Your Houston Texans are off this week, which means this is a fine time
for a sponsored post to take stock and reflect. In that spirit, I ask you, gentle Texans fan: What is the one move the Texans did (or didn’t) make this past offseason that you wish they would have made (or wouldn’t have made)?
I reckon many of you immediately shouted “RE-SIGN A.J. BOUYE!” in response to that query. Valid. Bouye was a revelation last year, and the Texans chose to neither sign him to a long-term deal nor utilize the franchise tag to keep him in Houston for at least one more year. Bouye decamped to Jacksonville, where he has joined forces with Jalen Ramsey to form a rather potent duo at cornerback, thus strengthening a very solid Jaguars defense.
The Texans haven’t been awful at corner this year, but I don’t think it’s much of a leap to say they’d be much more stout defensively if Bouye was still on the roster. Particularly with the losses of J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus, it’d be nice to have Bouye patrolling one of the boundaries.
The question doesn’t necessarily begin and end with Bouye, however. Perhaps there’s another move, or lack thereof, that was more egregious in your mind. Could it be not renegotiating Duane Brown’s contract, a move that has resulted in the team’s starting left tackle sitting out six games (and counting)? Or do you believe the team erred by not being more aggressive in the NFL Draft or free agency when it came to addressing the offensive line? Perchance you’re still angry that Bill O’Brien spent an entire offseason and the first half of the season opener insisting that Tom Savage was a superior option to Deshaun Watson at quarterback. Maybe it’s something else.
Weigh in below with your take on the team’s single greatest false move of the NFL offseason.