What should Texans do about their kicker?
Heading into Sunday's game against the Titans, head coach Gary Kubiak talked about evening the carries between Arian Foster and Ben Tate.
That didn't happen. Foster had 19. Tate had nine. But with Tate's big 60-yard run, he finished with 93 yards to Foster's 79.
But Tate will still get work and deservedly so. Tate is averaging 8.2 yards per attempt, which is first in the NFL among qualified players. Qualified players have at least 6.25 attempts per game.
"No doubt," Kubiak said when asked if he'll continue to split up carries. "First off, I think Arian got better this week. No doubt it my mind. I think Ben was exceptional too. We’re pretty close there until the end of the game once again. I think they’re both playing real well, I think Arian is catching up so to speak from what the time he has missed, but I think Ben’s playing at an extremely high level right now. It’s important that we continue to give him his touches and we will.”
Randy Bullock's NFL career isn't off to a good start.
The first-year kicker is 1-for-5 to start the season but three of his four misses were from 50-plus. And the Texans say they're still confident in the young kicker from Texas A&M.
Yeah, there’s disappointment because obviously we think he’s a heck of a kicker," Kubiak said. "He’s got plenty of leg. Of the four misses, three of them are 50 yards. So it’s not like I’m giving him chip shots. I’m sure he’d be much happier if he got to kick some 30- and 35-yarders. We take that into consideration.
"But he’s got to make that kick to end the game yesterday. That’s his job."
Kubiak talked to Bullock after the game to tell him the team still had confidence in him and owner Bob McNair talked to Bullock after the game too.
"But you watch your locker room as a coach and I know our guys respect Randy," Kubiak said. "He’s a worker. He’s not some guy who comes in here and kicks his few balls and calls it a day."