Texans Aren’t Joining The Reggie Bush Bandwagon

By Joe Booker
Updated: December 19, 2005

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans aren’t playing fair. They aren’t joining the Reggie Bush Bandwagon. Having been bullied all season, the Texans became the bully last Sunday when they beat upon the hapless Arizona Cardinals 30-19.

The win was bitter-sweet for Texans fans. They enjoyed the win, but a loss would have been just as good as the “We want Reggie Bush” signs indicated. Texans’ Coach Dom Capers doesn’t want to hear such nonsense. If the team wins the Reggie Bush lottery, Capers won’t be the coach.

Even if Capers wins the remaining two games, it may not be enough to save his job. Capers and his immediate overseer Charley Casserley are living on the edge. Bob McNair, the big overseer brought in former coach Dan Reeves to find out what is going on. Reeves has free range to talk with everyone in the Texans organization.

It is not true that some of the custodian workers are hiding from Reeves.

The win did not exactly put the Texans out of the Reggie Bush lottery. It did, however, place on hold talk about the team losing to get Bush.

The Texans had some of the best performances in team history.

  • Their three rushing touchdowns set a single-game team record.
  • Their 30-points was a season high (third time in team history).
  • They won their first game with the roof of Reliant Stadium closed since the inaugural contest against the Dallas Cowboys, September 8, 2002.

Sunday’s win was a good one. They won without starting running back Domanick Davis. Jonathan Wells ran for 87 yards and has done a good job filling in when Davis is unable to play.

How did Wells feel when he found out he was going to start?

“I wanted to come out today and get the run going,” said Wells who had his career best rushing yards. “I found out before the game that Domancik (Davis) wasn’t able to play, and I wanted to be able to go out and run the ball like we had been,” said Wells.

I went out there with confidence that I could run the ball, “said Wells who set a single-game record with two rushing touchdowns.

What is Wells mindset about starting?

“I prepare for every game like I’m a starter,” said Wells. “As the backup running back, I’ve got to be prepared, “Wells said.

How did Capers feel about Wells performance?

“Jonathan deserves a lot of credit,” said Capers. “He stepped in and did a fine job. He did a physical job of moving the ball, especially around the goal line.”

Capers has said all along that the team is improving. The team is improving, but it may be too late to save Capers’ job. It is like closing the barn door after the cows got out.

“I’m proud of the way our team played,” said Capers. “We’re getting better and have become stronger because we have handled the disappointment of those losses in the right way.”