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Texans’ Offfensive Line Struggles Without Duane Brown

Texans left tackle (76) is not playing in Sunday’s season opener because he is holding out. His absence has been noticed as quarterback Tom Savage has been sacked six times in the first half.

The Texans’ offensive line struggled mightily without three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown. His absence was glaring during a 29-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, allowing a franchise single-game record 10 sacks.

Quarterback Tom Savage was sacked six times in the first half as the Texans trailed the Jaguars 19-0.

Then, rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson was sacked four times in the second half.

 It was a tough night,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said of the breakdowns in pass protection. “I think I need to do a better job. I need to do a better job helping them. I think it starts with me. I thought the players played hard. They tried to do what we were asking them to do. I just didn’t do a good enough job.”

The Texans benched starting left tackle Kendall Lamm and replaced him with veteran Chris Clark before going back to Lamm.

You play this game long enough it’s going to happen to you,” Clark said. ” We weren’t expecting this to hit us like this. We just didn’t come to play I guess. We have to get better. We will be better.”

The Texans had no answers for Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell, who had four sacks, or defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, who had two sacks.

No, we’re not shocked, not by what they gave us,” left guard Xavier Su’a-Filo said. “We know we can play better than that. Good front. Give them credit. They played well. We didn’t.”

Brown is due a $9.4 million base salary and is on the reserve-did not report list. He’s losing $552,000 per week with each lost game check.

Brown ranks 11th in cash compensation among all NFL tackles this season and 12th next year.

It’s always tough to play without any of our guys,” Clark said. “It’s just one of those things. We’re accountable for each other. We’ve got to pull together. They did a pretty good job. It was a lot. We ultimately beat ourselves. We have to do better.”

When asked about not having Brown, Su’a-Filo said: “I think that’s a better question for coach O’Brien. We’re playing with the guys we’ve got in there.”

Clark was philosophical about what happened.

You play this game long enough it will happen to any team,” Clark said. “We’ll build off of this and we’ll be better. We’ve got the right guys here.”


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Source: Houston Chronicle

 

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