The Houston Texans entered the NFL in 2002 as and expansion team. Ever since then there have been more ups and downs than a Disney ride, but the fans and players have stuck through it all.
The team has been through two head coaches two quarterbacks, numerous position changes, and many injuries. But throughout all of this the Texans have won games against the biggest in-state rivals and even a winning season, all within seven years.
In 2006, the Houston Texans had a disappointing season going 6-10 after hiring new coach Gary Kubiak, but the biggest highs of the season would be a nail biting win against the future Super Bowl champions Colts.
The game was won by David Carr going 16 for 23 with a touchdown and one of his best drives of his Texans career, a six play, 31 yard drive to place Kris Brown in a position to kick the games winner with 3 seconds left.
After the 2007 season and the injuries to star offensive players, the Texans needed a spark to their offense, and it came in the third round in the form of a back from West Virginia. Slaton went on to be the steal of the draft by leading all rookies with 1,282 rushing yards and 1,659 yards from scrimmage.
After the 2007 season, the Texans had something to prove after going .500 on the season for the first time in franchise history.
In 2008 things didn't go so hot at first. After losing their first two games of the season, the Texans faced a heavily favored Dolphins team. The Texans rallied in the 4th quarter to come from behind to beat the Dolphins on a drive in which Andre Johnson had three catches and was capped off by a Matt Schaub three-yard run with three seconds left to put Houston ahead, 29-28.
After drafting David Carr with the first pick of the draft turned out to be one of the biggest busts in franchise history, the Texans looked for a new field general in Matt Schuab. Schuab turned into one of the greatest managerial decisions so far. Since becoming a Texan he has thrown for 10,054 yards and 53 touchdowns in three seasons, and he was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2009, winning the MVP award.
After firing Dom Capers, the Houston Texans went after a born and bred Texan, Gary Kubiak. Kubiak was the defensive coordinator in Denver under Shanahan, where as a quarterbacks coach the Broncos had 66,501 total yards and 465 touchdowns, the most in the NFL during that time period.
After coming to Houston he led the Texans to a .500 record for two straight seasons and then their first winning season in franchise history in 2009.
After coming off a win at the Browns, the Texans came back home to Houston to play on their first Monday Night Football game in franchise history against the Jaguars. In this old school smash mouth football game, the Texans scored the first blood and then just pulled away from Jacksonville. The final score was 30-17 with the backup Sage Rosenfels throwing for 200 yards and Kris Brown hitting three field goals, including a 50 yarder.
After the going 4-12 in their inaugural season, the Texans looked to improve in 2003. The Texans went to Miami to go on to upset the heavily favored Dolphins. In battle royale going back and forth it was Kris Brown's foot that won the game for the Texans 21-20, becoming the first expansion team to win their first two season openers.
In their first game at Reliant Stadium, the Texans were set to face their state rivals the Dallas Cowboys. David Carr came out on fire, throwing his first completion for a touchdown, and then a 65 yard touchdown to Corey Bradford for the 19-10 win. The Texans became only the second expansion team in history to be win their first game, only behind the 1961 Vikings.
After going 6-10 in 2006, the Texans wanted and needed more. They went out and got Gary Kubiak, the Houston native and he almost did the trick, but the team still needed more change.
For Matt Schaub and the Texans, the 2007 season started on a high note by doubling their win streak, but then injuries plagued the Texans loosing five core starters including Schaub, Andre Johnson, Dunta Robinson, Steve McKinney, and Ahman Green.
Even through the injuries, the Texans went on to end the season with a .500 record, the first in franchise history.
The Texans could feel a winning season coming in 2009. It was just about time. The season started out on a downer losing their opening game to the Jets. But it turned around and they went 5-3 throughout the rest of the first half of the season.
Then the Texans lost four close games in a row. Fortunately, they then turned it around and won four games in a row including a come from behind win over the New England Patriots.
For the first time ever then Texans where in play-off contention, however the Jets edged them out of the wild card with a win over the Bengals, but the Texans still had a winning record for the first time in franchise history.