Houston Texans: Gary Kubiak Gambles On Split Running Back System

By Karim Akbar
Brett Davis- USA TODAY Sports

Arian Foster’s ability to create spectacular plays for the Houston Texans is widely documented. With that much proof, you have to wonder why they would need another running back to split carries. But as expected, head coach Gary Kubiak wasn’t really interested in what others thought — he liked what he saw from Foster and Ben Tate Sunday.

Foster has to be one of the most beloved and hated fantasy players in the league. If he’s not frustrating owners with an untimely injury, the Texans’ brain trust crushes all hopes with their dual running back attack. That sometimes leads to Foster having pretty ho-hum days for fantasy owners.

The two backs will follow the same script as last Sunday going into the Texans Week 2 matchup with the Tennessee Titans. Those Titans masterfully handled the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger en route to a 16-9 win. After Week 1, the Titans’ defense ranks third in the league, giving up 112 rushing yards a game.

The reality is the two-pronged rushing attack has been and still is fashionable in the NFL. And I agree that the Texans should be a run-first team. The Texans didn’t set the trend, but they embraced it with good results. Multiple teams have adopted a running back-by-committee approach, and the fad is eclipsed only by the hybrid read-option quarterback.

I think this year, it’s more about Foster’s health than continuing a fad. Coach Kubiak doesn’t hate fantasy owners — he just knows he needs Foster has to stay healthy.

While fans and fantasy owners complain, the simple truth is that winning cures all. It won’t matter how many touches Foster gets if the Texans keep on winning like they have. Besides, Gary Kubiak only cares about his own roster.

Karim Akbar is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kuhreem , “Like” his RantSports page on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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