Houston coach Gary Kubiak hasn’t figured out why the Texansstart games so slowly.Neither have the players, and it’s too late now to fix theproblem in time to salvage a disappointing season.Doomed by another poor first half on Sunday, Houston waseliminated from playoff contention in a 31-17 loss toTennessee.The Texans (5-9) have lost seven of eight, and trailed in thefirst half of each of those losses. They’ve been outscored 96-36 inthe first quarter and 218-114 in the opening half this season.Houston plays at Denver (3-11), another slow-starting team, onSunday. The Broncos have been outscored 195-139 in the first halfthis season.Kubiak has tinkered with the practice schedule and changed uphis pre-game messages to try to shake his team out of thefirst-quarter doldrums.Nothing has worked, though, and Kubiak sensed the frustrationsetting in on the sideline Sunday when the Texans fell behind theTitans 21-0.”I think we’re kind of in a rut right now, or a situation rightnow where we’ve had a lot of games start the way (Sunday’s) gamestarted,” Kubiak said. ”I think there’s a lot of, ‘Oh, no. Notagain.’ I see some of that.”Last season, the Texans outscored opponents 89-57 in the firstquarter on the way to a 9-7 record. Even during a… Read full this story
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