Last year brought the question of “can the Texans ever win the ‘big’ game?” while this season is raising the question of “can they win a game period?”
It was thought by many that this might finally be the year that Houston would compete for (and possibly win) a Super Bowl, but all of that looks much different now as the season is nearing its conclusion.
The Texans flirted with success back during the final days of Peyton Manning’s stent with the Colts, after his big injury and then his departure to Denver the Texans assumed control of the AFC South. They won two straight divisional titles in 2011 and 2012, being eliminated by the Ravens and Patriots in their most recent playoff appearances.
Houston is undoubtedly one of the most talented teams in the NFL and was poised for another solid season with hopes to not only win another divisional crown but also make it to the Super Bowl – things didn’t go as planned.
The Texans started this season off with two wins over San Diego and Tennessee before completely collapsing for the rest of the season, losing a franchise record twelve straight games to bring their record to an abysmal 2-12.
This has happened to many teams in the past and quite frankly it seems that every year there is a team that was supposed to compete for a Super Bowl but ends up competing for a higher draft pick. The interesting thing here is that the Falcons, who are in a similar boat as the Texans, aren’t actually the most disappointing team in the league.
Now Houston is beginning the process of determining how to spend their likely number one overall draft pick, even though they will claim that they are trying to finish the season out strong.
Their head coach Gary Kubiak was fired after the team fell to 2-11 and Wade Phillips was brought up as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
But at the end of the day the Texans are simply too talented of a football team to have a 2-12 record. I know that injuries have caused issues along with the fact that Kubiak nearly lost more than his job this season, but I would have found it very hard to believe that the Texans would be the worst team in the league had I been told before the season started.
Instead of competing in this year’s playoffs Houston will be fighting for the number one overall draft pick which they may choose to spend on a quarterback and completely rebuild their team.
I, however, feel that they will choose another route. I can’t speak on who they might take in the draft, but something tells me that this Texans team has something still left in the tank. It just seems like one of those stories where one of the league’s best teams has a relapse year before bringing in the right coach to bring them to prominence.
I don’t know if they will be good enough to finally get that Super Bowl that they want so badly, but I do believe that next year we will see a completely different Texans team even though it will probably be the same group of core players.
Tyler Rollason is a Winder-Barrow High School graduate and mass communications major at the University of West Georgia. He writes a weekly sports column for the Barrow Journal. You can e-mail comments about this column to email@example.com.