillips both back in 2 weeks. Why the panic?

  15. bittersportspills says: Dec 23, 2011 11:07 AM

    Worst performance in six years? I think not. Perhaps Texans fans (both of them) have forgotten about Houston routinely losing games like last night’s in the same exact manner.
    By “Houston”, I mean back to the “Luv ya Blew” days.

  16. cowhawkfan says: Dec 23, 2011 11:07 AM

    No doubt they miss Wade’s D.

  17. citizenstrange says: Dec 23, 2011 11:09 AM

    Still, the 16 points the Texans scored last night is only one point less than Roethlisberger has gotten in the last TWO games.

    GO STEELERS!

  18. rpiotr01 says: Dec 23, 2011 11:09 AM

    They don’t have a legit QB. Watch the past couple SB’s, watch the level of QB play it takes to get there and win it all. Did anyone really think they were going to get that from Yates? They were toast the minute Schaub went down.

  19. waltdawg says: Dec 23, 2011 11:17 AM

    Is Jerry Jones also “fearful” of Indy and the Boogy Man?

  20. cleverbob says: Dec 23, 2011 11:19 AM

    Some folks just don’t know how to handle success. Enjoy it Houston fans, it can be fleeting (as you’re well aware).

  21. dayumyou says: Dec 23, 2011 11:19 AM

    Texans = overrated

  22. 00reo says: Dec 23, 2011 11:22 AM

    Just b/c he was 13/16 doens’t mean he wasn’t part of the problem. It’s about the offensive strategy that they’ve got to run in order to allow him to be 13/16. It’s a much simpiler gameplan that they’ve got to implement. Titans had a similar problem w/ VY. He had decent stats but he was a major part of the problem.

  23. adlent says: Dec 23, 2011 11:26 AM

    I don’t see what is a surprise here… even if they hadn’t lost the last two games I would have pegged Houston to be a one-and-done playoff team. They made the playoffs for the first time despite losing their starting QB, backup QB, missing Arian Foster for a few weeks, Owen Daniels being banged up, Andre Johnson being a virtual scratch all year, Mario Williams going down, etc, etc.

    Houston made a great accomplishment making the playoffs… let’s not hate on them just because they are injured and may not win a game…

  24. larryfitzgerald4mvp says: Dec 23, 2011 11:26 AM

    The Texans have a ton of bandwagon fans. Go ahead and jump off the bandwagon, but don’t come back when the playoffs start.

    Have they not learned the a poor end to the season is meaningless? They already clinched and they have a home playoff game in the 1st round.

    If 83% of them think they will lose that game at home, then that’s as much of an indictment on those fans as it is the team.

  25. cincyhokie says: Dec 23, 2011 11:31 AM

    Fans really do overreact to everything. Houston is a good team with no reason to think next season won’t be even better. Dominant line play, improved defense, Schaub and Williams coming back next season. Arian Foster and Ben Tate. Do I need to go on?

    Dry your tears Houston! This is the team you were asking for!

  26. dalucks says: Dec 23, 2011 11:34 AM

    The problem is not Gary Kubiak because he has called plays for a top 5 offense this season. We knew Andre Johnson was the fuse that ignited the dynamite but now we see he is also the dynamite. The problem is not TJ Yates as he is capable of making the throws as he did when he hit Andre Johnson on the deep pass against the Falcons. The only thing missing is the deep threat on the outside. The defense held another opponent under 20 points but they are showing signs of fatigue. The offensive line is also showing fatigue because of the conservative Big Ten style 3 yards and a cloud of dust playcalling.
    The problem in Houston is the wide recievers people. Jacoby Jones is a punt and kickoff returner and Kevin Walter is a short yardage underneath wide reciever. The Texans do not have anyone to stretch the field vertically. I know Andre Johnson will return for the playoffs but how much of a vertical threat can he be with two bad hamstrings. Houston, you have a problem and the solution is………………….Terrell Owens. I know a lot of fans may dislike him and my comment but he is better than the 4 combined catches of Jacoby Jones and Kevin Walter a game. Terrell is familiar with the West Coast offense from his time in San Fran and Philly so he can play next week. He can be the deep threat the Texans need to stretch the field and this will allow Coach Kubiak to open up the playbook. Terrell would be a short term fix to a season long problem and Houston is desperate so what do the Texans have to lose except fans. Terrell gives the Texans a better chance of winning than Jacoby Jones and Kevin Walter. That is the honest truth people.
    Changing the quarterback is so cliche but lets be honest, if Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones are not getting open for TJ Yates then why would they be open for Jake Delhomme or Jeff Garcia.
    I am a fan of the Texans and watching the offense last night was like watching the Jacksonville Jaguars. Good running back but nothing else on offense. Jacksonville has switched quarterbacks but they have not figured out their problem on offense which is their wide recievers.
    Go ahead and dislike my comment as it only confirms, some people cannot handle the TRUTH.

