The Houston Texans’ plan for 2013 was to use the template from the 2012 season that had propelled them to a franchise-best 12-4 record. Only this time, they would just execute it a little better.
Like many battle plans, they fell apart after the first shot was fired. The opening pass in the opening game was picked off, and from that point on the coaches and players have been scrambling to improvise a coherent strategy.
They have had to cope with season-ending injuries to Arian Foster and Brian Cushing. A bum ankle on Matt Schaub opened the door for the brightest ray of light that has shown through the darkness of the club-record seven-game losing streak.
Mr. Sunshine, better known to the football public as Case Keenum, could be the solution at quarterback for years to come. Given enough time, however, he could be rendered ineffective once NFL defenses have enough time to dissect his tendencies. This could be the reason a single touchdown pass has been recorded in the second halves of his three starts as opposed to six in the first halves.
Even if Keenum represents “Case” solved (pun intended) at the most critical position in football, the disaster that has befallen the Texans has exposed a variety of weaknesses in their personnel. What follows is a breakdown of those areas that demand the most attention and some college players that could lend a hand.
Whether the current administration will be the ones pulling the strings on draft day 2014 is anyone’s guess. For now, let’s assume the same offensive and defensive systems will be in place when those decisions are made.
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