How to be taken seriously and contend for a title

The NFL is a copycat league; when something like the wildcat offense works everyone has to have their version of it.What I suggest here is that our beloved Texans embrace that philosophy/tendency, but from  a distinctly oblique direction. Think outside the box - and in this case, the box being the league itself.

Look to the NBA, and specifically, the Miami Heat.

They made the HUGE move of landing 3 of the best players in the league and, love 'em or hate 'em, it put them INSTANTLY into contending for a championship. This is what the Texans should copy, and here is the way to do it.

Because of the uncertainty with the CBA, we have to make our first move in the draft. There are more than a few possibilities, but to put everyone on notice that we are indeed serious, trade our number 1, amobi okoye, and our number 3 next year to Carolina for the number 1 overall and select - Nick Fairley. We get this year's version of NDonkeyKong Suh, and it lets every free agent know for certain that we are deadly serious about winning NOW. Which brings me to the second phase - free agency.

Assuming that they hammer out a new deal, the Texans can focus on getting the best players available at the positions of greatest need, and because we drafted a franchise DT in Fairley that would be LB, CB, and Safety.
Following the model of getting the best players available, at LB that would be LaMarr Woodley. At CB, obviously that would be Nnamdi Asomugha. At Safety, because he has already expressed his desire to switch, Champ Bailey.
The defense now looks like this:

DE - Mario Williams, Antonio Smith
DT - Nick Fairley
OLB - LaMarr Woodley, Connor Barwin
ILB - DeMeco Ryans, Brian Cushing
CB -   Nnamdi Asomugha, Kareem Jackson
FS - Glover Quin
SS - Champ Bailey

That is a nice looking defense if you ask me.

Now this is admittedly a pipe dream because there is no way Uncle Bob opens the checkbook to make it happen, and even if by some miracle he would, Rick Smith could never dream of having the cajones to pull something like this off. But when you see the Miami Heat contending for the championship for the next few years, you'll sigh and imagine what could have been.

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