At issue: Texans tackling

Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by NewsGrabber, Nov 18, 2008.

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    Posted by's Paul Kuharsky The Texans are the NFL's worst turnover team, at minus-13. Monday, we hit some on their propensity to give the ball away.

    Another issue that pops up as a major concern is the Texans tackling. The inability of the team to get a handle on turnovers and get a handle on the ball carrier are the kind of issues that can kill a coaching regime. They suggest the big messages are not getting through.

    Coach Gary Kubiak said the Texans drop off in tackling in the second half was a major reason for the team's 33-27 loss at Indianapolis.

    Houston held the Colts to 12 carries for 37 yards in the first half, then gave up 117 rushing yards on 22 carries in the second half.

    "One of the things for sure that we did not do as well in the second half that we did in the first half, we did not tackle as well," Kubiak said. "We knew that we were trying to force them to run the ball, and in the first half, we did an excellent job of tackling. When they were running the ball, those plays were two, three yard gains. We're playing the same type of defense in the second half, the same type of things and all of the sudden you miss a few tackles here or there and those become eight, nine-yard plays. So, that's all it takes for all of the sudden they go from doing something [ineffectively] to [effectively] and they were very committed to it. So, I think that was the biggest problem."

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