Houston Texans: Why Mario Williams Must Leave Houston If He Wants a Title

Sean JacksonContributor IIIFebruary 17, 2012

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 09: Outside linebacker Mario Williams #90 of the Houston Texans reacts after a big defensive stop in the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Reliant Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Mario Williams is one of the hottest free agents in the NFL. In the coming months, he’ll have to decide where he wants to play football next season.

If he wants a Super Bowl ring, he’ll want to leave Houston.

The Houston Texans are coming off their best season ever, in which they won their opening playoff game and came really close to beating the Baltimore Ravens. At the same time, it has taken the franchise a long time to overcome their inability to get into the playoffs.

The team has much potential, but they also play in a conference dominated by the likes of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots. This means, while they are improving, they are still a little ways off from competing regularly with the conference elites.

Williams must also consider his health. Mario had a stellar 2011 season until he tore his pectoral muscle, which ended his year in Week 5 of the campaign. For someone with a history of injuries, he may want to focus on the immediate future if a Super Bowl ring is high on his list of priorities.

Indeed, Mario must consider two factors.

While he is currently taking a wait and see approach, according to the Houston Texans website, Williams must consider the possibility that Houston has reached its pinnacle. He may want to go with a team that can afford him and has just as much promise if not more. The one team that comes to mind is the Bengals.

What's more, in a conference dominated by teams that have been consistently good—and, in some cases, getting even better—he may not want to play the "what if" game. That is, if he wants a Super Bowl ring.