Reaction: Texans got pantsed by the Bears

It was a long day for the Texans. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Texans vs the Bears matchup was supposed to be one in which Deshaun Watson showed the Bears why they should've taken him number two overall instead of Mitch Trubisky in the 2017 draft. This was supposed to be a step in the right direction, a get right game after suffering that crushing defeat to the Colts. Instead, the Texans got pantsed by the Bears in an embarrassing 36-7 loss. There was little to nothing that worked in their favor.

The offense looked disjointed. Typically, the four and five wide look with hurry-up tempo works. As of late, the Bears defense has been pretty bad. Neither of these things held true as the Bears forced two fumbles, got seven sacks, and held Watson to just 219 yards passing. If it weren't for several Watson scrambles and extending plays, this offense would've looked even worse. Tim Kelly has done a masterful job at times calling plays. For whatever reason, he was off his game against the Bears. Combine that with Watson not having weapons around him, a porous offensive line, and a Bears defense that came to play, it was bound to end in a flaming disaster.

The Texans defense was as putrid as it has ever been. The tackling was just awful and that was apparent on the Bears' first play from scrimmage as David Montgomery took it 80 yards for a touchdown. Justin Reid is not playing to the level that made him a steal in the third round of the 2018 draft. When two of your defensive backs lead the team in tackling, that's usually a sign that the front seven wasn't playing well. The defense did manage to get three sacks, but they also made Trubisky's nickname "Maserati Mitch" hold true for this game. He went 24/33 for 267 yards and three touchdowns. He started by completing his first nine pass attempts and never looked back. I get that there is a talent deficiency, but you'd think Anthony Weaver and Romeo Crennel could come up with a better gameplan against a team whose offense has been so bad this season.

One of the bright spots was running back Buddy Howell. He looked decisive and hit holes aggressively. If Duke Johnson is banged up, Howell should get the bulk of the carries moving forward. Chad Hansen had a decent game. He caught all seven targets thrown his way for 56 yards. Watson seems to have taken a liking to him.

The failure to make any meaningful adjustments shows how inept this staff is. Anyone who thinks any of these guys should be back in any form or fashion is delusional and should be placed under a mental health warrant. The only coach on this staff that may get any remote consideration on sticking around is Kelly. His chemistry with Watson after Bill O'Brien was fired has been impressive. Weaver should be fired immediately. The lack of care and negative body language of the defensive unit was very evident. If your players won't play hard for you, what good are you as a coach? That said, I still think the next head coach should be an offensive-minded guy who can get the most out of Watson. The offseason can't get here quick enough.

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The Houston Texans have just a couple of practices before their preseason debut. Here are 11 observations from Tuesday’s workout.

1.The offense stunk on Tuesday. It was inconsistent and resembled more of last year’s disappointing performances than any other practices in this training camp.

2. Davis Mills and his receivers had a few miscommunications on Tuesday. Mills sailed a pass to nobody when he and Brandin Cooks weren’t on the same page. There were some other throws to nowhere in the day. It was something that hadn’t been present at all in training camp to this point.

3. There were a few “good coverage” notes on Tuesday. Not to say there was one specific player, but a handful of team-level efforts that led to the note.

4. It wasn’t all wrong from the offense. After a pass to nowhere Davis Mills and the offense bounced back. It was a second down during a team drill and Mills fired a pass to Chris Moore for six yards. Rex Burkhead would pick up a first down on a rush a play later. A non-positive play last year on first down doomed this team. That hopefully won’t be the case for this year’s team.

5. Chad Beebe is going into his fifth season in the NFL, his first with the Texans. The former Vikings pass catcher has flashed a few times in training camp. He has an uphill battle being new to the team but is trying to make himself a factor.

6. Phillip Dorsett had a big catch over the middle. Davis Mills stood back and delivered as the offensive line held up and Dorsett reeled it in for a huge gain. No defenders were around him. It is between Dorsett and Chris Moore for the chance to be the slot wideout opening day. With Dorsett’s return to practice, it is becoming a fun camp battle.

7.Speaking of returns to practice, Tytus Howard was back. Howard has his reps managed and after practice, offensive line coach George Warhop Howard was “getting his wind” back. When Howard was having his reps managed rookie tackle Austin Deculus played at right tackle. Deculus looks much more consistent than minicamp and OTAs.

8. Kenyon Green is still out with an injury. It is getting to a critical time where the time missed might prevent the first-rounder from starting week one. Max Scharping hasn’t looked bad in his chances with the first team. Offensive line coach George Warhop said they believe in Green and his ability and he has been in meetings to stay up to date.

9. Ka’imi Fairbairn was perfect in one of the special team periods. He drilled all five kicks, each further than the last, and was crushing the football.

10. Derek Stingley was very sticky in some early reps on Nico Collins. The third overall pick is so smooth when he is working. Later his coverage forced a throw from the offense that had no chance of being completed.

11. The play of the day was made by Derek Stingley. The offense was about five or six yards out of the end zone needing a touchdown to win. With six seconds left on the clock, any completed pass that wasn’t a touchdown was game over. Davis Mills dropped back a step and fired to Nico Collins who Stingley covered. The rookie kept the second-year player out of the end zone to earn the defense a win. This was one of the better Stingley days and he did a lot of work. At one point, it looked as though he and Rex Burkhead had some words and almost led to an offense and defense scuffle, but it stayed to just some shouting. The rookie shined today.

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