  27. sterilizecromartie says: Dec 23, 2011 11:35 AM

    I’d hate to so easily join the mob, but the Texans are done. The only real chance they had was if things fell just right for them in the playoffs. That started with securing a bye.

    But, playing in the first round, and then traveling to Baltimore, and then to NE. As Vince McMahon would say “No Chance! That’s what ya got!”

  28. klunge says: Dec 23, 2011 11:35 AM

    Arian Foster is great but the man can’t do it alone every game, just ask Steven Jackson about that. Condolences to you Houston fans, we in Detroit feel your pain having watched many seasons go down the drain.

  29. melikefootball says: Dec 23, 2011 11:36 AM

    Watching the game last night looks as if the refs helped in the lose. Critical calls on the last minute and twent two seconds did not help Houston’s cause. Awful ticky tacky.

  30. tampajoey says: Dec 23, 2011 11:36 AM

    Andre Johnson can’t run across the field without pulling a muscle in his vagina.

  31. Nevis says: Dec 23, 2011 11:37 AM

    Why wouldn’t they? T

    hey are NOT going to compete with the Steelers, Ravens and Pats in the playoffs with a third string rookie QB. It just doesn’t work that way.

  32. dboskie says: Dec 23, 2011 11:38 AM

    Texans are my second favorite team behind the Vikings. Hate to see this happen to them. All teams have injuries, but what has happened to them is truly tough to watch. Not many teams can lose their best playmaker on defense, a top 5 wideout in Andre Johnson, a starting left guard, their starting quarterback, then the backup and survive with a 3rd stringer. Packer fans don’t say anything about last year. Your team gets killed in the playoffs if you would have lost Rodgers. Texans are a one and out this year, but look out next year regardless if Manning is back or not.

  33. svcfilmguy says: Dec 23, 2011 11:40 AM

    I’m not sure why they are panicking. Look, I’m as happy as anyone else that Houston finally made the playoffs, but their Super Bowl hopes were over when Schaub went down. Leinart is no Brady. Any hopes of a playoff win (barring a miracle) took a nosedive when they had to start a first-year, fifth-round QB. Texans fans should have no delusions of playoff success this year. Not happening.

    That being said, there is reason for optimism. Phillips has turned around that defense, and they will have a full offseason to train together. They’re likely to lose at least one key piece (Foster, Williams, or Myers), but they can restock through the draft. Be optimistic. Be proud. But don’t expect anything this year.

  34. snowpea84 says: Dec 23, 2011 11:40 AM

    Losing to the COlts was one of the best hings they could do. They already have a aplyoff spot.
    The last thing they need is for the Colts to end up with Luck and have another dominant decade. So you know what, maybe they lose to the colts and maybe the colts dont get Luck…

  35. jesse1834 says: Dec 23, 2011 11:41 AM

    Stay with Yates, Delhummer turns the ball over too much. Sincerely Browns fan.

  36. kahnsbushymustache says: Dec 23, 2011 11:42 AM

    The only reason that Houston won their division is because two of the other three team are rebuilding, and the other lost their centerpiece player for the year. Otherwise, they are who we thought they were…

  37. skittlesareyum says: Dec 23, 2011 11:46 AM

    They don’t have a legit QB. Watch the past couple SB’s, watch the level of QB play it takes to get there and win it all. Did anyone really think they were going to get that from Yates? They were toast the minute Schaub went down.

