Watt clueless to Texans-Pats 'Homecoming' theme

Watt clueless to Texans-Pats 'Homecoming' theme
November 27, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Hindsight's always 20/20, of course, but this has to feel like a regrettable decision now

In July, the Texans released themes for all of their home games in 2013. A game against the Seahawks in September was Spanish Heritage Day. When the Rams went to Houston in October, it was Pink Ribbon Day. Two weeks ago against the Raiders, the theme was Salute to Service.

This Sunday's game against the Patriots was labeled simply "Homecoming."

At the time, it probably seemed like a good idea. The Texans were coming off of a good season in which they finished 14-2 and beat the Bengals in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

They lost twice to New England, first in the regular season, 42-14, after rolling in to Gillette Stadium wearing letterman jackets. Then they lost to the Patriots again in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, 41-28.

Perhaps Houston felt as though there was a rivalry budding there. It must have felt as though it was on track for another winning season.

But that hasn't panned out. At all.

The Texans are 2-9, in last place in the AFC South, and now getting ready to host the 8-3 Patriots.

Asked by the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe on Wednesday if the Texans had any regret that this was highlighted as the team's "homecoming" game, defensive lineman JJ Watt answered as though he hadn't heard anything about it.

"What's the homecoming theme?" he asked. "I don't know what it is."

And maybe he didn't. Maybe with the team where it is in the standings the Texans organization decided to scrap the whole idea. Bury it under Reliant Stadium's big grassy rug.

"I haven’t heard anything about that," Watt said, "so maybe there is, maybe there isn’t."