(SportsRadio 610) - Aside from failing to score a touchdown and losing Sunday's season-opener to the Baltimore Ravens 25-9, the offense simply lagged.
Communication was clunky. They were late making substitutions. Houston was out of timeouts with more than eight minutes to go in the first half because they were so disorganized.
Perhaps this could be expected with a rookie head coach, offensive coordinator, quarterback and center. Everyone in a leadership position for the Texans was seemingly doing it for the first time Sunday.
Veteran wide receiver Robert Woods talked about the communication issues Monday, roughly an hour before the team's offensive meetings.
Woods said they need to be more crisp, which starts in practice.
"It's really just starting on first downs, or our first drives, just coming out having good procedure, getting in the huddle, getting the play call in, getting lined up correctly," Woods said. "And at the same time, still having time on the clock to be able to get a chance to look at the defense.
"So really, it's just more so procedural, and starting faster on first downs. I think that will be key. I think that's a small adjustment that we could fix fast and hopefully it translates to our first downs and being able to get our drives going and have longer possessions."
The Texans lost the game despite having more total net yards and offensive plays. They gained just 3.7 yards per offensive play, compared to 4.6 yards per play for the Ravens offense.
Houston was in the red zone just twice and went 0-for-2, compared to Baltimore going 3-for-5 in the red zone.
Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans said he believes in the team's ability to move the ball, that rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud did a good job of going through his progressions and was mostly accurate.
"He did some really good things for us, and operationally, I think pre-snap, we can be better [at] just getting in and out of the huddle quicker [and] getting up to the line of scrimmage quicker so [that] when we snap it [and] we play ball, C.J. can play with the best of them. So, we just have to help him and speed that process up.
“It’s a collective effort. It starts with coaches, players, everybody just being on the same page. Everybody is just operating with a better sense of urgency.”