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Jacoby Jones’ success highlights the downside of Texans’ “emotional detachment”

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Last year, Texans G.M. Rick Smith boasted of his emotional detachment when it came to parting ways with veteran players.  Now, some folks in Houston could be feeling emotional about the decision to detach receiver Jacoby Jones from the roster.

Lost in the likely consternation that Jones became in Baltimore the kind of key postseason contributor the Texans could have used is that, on the list of bold moves Smith made last year, Jones fell more into the no-brainer category.  Once they assessed their roster after free agency and the draft, the Texans had no qualms about cutting Jones — and the fans had no complaints.

They’ll be complaining now that Jones has capped an All-Pro season with a record performance in the Super Bowl, and they’ll likely be scrutinizing more carefully Smith’s upcoming decisions to determine who stays and who goes.

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41 Responses to “Jacoby Jones’ success highlights the downside of Texans’ “emotional detachment””
  1. thedownwardspiral says: Feb 4, 2013 9:14 AM

    Texans are comic relief for the rest of the NFL. Keep it up!!!!

  2. ajb3313 says: Feb 4, 2013 9:17 AM

    I think having Kevin Walter as their WR2 for the better part of a decade is more cause for concern than a player they let go contributing to a Super Bowl winner. There’s almost always a guy or two on the championship team that was let go at some point. It’s a little overly simplistic, in my opinion, to use another team’s success as an example of your own failures.

  3. mrbigass says: Feb 4, 2013 9:19 AM

    Makes you wonder if it’s coaching that made the difference. Jacoby was so hot/cold in Houston and we’d always cringe when he’d receive a punt.

    Pollard was persona non grata in Houston and ends up a starter on a SB winning team. And add Holiday to the list as a Texan failure and plays over the top in Denver.

    Go figure…….

  4. jessejames182 says: Feb 4, 2013 9:20 AM

    I’m more mad at Jones than at smith, the Texans lost last year to the ravens by 7 points that came off of him muffing a punt. He hadn’t returned a kick all year last year, while he was good in the superbowl it was more blown coverage than him being a great receiver. Why he didn’t feel he needed to step his game up while on the Texans roster is what upsets me.

  5. thekingdave says: Feb 4, 2013 9:25 AM

    It’s not really the evaluation. Kubiak’s staff just isn’t getting enough out of the talent on the roster. Also, there was no reason to extend Schaub. Should have handled it like Baltimore did with Flacco, who btw selected him with the Texans 1st rd pick in 2008.

  6. timtrice says: Feb 4, 2013 9:30 AM

    Do you firget he muffed two kicks last night and at least another two in the playoffs? Just stupid…

  7. texansdude says: Feb 4, 2013 9:37 AM

    Jacoby is a head case and he will cost the Ravens and their fans a lot of grief soon. I am not bitter about him leaving at all. Congrats to the Ravens and their fans for coming together and getting it done. I mean it sincerely. I mean that first sentence sincerely, too.

  8. briscocountyjr says: Feb 4, 2013 9:43 AM

    Let’s not forget that they also cut Trindon Holliday (or letting him get exposed by putting him on the practice squad) for Denver to upgrade their return game.

  9. mdd913 says: Feb 4, 2013 9:44 AM

    It’s not like Jacoby made his mark in Houston, but it’s also their fault for not recognizing his ability. The guy was cut for what he couldn’t do, rather than being used for what he could do.

    Then they did the exact same thing with Trindon Holliday.

  10. ravenator says: Feb 4, 2013 9:55 AM

    What a pickup by Oz and Co. Best in the business. You haters can hate now.

  11. rihoughton says: Feb 4, 2013 10:01 AM

    How many touchdowns did Jacoby have in the regular season with the Ravens? …….one

    In the SB game, he muffed a kickoff in the end zone but no defender was there to recover it, luckily for the Ravens. And finally, the long touchdown pass reception was off his chest, not caught with his hands. Again, lucky this time. The Texans has several years of this kind of poor play and it cost the team to much. He will cause the Ravens to think twice when the luck runs out. He is the same knucklehead.

