Gary Kubiak Ran Give-Up Plays and Other AFC South Must-Reads

Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistFebruary 12, 2013

"Oh goody! A draw!"
"Oh goody! A draw!"Elsa/Getty Images

Perception and reality don't always match, but in the case Gary Kubiak's play-calling, they have a perfect marriage.

Today's article of the day comes from Rivers McCown of Battle Red Blog, who has beautiful data on just how ridiculously conservative Kubiak was in his third-down play-calling in 2012.

In one of the best posts I've read anywhere in quite some time, McCown reveals that Kubiak's love of the 3rd-and-long draw was indeed more pronounced than normal and made little strategic sense.

Kubiak's coaching came under fire down the stretch, and rightly so. He coached with fear over the final six weeks as his team game unglued around him.

Whether or not his hesitancy to throw on third down was the result of information he had about the state of Matt Schaub's health we may never know, but it's clear that he was out of the mainstream when it came to late-down run plays.

I was critical of Kubiak's preseason extension in part because he is not a strong manager of game situations.

If the Texans are going to take a leap forward in 2013, Kubiak is going to have to develop some trust in his quarterback.


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