The Houston Texans dropped their fourth game in a row in devastating fashion last Sunday, and with 13 weeks left in the season, are the Texans tanking, or just struggling?
Tanking in sports is a concept in which a team intentionally loses games to get higher draft picks in order to rebuild for future success. The Texans seem to be doing that this season for the most part with the lack of effort during this four-game skid.
Tyrod Taylor gave this offense a chance in weeks one and two, and since he’s been injured, the offense has been horrible. Sunday looked as if they had finally gotten it together until the special teams unit cost them the game.
Every week something goes wrong for Houston, last week was the special teams, the week before was everything, the week before was the offense. One constant throughout the weeks is the play calling. Head Coach David Culley has made some risky calls early in games that have come back to haunt them, like going for it on fourth in goal during the Bills game instead of kicking a field goal to erase the shutout.
Personally, I wouldn’t mind if the Texans tanked, this year they’ll have a first-round pick for the first time since 2019; since former head coach/general manager Bill O’ Brein made some infamous trades that ultimately hurt the team, including sending perhaps the best receiver in the game away for a washed-up running back and no first-round picks. Since they seem to be tanking, they most likely will be open to trade anyone they can, thus racking up the draft picks.
With all these draft picks, I expect them to upgrade the defense first, as it’s been a struggle for years, especially the secondary. Secondly, I expect Houston to upgrade the offensive line, which has also been a struggle. Depending on what happens with the Deshaun Watson issues could determine if Houston goes after a quarterback in the draft.
New GM Nick Caserio has shown this offseason that he’ll do what’s necessary to build a winning team in Houston, so it’s best to just trust the system.
The Texans are obviously tanking, so expect a losing season from them in an effort to acquire a high draft pick. As far as what they’ll do this offseason, it’s anyone’s guess.
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