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.