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Texans “terrible” in first game of O’Brien era

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So far, not so good for the Texans under Bill O’Brien.

After a 32-0 drubbing by the Cardinals, O’Brian summed up the performance in one word:  Terrible.

It’s unacceptable to play like we did,” O’Brien added, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

O’Brien didn’t blame it all on the players.  “We have to do a better job of coaching and it starts with me,” he said.

But the coaches will remain in place, at least for the season.  Players can come and go.

One player fans perhaps wish never came is quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who completed six of 14 passes for 55 yards with a pair of interceptions.  That translates to a passer rating of 19.2.

Fitzpatrick’s performance could increase speculation/clamoring for a trade that would bring Ryan Mallett from New England.  Even though Mallett wasn’t stellar in the preseason opener, he knows the offense and has never had a chance to show what he can do in games that count.  Fitzpatrick has, which is one of the reasons he was available to be signed.

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45 Responses to “Texans “terrible” in first game of O’Brien era”
  1. doe22us says: Aug 10, 2014 12:47 AM

    I guess they wanted Kubiak gone, i will say this much Gary is a hell of a play caller.. well Baltimore gets the benefit of his firing.

  2. joeflaccoallday says: Aug 10, 2014 12:50 AM

    And the owner said Manziel doesn’t fit their system… I see what he was talking about now.

  3. txmade06 says: Aug 10, 2014 12:53 AM

    Oh no! We suck again!!

  4. shackdelrio says: Aug 10, 2014 12:53 AM

    Greg Schiano 2.0

  5. beanocook says: Aug 10, 2014 1:03 AM

    Obrien is such a blowhard. No matter what, he can’t be as big of a disaster as Weis. Weis got blown away in college football. Pure meathead

  6. rcali says: Aug 10, 2014 1:10 AM

    The “Belicheat Coaching Tree”….laughter.

  7. fordmandalay says: Aug 10, 2014 1:17 AM

    0-16? After watching them tonight, it’s entirely possible.

  8. gayforbrady says: Aug 10, 2014 1:20 AM

    Think 5 more years of trying to get a retread quarterback lead your team?

    Just get mallatt.

  9. coltzfan166 says: Aug 10, 2014 1:20 AM

    6-10 season for the Texans. And that’s probably being generous.

  10. burtmurphy1 says: Aug 10, 2014 1:24 AM

    Mallet for Clowney. Straight up.

  11. atwatercrushesokoye says: Aug 10, 2014 1:27 AM

    I’m still trying to figure out what he did at Penn State to make so many people fall in love with his coaching abilities?

  12. dubblelznhell says: Aug 10, 2014 1:49 AM

    No ex-patriot coaches do well. I wonder why…..

  13. funpatsmon777 says: Aug 10, 2014 2:43 AM

    Mallett and amendola for A J and 3RD rounder texans are or need to rebuild with a young q b and A J is 33 makes to much sense for pats and tex…lets doooooo it just doooooo it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! war patriots

  14. tommyribs says: Aug 10, 2014 3:36 AM

    Mallet is not the answer to any type of question regarding immediate help.

    Fitzpatrick is not great by any stretch, but he can be a stopgap in a multi year process. Mallet hasn’t shown much, and what he has shown has not looked good at all.

  15. toe65 says: Aug 10, 2014 5:40 AM

    Ryan Fitzpatrick would be a good back up QB but not a starter. The offensive play calling was terrible, defense LB’s and secondary could not stop my great grandmother. Need to be taught how to tackle. New coach and the first game looks very bad, but I believe that O’Brien will make some changes this week and rip his coaching staff up for such a poor showing.

  16. watermelon1 says: Aug 10, 2014 5:54 AM

    If this was their way of inspiring Andre Johnson to back off his trade demands…

    Yeah, ummm… PLAN B?

  17. GenXJay says: Aug 10, 2014 6:15 AM

    One game, preseason at that, and they’re on red alert?
    Bill may not last long.

