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Houston Texans' Most Underrated and Overrated Offseason Additions
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Expectations.

They can sink the season for a player or team if those expectations aren't met or have the opposite effect if the predicted level of play is surpassed. Expectations are often unfair or unrealistic, but their impact is real.

For a good example, you need look no further than the 2013 Houston Texans. Coming off a 12-4 season, many fans and media members expected the Texans to make a deep run in the playoffs. Anyone taking a look deeper than the surface could see the cracks in their roster that could tear the team apart, but even those who expected a drop-off were surprised by their 2-14 record.

That surprise and shock got people fired. Of course a record of 2-14 is an awful mark in any situation, but I don't think the Jacksonville Jaguars would have fired Gus Bradley after his first year if they had finished with the same record as the Texans.

Why? It's simple: The expectations were different. Failing to meet them in such an epic fashion will get you fired every time like it did for Gary Kubiak.

The opposite is also true, as we saw with Charlie Weis in 2005 with Notre Dame when he turned exceeding expectations into a lifetime contract, a stadium named in his honor and a statue wheeled around behind him by an assistant (I may have exaggerated those perks, but his contract extension was crazy).

Meeting or coming up short of expectations can lead to being labeled either as overrated or underrated. Of the numerous offseason additions for the Texans, I will attempt to explain why I think each is either overrated or underrated.

If I label a player as overrated, it doesn't necessarily mean I think he's a bad player, just that he either won't live up to expectations or that his role won't be as big on this team as initially believed.

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