The Houston Texans entered halftime of their Sunday Night Football match up against the Indianapolis Colts with a halftime lead, but they came out in the second half without their head coach and play caller on the sideline.
Texans head coach Gary Kubiak collapsed on the field on his way to the team locker room at halftime, which resulted in a trip the hospital as the medical staff attempted to determine what went wrong.
When the second half kicked off, the Texans offense was less aggressive and they struggled greatly.
Many pointed to Kubiak’s absence as a reason for the Texans decline in the second half and there were even some players that echoed the thought.
Star wide receiver Andre Johnson was one of the players who stated that Kubiak’s absence had an affect on the team’s offense in the second half.
“I don’t know. It probably could have. It was our first time really having it where he wasn’t there,” Johnson said, via the team’s website. “As far as getting the plays in and stuff like that, so it was definitely different. Sometimes it seemed like it took the plays a little bit longer to come in and stuff like that, but that’s no excuse. We didn’t make enough plays to win, and we had opportunities to.”
It’s hard to deny the impact that Kubiak has on the Texans offense, especially when you look at what happened when he was no longer around.
The good news is that the health scare is not expected to be serious, so there is a real chance Kubiak could be back soon without missing any time.