  18. mrbigass says: Aug 10, 2014 8:01 AM

    Sad but true…….

  19. bostonbadass says: Aug 10, 2014 8:06 AM

    Hey Bill it’s Bill O’Brien On Line 1 & Um he really sounds Frantic Can You Pick Up.
    Thanks
    Nick Caserio…

  20. htowntexan says: Aug 10, 2014 8:37 AM

    Soup to nuts, this team is bad. Starts with the owner. Hard to believe I would ever want bud Adams back.

  21. azjam says: Aug 10, 2014 9:09 AM

    Cardinal fan and was at the game last night. Texans really looked bad. Fitzpatrick played the entire first half and most of the time against the Cards backups. He did not play well.

  22. fordmandalay says: Aug 10, 2014 9:18 AM

    0-16 looks like a real possibility after watching that game.

  23. wallabear says: Aug 10, 2014 9:34 AM

    Just because you’ve earned a degree from Harvard and scored a 49 (out of 50) on the Wonderlick [sic] does not in any way, shape or form mean that you are going to be successful in the NFL. Timmy Tebow and Vince Young are still available, Mr. O’Brien (wink!)

  24. 6ball says: Aug 10, 2014 9:37 AM

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    It’s only the first preseason game under a new coach with new coordinators. There’s no need to panic….. yet.
    .

  25. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 10, 2014 9:56 AM

    Had to think the Texans have no where to go but up. Now I’m not so sure. Drafting Clowney (a 4-3 DE) wasn’t a great fit for their defense and it is clear they really need a QB.

  26. luz56 says: Aug 10, 2014 9:59 AM

    Obviously apparent the difference in talent between the two teams at all levels…cards were bigger stronger and faster

  27. dadsource says: Aug 10, 2014 10:21 AM

    Penn state grad here. Bill honestly did wonders at the QB position in developing Matt McGloin and Christian Hackenburg. He circled the wagons, kept recruits, led the program well, and brought Happy Valley back together after what seemed to be total destruction. Any initial feelings of anger at him are long gone. He set up a new program and left it in better shape than when he got there. Bill O’Brien will do well with the Texans, but he NEEDS a good QB. He doesn’t have one. No defense can overcome that.

  28. evansvc says: Aug 10, 2014 10:39 AM

    There is a quarterback in Houston that deserves a chance to play for the Texans….
    VINCE YOUNG…

  29. 1pwrightt says: Aug 10, 2014 10:52 AM

    Houston, We have a problem!

  30. benjamin715 says: Aug 10, 2014 11:09 AM

    I haven’t seen the game, but after reading all the comments in here, the Texans look like a 5-11 team. I’m not going to get too caught up on this game because they lost to a much improved team that could be playoff contenders in the NFC west. I will rather wait and see how they perform the next game before I harshly criticize the Texans franchise. As far as the Bill O’Brien is concerned, all I can say is that just because he could yell at one of the best QB in the league on the sidelines doesn’t mean that he’s all of the sudden a good head coach.

  31. ajgreenhof says: Aug 10, 2014 11:16 AM

    Not even sure how he became a head coach.

  32. texansdan says: Aug 10, 2014 11:31 AM

    Yes, yes they were. I thought the offensive play calling was not good. Fitz’s two INTs didn’t appear to be completely his fault (one swatted/tipped at the line), but he didn’t look very good either. Not sure if it was more Fitz or the O-line that caused a lot of the damage.

    I really thought the defense would be much stronger and was disappointed. I know it’s only the first preseason game, but I’ve been thinking that the D would keep us in the game. If they don’t tighten that up STAT there’s going to be a lot of problems.

    Clowney looked much better with a hand on the ground and pass rushing than he did dropping into coverage, but again this was his first time doing that so I knew there would be some growing pains. He looked pretty good as a pass rusher, though–he and Watt will be pretty formidable.

