Bad Texans get mad as losing streak extends to 4 games

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt leaves the field after a losing an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Houston. The Bengals won 37-31. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

HOUSTON – The Houston Texans have been bad all season.

Now they’re getting mad.

A 37-31 loss to the Bengals on Sunday gave them their second four-game skid of the season and pushed star J.J. Watt into a postgame tirade about effort and professionalism.

“If you can’t go out there and you can’t work out, you can’t show up on time, you can’t practice, you can’t want to go out there and win, you shouldn’t be here,” he said during an almost two-minute rant after the game.

Interim coach Romeo Crennel said he empathizes with Watt and he's frustrated, too. But he thinks for the most part his team is doing the best it can under difficult circumstances.

“We’re a losing team, so everything is not perfect,” Crennel said. “We try to keep the focus, try to keep the guys together and try to keep on playing to the best of our ability. And so sometimes it looks good. Sometimes it doesn’t.”

Long out of the playoff hunt, the Texans (4-11) have little to play for other than pride this Sunday when they wrap up the season against the visiting Titans (10-5), who lead the AFC South.

“You don’t play this game to lose like we’ve been losing,” receiver Brandin Cooks said. “Man, it’s horrible, but I think we’ve got guys that’s going to continue to fight, and that’s all we genuinely can do and control the things that we can control and show up and try to get better and finish on a positive note.”