Cowboys coach Wade Phillips had plenty reasons why his defense was run over by the Texans Saturday night.
The Cowboys simply couldn't stop the pass or the run.
Texans quarterback Matt Schaub completed 18 of 29 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown. Andre Johnson caught seven passes for 79 yards, while Jacoby Jones added five receptions for 63 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown pass when he was wide open behind the defense.
Phillips said the Texans took advantage of his decision to not blitz the quarterback. He also said the Cowboys were not prepared for the Texans' four-receiver package. They only worked on a three-receiver set.
He also said there were blown assignments. One play Johnson was supposed to be double covered but he was left wide open on a crossing route.
Most embarrassing was the team's inability to tackle or stop the run. The Texans rushed for 173 yards, including 110 by Arian Foster.
Phillips had no excuse for that. He said the Cowboys must stop the run, especially on the road.
Clarence E. Hill Jr.