Though it has been simply two video games, as Houston Texans interim head coach, Romeo Crennel has proven a need to be aggressive when attempting to place away video games.
So when the Texans scored to take a 36-29 lead with 1:50 to go and an opportunity to make it a two-possession recreation towards an undefeated workforce, he went for it.
In keeping with ESPN’s win likelihood calculator, the Texans had a 98.2% probability to win in the event that they kicked the additional level, and 98.1% probability to win in the event that they went for 2.
It did not work — quarterback Deshaun Watson‘s move to Randall Cobb was incomplete — and the Titans received the ball again down seven factors with 1:45 seconds remaining. Tennessee scored a landing with 4 seconds left and wanted solely an additional level to drive extra time. The Texans misplaced the coin toss, and the Titans marched down the sphere, ultimately successful 42-36.
“I wished to go forward and get the 2 factors,” Crennel stated. “It felt like that might type of put it out of attain for them, and if we might have gotten it, we might have been in a lot better form. Because it turned out, we did not get it, after which with the landing and the additional level they tied it up, and we had been in extra time.”
Apart from going for 2 in that state of affairs, Crennel has additionally been aggressive on fourth down. In Week 5, large receiver Brandin Cooks caught a landing on fourth down that put the sport away. On the landing that led to the 2-point conversion on Sunday, Crennel went for it on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line as a substitute of settling for a area purpose to make it a four-point recreation.
The Texans have scored a landing on fourth down in every of their previous three video games (two below Crennel, one below Invoice O’Brien), together with two on Sunday towards the Titans. They’d two such touchdowns all of final season, in keeping with ESPN Stats & Data analysis.
After the sport, defensive finish J.J. Watt was requested if he thought Crennel’s name confirmed a insecurity within the protection.
“That is above my pay grade,” Watt stated.
Watt was then requested if he preferred the decision to go for 2 factors.
“That is above my pay grade,” Watt stated. “I do not know what you are purported to do there. I do not know.”
Texans security Justin Reid stated he would not “really feel unhealthy about it in any respect.”
“We wished to win the sport, and I assist that aggressiveness,” Reid stated. “It labored out for us final week. And had we transformed on the 2-point conversion, this may be a very completely different dialog.”