GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Coach Bill O’Brien and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick made their debut for the Houston Texans on Saturday night.
And it went very badly.
Three Arizona quarterbacks shredded the Houston defense and the Texans’ offense failed to mount a single serious scoring threat in a 32-0 loss to the Cardinals.
“Tonight was not a good night of football,” O’Brien said. “It all starts with me. I’ve got to do a better job of coaching this team. … It’s the first preseason game and there’s nowhere but up from where we are right now.”
Playing the entire first half, Fitzpatrick completed 6 of 14 passes for 55 yards with two interceptions as the Cardinals took a 20-0 lead at the break.
“I think it is important to keep in mind that it’s the first time we’ve been out there as a team,” Fitzpatrick said, “but it’s also a nice little wake-up call for me and for everybody. The NFL is a humbling game.”
Arizona’s first-team defense had a three-and-out and an interception in its two series.
The Cardinals’ Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton and rookie Logan Thomas were a combined 27 of 34 for 349 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.
“You come out and put up a result like that and everybody does need to do better,” the Texans’ J.J. Watt said. “… So we go in and watch the film tomorrow, learn from it and hit the practice field. That’s what training camp is for, that’s what the preseason is for. You get better and you don’t accept things like that.”
The Texans were penalized 13 times for 126 yards.
“Tonight there were too many penalties, turnovers, couldn’t get off the field on third down, couldn’t get a kickoff returned past the 15-yard line,” O’Brien said. “It was bad football.”
Palmer was 5 for 5 for 84 yards and a TD in his lone stint.
Thomas played the entire second half, completing 11 of 12 for 113 yards and a touchdown.
Houston was without wide receiver Andre Johnson, running back Arian Foster and cornerback Johnathan Joseph - all nursing minor injuries.
The Texans, coming off a 2-14 season, got inside the Cardinals’ 30-yard line once, and that ended with an interception.