5 Mistakes the Houston Texans Can't Afford to Make This Offseason

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5 Mistakes the Houston Texans Can't Afford to Make This Offseason
Patric Schneider/Associated Press

Any team that goes 2-14 has made more mistakes than Larry King has had wives. For the 2013 Houston Texans, they spanned from signing the aged and declining Ed Reed to sticking with Matt Schaub at quarterback well beyond the point of reason.

Since the owner cannot fire most of the players, the coaches end up bearing the brunt of the failures. Gary Kubiak and the bulk of his staff were certainly deserving of being shown the door.

Whatever tune they were playing, this supposed assemblage of Super Bowl-level talent stopped listening somewhere along the way. Bill O’Brien was hired away from Penn State as the new head coach and is in the final stages of constructing his own ensemble of coaching expertise.

O’Brien is expected to do what Kubiak could not: hold players responsible for their foul-ups on the gridiron and alter the game plan when it stops working. This sounds simple enough, but the details frequently bedevil those who attain such a prominent position of leadership.

There are several pitfalls confronting the Texans as they embark on the rebuilding process. The extent to which they can be avoided will spell the difference between winning and losing.

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