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Bill O’Brien: We have to think about playoff loss to Chiefs

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 09:  Head coach Bill O'Brien of the Houston Texans leaves the field after their 30-0 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at NRG Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) Getty Images

When teams are scheduled to face teams they faced at or near the end of last season, they often downplay the rematch nature of the game by citing the significant changes that go on almost every offseason.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien’s team looks very different than the one that lost 30-0 to the Chiefs in the Wild Card round of the playoffs in January, but he’s not taking the position that everything has started anew. It might not be a rematch, but O’Brien says the Texans have to look at what happened in that game and “make sure you fix it.”

“I really don’t like to look into the past, but I do think that you have to — because it’s the beginning of the season and … that was the last game of our season last year,” O’Brien said, via ESPN.com. “You have to look at that game. You have to think about what do you need to do to get your guys to play better and to coach better in that game.”

The Chiefs started that game with a Knile Davis kickoff return for a touchdown and the feeling of the air going out of the Texans was hard to miss. With Brian Hoyer at quarterback, there wasn’t much sense that Houston could come from behind and Hoyer’s five turnovers confirmed it.

The Texans trailed the Bears 14-10 at halftime last week, but scored the final 13 points of the game with new quarterback Brock Osweiler, running back Lamar Miller and wide receiver Will Fuller all playing key roles. The Chiefs appear to present a stiffer test, but one thing O’Brien is likely to find while looking back is that his team is better equipped to deal with it.

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10 Responses to “Bill O’Brien: We have to think about playoff loss to Chiefs”
  1. jjackwagon says: Sep 14, 2016 8:37 AM

    Two recommendations:
    1) Don’t let Knile Davis run the opening kickoff back for a TD.
    2) Don’t get cute on offense and try to use Watt as a RB, getting him injured in the process.

  2. laukkanen5 says: Sep 14, 2016 8:42 AM

    i am not sure u want to think about that… that was Cleveland Browns ugly, although they will never make the playoffs anytime soon….

    51-110 last 10 years…….but those morons won’t support the Indians…..what a sports town……but the Dolan’s are cheap….blah blah blah

    well the Browns are a division 3 team, owner is a crook, and the 3 stooges in the front office are off to a great start……rg3….lol.lol.lol….

  3. Iknowitall says: Sep 14, 2016 8:54 AM

    Watt got injured from the pounding inflicted upon by Mr. Eric Fisher. Who will dominate him again this week and make Watt tap out…AGAIN.
    Expect the KC defense to play much meaner this week and the KC running attack to control throughout.

  4. charliecharger says: Sep 14, 2016 9:41 AM

    This should be a much better game. Houston had no chance last year because of their QB, but now they have a good one. Andy Reid is as good a coach as the league has seen in the past 20 years or so. I think he’ll be one step ahead. He could be the best play caller I’ve ever seen (other than Joe Gibbs).

  5. icon1blog says: Sep 14, 2016 10:05 AM

    Fisher dominate? One highlight video vs an already hurt player hardly wipes the slate clean of an major draft disappointment in the opinion this Chiefs fan. The former #1 overall pick has yet to dominate anyone his career as Clowney same for HOU; perhaps the two busts meet Sunday, one of them ‘busts out’ as twere.

    As for Watt, he came into last year’s post season already injured with a broken hand, then hurt his groin the KC game. According one observer’s take – “Watt appeared an step slow and hobbled, which is one of the few ways Fisher would have a chance against one of the NFL’s best players.” Agree.

    Watt comes into this season still recovering from his last injury & may take some time to round back to usual form. His ‘usual’ miles beyond KC’s ‘Highway 72’ best, Fisher will likely be hard pressed take advantage of an even less than 100% Watt again.

  6. htowntexan says: Sep 14, 2016 10:26 AM

    that loss was so embarrassing. we were never in the game. never. although the loss was a team effort, bill o’brien and brian hoyer are the primary reasons. i’m still ashamed to talk with kansas city fans.

    beating KC by 30 on Sunday will not make it right either. this team needs to make a deep playoff run before i consider them anything more than a wildcard weekend road bump for the real contenders.

  7. cliffordt says: Sep 14, 2016 11:39 AM

    KC has the Texans number, they just do. KC wins this game, 20-13.

  8. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 14, 2016 11:44 AM

    With all the weapons on Texans offense, they should win by a touchdown or two. The Chiefs would have been 0-1 if Keenan Allen didn’t go out.

  9. goattoday says: Sep 14, 2016 2:33 PM

    KC will end the season in 3rd or 4th place in the AFC West. If the Texans can’t bet this team at home they’re going to have a long season.

    And for all you Fisher fans, his only highlight was was hitting Watt while he was on the ground after the whistle. That ain’t owning anyone!

  10. slick50ks says: Sep 14, 2016 10:07 PM

    icon1blog says:
    Sep 14, 2016 10:05 AM
    Fisher dominate? One highlight video vs an already hurt player hardly wipes the slate clean of an major draft disappointment in the opinion this Chiefs fan. The former #1 overall pick has yet to dominate anyone his career as Clowney same for HOU; perhaps the two busts meet Sunday, one of them ‘busts out’ as twere.

    As for Watt, he came into last year’s post season already injured with a broken hand, then hurt his groin the KC game. According one observer’s take – “Watt appeared an step slow and hobbled, which is one of the few ways Fisher would have a chance against one of the NFL’s best players.” Agree.

    Watt comes into this season still recovering from his last injury & may take some time to round back to usual form. His ‘usual’ miles beyond KC’s ‘Highway 72’ best, Fisher will likely be hard pressed take advantage of an even less than 100% Watt again.

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    Fisher graded out as the #1 LT in the league for PFF after game one. Also, he dominated Watt in that playoff game from the first snap.

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