    I didn’t watch any of the game, but it looks like Yates wasn’t the problem. In fact, it looks like no one was the problem. Yates went 13/16 for 132 yards (a very respectable 8.3 yards-per-attempt) and Foster had 23 carries for 6.9 yards-per-attempt. When you get a no-mistake performance from your QB (who didn’t dink-and-dunk) and a dominating day from your RB… Honestly, how did they lose? It doesn’t add up looking at the box score. I guess it must have been a defensive problem, although even then they held their opponent to less than 20 points.

  38. dennyg2 says: Dec 23, 2011 11:46 AM

    The Texans will be beat by either the N.Y. Jets or Cincinnati Bengals in the first round. Mark that down!

  39. itsabergthing says: Dec 23, 2011 11:49 AM

    Just Houston fans being Houston fans. The bandwagon is strong in this city for all sports, quick to jump on and even quicker to jump off.

  40. petehemlock says: Dec 23, 2011 11:55 AM

    Houston, We have a ‘What else is new?’.

  41. realitypolice says: Dec 23, 2011 12:03 PM

    There is no reason to panic.

    This team wasn’t a Super Bowl contender anyway.

    Their goal was to get to the playoffs this year. Mission accomplished. A great step forward for the franchise.

    Be proud of your team, and look forward to being even better, and hopefully healthier, next year.

    I realize fan is short for fanatic, but sometimes you have to check yourself.

  42. geniusesq says: Dec 23, 2011 12:03 PM

    Not many teams can with with a 3rd string QB. Look at my Redskins. We have two of them.

  43. screwstontexans says: Dec 23, 2011 12:14 PM

    Love how all the haters are saying we’re done. They talk bad about the Texans for whatever reason it is, Like as if it was us that claimed to be the “Dream Team”. The problem wasn’t that we needed another QB and everyone was going crazy because of it but it was really our wide recievers. We have been relying on meteocre WR’s at best and its catching up to us…I hate to say it but TO would be a temp fix if that to our problems. It also bothers me that they don’t give TJ more oppurtunities to throw, its like they have been but you can still kinda tell that they hold back on him.

  44. skinsrock says: Dec 23, 2011 12:23 PM

    This entire week has found good teams losing down the stretch… common pressure. I’m sure they were pretty hyped after being up 7-0 in 54 seconds, I could see them thinking, “this is gonna be easy” … then a fight broke out. I don’t care what they finish… This is my seedings:

    1. Baltimore… Pats are soft, won’t be able to handle Steelers or Baltimore in a physical matchup.

    2. Steelers

    3. Patriots

    4. Texans

    5. Broncos

    6. Jets/Cincy

  45. rohlo says: Dec 23, 2011 12:45 PM

    people who say its not the QB ,need to wake up!!! the QB is the reason they only threw it 16 times!they were mostly check offs and underneath plays as well.with yates this offense is really weak and they cant open up the offense,thus if they fall behind a team with them sticking with yates they wont be able to come back playing like that..im still amazed they came back on the bungles as two weeks ago seems lke months.they need to get delhomme and garcia some playing time to see if they got anything in the tank for the playoffs cause yates isnt gonna get it done! mcnair,kubes,smith should relized that!your in the playoffs and when you are there anything can happen.go for it when you have the chance dont just settle and say well we made the playoffs.making the playoffs isnt the ultimate goal.if it that is mcnairs goal,then this team will never win a superbowl as he is happy with just making the playoffs!if you can open the offense with yates in there ,whats the point of even having him in there?????????????

  46. deanvernonwormer says: Dec 23, 2011 12:45 PM

    The Texans should have never given up on Clemens and should have started him. He started for someone last week and had a decent game in a loss. Kubiak is a fool. He gets what he deserves.

