In many ways Bob McNair is a hero to the city of Houston for bringing football back to Kirby st. As most people know, especially the residents, Texas is a football state. It runs through our veins. It starts at a young age with pee wee and is engrained in most of our lifestyles from that point on.
Houston is no exception to the rule. Talent is scouted all the way down to the Jr High level and a huge class of athletes from this area are sought after by the largest and most prestigious college programs in the nation. Not only the "jocks" follow the sport in this part of the country... everyone does. Whether you played the game in HS or in college or even at all does not matter because the appeal of the game is beyond the fun of playing. The mental and physical toughness, the will and desire, the perseverance to finish hard: all these things have been laid out by our parents/coaches/teachers as models for how we should attack our own lives and are principles appreciated slightly more down here in the south, I believe. Our state has taken a game and made it so much more than something fun to do or watch in our free time. A lot of us either played the game at some level, or have a relative that coached or a dad that followed the game religiously when we were kids and tried to relate the sacrafices and hard work that the players put in to us at a young age. Bob McNair did a great thing by bringing the game back to a place that it definitely belonged, but he has to understand that we aren't a bunch of casual fans in this city. We are ex-players, ex-coaches, or sons or daughters of men and woman that made a living loving the game as coaches at some level. We are passionate students of the game that thirst for more and more knowledge of the sport everyday. Sometimes I hear soundbites or read quotes from Mr. McNair and it insults my football intelligence. The "right track"? "No additions to personnel"? It is as if he thinks we are looking to him for the answers, when in reality this fanbase can figure things out for themselves when it comes to the details of the game and how it needs to be played. Of course, every team has fans of this caliber that follow them, I just feel like the "masses" of the Houston Texans fans have relatively high football IQs and aren't just stomping their feet plugging their ears asking Bob for a winner. It amazed me this past season when everyone in the world wanted more Arian Foster and we could not get it or when all I heard from every direction was that Frank Bush needed to go, yet, it never happened through the season. If Bob keeps speaking to us like we don't know any better and keeps running this organization with a "slow and steady wins the race" mindset when we all know the necessary moves that could be made that would immediately make su a better team, he could see a major backlash in the next couple seasons.
However, there is a positive side to this notion. If Bob decides to just deliver, to surround himself with the best, proven football minds he can find and not be afriad to roll the dice on smart risks, then he has an opportunity to be an icon to the 4th largest city in the USA. If given a reason, this city will pour its devotion, time, love, support and most importantly, it's money into this organization, even more than we already do now. Houston is more than ready to lift up another one of our pro teams above our heads and say "WE ARE A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH!", I just hope that Mr. McNair realizes this and gets things right sooner than later. Sound off with opinions and if anyone out there have a history of playing, coaching or have a relative close to you that made the game special or mean more then I want to hear about it. This city has a special place in its heart for it's sports teams and it is because of the fans investment.