Even In Victory, Texans Clock Management Is Concerning

The decision not to call a timeout could have ultimately cost the Texans

Brandon Scott
September 16, 2019 - 3:44 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) -- With only two seconds left on the game clock in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Jaguars, the Texans kicked a field goal to end the half to take a 6-3 lead into the break. 

Head coach Bill O'Brien was criticized for allowing the Texans to go into halftime with two timeouts to spare, while too much time ran off the clock for them to take another shot toward the end zone. 

DeAndre Hopkins caught a seven-yard pass with 42 seconds left in the quarter, the Deshaun Watson scrambled for four yards. 

After a timeout, Watson found Kenny Stills up the right sideline for a 31-yard catch, which was followed immediately by an incomplete pass to tight end Jordan Akins. 

That set up second down and Ka'imi Fairbairn's 22-yard field goal put the Texans up by three at halftime. 

The decision not to call a timeout after the catches by Hopkins or Stills could have ultimately cost the Texans had they not pulled off a 13-12 victory from a goal line stand on a two-point conversion.

RELATED: Texans Beat Jaguars 13-12 At NRG Stadium

"This part of it, the game management at the end of the first half ... had a lot of people talking because I think people are concerned," Sean Pendergast said Monday morning on Payne & Pendergast. "Next week is a game you're traveling out to LA to face a desperate Chargers team and that's a game that's probably going to come down to small decisions in-game. And I think probably the confidence of Texans fans are a little bit rattled on some of these game-management things right now."

Seth Payne said it was negligent to not take better care of the time, kicking a field goal on second down with two timeouts in the can.

"When there's 42 seconds left on the clock and DeAndre Hopkins catches the ball in the middle of the field and you have timeouts, why are 20 seconds expiring before you get another play call off? That's the big question," Payne said.

O'Brien said he thought the Texans were in good shape to score a touchdown after the Stills catch, but it took them longer to line up than he expected.

 

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