  12. dg0122 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:02 AM

    Jones and Holliday both had plenty of chances in Houston

  13. v2the4 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:05 AM

    as a Houston resident, the average texan fan is still bitter about Jacoby Jones muffing a punt in the FIRST QUARTER of a playoff game vs Baltimore in Jan 2012, which led to the fan base competely turning on this guy and the GM and head coach agreeing with said fan base, ultimately cutting Jones.

    Jones got picked up by Baltimore, and went on to have a record setting year as a kick returner, making first team all pro, having a couple of big touchdowns in the playoffs, and a td reception and a 108 yard KO return TD in the SUPER BOWL.

    If Texan fans want to rhyme with snitch, then they should fault that special team clown coach Joe Marciano, a guy who should have been fired last year…Texans special teams are the worst in football….they also have not found a 2nd WR opposite Andre Johnson….they have tried numerous players at WR, and the best they can go with is Kevin Walter and Lestar Jean? you got to be kidding me.

    In closing, Houston fans should shut their mouths about Jacoby, and start getting on Kubiak for his stupid playcalling and Matt Schaubs plastic arm. they better get a WR, a punt returner, and some linebackers who can fill the hole and tackle..

    also, texans rejects like David Carr, jacoby jones, bernard pollard and vonte leach(who they did try to resign) all have super bowl rings….oh, Kubiak and Smith have super bowl rings too, courtesy of John Elway and Terrell Davis in Denver

  14. omeezyx says: Feb 4, 2013 10:05 AM

    He was here for YEARS!! Maybe he needed a wake up call and getting cut by the Texans did just that. A change of scenery is probably what he needed. Jacoby did NOTHING when Andre Johnson went down last year and he became the number one reciever.

  15. randyschwimmer7 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:18 AM

    What is the deal with all of these bitter Ravens fans? You are so worried about people hating, you can’t for two seconds just shut up about people hating this or that. It is exhausting. Every post on this website today has had one person saying “Keep on hating” or “You can hate now”. Be happy your team won, and stop being such sore winners.

  16. somuchintheworld says: Feb 4, 2013 10:20 AM

    As a Houston fan, I always liked JJ, but I also thought he was immature when he was here (remember the time he missed the team flight?). Honestly, I think getting cut was what woke him up and made him take the game more seriously so I’m not sure he would have been as productive if he would have stayed in Houston. Having said that, I think he should give Houston some credit for giving the Lane College stand out a chance and eventually the opportunity to wake up and play to his full potential!

  17. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Feb 4, 2013 10:21 AM

    all star season? did you see his receiving stats? pretty awful this year. let’s look at the real problem here. texans special teams coaches are to blame. clearly they can’t put a good return team out there.

  18. itsfootballbaby says: Feb 4, 2013 10:23 AM

    Jones, Leach, and Pollard….. Thanks Houston. We don’t win the Super Bowl without them. Who’s next J.J. Watt.

  19. johnrobc says: Feb 4, 2013 10:27 AM

    Hey don’t forget about Pollard and Leech too! Thanks Texans! Maybe in a few years you can compete with the AFC big boys.

  20. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 4, 2013 10:30 AM

    Great pickup by the Ravens. Everyone in Houston knew Jacoby was capable of that, many were just frustrated they weren’t seeing it enough. It looks now like maybe its a scheme problem as we saw how well Trindon Holliday did after he left the Texans too..

    And for the record… the Texans didn’t initiate the Jacoby departure… Jacoby did. I think he was feeling the pressure from the fans and media in Houston and had his agent ask Texans GM Rick Smith to be released.

  21. bullybirds says: Feb 4, 2013 10:32 AM

    The problem is coaching Texans. The only difference is that. Take a look at that and you will then get what you seek. Also see the Falcons for having the same issues.

  22. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 4, 2013 10:40 AM

    johnrobc says:
    Feb 4, 2013 10:27 AM
    Hey don’t forget about Pollard and Leech too! Thanks Texans! Maybe in a few years you can compete with the AFC big boys.

