Ben Tate calls out ‘wishy-washy’ Texans fans

It’s been a rough season for Texans fans. They’ve watched a playoff-caliber team deteriorate into a NFL laughingstock, as Houston has now dropped eight-consecutive games.

The tipping point may have come on Sunday, when the Texans were booed so loudly by their home crowd that they had to resort to a silent snap count on offense.

Yes, you read that correctly, though Ben Tate probably wishes you hadn’t.

After the Texans’ 28-23 loss to the Raiders, the fourth-year running back criticized the “wishy-washy” fans whom he believes aren’t sticking by the club.

“These fans here in Houston are so up and down and so wishy-washy,” Tate said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I’m just shocked at that because this organization has come a long way.

“I just feel like if you’re a true fan, you stick with the team through the tough times and we’re going through a tough time right now.”

It’s true that fans are supposed to support their team through thick and thin, but coach Gary Kubiak is making it awfully hard to do so.

In a decision that raised more than a few eyebrows, Kubiak reinserted previously benched quarterback Matt Schaub into action, replacing Case Keenum. The result was a failed opportunity to win the game in the final minute, and a sideline spat between Schaub and receiver Andre Johnson.

All things considered, the Texans’ problems delve much deeper than the fans. The product on the field, quite simply, is not good.

Zack Kelberman
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  • PATE

    In a down economy, fans pay good money to go watch an NFL game (a sell-out every week in Houston). A Texans (2-7) vs Raiders matchup that showcases the Texans continual ineptitude is bound to draw the ire of the crowd. AJ and JJ excepted, what was there that deserved cheers instead of boos? Ben Tate can’t stay healthy and has been a non-factor through his short career. We all know he is on his way out of town and can find some better fans (and a better contract) somewhere else. Bye Bye Ben.

  • DC

    If the Texans weren’t supposed to contend for the super bowl, then this would not be the fan reaction. What do the Texans think? The fans are wishy washy? Well if the team was up and down they would be 5-5 right now and the fans wouldn’t be acting like they are. Lets be real- this team sucks- Schaub WTF? He imploded- Watt gets doubled every play and NO ONE ELSE can pressure the QB to save their lives. The Ed Reed signing was a joke- wish I had 5 mil to throw around. DeAndre Hopkins is Joke # 2.
    Arian Foster is a big mouth (my um “stock” certificate is on the floor Arian- used it to clean up the cat puke) and is injured all the time- maybe the Tennessee Vols fans WERE right?, Cushing coulda been great but he’s done. And the ineptitude in the red zone goes back 2 seasons and this year was worse. But hell now we would give anything to be in the Red Zone to kick a field goal. Kubiak – great guy forgot more about football than I will ever know- but I know this- he is going to be an assistant somewhere for the rest of his career. The conservative, one dimensional play calling was laughable- maybe cuz he knew Schaub sucked all along?

    To the above poster- Houston is ANYTHING but in a down economy so that don’t wash- the team just sucks and for a once thought of super bowl contender- they need 5 years of drafts to fill all the holes. Keep Keenum and Watt- get rid of everyone else.