Should Texans abandon the run? Tim Kelly says it’s 'a death wish’

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By SportsRadio 610

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- It’s no secret the Texans have been unable to establish a viable rushing attack this season.

While Deshaun Watson is having a career season, the Texans’ offense almost entirely relies on the passing game, and the quarterback’s ability to make plays with his legs.

Only the Chicago Bears have run for fewer yards than the Texans, and just the Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars have run it fewer times.

In the Texans’ win against the Patriots last Sunday, Duke Johnson ran for 15 yards on 10 carries. Backup running back C.J. Prosise had three carries for four yards.

Neither back gained more than three yards on their 13 combined carries.

Granted, they are filling in for the injured David Johnson, but he was also largely ineffective.

So is it time to abandon the run?

“Absolutely not, no,” Texans offensive coordinator Tim Kelly said Tuesday. “I think that’s a death wish if you do that. When you’re going against players that – think about trying to block a guy like J.J. Watt 70 times a game and he knows you’re throwing the ball 70 times a game. You’ve got no shot. I don’t care who you are. Those players are too dynamic, they’re too good to not have to worry about playing multiple games. To abandon the run, absolutely not. We’re going to continue to try to do what’s best for the team in terms of taking advantage of our skillsets.

“If that means in certain games where we have to throw the ball more, we’ll throw the ball more. We’re going to continue to try to attack defenses on different levels, in different areas. Again, we’re going to keep working at it and trying to figure out more ways to be successful at it. It’s no secret that we’d like to have better results in terms of our rushing statistics, but at the end of the day the most important thing is that we win. Last week we were able to go out there and get a win and hopefully we can keep that momentum moving forward.”

If the Texans ever have an opportunity to run the ball this season, it should be against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day.

The Lions rank 30th in rushing defense. The Texans’ rushing offense ranks 31st.