"“…Still, the fact is Gabbert had a passer rating over 95. He didn’t make any mistakes with the football. And most importantly, the Titans won the game. They did so despite being outgained by over 150 total yards and averaging only 2.9 yards a carry. Calling it an ugly victory doesn’t properly do it justice. But ugly wins count just the same as pretty ones, and Gabbert did everything the Titans asked of him. Thank goodness they didn’t ask for much.”"
I think this is interesting, because they aren’t wrong. For much of the 2nd half the offense was ugly and a lot of bad offensive coordinators around the league would have panicked and tried to do something to change it up even if it was the wrong call.
That is why I give Matt LaFleur a ton of credit. He knew that bludgeoning the defensive line of the Texans with a banged up, but powerful offensive line was the right call. What was the alternative? Spread the field out and have Blaine Gabbert try to dissect a defense that knew exactly what was coming?
No, LaFleur did great and credit Vrabel as well with having the patience to let him do his job and to not come over and demand a change.
For all the talk about Gabbert, he wasn’t the quarterback on the field that turned the ball over and almost lost a fumble in the redzone. No, that honor belongs to Deshaun Watson who looked like the lesser of the two quarterbacks on Sunday when he wasn’t running around.
But, we won’t talk about that.