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Texans' Secondary Exposed By Luck, Hilton

Colts, Browns have thrown for nearly 400 yards in back-to-back weeks

December 10, 2018 - 12:49 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – For the second straight week the Texans gave up close to 400-yards in the air.

“We have not combined coverage and rush, whether it’s the rush not getting home or the coverage a little too loose. We just have to continue to work at that and clean those things up relative to who we’re playing. I don’t really get worried about anything. I just make sure that our guys understand where we can improve, and that’s what we need to do this week,” Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien said.

Andrew Luck and the Colts carved up the Texans for 399 yards, 199 of those to his top receiver, T.Y. Hilton.  What is even more telling is that Frank Reich abandoned his run game despite leading for most of the game.  The Colts threw the ball 41 times to just 23 runs and were throwing late in the game in running situations.

“I’m not worried at all. Obviously, it’s something you want to cut down. Teams are going to come in here, they can’t run the football. They going to throw the football 50, 60 times a game. We have to do a great job at really disguising coverages, rolling coverages and put ourselves in position to where we can make plays on the ball as well,” Texans’ safety Tyrann Mathieu added.

Baker Mayfield and the Browns threw for 397 yards against the Texans secondary the week prior in a game the Texans won.  To be fair, that game flow was different than the Colts game as the Browns were forced to throw more as they were trailing.

The Texans have fallen to No. 24 in passing yards given up as they’ve allowed opposing offenses to pass for 260.6 yards on average. 

“We have to do a better job of eliminating the X-plays, because teams rarely drive the length of the field on us unless they get a big play out of it. So, the big thing for us is we’ve got to go back to the film room and take away those big plays because teams aren’t going to drive 90 yards on our defense. It’s just not going to happen unless they get a big play like that,” Texans’ rookie Justin Reid said.

One other notable point is that Aaron Colvin, a free-agent signing in the off-season, seems to have been passed on the cornerback depth chart by Shareece Wright.

“We try to just make decisions in the best interest of the team relative to him (Colvin) coming back from an injury, where we are with Shareece (Wright),” O’Brien said. “Shareece has been playing well for us. Aaron (Colvin) has been helping us on special teams. We just try to play the guys we feel – in the position where we feel like they can execute the best for us where they're at right now.”