If there is one thing Houston Texans fans understand, it is disappointment. They are well aware that despite preseason rumblings and positive vibes, the Texans, more often than not, will disappoint and fail to reach their potential.
The past three years have all been "the year" for the Texans. And all three years have ended with heads down and mouths open.
But this year really feels different. Maybe I'm being optimistic, or maybe I'm just blind, but I really see a difference in this team.
For the first time the culture is changing down at Reliant. Complacent, entitled attitudes are evolving into hard-working aggressive ones born from the womb of heart break. The guys who have been around a while seem to realize, finally, that names on paper don't win games. Having all the Pro Bowlers in the world doesn't mean a thing if you don't put the work in.
Andre Johnson has always had this attitude. He has been arguably the hardest working player in the NFL since his arrival in 2003, and he continues to pride himself on just that. Guys like Mario Williams and Jacoby Jones are different. It's not clear if they go all-in every play. At times it seems as if they don't want to play, don't want to try.
This year is the year to prove themselves. Prove the critics wrong. Not just personally, but as a team, as a city, as a culture. The team is ready for battle. They are ready to play in-your-face, gridiron football.
Their time is now.
Let's take a look at eight bold predictions for this season.