Kris Brown blows another one

An original member of the Houston Texans could soon be on the outs.

Kris Brown, who mans one of the most fungible position in the sport, has missed late in two straight games field-goal attempts that would have forced overtime.

Fifteen days ago, Brown’s misfire from 42 yards allowed the Colts to escape with a three-point win, 20-17.

Tonight, Brown failed to convert on a 49-yard try on the first drive after Rob Bironas nailed one from 53 to give the Titans a 20-17 lead.

The game-winning drive, which started from the Tennessee six, was fueled by a questionable horse-collar penalty.  On the very first play, Texans safety John Busing tackled Titans running back Chris Johnson from behind, pulling the back of his shirt.  But ESPN’s replay showed that Busing’s hand was not inside the back of Johnson’s shoulder pads.  So a penalty shouldn’t have been called.

And if the penalty hadn’t been called, the Titans would have faced second and seven from their own nine.  Instead, they got a first down on their own 24.

Eight plays later, Bironas delivered the win.
 
Back to Brown, he joined the team as a free agent in 2002, jumping from Pittsburgh to Houston.  At a minimum, coach Gary Kubiak needs to conduct a Gong Show tryout at kicker, in the hopes that at a minimum the shot across the bow cajoles Brown into getting back to putting the ball between the uprights.
 

45 responses to “Kris Brown blows another one

  1. Brutal, cost the Texans a chance at two games now.
    But they also had the train wreck goal line performance trying to punch it in on the 1 against the Cards at the end of the game for the tie.
    Sucks for the Texans, I hope they can still make it to the post season.
    Give credit where credit is due to Vince Young and the Titans OC tonight for scheming around Vince.
    Also – I’m beginning to think I’d trade Gruden for Kornheiser. Gimme a break Gruden your not covering all your bases, Florio you come up with some wacky shit sometimes, but I think you hit the nail on the head with that one.
    Gruden is terrible, he’s like every players mother with all the praise he gives and his analysis is retarded; he said in the first half while discussing Slaton, who of course from hearing Gruden is the greatest thing since Earl Campbell – “the Texans are 28th in rushing – THAT IS UNHEARD OF” Well John, there are 32 teams, one of them is 28th every single year big guy…

  2. Nice work Florio. Can you title your next piece “Suisham sucks the sweat off a dead man’s balls” or something to the effect?

  3. Chris Johnson is a wonderful talent but anyone with gold capped teeth who won’t smile because of them and can’t talk because of them has no future. Too bad. Such a wonderful talent.

  4. The Texans made a mistake by not drafting Vince Young. That said, Mario Williams is not a bust. He’s OK.
    The Texans desperately need better offensive line play.
    You can’t blame it on the kicker when you can’t even run the ball more than 57 yards or whatever paltry figure it was.

  5. Another thing – Coach Ditka moves to 11-0 with his picks.
    I knew I got it wrong when the Iron Mike picked the Titans. Guy can pick em, be interesting to see if he gets next week right.
    But ya, the Texans – very unclutch….

  6. The game-winning drive, which started from the Tennessee six, was fueled by a questionable horse-collar penalty. On the very first play, Texans safety John Busing tackled Titans running back Chris Johnson from behind, pulling the back of his shirt. But ESPN’s replay showed that Busing’s hand was not inside the back of Johnson’s shoulder pads. So a penalty shouldn’t have been called.
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    I disagree. The TV guys overstated this as well. The shoulder pads don’t go right up to the back of the player’s neck like the shirt does. They stop a few inches below that — right about where John Busing was grabbing when he took Chris Johnson down. You can grab the back of the shoulder pads through the jersey. You don’t have to be inside the shirt to make a horse-collar tackle.
    Watch the play again. Johnson falls to the ground with an unnatural backward jerking movement. And his shirt didn’t stretch back at all so it’s not like he was yanked down by the jersey. Immediately after going to the ground, Johnson looked to the official and started making the signal for a flag which the official had already thrown and you could see Johnson had fully expected it to be called. Either it was a horse-collar tackle, or Johnson did a remarkable job of throwing his legs out forward and his body back at the instant Busing grabbed him from behind to sell it as a horse collar. My gut tells me it WAS a horse-collar tackle but really it’s impossible to know unless you’re Johnson or Busing or maybe within a few feet of the play like the official.
    I hate it when the entire announcing crew misses an obvious explanation after multiple slow-mo replays. And then you have guys like Florio and every Texans fan in the country go along for the ride.

