I was tempted to just cut and paste my article from the last Texans-Jaguars debacle, where I said Gary Kubiak had to go right then and there. But since the Texans didn't listen then...
At least this loss was different. But then that's been the Texans during this 11-game losing streak. Snowflake losses -- no two are alike. But then they are all the same. Moments of success, a few flashes, and another loss. This one was 27-20, but does the score really matter at this point?
This one got interesting when Matt Schaub returned from his sideline pouting and rallied the Texans for 10 points to close to within 24-20. He briefly looked like that Schaub of old, albeit sporting a new, creepy beard. But then he pulled a Schaub when it counted, with a game-clinching pick and fittingly finishing the game by being sacked.
Stat wise, the Texans dominated this game. First downs, 23-18. Yards, 406-281. Time of possession 35:22-24:38.
But that's what losers do. They turn the ball over (Schaub's pick and an equally terrible throw by Case Keenum). They don't force turnovers (none again). They sack Chad Henne all of one time.
And they get 14 penalties for 177 yards, which led to at least 10 points.
That's 14 freaking penalties. Afterward, Gary Kubiak said "That's on me. It's ridiculous. It's inexcusable. It can't happen."
But it did. And we've heard it all before. And it keeps happening.
The lack of accountability on this team is ridiculous. What other coach would have left D.J. Swearinger in the game after three dumb penalties? The complain about penalties?
The end result? 11 straight losses. A mess at quarterback. A team with no guidance and no discipline.
Kubiak should have been gone two weeks ago. Keeping him around makes no sense. At this stage, owner Bob McNair has no choice but to go full on Game of Thrones on the entire operation and start lopping off heads. Kubiak now. Wade Phillips, Rick Dennison, Schaub and Keenum at the end of the season. The front office needs a shakeup as well. It's time to settle all family business.
Way past time, in fact.
It's time for the red wedding on Kirby, with Kubiak in the role of Rob Stark. Nice guy. Ineffective leader.
This team is a complete embarrassment and an absolute joke. And as Kubiak likes to say, it's on him.
Time for him to be held accountable.