Bill O’Brien: Texans Missed 20 Tackles In Loss To Chiefs


(SportsRadio 610) -- The Texans’ most glaring weakness in their 34-20 season-opening loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last week was their inability to tackle.

It was so bad, head coach Bill O’Brien tallied 20 missed tackles.

“I think you learn a lot in the first game, especially this one,” O’Brien said during Monday’s press conference. “At the end of the day, when you look at the game, there were 20 missed tackles. There was too much inconsistency on offense. Special teams was OK. …

“Everybody’s just got to do their job better. Every offense is different. What the Chiefs were doing was different than what the Ravens are going to do. But it still comes down to playing your gap, doing what the call dictates you to do and then you’ve got to make the tackle. We missed too many tackles.”

The Texans bring a struggling run defense against the league’s most dynamic rushing attack, led by last year’s MVP Lamar Jackson and running back Mark Ingram.

Baltimore’s offense is unique unto itself with its personnel groupings and play calling. In addition to the run threat, Jackson was excellent throwing the ball in Baltimore’s 38-6 thrashing of the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Jackson went 20-for-25 with 275 passing yards and three touchdowns. He also led the Ravens in rushing with 45 yards on seven carries. Rookie running back J.K. Dobbins scored a pair of rushing touchdowns for Baltimore.

“The Ravens’ offense is very different than the Chiefs’. There’s absolutely no comparison to what they do,” O’Brien said. “They just use different personnel. They run totally different types of plays. …

“We’re going to really have to play a very disciplined game. We weren’t disciplined enough on defense on Thursday night. We have to be more disciplined.”