The Houston Texans had two of the best defenders in the entire NFL in Mario Williams and DeMeco Ryans. Then they let them both go. Just goes to show what they think of Connor Barwin, J.J. Watt and Brooks Reed.
- By general consensus: If the Texans hadn’t lost QB Matt Schaub to injury, they would have contended up to the AFC Championship game at least. Now Schaub is healthy and T.J. Yates has proven he can handle the backup role.
- Arian Foster and Ben Tate. 2,448 rushing yards. Oh and fullback James Casey caught 18 passes, averaging 14.4 per reception. Next.
- All-World WR Andre Johnson has started suffering lower body injuries that are probably signaling an inevitable decline. Jacoby Jones and TE Joel Dreessen are no longer Texans.
- The Texans drafted two WRs and they are both currently on the depth chart (Keshawn Martin and DeVier Posey).
- Kevin Walter got a vote of confidence and will still be starting opposite Andre Johnson.
- Trindon Holliday and Justin Forsett were signed as specialists and Holliday already has one kick return for a score. (Trivia: Holliday finished behind only Tyson Gay in track and field before he decided to concentrate on football. Yeah.)
- Free Agent Bradie James comes in for the departed Ryans.
- Can the stars stay healthy? One wonders what offensive heights could be achieved if Schaub and Johnson can stay on the field with Foster and Tate.
- Wade Phillips’ revision of the defense was amazingly successful in transition—imagine how good they could be this year now that they know the system. They’re already giving Andrew Luck nightmares—I guarantee it.
- Fantasy players be warned: If everyone on this offense stays healthy, the sheer balance will keep any one player from helping your imaginary basement competitions. Guess you’ll just have to stick to real men doing real things. However, if you can grab the defense—go for it.
This team has no weaknesses on paper. They play in a depleted division. Pencil in the playoffs.