Ben Tate (left) is poised to be a free agent this offseason. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Tennessee's Delanie Walker said he was "embarrassed" after his team lost to the Jaguars in Week 10. Two Sundays later, a pair of Texans shared the sentiment after a 13-6 Jacksonville win -- the ninth consecutive loss for a Houston team that has plummeted to the bottom of the league standings.
"I feel very embarrassed," concurred running back Ben Tate, according to Will Grubb of SportsRadio 610. "I feel bad for this city."
Tate's comments are a bit of a 180 from remarks he made last Sunday following a 28-23 home loss to Oakland. In that game, the Texans fans booed their home team rather mercilessly, especially once Matt Schaub replaced Case Keenum at quarterback.
"These fans here in Houston are so up and down and so wishy-washy," Tate said. “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."
The Jaguars and Texans now have matching 2-9 records, leaving them tied for third in the AFC South and battling it out for the No. 1 draft pick come next May. But the teams seem to be heading in different directions, with Jacksonville picking up those two wins over the previous three weekends and Houston all but throwing in the towel on the year.
All signs, up to and including Sunday's egg-laying effort, point to major changes forthcoming in Houston this offseason. Tate's departure via free agency could be among those moves, along with the removal of Gary Kubiak as head coach and the arrival of a new QB.
Until then, the Texans are playing as if they're satisfied to go through the motions for the remainder of the season -- no matter how many more "embarrassing" moments that approach may bring.