Today I have read two articles that have likened your Houston Texans to something related to Germany. On here on BRB last sunday was called a Blitzkrieg, which was a term coined by the German military in WWII. It's literal translation is Lightning War and a name for the German Wehrmacht's highly mobile quick attacking battle plans. Now the word Blitz is associated with the defensive play in American football where players other than the Defensive line attack the opposing teams QB.
A second article from Grantland about teams watchability was brought to my attention through Paul Kuharsky, who if you don't know is the AFC South Beat writer for ESPN. (Yes I know ESPN!) In this article by Bill Barnwell, another analogy to something German was made.
The Texans are brutal efficiency personified, running the ball down people's throats with the same play, over and over again, without any answer. They run the same route combinations that Gary Kubiak was putting together for Ed McCaffrey and Rod Smith to catch passes from Brian Griese in Denver, and it doesn't matter. They could show you the play before the snap and still beat you to the punch. They knock down a half-dozen of your passes at the line of scrimmage, and if you're lucky, they don't return any of them for a touchdown. They somehow let a first overall pick go and got better on defense, and their best player is so obviously the league's Most Valuable Player that he's become a household name despite playing a position commonly regarded as statless and anonymous. They are the German national soccer team of the NFL, ruthless and consistent and a testament to how to win
So I pose this question: Is the comparison to a people who have been vilified in past generations a good thing or a bad thing?
I lived in Germany between 2002-2005 stationed in Kaiserslautern Germany. It was where I fell in love with watching soccer. The feeling of attending a game is almost incomparable. The energy is like I was attending the Texas vs Texas A&M game (RIP) in Kyle field, every week. That is when I started watching Die Mannschaft in competitions in the Eurocup and World Cup. I also trained with many members of the Bundeswher (German Military), during this time. From personal experience, the German Military force is one of the most efficient, well disciplined forces I have ever come in contact with in my career. They are probably second to the Israeli forces (Who are by far some of the scariest people to train with) in badassedness. This is not a knock on our boys, whom I count myself as a part of, but there is a reason why in the two World Wars it took multiple countries forces to subdue a mostly German war Machine. Since Otto von Bismark's unification of the German people and land's they have been a force to admire with weapons, and machine's. The governments of Germany haven't always been favorable but I do not believe that should be held against the character of a people who in sports, military I have come to admire in their efficiency and discipline.
So for me the Houston Texans German connection is a fair and great compliment. Texans Uber Alles