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An Actual, Functioning NFL Offense Is The Texans’ Best Newcomer

Do Texans fans agree?

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Thank you, OB.
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All of SB Nation’s NFL sites have been charged with answering a question this week. Namely, who is the best newcomer to your beloved squad?

The answer for the Texans is quite obvious.

It’s Breno Giacomini Deshaun Watson.

But we’ve—rightfully—already spilled a metric ton of virtual ink singing the praises of the Texans’ new quarterback. Thus, I’m going to answer the question from a slightly different angle, one that Weston alluded to in his latest excellent film breakdown.

I believe the single best thing to arrive in Houston since last season is an offense. A real-life offense that looks like it belongs in the NFL. We haven’t really had one of those around these parts since 2012.

In fact, with Deshaun Watson under center, I might go so far as to say that the Texans’ offense is downright innovative right now. Bill O’Brien is drawing up plays you don’t typically see run at this level. All this after years of frequently watching Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett, Case Keenum, Brian Hoyer, T.J. Yates, Brandon Weeden, Brock Osweiler, and Tom Savage struggle to string together more than a scoring drive or two each week.

Even more astonishing is that Houston’s offense changed after the regular season had already begun. Less than a month ago, the Texans’ offense could have hardly looked more impotent against the Jaguars. Four days after that fateful opener, the Texans looked different in Deshaun Watson’s first start, but they still labored to score 13 points, only accounting for a single touchdown.

Then came the Patriots game, in which the good guys scored 33 points, albeit in another loss. A week later, the Texans exploded for nearly 60 points in a demolition of the Titans. All of a sudden, the sky’s the limit with the Chiefs coming to NRG Stadium for Sunday Night Football. It boggles the mind to see how far the Texans’ offense has progressed from September 10th to today.

After more than three seasons of staggering through the desert, we Texans fans seem to have stumbled upon an oasis.

It just took Deshaun Watson to lead Bill O’Brien there.