Yes, run on third down, even third and long. It’s unheard of in today’s NFL. And that’s why, against the Patriots here Sunday, it just might work.
Schaub remains a puddle right now. Not a puzzle, but a puddle. Stick a pass rusher anywhere near his cage and the football goes up for grabs.
And the Patriots will get there on third down.
On first down, they can’t afford to attack, not with Foster around. He’s much too good to ignore.
Kubiak must be ready to play hard-nosed defense and give up the football when Foster can’t convert.
Defensively, he’s got to believe that the Texans will win one-on-one battles in the secondary. Jonathan Joseph wins weekly, but the Texans need more.
Wade Phillips’ defense has to commit athletes to the box, not just to take away the run, but to hit Tom Brady. Relying on J.J. Watt to do it all didn’t work in December and it won’t work now.
Passive was pathetic. But will Kubiak actually take a chance or two?
Judging by his past performance, one would have to say no.
Kubiak will probably throw in the Giants film in the last two Super Bowls and watch how the New Yorkers dominated the Pats in the front four. He too will look to win 17-13 in the final drive of the game.
And when the Pats are up 35 in the third quarter, Pats fans will heckle these pretenders to their throne all the way back to West Texas.
The Texans have what it takes to beat the Patriots Sunday. Have no doubt.
Gary Kubiak just doesn’t have intestinal fortitude to make it happen.