Houston Texans

Reich resolute in his numbers game

He and his staff spend hours meticulously poring through game tapes, crunching numbers and plotting strategy each week.

“They factor what's the expected point total of the game, what's the output of the other offense,” Reich said, explaining some variables used to create the charts.

Three times last weekend the Colts (6-6) found themselves facing fourth downs in field-goal position with Adam Vinatieri, the league's career scoring leader, ready to kick.

The resulting 6-0 loss at Jacksonville ended the Colts' five-game winning streak, complicated their path to the playoffs and dealt Andrew Luck his first shutout as a pro.

“It told us he believes in his team, he was not going to allow us to lay down, and we would fight till the end,” rookie linebacker Darius Leonard said.

Players embrace Reich's aggressive philosophy in large part because they understand the rationale for his decisions, and they know the former NFL quarterback does his homework.

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