The Unabashed Blogorrhea stirring and shaking while remembering November 12, 2010. And you remember, too. For all the wrong reasons.
That was the late afternoon with the Jets in Joisey that went so terribly horribly wrong. All after a stunning 20-point final-period reversal of fortune wiped out a 16-point deficit. A jaw-dropping road rally for 27-23 just inside of one minute remaining in the Meadowlands.
Then it happen. And you remember. Sanchez turboed the Jets 72 yards with no timeouts. Safety Eugene Wilson inexplicably burned deep up the right sideline by Braylon Edwards for 42 yards. Glover Quin beaten to the left corner by Santonio Holmes for the game-winning catch with 10 ticks to spare.
The Meltdown in the Meadowlands one of the most damning indictments against Gary Kubiak and his utterly overmatched defensive coordinator Frank Bush.
And just think, 666 days later, the Texans return to the Devil's Den. Just think, how other-worldly different the Texans are now weighed against that Black Sunday in 2010.
From butt of jokes to best-ever 4-0. And even better than that. Best all-around outfit in the NFL. The best bet to win the Super Bowl. WIN THE SUPER BOWL. And that was before terrorizing the Titans, 38-14.
If someone, anyone, had emphatically suggested in the midst of what would be eight Texans losses in nine games, many in the most mind-numbing of fashion, that by Week Four 2012, the Houston Texans would rise from the crash-and-burn ashes to super sexy Super Bowl pick, with Tennessee meth labs not involved, you would have hidden all sharp objects and demanded intervention.
And now a full flat-screen Monday night nation and the most mega of media markets can get a full dose of the dramatic make-over. At the same time it's the not-so-king Rex and his J-E-T-S now swimming in the sewers. In the wake of the third-worst shutout loss in their home history. Pound and ground, pounded and run over by the 49ers for 245 yards while countering with a full 45. Their offensive wreckage featuring not one playmaker, their broken-down defense without a single game-changer. The worst 2-2 outfit of recent NFL memory. The Tebow Sideshow forever lurking on deck.
The Texans times, they have a changed. And never better for the McNair Mob.
Here now the once vilified head honcho on a variety of topics and subplots heading into New York, New York where we always recommend Peter Luger's for your greater dining pleasure and Clarke's (55th & Third) for quality liquid refreshment.
Kubiak on keeping focus fixed in face of ever-escalating expectations: "They're playing well together. They're feeding off each other. They're playing very hard. The best thing we've done as a team is we've protected the ball and taken it away. Those two things together win games in this league. I think at the end of a month we have two turnovers and two sacks. That's as good as I've been around on the offensive side. Then defensively we've been getting sacks and taking the ball away. Those things add up to some positive things happening for your team."
Kubiak on if he has ever seen a defense playing better than the Texans through the past four games: "You score 14 points on defense (against Tennessee), four sacks total, three turnovers, when you're doing that type of stuff, it's special. We forced eight punts. They're playing well, and they're doing it because they're playing together and playing very hard."
Kubiak on Connor Barwin: "I don't know that I've ever seen a ball go away from a guy so much. I know it's difficult because he's used to having those sacks and those production-type things that people see statistically. But I can just tell you (he's) playing as well as he's ever played, as hard as he's ever played. Things will come his way. They tend to even out. We're proud of how he's playing. I think we're benefiting inside because of how well Connor and Brooks (Reed) are playing outside."
Kubiak on Owen Daniels: "He was our offensive player of the game (against Tennessee). Owen is really playing well. We've taken some time off of Owen on the practice field with a couple things he's been through with his knees and I think he's benefited from that. I think Garrett (Graham's) development has given us more confidence to give Owen some breaks. He's had a really good month as a player."
Kubiak on first impressions of the Jets: "I know we haven't beaten that. I know that since I've been here. It's going to be physical. That's the first thing. When you play Rex's team, it's going to be very physical on both sides of the ball and tough place to play, tough environment on a big stage. We need to have a good week. It's kind of good for us, get my guys an extra day of rest here with Wednesday and then we start our routine on Thursday. We understand the challenge."