Bucs' missed tackles lead to big plays for Texans
The Bucs defense had one of its most dreadful games of the season against Houston, and no two plays were more representative of the unit’s performance than the Texans’ 80- and 78-yard touchdowns.
Both plays were marked by equally poor execution and tackling from the Bucs.
The first, an 80-yard bomb from QB Matt Schaub to WR Jacoby Jones came on the game’s first play from scrimmage. On it, the Texans went with a hard play-action toward the offense’s left side, only to have Schaub keep the ball and bootleg to his right. With the entire defense biting hard on the play, that left Jones wide open and safeties Tanard Jackson and Sean Jones out of position.
The two nearly collided when attempting recover and get back toward Jones. Jackson, who was over the top of Jacoby Jones, overran him. Sean Jones, meanwhile, made a poor effort to bring him down from behind. Once Jacoby Jones turned inside, it was over.
“They got us,” Jackson said. “Give credit to them. It was a good play for them. We were definitely in position (for the tackle). I have to make that play. I’m the last line of defense. I have to keep that play to a minimum.”
Sean Jones, along with CB Aqib Talib, was a culprit on RB Arian Foster’s 78-yard play in the second quarter. With his receivers covered downfield, Schaub dumped the ball to Foster in the flat, a play Foster labeled “routine.”
Except, this time, Foster weaved through a gap in the defense, got the sideline and made Talib miss a makeable tackle in the open field. Jones took a poor angle a few yards later and no one else came close to making the play.
“I’d say nine times out of 10, I’d make that tackle,” Jones said. “Especially the one down the sideline. But we have to have everybody (getting) to the ball. We can’t have one missed tackle and have it become a touchdown. It’s frustrating right now. We’re all angry right now.
"But nobody in this building is going to tuck their tail and quit.”