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HOUSTON - The Houston Texans are back below .500 and searching for answers to fix their stagnant offence as they begin their bye week.There also might be a quarterback controversy brewing.Ryan Fitzpatrick for 203 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for Houston, but struggled to move the offence for most of the day in a 31-21 loss to Philadelphia.Coach Bill OBrien cautioned against placing too much blame on the journeyman quarterback when asked if he would consider a change at the position to spark the offence.I think we have to evaluate everything, he said. Ive said this all along, I dont think you can look at one position and put all the blame on that.Ryan Mallett joined the Texans after three seasons in New England to back up Fitzpatrick. He raised eyebrows Sunday night with a tweet that he later deleted.Im staying focused for when the time comes ... seize the opportunity #justwaiting, he tweeted from his verified account @Ryan_mallett_15.He was in damage control on Monday morning despite deleting the tweet.Dont misinterpret my last tweet, the tweet said. Im not calling to be the starter. Frustrations of losing. I play my role. I am a team player first. Always.OBrien has applauded his improvement over the past few weeks, but Mallett has almost no game experience despite being in the NFL for four seasons.Hes a guy that works extremely hard in practice, which is totally different than in the game, OBrien said. In practice he seems to have good command of what were doing. Hes come in here with a good knowledge of the offence.Mallett didnt take a single snap in two of his three seasons with the Patriots. He appeared in four games in 2012, but completed just one of four passes for 17 yards with an interception.The 31-year-old Fitzpatrick has learned to ignore outside criticism in a 10-year career spent with five different teams. But hes the first one to admit that he has to improve if the Texans hope to finish the season strong and says week after week that has to play better.Hes going to work extremely hard to play at a more consistent level like all of the players need to do, OBrien said. 4-5 is a very mediocre record and its the sign of an inconsistent team.He has thrown for 1,960 yards with 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions in his first season in Houston. Hes fumbled five times, but has lost just one of them.Andre Johnson, the longest-tenured Texan after joining the team in its second season, was asked if he thinks the offence has improved since the beginning of the season.I dont know, he said. Our record doesnt show it. We just have to take a look at it and get it fixed.OBrien was pointed with his statements that the entire team needs to do more after the break and that extends to the coach and his staff.We talk a lot as a coaching staff with our players that were really all in it together. Theres no finger pointing, OBrien said. Its not one guys fault.A bright spot on the offence this season has been the resurgence of running back Arian Foster after last seasons back surgery. Foster is second in the NFL with 822 yards rushing. But Foster hurt his groin late in Houstons loss to the Eagles and its unclear how serious the problem is.OBrien wouldnt provide any details on the injury to Foster or on cornerbacks Kareem Jackson and Johnathan Joseph, who also left Sundays game with injuries.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Cheap Air Max Turbulence 2019 . - The situation looked bleak at best for the coach Doc Rivers Clippers — down by four points with 18 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Cheap Air Max 2015 2019 . Jamies number grades given are out of five, with five being the best mark. Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins (3) - Surrendered a tough first goal against on a deflection through the body short side. http://www.cheapairmax2019shoes.com/cheap-fingertrap-max-2019/ .com) - Sixth-seeded Feliciano Lopez was a first-round winner on Monday at the Delray Beach Open tennis event. 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The gravity of Jonas Valanciunas drunk driving charge and arrest had transcended basketball, it was bigger than sport. It was news, and rightfully so. The Raptors starting centre was arrested early Monday morning for impaired driving in Wasaga Beach - roughly two hours north of Toronto - where he spent Sunday evening visiting friends. Valanciunas did not speak to the media Tuesday, as he had not yet met with his legal representatives, but those that did - GM Masai Ujiri, coach Dwane Casey and a couple of his veteran teammates - said all the right things. Understanding the severity of the 21-year-olds poor judgment, the organization made their message clear. Without condoning his actions, they stood united in support of their youngest player. "Like I told him, Im upset with him and disappointed in him but hes mine," said Casey. "So we love him." "He made a mistake, like any other young man has probably done before. We all make mistakes and its what we do after it [that] is how were going to be judged." The news of his arrest was surprising to those within the organization. Coaches, teammates and even fans have come to know the wide-eyed sophomore for his sincere, albeit quirky personality. Mondays events seemed out of character, to say the least. "Hes a great person, great kid," said Ujiri, maintaining Valanciunas hasnt, to his knowledge had prior plights with excessive alcohol use or bad decision making. "Weve never had any issues here with him, thats the honest truth." Valanciunas met with Ujiri for an hour on Monday. The following morning he sat down with Tim Leiweke and Larry Tanenbaum before addressing his coaches and teammates ahead of practice. "He sat in my office there yesterday," said the Raptors GM. "He knew, face in his hands, that he was sorry about it." "Hes very apologetic," Lowry echoed. "I mean hes sick right now. Hes really hurt by it, hes really embarrassed by it [and] very disappointed in himself. I can tell you that for sure." Per NBA policy, no punishment - from the league or the team - can be handed down until the legal process plays out. Althouggh the Raptors are unlikely to issue any supplementary discipline, the league will come down on Valanciunas with a suspension - of likely two games - when and if hes convicted or theres a plea of guilt.dddddddddddd The ramifications for Valanciunas - the player - are modest. Hell continue to play. Any suspension he faces wont take into effect until the beginning of next season, at the earliest. He will not be required to attend his initial court date on Apr. 22, shortly after the Raptors begin their first-round playoff series. Hes been enjoying one of the best stretches of his career and theres no reason why that shouldnt continue, assuming he can stave off the legal distractions that are likely to ensure. For Valanciunas - the person - the consequences are intricate. He has some damage control, some image repair to do. Most importantly, he has some growing up to do. In the last year, his second in the NBA, weve watched Valanciunas blossom on the court, sometimes losing sight of the fact that he is also growing and learning as a young man. Valanciunas - less than a month away from his 22nd birthday - made a mistake, a stupid one. Thankfully no one was hurt as a result. Given what we know about the young seven-footer its not hard to believe that the apology he made to his team, to his coaches, to the organization and fans was a sincere one. Some athletes, upon putting themselves in a similar predicament, have apologized mostly for being caught, which doesnt seem to be the case for a remorseful Valanciunas. What many of those other athletes havent had is the support system the Raptors can offer their young centre. Both Casey and Ujiri have positioned themselves as mentors and father figures, not only for Valanciunas but for all their players, while the teams locker room is filled with positive influences who have already begun to steer the sophomore in the right direction. "Be smart," Casey told him. "We all have to be smart. All of us have to be smart in what we do, how we carry ourselves off the floor, where we are [and] who we hang out with." "I talked to him and I made him understand that the things he did were wrong," Lowry said. "He just has to suffer the consequences that come with that." "Its unfortunate that it happened to such a good kid in JV," the 28-year-old point guard continued, "but it happened. Hes 21, hes going to learn from it and Im sure hes never going to make that mistake again." Ultimately, thats the true test, as Casey wisely pointed out. How does he learn from Mondays incident? Will he grow as a result of it? He made a mistake. What does he do next? 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