At least once a season, the media will identify a team that’s “one or two players away from winning it all.” At a surface level glance, it might be easy to think that team hails from the great city of Houston, Texas. In fact, for a lot of teams, having a franchise quarterback, future Hall of Fame wide receiver, quality running back, one or more great edge rushers, and a hand full of other top flight players would mean that one or two key additions could put them over the top.
Let’s take a quick look at the Houston Texans’ roster...
...just to see if it passes muster.
Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, Lamar Miller - these guys could easily fulfill the old “triplets” of a quarterback, running back, and receiver combo to lead an offense to the promised land.
J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus - while Whitney didn’t do much to pad his resume this past year, this is arguably one of the most lethal pass rushing trios in the NFL.
Will Fuller V, Tyrann Mathieu, Kareem Jackson - if all three stay healthy in 2019, expect each to be Player of the Week at least once, if not multiple times. While none are true superstars, each can contribute to the W column for sure.
With all those players, and a hand full of other solid guys, Houston seems like it could be set.
But wait. What about...
The offensive line - a unit some homers seem to be defending as “not that bad” gave up more sacks last season than any team should give up in two years.
The cornerbacks - the injury bug didn’t just bite these guys; it chowed down. Even fully healthy, none of these players were going to make the cover of Sports Illustrated as a game-changer.
The running backs - Sure, Lamar Miller can be produce (imagine him in this system behind an offensive line that can actually run block the way Gary Kubiak’s Texans did), but behind him the light turns off pretty quickly.
Knowing that Houston has finite prospects in free agency, whittled down even further by scheme fit, character, and the preferences of those players as to where they want to move their families, plus a finite number of draft picks that are often hit or miss, where should Brian Gaine focus?
Is there one area in particular where Gaine can’t afford to whiff ? One position he has to crush?
With Houston’s inability to not lose multiple key players to injury every year, they need to focus on depth.
This brings us to the question of the day:
If you needed to put all your eggs in one positional basket, where would you go all in?
Best player available?
As a graduate of ACU (Arm Chair University) so do you.
Give us your targets in the comments - then we’ll see who should earn the title of Ultimate Arm Chair General Manager.