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Monday, December 22, 2014

Texans Defensive Coordinator Frank Bush Out Until 2am Before Loss, Does it Matter?

The Houston Texans began the 2010 season with high expectations. For the first time in the history of their young franchise, Texans fans were thinking playoffs. They began the year with a huge win over the Colts and featured an offense that looked as explosive as any in the league. Following their week seven bye, things went south in a hurry.

While most teams use the bye week to get healthy and regroup, the Texans found a way to crash and burn. Since the bye, Houston has lost eight out of nine games. For obvious reasons, head coach Gary Kubiak is on the hot seat. Houston fans and media are calling for his head, as they should be.

One such writer is Sean Pendergast of the Houston Press. In his Tuesday article, Pendergast raises a series of questions that he would like to ask Kubiak as a close follower of the Texans meltdown. One question that stuck out to us is whether or not a coaching staff should have to follow the same curfew rules the players are asked to abide by.  Good question, huh?

Pendergast said he was out at a local watering hole in Denver the night before the Texans took on the Broncos, and Houston defensive coordinator Frank Bush was out socializing with friends until about 2:00 a.m. He stressed that Bush didn’t appear to be intoxicated or doing anything wrong, but wouldn’t you think the defensive coordinator of the worst defense in the NFL would have better things to do the night before a game? Study a playbook, watch some film, get some rest — anything.

Pendergast said the season ticket holders sitting near him were visibly “pissed off” that their favorite team’s defensive coordinator was out socializing 12 hours before their 5-9 team took the field.  It should also be noted that the defense blew the game the following day, as has been the case many times this season for the Texans.

What do you guys think?  Personally, I think it’s a tremendous point.  Players and coaches are all adults.  It’s not like we’re dealing with a high school team and the coaches follow different rules and guidelines.  Everyone in the organization is an adult with a job to do.  Curfews are in place so players don’t get into trouble and are prepared for the upcoming game.  Why those same guidelines wouldn’t apply to coaches and staff members is beyond me.



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