  7. Was the headline referring to a kick or something else? I would go with the something else. We already know he is a horrible field goal kicker. I love the kicks where I know my team won right after the ball gets over the line of scrimmage.

  8. tenakeytyrant9 says:
    November 24, 2009 12:07 AM
    ive just realized how big of a douche steve young is..dissappointing
    ——————-
    Hey, you’re only about 25 years late on that one. OK though. Guy is a major douche.
    Probably not as bad as Deion Sanders though. That guy is unwatchable on NFL Network’s Sunday night highlights show. All he does is scream out “pay the man” anytime a player who might be underpaid makes a decent play. Do I really need to listen to an annoying multi-millionaire showboat former player gripe about how some guy who’s making $3 million per year should be making $6 million per year during the highlights of virtually every game. Not to mention Deion is in bed with at least one agent and this use of the NFL Network show to lobby for player contracts is not only annoying and tacky but a blatant conflict of interests.

  9. I wonder if the NFL will address the BS personal foul call on Cushing when he “tapped” VY out of bounds, or the non-call when David Anderson was wheel-barrowed around after his catch on the last drive and the obvious one you mentioned already (the horse-collar that wasn’t)…

  10. The call for the horsecollar was a bad call , however earlier in the quarter there was a blatant trip which did not get called , as well as a phantom false start call immediately after the aforementioned call . Texans had a chance to win , Titans had a chance to win , both teams met on the field , and the Titans left with the steak dinner and the Texans got caught whiffing the fart gas on our way out .

  11. i hate being a dick..what am i saying, i love it! wheres everyone saying cj wouldnt top 60 yards..or yall were going to make vy go into depression..or yall own us..or andre johnson is uncoverable..or steve slaton is a better back than cj..or that yall were clearly a better team?..truthfully i was impressed with the texans for most of the game but when it got late in the 2nd half when a playoff team makes the plays necessary to win yall simply couldn’t do it. im not sure what yall need to do in order to get over the hump but something needs to be done bc truthfully brown didnt lose the game for you, thats the way we play i dont believe anyone watching the game in the 4th thought the texans were going to win. theres a reason we wear the oiler throwback..thats our home too! we set up shop in 3 of the 4 afc south stadiums..maybe we should start paying the property tax for lucas oil stadum since the colts obviously cant afford it

  12. DildoBaggins says:
    November 24, 2009 12:05 AM
    … “Also – I’m beginning to think I’d trade Gruden for Kornheiser. ” …
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    Ouch! That’s about the harshest thing I’ve ever heard.

  13. “Dildo Baggins” haha
    One of the best user names on here. And a great post. I love the cracks on Gruden….”That’s unheard of”

  14. “Kris Brown, who mans one of the most fungible position in the sport…”
    Ignorance on display. Kris Brown proved that the position is NOT fungible: there are kickers who make crucial attempts and kickers who do not. Brown is one of the latter; contrast him with, say, Adam Vinatieri, who’s just as responsible for that 2001 Patriots Super Bowl victory as Tom Brady.

  15. Boy aren’t the Titans and there fans glad the curse of the Terrible Towel is over? I mean up until LenDale And Kieth signed that one to auction off, they lost every meaningful game, they signed it and BAM they have won ever since!! Let’s see if they stomp it again!