  47. wldkat says: Dec 23, 2011 12:52 PM

    Houston is going to be one and done come playoff time ! But still a pretty good season for being all the way down to your 3rd QB.

  48. rohlo says: Dec 23, 2011 12:53 PM

    skinsrock says:
    Dec 23, 2011 12:23 PM
    This entire week has found good teams losing down the stretch… common pressure. I’m sure they were pretty hyped after being up 7-0 in 54 seconds, I could see them thinking, “this is gonna be easy” … then a fight broke out. I don’t care what they finish… This is my seedings:

    1. Baltimore… Pats are soft, won’t be able to handle Steelers or Baltimore in a physical matchup.

    2. Steelers

    3. Patriots

    4. Texans

    5. Broncos

    6. Jets/Cincy

    pats are gonna be #1 seed regardless … at home in playoffs they will be tough. steelers with ben and a bad wheel isnt gonna be productive in playoffs they may be in the same boat as houston in what they can do.ie: see 49er game. baltimore cant win on the road so if they go to new england they will be toast. houston has problems, denver new england show how to defense tebow and they need to win in denver and against former qb orton to even clinch division which raiders and chargers can still win. jets arent gonna make playoffs as they very well could be on a 3 game losing streak to end the season.. cinccy probobly loses to baltimore in last game of season opening the door for teams like chargers or chiefs that could win out or even the raiders or titans.

    i understand this is your opinion so im just re-butting.. lol happy holidays!!!

  49. svcfilmguy says: Dec 23, 2011 12:55 PM

    “I hate to say it but TO would be a temp fix if that to our problems.”

    I doubt it. Teams have had 15 weeks to bring in T.O., yet every single one has passed. He has nothing left and won’t fix anything.

  50. jacksonvilledave says: Dec 23, 2011 1:04 PM

    BATTLE RED……..Done!

  51. peytonwantsaflag says: Dec 23, 2011 1:05 PM

    The comeback win over Cincy 3 weeks ago has skewed things- Houston’s not that good. As any Bungal endurer can attest Cincy has a way of allowing teams and players to have careers against them at the most inopportune time.

    Instead of showing to me Yates is a good qb that game merely confirmed to me these are the same old Bengals.

  52. mikeyhigs says: Dec 23, 2011 1:17 PM

    The Texans blew that game late in the 4th when they ran it on 3rd and 5. They had a 1 point lead and were at the Colts 16 yard line. Running it there was far too conservative. Even if Yates gets sacked, they are still in FG range.

  53. miamidolphins1 says: Dec 23, 2011 1:24 PM

    the texans maybe upset now, but they will be real happy about this loss when the colts do not end up with the franchise qb they had envisioned they would be a lock to get the whole season.

    even if the texans had won, they were prob still finishing in the 3rd seed, the place they will finish now anyways most likely.

  54. slammincamnewton says: Dec 23, 2011 1:35 PM

    I’m not ruling Houston out. Wanna know why? The Cardinals in 08 were like this. They won the division and got creamed down the stretch. Then they won the most epic playoff game of all time against Green Bay and ran the table. Just note if Houston ends up in the Super Bowl for some reason, then know the mafia runs the nfl.

  55. slammincamnewton says: Dec 23, 2011 1:36 PM

    Maybe it was Atlanta.

  56. skinsrock says: Dec 23, 2011 1:41 PM

    @ Rohlo… I hear ya… but Baltimore has walked right into that stadium with Brady at QB & smacked them down & they can do it again… Pats aren’t good at really anything on defense. Big Ben has been shutdown until the playoffs, I still like them better against Pats because of their defense. I understand the 6th spot could be one of 4 or 5 teams, but I just took the 6 loss teams.

    Rebuts are no problem… we are here to agree to disagree… lol

  57. cincyhokie says: Dec 23, 2011 2:16 PM

    This morning…armaggedon and despair. By Monday, the fans will be back talking about their path to the Superbowl.

    It’s the way we work as fans. Everything is blown way out of proportion. Both good and bad.

