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Texans players found it hard to block out Kubiak’s absence in second half

Gary Kubiak AP

There are plenty of games each season where one team dominates in the first half and then falls flat in the second half, but explanations for the difference are rarely as stark as the one in Houston on Sunday night.

After coach Gary Kubiak collapsed at halftime and left for the hospital, the air clearly went out of the Texans’ sails and the Colts stormed back to take a 27-24 victory. After the game, Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips talked about there being “a lot of unknown” around the team as they went back out for the second half and several players said it was hard to block thoughts of the coach out of their heads while trying to beat the Colts.

Wide receiver Andre Johnson also said he thought Kubiak’s absence may have had an effect on the team’s offense in the second half.

“I don’t know. It probably could have. It was our first time really having it where he wasn’t there,” Johnson said, via the team’s website. “As far as getting the plays in and stuff like that, so it was definitely different. Sometimes it seemed like it took the plays a little bit longer to come in and stuff like that, but that’s no excuse. We didn’t make enough plays to win, and we had opportunities to.”

Several other players echoed Johnson’s belief that Kubiak’s absence was no excuse and the Texans certainly had their chances to win the game in the second half, but it’s hard to judge any human being too harshly for being impacted by what we saw on Sunday night.

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13 Responses to “Texans players found it hard to block out Kubiak’s absence in second half”
  1. gp1390r says: Nov 4, 2013 7:26 AM

    As a Colts fan, we’ve had some great games against the Texans. We also know what it’s like to deal with a head coach not being on the sidelines. Tony Dungy’s son committed suicide late in the 2005 season, and he left the team for a game. Granted, the division was locked up, but that first playoff game was a disaster (Steelers). The team was obviously just not all there. No one said it at the time, but several years later some Colts did come out and say things just weren’t right after that tragedy.

    My prayers are with Kubiak. He’s a good man and I hope he’s back on the sidelines when you come visit Dec 15th…..for your yearly butt-whipping in Indy!!

  2. bdl08 says: Nov 4, 2013 7:42 AM

    Randy Bullock must have sensed it in the 1st half.

  3. ccjcsr says: Nov 4, 2013 7:46 AM

    Hope Kubiak is ok, but as far as the players…no excuses, they should have stuck together and got the win.

    #seasonsover

  4. damcmp says: Nov 4, 2013 8:13 AM

    The Texan players and fan have been nothing but blowhards since they were 11-1 last year….including the playoffs they are 3-10 , except in their minds where they are ELITE! sorry about Kubiak but the Texans deserve everything they get!

  5. mrbigass says: Nov 4, 2013 8:22 AM

    Hope Kubiak is ok.

    And when he gets back the first order of business is to find another kicker. 1 – 4 lost that game.

  6. notwithkubiak says: Nov 4, 2013 8:24 AM

    Excuses.. its not like they wouldn’t have collapsed at the end even if he was on the sidelines… So much for arrogant Texans fans who had crowned their team Super Bowl champions back in August…

  7. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Nov 4, 2013 8:42 AM

    It’s unfortunate. Keenum was rolling in the first half. It was great to see someone making the most of their opportunity, and having a blast doing it.

  8. bunjy96 says: Nov 4, 2013 8:52 AM

    Several other players echoed Johnson’s belief that Kubiak’s absence was no excuse and the Texans certainly had their chances to win the game in the second half…..

    Agree 100%

  9. kelshannon19 says: Nov 4, 2013 10:59 AM

    Mans health is in question and all you people can do is find ways to bash Texans and their fans? God. You all are pathetic.

  10. 1texan says: Nov 4, 2013 11:03 AM

    Best wishes, get well coach!

  11. htown1035 says: Nov 4, 2013 11:10 AM

    notwithkubiak says:
    Nov 4, 2013 8:24 AM
    Excuses.. its not like they wouldn’t have collapsed at the end even if he was on the sidelines… So much for arrogant Texans fans who had crowned their team Super Bowl champions back in August…
    ——————————————
    That’s funny – Colts fans were doing the same thing.

  12. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 4, 2013 11:46 AM

    It was a tough loss. Luck and Keenum seemed to flip flop from the 1st half to the 2nd. Keenum and Dre ownd the Colts in the first half and Luck and Hilton owned us in the second.

    The difference was Vinatieri made his kicks and Bullock didn’t.

    I thought the refereeing in that game was horrible though. Both calls that were overturned were bad reversals. The RTP call against Luck when he’s still in bounds was BS, Luck’s fumble that wasn’t even allowed to be reviewed was BS, there was a missed RTK call against the Texans. I think the ref thought we got the ball but it was plain as day in the ball flight that it got out clean. The PI call against Kareem Jackson was terrible too. Just bad all around.

    I’ll say this, at the beginning of the season I said that I thought the Colts would regress. I was wrong. They are lucky though they have already played the tough games on their schedule before losing Wayne. Without his safety valve, Luck didn’t look near the same QB.

  13. mogogo1 says: Nov 4, 2013 1:32 PM

    Lost in all the rest of it was the replay review that took that catch from Andre Johnson in the fourth quarter. He clearly had the ball when he slid out of bounds. Not only was he out of bounds, he was also down by contact at the time. And making it all the worse was the fact that even when the defender jarred the ball when the play was over, the ball still never hit the ground. If that’s not a catch, then the rules are seriously flawed.

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