  16. I was at the game. Man, what a heart-breaker.
    I have been an avid Kris Brown supporter since ’02 and I’m just about ready to see him go. Sometimes you just need a change (Ask Brad Lidge) to move on in your career. I think that’s about where we’re at here. Your kicker can’t be slumping when much of the rest of the team (Aside from “Pay Me Rick” Robinson who is still no where close to a franchise corner) is really building on their potential. You especially can’t go 1/3 on MNF against a division rival.
    Texans Losses at the end of games:
    Outright killed at home by the Jets
    Handed a pick 6 to the Cardinals and then got stuffed at the goal line for a whole series.
    Fumbled on the goal line against Jacksonville.
    Missed a 42 yarder to send Indy to OT after a great game.
    Missed a 47 yarder to send Tenn to OT at home.
    Just brutal. I guess Bulluck got his wish…

  17. of course we won’t blame the poor throws to Andre Johnson for the loss. or the defenses lack of stopping them. etc etc etc etc etc………..
    FYI: Teams that rely on getting a win in the last 20seconds don’t tend to go anywhere

  18. 2 (chris/kris) Browns are killing this team along with the dimwit coach kubiak!
    4 games this idiot kubiak LOST with his brain, a man who “doesn’t play the game to win the game” BUT “to NOT lose the game”!
    the idiot who got his job got whatever reputation just like that other loser shanahan ONLY because he was near JOHN ELWAY, that idiot kubiak wouldn’t try to make the final FG try a little easier than the 49 for his kicker who missed one earler and last game at the end? When he could have still taken a shot top the endzone or even reduce the attempt by a 10-15-20 yard pass as they still had a timeout?
    like he uses Chris Brown in the backfield – WAKEY WAKEY THIS SLOW AS MOLASSES GOING UP A HILL IN JANUARY RB AVERAGES UNDER 3 YARDS A CARRY he is a handicap in the backfield. he doesnt even know how to pick up the blitz.
    a brilliant move by the dimwit kubiak to have the qb sneak for minus one yards to ensure his confidence shaken kicker would have to try from the 49 yard line.
    instead of trying to shorten the kick or even take a shot at the endzone like detroit did yesterday for one team.
    worst and dumbest coach in nfl– KUBIAK who gained fame holding elways cli[pboard!
    this kubiak is a career loser. a career never made the first string!
    as long as he is here this team will never win anything

  19. Go ahead and blame it on the kicker, come on now guys. You really didnt think the Texans would ever be better than 8-8 did you???

    say what? this team is now 5-5 which includes 4 games the moron kubiak twice this year previously using the slowest rb in nfl history inside the 2 yardline to try to win the game and then the sloth DOES NOT SUCCEED! and 2 games now this field goal kicker chokes under pressure as kubiak is not smart enough to try to get him a much easier attempt from closer in or even try to score a td with his worst nfl red zone offence directed by clipboard holder for elway! even tonite not only on that last drive not trying to go for score to win it all or even easier shorter FG position but the last time the texans had it first and goal inside the 8 why on earth did this IDIOT KUBIAK AGAIN have TURTLE SPEED chris brown on the field AND give him the ball. brown is absolutely no threat to anyone but the texans themselves when he’s on the field, so why weaken your offense by using this guy who couldn’t make a UFL team.
    CHECK out Chris Brown’s stats! Career and this year? What coach in his right mind would use him as his feature back?
    were not 2 games lost by running back chris brown inside the 5 this year not lessoin enough for dimwit kubiak?

  20. Steeler fans… a bit of advice. Coming into every thread with that towel routine. It was funny for a while, but you’ve got to get some new material. Comedy is tough… keep it fresh.

  21. I thought the worst call of the night was the missed trip call. It couldn’t have been more obvious. I was texting with my friend, Titans fan, & he was pissed that the Titans let the Texans march down the field. I told him don’t worry, the anti-Vinatieri won’t make the field goal and lo and behold, it came to pass. I remember when he was missing kicks in Pittsburgh and everyone kept saying how tough it was to kick in Heinz Field. Guess that’s not the only problem he has.

  22. I only watched part of the game but this story is talking about brown missing a 49 yarder… what’s the league avg for making those? I would think not very high.
    Maybe he’s missed some other more reasonable kicks but c’mon… aren’t most kickers 50% or so from over 50? Granted 49 is not 50 technically but it pretty much is for the sake of this arguement. Also, didn’t bironas miss a 52? That made him 50% on the night for the long ones.
    I’m not big on putting the blame on kickers, especially when the best they can do is setup a 49 yard fg when the game is on the line.

