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What’s next for the Texans?

We are two weeks into the postseason! The dust has settled, and everything is beginning to wind down. It brings my heart great misery to say, congratulations to the New England Patriots on their 6th Super Bowl win!

Before the Patriots went on to win yet another Super Bowl, the world witnessed the Texans get pounced in the very first playoff game of 2019 by the Colts. After a magical season by the Texans, the obvious weaknesses of the team were exposed by the Colts. The Texans were too injured and battered to make a deep postseason run.

For right now, let’s look at the bright side. Though the Texans weren’t able to win a Super Bowl this season, they have a promising young team. For the first time since possibly Matt Schaub, the Texans officially have a franchise QB in Deshaun Watson. They also have the Best WR in the Game. They also have very good young talent in Justin Reid, Keke Coutee, Jordan Thomas, Tyann Mathieu, Jadaveon Clowney, and Will Fuller. On paper, the Texans have one of the more talented rosters in the NFL. The Texans also finished with a 11-5 record and won their 5th division title in 8 seasons. With all of the success and upside for the Texans, only one questions remains to be asked:

What’s next?

With all of the success that the Texans have had the past 8 seasons, they have yet to make it to the AFC Championship game. They were only able to make it to the AFC Divisional Round 3 times, only to be knocked out by Tom Brady and the Patriots twice out of those 3 times. It is getting towards the point where a division title is no longer good for the Texans. The Texans must take the next step and make the AFC Championship game, and eventually the Super Bowl.

Can the Texans do it with the current people on their roster? Obviously not. So in the 2019 off season, this is what the Texans most focus on in order to take that next step to a Vince Lombardi trophy.

Offensive Line

62. Sixty. Two. SIXTY. TWO??!!

Why do I keep writing this number, you may ask?

This is the exact number of sacks that Deshaun Watson took last season as the Texans QB. It’s a miracle that he was able to finish the season and didn’t miss any significant time in the process. The Texans were very fortunate to not have lost their franchise QB for a second season in a row.

However, the Texans better not try their luck for another season. Offensive Line must be addressed in both the upcoming NFL Draft and in Free Agency. If Ju’lien Davenport is the Texans starting Left Tackle to begin the 2019-2020 NFL season, then I will know that the Texans secretly hate Deshaun Watson, and is not serious about winning. The Offensive Tackle position needs a serious upgrade, and the Texans must provide that soon.

Corner Back

If I were an Elite QB, or an average QB for that matter, I would be begging to play against the Texans secondary. I know I was due for at worst 320+ passing yards and 3 passing TDs. The Texans need major upgrades in their secondary, mainly at cornerback. The starting CBs on the team last season were both 30 and 34. That’s not good for a position that is dedicated to the youth. Luckily, there are so many good options in Free Agency and in the Draft. The Texans must take advantage, or be stuck with having Shareece Wright on their roster for yet another season.

Head Coach?

Because of this season, Bill O’ Brien will keep his job for yet another season, and rightfully so. What he accomplished this season was nothing short of impressive. That being said, I am convinced that he is not the coach that can lead the Texans to the promise land. We know how bland the playcalling can be on offense, and how many times that Bill’s conservative play led to the Texans losing games. We also know about Bill’s lackluster decision making in the red zone. We are all appreciative of how far BOB has took the Texans. However, if he can’t lead the Texans to an AFC Championship game appearance next season, it will be officially time to let him go.

Staying Healthy

For the past couple seasons, the Texans have witnessed J.J. Watt, Deshaun Watson, Will Fuller, and many other players either miss significant time or the entire season entirely. The same thing has been said for the past few seasons as well:

“If (insert name here) would’ve not got hurt, the Texans would’ve (insert significant accomplishment here).”

While I agree that the statements are true, there comes a time where you get tired of saying the same old same old.

Injuries occur all of the time, but the Texans must find a way to keep their top talent on the field.

Taking Down Tom Brady and the Patriots

If there is one thorn in the Texans, as well as the rest of the AFC’s, side, it is the New England Patriots. The Patriots have made the AFC Championship game for 8 consecutive seasons in a row, and have made the Super Bowl 5 times out of the last 8 seasons.

In that span, The Texans have played the Patriots 7 times, losing all 7 times. The score of the games were an average of 38-21. Not only have the Patriots swept the Texans, the games for the most part haven’t been close.

If we are going by history, the AFC goes through the New England Patriots. If the Texans want to finally make the Super Bowl, they must overcome their demons known as Thomas Brady. The next step is defeating the elite teams in the AFC and to be established as one of the top NFL powerhouses.

That’s all I have for this article. I will love to say, I miss you guys. It’s been a while since I wrote something, and I appreciate those who have reached out to me waiting for me to post. Until next week!

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