State of the League: Houston Texans

Brian LumpkinContributor IMarch 31, 2009

HOUSTON - DECEMBER 28:  Steve Slaton #20 of the the Houston Texans celebrates his touchdown for a 31-17 lead with teammates Duane Brown #76 and Vonta Leach #44 against the Chicago Bears during the second half at the Reliant Stadium December 28, 2008 in Houston, Texas.  The Texans won 31-24.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

I want to root for the Texans so badly.  I have a soft spot in my heart for expansion teams. I know they aren’t an expansion team any more, but they just have such a good work ethic and I just want to see them in the playoffs sooo badly. 

I will admit that I know very little about the Texans; I haven’t seen a game in awhile, but I will do my best to do the rundown.

So far they haven’t lost anyone of caliber and have actually added to their depth, but on the flip side they haven’t really added anyone, either.  They did grab Orlovsky from Detroit, but really how good of a call was that?  Detroit is another team I really know nothing about. 

The do have Steve Slaton, who had a damn good rookie season taking almost 1,300 yards for nine TDs.  They had a weird season; they lost to the Raiders and beat the Titans.  They did start the season 0-4, only to finish 8-8, which was better than I expected.

The question is: “What is wrong with the Texans”?

Is it the QB? I say, not a chance.  Shaub threw for over 3,000 yards and 15 TDs.
Is it the O-Line? Once again, I say no.  Shaub was only sacked 23 times and Slaton ran for over a thousand.

Is it the WR corps? Not sure…I know they have Andre Johnson, but is Kevin Walters with his 900 yards any good?  I need you Texans fans to inform me on his actual skill.
Is it the defense?  Ding Ding!  The defense allowed 24.6 points per game.  You can’t be better until you shave that down to under 17.

So what do they do about the defense?  I don’t know.  It seems neither do they.  They haven’t made any moves on any free agents on defense, including their own. But I don’t know enough about them to say for sure. 

Let me know what you think…I know you will.