When I was growing up, there was no football team in Houston. Maybe you remember those dark and sad days. It was disappointing to have Houston’s former team jet to “greener” pastures during the time when a young man was just discovering the joys of football and the NFL.
I’ll admit I was lost for a few years. During that time, my parents did their best, but unfortunately they tried to steer me to the Cowboys as the team to root for. Even as a kid, I knew that there was no coming back from a major life mistake such as that.
In 2002, the Texans became the answer to my woes and played their first expansion game. It wasn’t long until this new expansion franchise instead become the source of my woes.
I remember how David Carr took beatings behind a terrible offensive line and how badly the fans begged the franchise to put talent in front of the franchise QB (sounds sorta familiar, huh?)
I remember Dunta Robinson putting on the “Pay Me Rick” shoes.
I remember the Rosencopter game. It was chance at beating Indy for the first time before a backup QB decided he wanted to be like John Elway and fumbled away a victory.
I remember the Texans having another #1 pick and taking a defensive end named Mario Williams instead of Reggie Bush or Vince Young and just how mad the fans were.
I remember Andre Johnson beating the mess out of Cortland Finnegan. That was the real Bulls on Parade.
I remember J.J. Watt returning an interception for a touchdown against the Bengals that would eventually lead to the Texans’ first playoff win.
I remember finding a franchise QB named Deshaun Watson and watching him torch NFL defenses before falling to a torn ACL.
The point is, I remember all the good and the bad of the franchise because I’ve been a fan since day one. I have blind spots due to my loyalty to the team, but I do my best to deliver accurate analysis. I will always have a hot take, which may be wrong, but I won’t hesitate to throw it out there and argue passionately about it anyways.
I’ve read Battle Red Blog for a few years, and I’ve loved the content and analysis that comes from here. I can’t wait to provide my own to this great site. Most of all, I’m excited to experience this season with you all. I can’t wait to see what I’ll be remembering 15 years from now about the 2019 Houston Texans.
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