    ==========================

    Please remember that the Texans beat the Ravens by 30 this year….

  23. stoptrippn says: Feb 4, 2013 10:44 AM

    THere are other players who will benefit like Jford. especially in Cincinnati.

  24. protagoras111 says: Feb 4, 2013 11:08 AM

    It’s almost as if Jacoby’s entire plan all along was to be mediocre enough so that a team could feel like releasing him after investing five years into him was not a big deal, and then, go and embarass said team. Good Jacoby. Your plan worked to perfection.

  25. 1oldpro says: Feb 4, 2013 11:22 AM

    With the Texans, it’s always “fix it” and not “change it” This allows the coaches to get by with bad schemes and always saying the players just need to get better at performing in the coach’s wonderful scheme.
    On the other hand, some teams fire an underperforming coach in the middle of the year and go on to win the Super Bowl.
    Two return specialists do little for one team and go to other teams and make huge returns immediately. Maybe it is the coaching.

  26. genericcommenter says: Feb 4, 2013 11:42 AM

    This is the same site that was saying he was overpaid and likely to be cut this off-season.

    There’s always a guy who over-performs and becomes a Super Bowl hero after not doing much during the season (and frequently not doing anything after, either).

  27. ron69 says: Feb 4, 2013 11:43 AM

    I still can’t believe they let go Jones, Leach, Pollard and Holiday.
    Anyway with Mr choke up artist Shaub at the helm they weren’t going anywhere though

  28. bluebongzilla says: Feb 4, 2013 11:55 AM

    “Jacoby is a head case and he will cost the Ravens and their fans a lot of grief soon. I am not bitter about him leaving at all”

    Cool story, bro. Yeah he may cause some grief. He may cause a few more Super Bowl wins, too. But hey, at least you have back to back winning seasons for the first time ever to get you past that bitter beer face the Texans create!

  29. texanfan62 says: Feb 4, 2013 12:03 PM

    If I’m Raven fan this morning, I’m thanking my lucky stars that Bernard Pollard didn’t cost you guys the SB yesterday, some shoddy coverages by him and that’s why the Texans let him walk. As far as Jones, bad coaching by Kubiak and Marciano, if you can’t get that out of a player, and the Ravens could, there’s something wrong with the staff here in Houston. Leach was just a luxury the Texans couldnt afford, but they wanted to keep him. The Texans will NEVER win a Super Bowl with Kubiak as HC.

  30. v2the4 says: Feb 4, 2013 12:05 PM

    its all about the coaching….Kubiak’s team has folded in two straight decembers…they blew a bye in the 2011 season by losing three straight games to Carolina, a 1-13 Indy team and a Tennessee team who was still fighting for the playoffs.

    they turn around in 2012, go 11-1, then get their bootyholes exposed in new england, come back to beat Indianapolis by scoring only one offensive td in a 29-17 win, then lose to Minnesota and at Indy when you only needed to win one of those december games to get home field…

    you know the rest of the story.

    I think this is a make or break year for Kubiak…they can no longer be satisfied for winning a division title and making it to the 2nd round of the playoffs, not with the squad they have on paper…they better find a receiver..that is a must….they better find another middle linebacker…and Kubiak better make some better play calls or he will find himself out of a job next season.

    the former houston team, the oilers, went to 7 straight playoffs, not making it to AFC title game at all and eventually left town and headed to nashville….this houston franchise is now on its 2nd straight playoff apperance and they need to make it at least to the afc title game to justify their status as a contender…..Vegas has them listed as a 12-1 odds right now to win the superbowl next year

  31. EJ says: Feb 4, 2013 12:12 PM

    The Texans give up too quickly on their players.

  32. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 4, 2013 1:22 PM

    Of course Jones would excel in Baltimore; Jim Harbaugh was the Eagles’ STC before he landed this job. Tied up the loose ends, and now the guy is the best returner in the NFL (at least in 2012).

  33. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 4, 2013 1:24 PM

    8to80texansblog says: Feb 4, 2013 10:40 AM

    johnrobc says:
    Feb 4, 2013 10:27 AM
    Hey don’t forget about Pollard and Leech too! Thanks Texans! Maybe in a few years you can compete with the AFC big boys.