  23. I lived in Texas when the Texans franchise was born and became an immediate fan (though the Vikes will always be my #1 team).
    That being said, the Texans should have run a decent play instead of tryin to get the ball to the middle of the field for a 49 yard kick. Even 10 yards closer drastically increases the odds of making the kick. There was a time when a 49 yard kick was completely out of the question, even indoors!
    Yes Kris Brown missed, but if the coach had the confidence in the offense that should have been there in the first place, he could have made things far easier on Brown and on the entire team!

  24. Now we get to elect Vince Young for president right. 12/22, 116 yards. Titans were 0-6 for a reason. Don’t tell me 4 straight wins now everyone is on the playoff bandwagon. 2008 season 13-3 was a fluke. By all means sign VY to a long term in the off season, one less team in the division we have to worry about.

  25. Bob they should have done something to get the ball closer, and that was horrible coaching. With that being said the Guy is paid to make kicks.

  26. “yall were going to make vy go into depression..or yall own us..or andre johnson is uncoverable..or steve slaton is a better back than cj..or that yall were clearly a better team?..truthfully i was impressed with the texans for most of the game but when it got late in the 2nd half when a playoff team makes the plays necessary to win yall simply couldn’t do it. im not sure what yall…”
    ——————————————————–
    Once “yall” learn how to talk the rest of the country may take you seriously. Damn hillbillies are worse than hippies.

  27. Ths silver lining with this loss is that Kubiak is gone after this year. He’s just another OC that can’t cut it as a head coach. With 6 seconds and I timeout, rather than try to pick up more yards he has Schaub just dive to the center of the field. WTF? The Texans running game is pathetic after 11 weeks because Chris Brown gets the majority of the carries. Brown wouldn’t be on 31 other NFL teams yet he’s the starter. WTF?
    And Dunta Robinson needs to be released at the end of the year. The guy who wrote ‘Pay Me Rick’ needs to earn that money he wants. He gave up the TD to Kenny Britt along with getting junked out of his jock by VY. If Robinson can’t cover Britt, there’s no way he’ll ever cover Reggie Wayne or Sims-Walker. See you later Dunta!
    Andre Johnson dropped a couple of balls but is still the best WR in the league. He needs to listen to his uncle and demand a trade a go to a contender. Save yourself Andre.

  28. Is there any chance that the thought of the Titans calling a timeout before the kick messed with his head ? (not to use it as an excuse)
    The latest trend is calling the opposing team calling a timeout a split second before the snap, and I think it was interesting that Fisher didn’t do it.

  29. Chris Johnson is a wonderful talent but anyone with gold capped teeth who won’t smile because of them and can’t talk because of them has no future. Too bad. Such a wonderful talent.

    Wow, uncapped teeth are required for the RB position!
    Who knew?

  30. Kris Brown was terrible in Pittsburgh. That’s why he was shipped out of there.
    It didn’t matter if the Texans had run another play for more yards. Brown still would have missed. The distance is not a problem. He can kick 60 yard field goals in Reliant Stadium. He is just not a good kicker when the pressure is on.

  31. @Jag4Life,
    VY is a way better QB than Lard Ass Garrard. VY is not a stats guy. He is a win column guy. Did you see the game? How many drives did he keep alive? There is more space for Chris Johnson to run because defenses fear VY. You better hope the Titans don’t re-sign him or else you will be doomed to AFC South cellar dwellers as you usually are.

  32. The Texans coach really had a brain fart at the end of that drive. If your going to leave the kicker back at mid field, take some deep shots with those downs. But to not try to win it, and leave yourself little chance to tie it, hard to understand.
    If the best the team can do is get the kicker a 49 yard shot to be a hero, then that is on thing. But that didnt look like the best that they could do.
    People who watched the game I think understand the excitement about V Young more then those who just watch the stats after the game.
    With Collins in, that game was a loss for the Titans.

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