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Curing The Red Zone Blues

Texans Focus on Scoring Touchdowns in the Red Zone

October 10, 2018 - 3:41 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Bill O’Brien has been up front about it, the Texans must be better in the red zone.  Despite back-to-back wins, the Texans need to be better about scoring touchdowns once getting in the red zone.

Coming into week six in the NFL, the Texans rank 31st in the NFL scoring touchdowns on only 36 percent of their red zone trips.  Only the Jets have a worse percentage, and the Texans are working on solutions to fix it.

“Execute. (no) Negative plays, no sacks, no penalties and just trust what we see. Just kind of play a little faster. The field gets smaller, the holes kind of close up quicker and we just have to get on the same page. The offense, it could be one person that’s off page and it can ruin the whole play. Once we get on the same page and trust what OB (O’Brien) and the coaching staff have planned up front, for us to get in the end zone and we’ll be just fine. Just kind of keep working, keep pushing and sooner or later it’s going to click,” Texans Quarterback Deshaun Watson told the media on Wednesday. 

Last year, when Deshaun Watson was healthy, the Texans were one of the best teams in the league when it came to scoring touchdowns in the red zone.  This year, the Texans have the fourth best offense in the NFL and the thought is if they can cure their red zone blues, that they can be an elite offense in the league.

“You have to do a great job of practice. If it’s the running game, you definitely have to be very good at understanding what type of defense you’re running against and how you want to run it. You really have to cover people up in the running game. Negative plays down there kill you, penalties kill you, sacks kill you, TFLs kill you,” O’Brien said.  “In the passing game, guys have to move quickly, they have to get open quickly and decisions need to be made quickly. I think, when you look at our red area, those things are way too inconsistent and really not very good. So, that’s an area where we’re going to work hard this week to improve. That’s all we can do. is really just work hard to improve it.”