    I’m assuming that O’brien is going to light a huge fire under the team after that performance. With the practice against the Falcons coming up, we’ll see how much things change this week. Not ready to write off the season yet…

  33. rhstrat77055 says: Aug 10, 2014 12:00 PM

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. The Texans saga continues. Famous last words, “We have to do a better job of coaching”. I think I’ve heard that from every Texans coach since the very first season. We Know That Fool. We may as well start saying, “There’s always next year. I hope the local news media idiots don’t start using Texans and Super Bowl in the same sentence like they do at the start of every new season. I think Obama might have had a hand in picking these bunch of sorry coaches. I can only imagine what the next game is going to be like. Anyone with no brains could probably predict it.

  34. dalcow4 says: Aug 10, 2014 12:15 PM

    Second week of the season, Sep 14–
    Texans vs Raiders for the #1 pick in the 2015 draft.

  35. jpaq68 says: Aug 10, 2014 12:53 PM

    How do you lose 32 – 0 in a pre-season game?

  36. oldcracker says: Aug 10, 2014 1:32 PM

    To put it into perspective: the Cowgirls started We-done.

    It has to make you question the GM and the scouting staff, doesn’t it?

  37. mtgman2004 says: Aug 10, 2014 1:37 PM

    Forget what the quarterbacks did, I have never seen offensive play calling at any level of football as bad as Bill OBrien’s play calling last night.

  38. vancouversportsbro says: Aug 10, 2014 1:53 PM

    I know it’s preseason, but a lot could have seen this coming.

    They needed a quarterback badly, and they take tom freaking savage and pick up Fitzpatrick. The jags look smart for getting bortles, manziel looks decent for now, and the texans look like fools. I really do think they will be something like 4-12 again

  39. absentfathers says: Aug 10, 2014 2:31 PM

    they simply have a lack of personal ,. the same second rate secondary and horrible qb play,,.

  40. platinumraider32 says: Aug 10, 2014 4:01 PM

    I wouldn’t write the Texans off just yet, especially after the 1st preseason game. With that said, I still can’t understand why they didn’t draft for “need” as opposed to the best “available” athlete.

    They have been riding their defense for some years now and if they get any injuries on that side of the ball(heaven forbid), that’s when the wheels come off. While Clowney might prove to be a dominant defensive player, he wasn’t what they needed.

    It seems that Fitzpatrick has reached his ceiling already and with Tate gone, Foster in and out, I just hope he can get the ball to Johnson, but that will only go so far.

    Their will be immense pressure on the Defense to keep this team in striking distance during games.

  41. scamuel says: Aug 10, 2014 6:18 PM

    Terrible team with a terrible coach!

  42. firerogergoodellnow says: Aug 10, 2014 9:28 PM

    Didn’t the Texans realize that nearly everybody that worked for Bill Belichick were head coaching busts?

  43. bamafan1973 says: Aug 11, 2014 12:28 PM

    Texans made a huge mistake in firing Kubiak, and going with a college coach with limited experience. While Clowney is hopefully going to pan out as a great NFL player, their primary need was a QB. Fitzpatrick played for the Titans last year, who has an eyesight problem. He cannot identify his own players from the defense. This is a systemic problem for him, as he did the same thing for Buffalo. Come on, man! Look at the tapes. While the Titans are at least showing a few blimps on the radar, Texans, with this loss, look to continue their ways.

  44. huskywolverine says: Aug 11, 2014 12:55 PM

    And with the first pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, the Texans select…….

  45. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 12, 2014 10:57 AM

    I remember when the Texans played the 49ers in the preseason in Harbaugh’s first year in SF. Texan’s players came away saying that the 49ers were just a horrible team and might be the worst in the NFL. SF looked terrible in that game.

    They went to the NFC title game that year and the Super Bowl the next…

    Let’s back away from the ledge. Sure it looked terrible, but change takes time. If it still looks like this in week 3 though… by all means… jump of the ledge. I’ll be right there with you on the way down.

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