Invoice O’Brien’s crew suffered an tale crumple so monumental even Texas conception it turned into too monumental.
The Houston Texans lost a 24-point lead in the topic of 10:10 of game clock in the second quarter of Sunday’s Divisional Spherical loss to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.
Houston turned a likely walkover buy real into a 51-31 blowout loss in the blink of an uncover. The tide turned largely on two O’Brien choices: The first turned into to kick a self-discipline goal on 4th-and-inches from the Okay.C. 13-yard-line up 21-0. The next, and more questionable call, came on the next possession after the Chiefs reduce back the lead to 24-7 when the coach called for a faux punt on his enjoy 31-yard-line on 4th-and-4 that came up short.
Those choices, along with a plethora of diverse head-scratching choices, left many questioning if the coach deserved to lose his job after collapsing in the playoffs all over again.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson, on the other hand, nurses zero questions that O’Brien is the upright man for the job.
“There’s dinky doubt,” Watson acknowledged, through ESPN’s Sarah Barshop. “I imply, you possibly can furthermore enjoy doubt, nonetheless there would possibly be dinky doubt. I imply, I cherish that man. I will play critical for that man. Y’all can say whatever you ought to negate by the whole media and the whole writing, nonetheless as lengthy as I’m at quarterback, he is chilly with me.
“He’s bought my coronary heart. He’s going to procure all of my 110% at any time once I step on that self-discipline. So y’all can say whatever, nonetheless [I’ll] persistently be rooting for that man and going to play critical for him.”
Watson turned into the principle QB in NFL historic previous to lose a playoff game with 300-plus pass yards, 3-plus total TDs (two passing, one speeding) and zero giveaways. You possibly can’t pin the loss on the quarterback.
No, the Texans lost Sunday because their defense had no answers for Patrick Mahomes, who led his crew on seven straight TD drives at one point. Houston’s game thought turned into depraved from the open. The completely reason this wasn’t a 70-point blowout from the leap turned into the Chiefs started the game as in the event that they were quiet brushing out shards of carbonite after a lengthy freeze.
Okay.C. dropped passes, had a blocked punt, muffed one other punt, blew a coverage all leading to the monumental early deficit. After they cleaned up these mistakes, Houston turned into no match.
O’Brien did now not abet issues with a slew of wonky choices out of the two monumental miscues. Deplorable choices, esteem having to call timeout on 4th-and-4 unhurried when trailing by double-digits cease to midfield, insecure the coach after the principle quarter.
No topic the open wounds after allowing the fourth-biggest postseason comeback in NFL historic previous, O’Brien sees a shining future in Houston.
“I actually feel esteem we’re intelligent in the upright course,” O’Brien acknowledged. “I contemplate we did quite rather a lot of correct issues this year. Not ample, clearly. I actually feel correct about where we’re headed.”
The coach who helped play long-established supervisor this season is hindered by the franchise’s choices — choices he spearheaded — to promote off resources and bound all-in on this season. Sans a first-spherical engage, restocking a defense sorely in need of upgrades will likely be more difficult, especially with big contracts coming down the pike for Watson and left tackle Laremy Tunsil.
Even with a crumple, Watson shares O’Brien’s definite outlook on the lengthy whisk.
“There’s no formula that I bound to be uncomfortable for the lengthy whisk,” Watson acknowledged. “Or now now not it is all definite. We did so critical this season. We went by so critical — usaand downs. For us, to be regarded as one of many final eight teams is monumental. And there is quite rather a lot of teams that wish they were in this declare to play in this game.
“[There’s] no would possibly possibly furthermore quiet be upset. Admire I acknowledged, I’m very encouraged for this organization, for this crew, for this metropolis. It’s likely you’ll possibly furthermore very wisely be upset, nonetheless I’m now now not. As lengthy as I’m in this organization and I’m in this metropolis, we’re certainly going to be in games esteem this.”
With Watson below heart, optimism persistently has a likelihood to shine. Subsequent time, on the other hand, Houston need to be on the different pause of games esteem Sunday.