Kris Brown (Getty Images)
The Texans entered the 2009 season with high expectations as many believed that following consecutive 8-8 seasons, this would be the year that they took the next step forward.
Those hopes seemed legitimate as the Texans were 5-3 at the halfway point, firmly controlling their own playoff destiny.
Since that first day of November in which Houston traveled to Buffalo and defeated the Bills 31-10, the Texans are winless and looking for answers. Houston has not only dropped four consecutive games, but those games were all in the division. With the most recent loss in Jacksonville, the Texans currently sit with an 0-5 AFC South record.
Whether your name is Chris Brown or Kris Brown, the odds are that you’re going to make a crippling mistake that will help lose the Texans a game.
Running back Chris Brown began the follies for Houston as he managed to fumble a handoff just one yard shy of tying the first game between the Texans and Jaguars back in Houston.
Kicker Kris Brown would not be outdone as he managed to punctuate not one, but two Texans losses as he missed very makeable field goals in consecutive games against Indianapolis and Tennessee.
"I missed the kick," Brown said following his first game-losing miscue. "I was going through my routine, and I felt good walking on the field. I take a lot of pride in kicking, especially in these situations. To have that happen is very disappointing."
After watching his kicking name-sake’s miscues, the running back Chris Brown refused to be outdone as single-handedly ended a rally in Jacksonville when instead of going down or throwing the ball away on a running back option pass, Brown threw it directly into the hands of Jaguars safety Gerald Alexander from the five-yard line.
“Yeah, we have a little half-back pass that we have been working on for a while,” Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said of the play. “We had what we wanted, but it didn’t work out.
Kubiak absolved his running back from blame.
“That’s a tough spot to put Chris in so it just ends up being a bad call by me- just a poor call.”
That play once again took points off the scoreboard for the Texans in a game in which they lost by five.
Houston can’t blame all of their disappointing season on the Brown’s, but they are as responsible as anyone, and they are just a microcosm of what is turning out to be a season of unfulfilled expectations.