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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 ailments.

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 drive.

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."