Monday, October 20, 2003
Texans doomed by failure in 2-minute drill
HOUSTON -- The Texans were the better team for 28 minutes of
both halves. The Jets took care of the other 2 minutes each time,
and they won the game.
Despite a slew of ill-timed penalties and the offense's
inability to convert third-down plays, coach Dom Capers said the
Texans still would have won Sunday had they been able to execute
the 2-minute drill on both sides of the ball.
"That's where they did all their damage," Capers said Monday,
recalling New York's 19-14 comeback victory the day before. "Both
of their touchdowns came in those situations. If you could take
those out, our defense would have been very, very efficient."
The league office won't allow that, though, so the Texans go
into AFC South-leading Indianapolis next weekend as prohibitive
underdogs at 2-4 after being so close to returning to .500.
The good news following the loss is that the Texans are
relatively healthy even though the training staff seemingly spent
all of Sunday afternoon treating various players for various
Reserve cornerback Jason Bell, who has a sore right knee, is the
only player assured of not practicing after the mandatory off-day
Tuesday. Pro Bowl cornerback Aaron Glenn, out the last two games
with a strained groin, will give it a go Wednesday and could be
available against the Colts' high-octane offense.
Even cornerback Kenny Wright, who was knocked dizzy by teammate
Marlon McCree as they tried to defend Santana Moss' second-quarter
touchdown catch, expects to practice Wednesday.
Wright was motionless on the field for a few minutes Sunday
before walking off on his own. He said a brain scan came back
negative and he's ready to get back to work.
"It was kind of scary when I looked at the film this morning
because that was my first time seeing it, but I'm all right," the
cornerback said Monday. "I never totally lost consciousness. I was
just more dazed and I couldn't move for a second."
Wright said he didn't see the second half, not that there was
much to like. The offense continued to churn yards but never could
attempt so much as a field goal as the Jets chipped away, then
sliced down the field at the end as Vinny Testaverde and Curtis
Martin turned back the clock for some late-game heroics to set up a
LaMont Jordan 8-yard TD run with 1:21 left.
Two of the Jets' biggest gainers -- a 25-yard pass play to Moss
and a 20-yard run by Martin -- both happened on New York's 86-yard
J.J. Moses gave Houston a last chance with a 63-yard kickoff
return and David Carr drove to the 9-yard line, but his fourth-down
bullet pass over the middle glanced off Andre Johnson on a crossing
route. A full day later it was still unclear where that throw was
going. Carr said he was gunning for tight end Billy Miller, who
appeared to be covered, but Capers said Monday the play was
designed for Johnson.
"We couldn't get it done in 2-minute situations," Capers said
of Sunday's game. "They made the plays and we didn't."
Strong safety Eric Brown believes the injury-riddled defense
that made the Jets go 1-2-3-punt in their first three possessions
can figure out ways to do that throughout a game.
"It's just a couple of breakdowns here and there," Brown said.
"For the most part we play our games tit-for-tat, back-and-forth,
we're stopping them. For some reason, it's like we stall out in the
second half, late in the fourth.
"We've got to start finishing games -- once we have them down,
keep them down."