    ==========================

    Please remember that the Texans beat the Ravens by 30 this year….
    ———–

    With a ton of starters out! Come on son.

    Same thing with Falcons bragging about 34-0, who cares? It was regular season.

  34. jeff6381 says: Feb 4, 2013 1:47 PM

    Jacoby Jones played no different in Houston than in Baltimore. I live in Houston Jacoby Jones may have a great game than have a horrible game the problem that the Texans had with him was inconsistency b/c they needed him to do more or be someone he wasn’t due to lack of talent at wideout. The ravens have enough talent at wideout so they didn’t need Jacoby to do as much as the Texans did. Also I don’t think the Texans wouldnt have released him if he didn’t ask for it after the Baltimore playoff game where he fumbled the punt last year and cost the Texans points he got death threats and became the escapegoat so he asked to be released. He also Iam sure is getting better coaching in Baltimore b/c the Texans special teams coaches are horrible and the wide receivers coach isn’t that good in my opinion.

  35. htown1035 says: Feb 4, 2013 1:50 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 4, 2013 1:24 PM

    8to80texansblog says: Feb 4, 2013 10:40 AM

    johnrobc says:
    Feb 4, 2013 10:27 AM
    =================================

    With a ton of starters out! Come on son.

    Same thing with Falcons bragging about 34-0, who cares? It was regular season.
    ========================
    Try to learn to read – it was in response to the stupid claim of “competing with the AFC big boys”, not bragging.

  36. nathpz says: Feb 4, 2013 2:27 PM

    Just another failure by the Texans to recognize how to get the most out of their talent.

  37. closisgood says: Feb 4, 2013 3:53 PM

    Yea Kevin Walter as a #2….
    BUT
    Jacoby Jones is the Ravens #3, if not 4 or 5 behind those 2 tight ends, Pitta and Dickson.
    Boldin and Smith are above him.

    Texans made quite the mistake.

  38. philrat says: Feb 4, 2013 4:18 PM

    Jacoby Jones was cut by the Texans because he had a lot of drops in 2011 in a year when Andre Johnson was injured a lot. This hurt the Texans in the passing game so cutting Jones was the right move in order to develop some new receivers.

  39. closisgood says: Feb 4, 2013 6:02 PM

    The right move? They couldnt do anything against the Patriots, and Jacoby had some of the most ridiculous plays all season.
    He did run some kicks back before the play offs too.
    Thing is, Flacco has the arm to take advantage of his speed, Matt Slob doesnt.

  40. myk04 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:51 PM

    There was a blatant holding on Bruce Miller during his kick return after the half. It was a the worst no call of the game. He was being bear hugged.

  41. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 5, 2013 2:45 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Feb 4, 2013 1:24 PM
    8to80texansblog says: Feb 4, 2013 10:40 AM

    johnrobc says:
    Feb 4, 2013 10:27 AM
    Hey don’t forget about Pollard and Leech too! Thanks Texans! Maybe in a few years you can compete with the AFC big boys.

    ——————————-
    Please remember that the Texans beat the Ravens by 30 this year….
    ———–

    With a ton of starters out! Come on son.

    Same thing with Falcons bragging about 34-0, who cares? It was regular season.

    ===============================

    First, off. Congrats on the Ravens winning the Superbowl. They had a great postseason.

    But I could really care less about your starters being out. Does that mean last year’s Ravens win in the playoffs is null and void because we were without our #1 QB, our #2 QB, & our #1 pass rusher?

    Plus, in this years game, we were without our MLB Brian Cushing, who in reality, at this point in their careers… is better than Ray Lewis, whom ya’ll were missing that game.

    Honestly, at no point in the regular season did I think that the Ravens were a better team than the Texans. The Texans went cold at the wrong time and the Ravens and Flacco got HOT at the right time and rode it all the way home. So , again, congrats. The Ravens won the last game of the season and deserve the title. But don’t say we can’t play with you…. 43-13

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