    The Texans won’t win the Superbowl, or maybe even a playoff game, but to get to where they are from having so many key injuries is a great sign for a team. Especially for next season. The Texans will be SB contenders next season. Book it.

  58. svcfilmguy says: Dec 23, 2011 2:22 PM

    “I’m not ruling Houston out. Wanna know why? The Cardinals in 08 were like this. They won the division and got creamed down the stretch. Then they won the most epic playoff game of all time against Green Bay and ran the table. Just note if Houston ends up in the Super Bowl for some reason, then know the mafia runs the nfl.”

    They also had Kurt Warner.

  59. akzane says: Dec 23, 2011 2:41 PM

    Where are all the Texans Fans now that talk trash about how great their team is??? Texans are a joke!!! Won the division by default and are about to be what I said they were!!! 1 and done!!!

  60. usher716 says: Dec 23, 2011 2:56 PM

    Once Houston and the Lions get in this year it will leave Buffalo alone as the team with the longest playoff drought (currently tied with Detroit at 12 years). So as a fan of the pathetic Bills, Houston, just enjoy the fact that you made the playoffs.

  61. goldsteel says: Dec 23, 2011 3:10 PM

    Why the panic? The next games aren’t that important as far as the post season is concerned. The Texans should stay the course. That’s two more games for the rookie to learn from. More experience.

    Put yourself in the Texans quarterback’s place. He’s a rookie quarterback who’s been given the job of helping a team win in their first playoff game ever. And opposing teams know how to disguise coverages and will have studied his tendencies at length. No pressure there!

    The Texans are certainly a more interesting team than the Drama Queens in Dallas.

    GO STEELERS!

  62. klunge says: Dec 23, 2011 3:18 PM

    usher716 says:
    Dec 23, 2011 2:56 PM
    Once Houston and the Lions get in this year it will leave Buffalo alone as the team with the longest playoff drought (currently tied with Detroit at 12 years). So as a fan of the pathetic Bills, Houston, just enjoy the fact that you made the playoffs.
    ———————————————–

    As a long-suffering Lions fan I hope this scenario plays out like you say! But nothing’s in stone yet for Detroit, one thing the suffering has taught us is don’t count the chickens before they’re hatched…we have 2 hard games ahead and if we don’t get at least one of them I think we’ll get overtaken for the 6th seed.

  63. johnnyb1976 says: Dec 23, 2011 3:20 PM

    Yup 2 weeks ago… Ed hochuli gave them a football game they had no business even being in….. Now the shoe is on the other foot LOL. Cincinnati will beat Houston on wild card weekend and make up for Ed hochuli making the rules up as he goes along. (If you think I’m just bitter ask any charger fan about Ed hochuli changing the rules he is hated there)

  64. tobiasjodter says: Dec 23, 2011 4:38 PM

    Is anyone going to keep track of whether or not fines will be forthcoming to JJ Watt on the helmet-to-helmet hit on Orlavsky?

    Now we all KNOW it was incidental, accidental and unintentional. BUT, we also all know there are certain players that could not get away with making that hit without a fine.

    Is there a double-standard by the NFL or not?

    Inquiring minds want to know…

  65. davisjosh20 says: Dec 23, 2011 6:06 PM

    rohlo, you’re an idiot! sure they toned down the playbook, but, it was more because none of their wide receivers can be a deep threat. that’s why his throws were dinks, and over the middle. Yates has been in this offense all season, while Delhommo and Garcia have been in the couch. Yates gives them the best chance to win. hands down. he’s 3rd on the depth chart, but I assure you, even if Leinart had not been injured, Yates still plays right now. sure they are only in the playoffs because Peyton is hurt, but, there is two other teams that had the same chance to do what Houston is doing. Yates can start somewhere right now, and be more than serviceable. watch the games my friend, don’t see sportscenter, and claim to know what you are talking about.

  66. txpeta says: Dec 23, 2011 9:08 PM

    All of you clowns love downing the Texans. They were winning with a 3rd string Q.B. and missing several players. How many teams could have done that…not many! I will tell you this the games still have to be played and in the playoffs everyone is 0-0.

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