I've re-watched the game a bit, the Texans really keyed in on him.I can't really say I'm disappointed, but I thought Cook would show up more than he did. It's just 1 game, but with CGM, Kamara, and a speedy Ginn all on the field, I had visions of Cook doing a Jimmy Graham impersonation. It could still happen...just wasn't there in week 1.
I can't fault them for clock management. Kamara broke off a nice run to get a first down (would have been better if he'd only gained 9 yards) and the Texans burned their first timeout. Next play Murray went straight ahead for a 4 yards - timeout #2. Then Houston blew up a pitch to Kamara and it lost 5 yards - credit the Texans, it's not often Kamara gets dropped for a loss and we were probably guessing they'd be clogging the middle anticipating a run - timeout #3 with 1:41 left. Next play was 3rd and 11 - Kamara off tackle for 5 yards and we run the clock down to :55. The other option was to try to get the 11 yards and a first down, but an incomplete pass leaves the Texans with about 1:30 instead of :50 after the field goal. We should be able to stop a team needing a TD with :50 of clock and no timeouts. We just didn't. The only "flaw" was the failed pitch to Kamara, but that is just hindsight play calling.What is up with SP and this clock management. It happened last year also, where the Saints needed to get a first down and run the clock out ( other team had no timeouts). That too much time us left on the clock allowing the opps to drive down the field and score. Even though Saints won, it really drives me nuts when that happens like it did in the Monday night game.