December 8th, 2015
Out played & out coached…about sums it up for the Texans’ loss to the Buffalo Bills 30-21. The defense had a rough outing have having a stellar four week run of shutting down offenses. The Bills ran the stretch play to perfection in the first half, and it did not help matters much when the defense could not contain the edge. Kevin Johnson received a dose of NFL reality after getting beat by both Sammy Watkins & Robert Woods. The dropped passes returned on the offensive side of the ball. The drops were a function of bad ball placement by Hoyer & just pour catching effort by the wide receiver group. This was a tough game to watch and every phase of the game was bad. I am not sure that the special teams group, especially the punting group, went a play without a penalty. But despite all of that the worst to me was the clock management at the end of the first half. There was no reason for O’Brien not use his timeouts when Buffalo had the ball with 1:52 left. Instead Buffalo was able to work the clock down and leave the Texans with less than 40 seconds to work 80 yards. If the Texans had used some timeouts they could have had 1:20 or so with the ball. This is the not the first time that the clock management bug has shown up with the Texans. Bill O’Brien had no problem denying it during his Monday press conference either. The Texans are now 6-6 heading into the last 4 games of the regular season. Based on all the tiebreakers it does not matter if the Texans win or lose against the Patriots on Sunday night. The Texans do control their destiny through the final 3 games to win the division. A wild card berth into the playoffs is out of the question now. The road to the playoffs will come with a division win. Texans must win their final 3 games to clinch the division (after 4 tiebreakers) with a 9-7 or 10-6 record. But hey…we are onto New England…hopefully sans letterman jackets this time.
The Texans completed two (2) transactions again this week.
1. Steven Means (LB) signed off the Practice Squad
The Philadelphia Eagles signed Steven Means to their active roster. Means has to voluntarily terminate his practice squad contract with the Texans before accepting the new contract with Philadelphia. Means will leave behind $46,200 salary in “dead money” for his services on the practice squad.
2. Tony Washington (LB) signed to the Practice Squad
Tony Washington is a familiar face with the Texans, as he was signed after the 2015 draft as an undrafted rookie. Washington was ultimately released with an injury settlement back during the final rounds of cuts, on September 6th, 2015. Washington will have a base salary & cap charge of $26,400 for the last 4 weeks of practice squad work.
3. Weekly Roster Bonuses
The Texans use active game day roster bonuses for many of their top & middle tier players. The player has an annual roster bonus, which is paid out each week the player is on the 46 man game day active roster. Rahim Moore and Garrett Graham were inactive and did not receive their respective roster bonus. The following players did receive their bonus:
|Player Name||Roster Bonus Amount|
4. Week 13 Snap Counts
Offense: 76 Plays
Defense: 62 Plays
Active Special Teams (no offensive/defensive snaps): Max Bullough (LB), Brian Peters (LB), Akeem Dent (LB), Kurtis Drummond (DB), Keith Mumphrey (WR), A.J. Bouye (DB), Jon Weeks (LS), Shane Lechler (P), Nick Novak (K)
Active but Did Not Play: T.J. Yates (QB)
Inactive: Brandon Weeden (QB), Darryl Morris (DB), Rahim Moore (DB), Justin Tuggle (LB), Brandon Brooks (OL), Garrett Graham (TE), Jeoffrey Pagan (DL)
5. Salary Cap Space Update
Going into Week 14 of the regular season the Texans will have ~$2.850 million available in cap space.