The Texans season got off to an interesting start when former General Manager Brian Gaine was fired during the summer. Head coach Bill O’Brien got the keys to making player personnel moves. O’Brien took full advantage of it by trading away defensive star Jadeveon Clowney to Seattle. O’Brien also traded for Kenny Stills and Laremy Tunsil from the Miami Dolphins for several draft picks. Duke Johnson was also traded to the Texans to add more weapons to the offense.
The end result seemed to be looking promising as the team won the AFC South and the team finished 10-6. Deshaun Watson had a Pro Bowl season, offseason addition Carlos Hyde ran for over 1,000 yards, and DeAndre Hopkins continued his dominance at receiver. Defensively, they lost J.J. Watt for part of the season with another injury, but the stacked linebackers stepped up and held their own.
The good news was that they got J.J. Watt back from injury just in time for the playoffs. Watt’s presence was shown as the defense dominated the Buffalo Bills’ offense for most of the second half and overtime. The Texans offense got off to a slow start, but Watson took control of the game and fought their way through a tough-earned win. While Kansas City is a game fans wish to forget about. 24-0 lead with nine minutes to go in the second quarter turned into a 51-31 loss in an instance.
There’s no denying that Bill O’Brien has come up strong with this team and has them rolling strong with only having one losing record in six seasons. He also won the division four times. Not to mention he developed Watson into one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL. So what’s the problem? Why can’t they make the leap to elite status? Do fans put the blame on O’Brien?
This season, the team took a nice step in getting a lot of great, young talent that’ll put them in a good position in the next few years. At this point, it’s okay to be patient for at least one more season. At the same time, if an AFC Title or Super Bowl doesn’t come next year, Houston may have a problem. More so, O’Brien may have a problem.
He’s a great offensive mind that has excelled with this team, but the lack of success in the playoffs has to be concerning. The team may be one or two free-agent picks up away from making the leap. First, the team needs to find a general manager to work with O’Brien to figure out the offseason moves. Then, put it all together. Simple. If this season doesn’t meet expectations, it could mean the end of O’Brien as head coach.
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