Blame for the Houston Texans struggles on offense go far beyond one player, even the quarterback.
But said quarterback isn’t shying away from responsibility for his part of the problem.
Ryan Fitzpatrick said Monday after a 20-17 overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys that he needs to improve.
“In order to get better as a team, in order for this offense to get better, I’ve got to play better.”
If only it were that easy.
Fitzpatrick this season has completed 65 percent of his passes for 1,056 yards and five touchdowns to six interceptions. His six picks are tied for most in the NFL with seven others, whose experience and pedigree range from Super Bowl winners to first and second year players: Drew Brees, Jay Cutler, Matt Ryan, Andrew Luck, Geno Smith and Blake Bortles.
But for an offense that’s scored only 20.8 points per game, tied for 23rd in the NFL, Fitzpatrick is far from the extent of the problem. The offensive line has struggled to run block and pass protect. Arian Foster hasn’t been 100 percent healthy 100 percent of the time. The tight end group has been lacking. Wide receivers beyond Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins have been non-factors.
“I think it has a lot to do with a lot of different areas,” head coach Bill O’Brien said Monday of Fitzpatrick’s struggles and whether they’re to blame for the issues on offense as a whole.
“I think that when we’ve done well, everybody’s been on the same page.”
Having signed a $50 million contract with the Buffalo Bills in 2011 only to be shipped out of town less than two seasons later, Fitzpatrick has become well-accustomed to obstacles, he said, and will be leaning on that experience to try to get over this one.
“I’ve been in a lot of different situations, up and down situations before,” he said. “Drawing on past experiences, and really the simple fix is just going out there and playing better.”
Fitzpatrick won’t have to wait long for his next chance. The Texans host the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday.
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