Houston Texans to take self-exam in last five games
From the moment Deshaun Watson officially requested a trade, the same day the Houston Texans hired the sad David Culley as their head coach, we knew that day was coming, but until he was put in a Twitter graphic, that’s not really right. knocking at home, but voila – the Houston Texans were the first team to be eliminated from the 2021 NFL playoff race yesterday.
The Houston Texans are the first NFL team to be officially eliminated from the playoffs this season. pic.twitter.com/ViSNWOSbKf
– FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) December 5, 2021
Now, to be sure, part of the Texans planting the flag in that hill of incompetence FIRST was due to the Jaguars only playing yesterday afternoon – the Jags joined. the Texans on the “laughs list” at dinner time – but it’s a precipitous downfall for a team leading 24-0 in a divisional playoff game less than two seasons ago.
This season is lost for the Texans, and it likely won’t be the last lost season before the Texans become relevant again (if that happens in our lifetime). For now, it’s up to the franchise to do what’s in the best interests of the team, and right now is to find out what pieces you have for 2022 and beyond. So, forget about actual wins, these are the things the Texans need to prioritize for the rest of the season:
4. Can David Mills be a competent NFL quarterback?
For weeks, head coach David Culley has insisted that Tyrod Taylor is the quarterback who gives the Texans the best chance of winning, and the only way Taylor would NOT start would be because he is hurt. Well, Taylor would have suffered a slight bump to his left wrist on Sunday against the Colts, but if Mills gets back to the starting position, it’s likely more to do with (a) he and Taylor are virtually identical statistically now (passersby ratings at both in the ’70s) and (b) it is more important to know what exactly the Texans have at Mills, whose rookie contract runs until 2024, than Taylor, 32, who is gone after that season. Moreover, the five rookies in this 2021 draft class should see some important snaps during the last month of the season.
3. Which “one-year veterans” do we want to keep beyond 2021?
The Texans have already made a decision on one of the many veterans signed for a year, when they extended CB / KR Tremon Smith, giving him a 2022 contract at just over $ 1 million. Smith has been a nice all-rounder for the Texans on defense and special teams. The veteran names that are higher on the priority list for me are all equally in defense – defensive tackle Maliek Collins, linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill and cornerback Desmond King. All of these veteran players have been, at the very least, very strong for the Texans, and I would love to see all three of them on reasonable deals for the next two years.
2. Can Tytus Howard play tackle, maybe even LEFT tackle?
Until two weeks ago against the Jets, Howard had been playing left guard all season and was floundering horribly. Pro Football Focus had ranked Howard as the worst goalie in the league. Howard, the Texans’ 2019 first-round pick, had spent his first two seasons in straight tackle, so luckily the team seems to have benefited from Howard’s experience on guard, and they’re going to let him sink or swim like a tackle for the rest of the season. Better yet, if regular starting left tackle Laremy Tunsil continues to remain on the injured reserve list, maybe Howard is playing fairly well where the team shops Tunsil this offseason for playoff teams needing help in the game. offensive line, although an expensive offensive line aid, as Tunsil is the Texans highest paid player not called “Deshaun Watson”.
1. Can Pep Hamilton play better than Tim Kelly?
The Texans started the first month of the season as one of the least talented and worst performing offensive teams in all of football. Somehow they managed to get worse throughout the season. If it was possible to be ranked below 32nd in any offensive measure (in a 32-team league), this Texans offense might find a way to do it. So why not hit up the guy who calls the coins, the rest of Bill O’Brien’s staff Tim Kelly, and give quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton a chance. I’m not sure if Hamilton would want the responsibility of trying to fix what might be irreparable without new players, but the coaching staff needs to be assessed for the future in the same way as the roster. It starts with the offense.
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