Here is the part where I'll be accused of being a negative Nancy.
With a rookie quarterback at the helm over the next five games, any delusions of this team making a deep postseason run went up in smoke the moment Matt Leinart's arm went into a sling.
I still believe that Houston will make the playoffs because I still think that 9-7 wins this division. The light schedule and decent players around Yates will get them at least one more victory.
But if you really think T.J. Yates is going to come into the starting quarterback position and light up the world, well, you just might be the most optimistic fan of any team in the history of sports.
However, other than Mario Williams, this entire team will all be back in 2012. Mario might, too, but that's a topic for another day. But what I'm getting at is that the future is still bright and the window is far from closed.
Look at what the team has overcome to get to this point. They've lost a key member of the team every week since Week 4 of the season. Yet they just keep on stepping up, and guys are making plays. If they actually get some luck on the injury front in 2012, this is a team well equipped to be a serious threat in the AFC for the next couple years.
I know it's a silver lining to say "wait 'til next year," but on a day like this, it is better to laugh to keep from crying.