For Week 5, Marshall Faulk wants to know:
"Why will Houston bring Texas a championship before Dallas?"
Time to be BOLD: I say Houston gives TX a title before Dallas. @BattleRedBlog: Prove me right. http://t.co/zndSICFde7 #GMCPlaybook— Marshall Faulk (@marshallfaulk) October 1, 2014
The Texans passed on first-round quarterbacks in a draft where Houston had the number one overall pick, as well as the first pick in each round. They didn't take a quarterback until late in the 4th round, when they used a compensatory pick to select Tom Savage. We can assume from this that GM Rick Smith and Head Coach Bill O'Brien were not convinced that any of the quarterbacks selected in the top of the draft were the long-term answer for Houston. Without an obvious "elite" signal-caller available in the draft, or in free agency, Houston looked no further than the current champions for a model of how to best build this to be a winning team.
The Texans went with a long-proven formula that "defense wins championships" by selecting Jadeveon Clowney first overall. Houston also extended a $100 million contract for J.J. Watt, which was an NFL record amount for a defensive player at $51.8 million guaranteed. Watt's contract is well structured to ensure the Texans' cap space can be managed long-term as well. It is clear that the formula that helped to propel the current NFL Champion Seattle Seahawks is the model for the Texans: Focus on the running game and stifle the other team with a suffocating defense.
This approach will give the Texans the advantage over the Cowboys in bringing Texas its next championship.
What say you, BRB?
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