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Bill O’Brien wants to turn the page on Sunday night

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 16:  Brock Osweiler #17 of the Houston Texans points at D'Qwell Jackson #52 of the Indianapolis Colts at the line of scrimmage in the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium on October 16, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Texans emerged from Sunday night’s game with an unlikely win, wiping out a double-digit deficit in the final three minutes of regulation and securing the victory in overtime over Indianapolis. A day after the unlikely outcome, coach Bill O’Brien was asked if it can become a “catalyst” for the season.

“I think any time you’re down 14 points with two minutes to go, 2:47 to go in the game, and you’re able to come back and pull out the win, I think that says a lot about your team,” O’Brien told reporters. “I think it says you’re a resilient team and it says that you’re never out of it and you’re going to continue to fight.”

Then came the caveat.

“I also think it’s one game. I think it’s one game, and like I always tell you guys, it’s really 16 one-game seasons,” O’Brien said. “That’s what it is. So now you have to quickly turn the page because, again, when you watch the tape there’s a lot to improve upon. We have to turn the page and get going on Denver when these guys get back in here on Wednesday.”

He’s right. Digging deep and erasing a two-score deficit may provide some confidence if the team is ever in that position again, but the goal is to not be in that position — especially against a team they should beat, like the Colts.

The Texans won’t be truly ready to compete with the best teams the AFC or the NFC have to offer until they find a way to beat one of those teams. They’ve had two opportunities to do so this year, against the Patriots and Vikings, and they’ve failed to even be competitive in this game. For his part, O’Brien isn’t interested in looking backward.

“I think that we’ve moved past those two games,” he said. “So I think this is a team that is definitely a mentally tough team. This is a team that understands that, like I always say, it’s a race to see who can improve the fastest in this league. That’s really what the league is about. It’s a progress league. It’s about who can be the most consistent team over the last 10 games of the season. That’s what we’re striving to do. Whatever happened in those previous games happened. Now it’s up to us to try to continue to try to be more consistent and try to keep winning.”

Again, he’s right. And the good news is that the rest of the season has only a couple of clear trouble spots — at Denver next Monday, vs. Oakland in Mexico City next month, and at Green Bay in December. If the Texans take care of their business in the other seven games and find a way to win just one of those three tougher contests, they could finish with a very good record.

That won’t matter in January, when once again they’ll be tested against the best teams in the conference, if they win the division. To climb the playoff tree, they have to be able to compete with those teams.

So far, the Texans simply haven’t been able to do it. If quarterback Brock Osweiler’s late-game performance from Sunday night becomes a trend, maybe they’ll finally be able to.

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12 Responses to “Bill O’Brien wants to turn the page on Sunday night”
  1. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 17, 2016 5:42 PM

    Boy, the Colts really McCarthyed that game.

  2. mmack66 says: Oct 17, 2016 5:45 PM

    How did the Chiefs lose to that bunch?

  3. donbat67 says: Oct 17, 2016 5:47 PM

    He’ll be gone by week 10 .High priced free agents = coach fired .

  4. htowntexan says: Oct 17, 2016 6:07 PM

    Bill needs to call better plays for Brock or else we will get manhandled by the ponies.

  5. tgadler says: Oct 17, 2016 6:16 PM

    This Texans fan would prefer it if he turns the page, on the playbook.

  6. truths4all says: Oct 17, 2016 6:26 PM

    It was a miracle that the Texans offensive line finally started to give Osweiler time in the pocket to make his reads and make his throws. Of course, the run blocking and the running back attack all worked together to demand that the Colts respected the Texans running attack which naturally helped slow down the Colts’ pass rush.

  7. carloswlassiter says: Oct 17, 2016 6:42 PM

    Give it time. Osweiler has talent, but you need to build the game plan around what he’s good at.

  8. sopadegato says: Oct 17, 2016 7:08 PM

    Houston beats bad teams, but struggles against good ones. It isn’t the offensive line, or the playcalling, or any of the usual suspects, it’s the franchise’s reluctance to take a real gamble at QB.

    So far, this entire O’Brien/Rick Smith combo has been a disaster in that regard – Mallett? Hoyer? Osweiler? Fitzpatrick?

  9. raiderlyfe510 says: Oct 17, 2016 8:41 PM

    Don’t worry coach….nobody watched that game. To be honest I don’t even know who’s playing tonigh.

    Man the NFL has fallen off. College football is way better. Can’t wait for that Ohio State and Michigan clash of the titans.

  10. 4onafloor says: Oct 17, 2016 8:52 PM

    Maybe I’m alone in this, but I think they have more than three games to win in order to make the playoffs, much less make a showing IF they get there.

  11. bluenose1965 says: Oct 17, 2016 11:20 PM

    raiderlyfe510 says:
    Oct 17, 2016 8:41 PM
    Don’t worry coach….nobody watched that game. To be honest I don’t even know who’s playing tonigh.

    Man the NFL has fallen off. College football is way better. Can’t wait for that Ohio State and Michigan clash of the titans.
    ———————————————————————–

    Says loser Raider fan, who’s posting on an NFL website.

  12. goattoday says: Oct 18, 2016 5:59 PM

    mmack66 says:
    Oct 17, 2016 5:45 PM
    How did the Chiefs lose to that bunch?

    Shows us how bad the Chiefs are!

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