The Houston Texans used to be a team built on top talent. From 2011 to 2021, the Texans were a team that had some of the best players in the league, and top players at their respective position. Depth and complimentary players were the issue. From Arian Foster and Andre Johnson, to Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins, this was how the team was constructed.
This has changed recently. The Texans no longer have the star talent anymore. Hopkins was traded last season. Watt moved to Arizona. And Watson is in the middle of legal troubles since requesting a trade from the Texans business operation. Now it’s empty, and there is barely anything left.
Recently, Pro Football Focus ranked the top 50 players in the NFL right now ahead of the 2021 NFL season. The Texans had two players who could possibly crack the list—Laremy Tunsil, and if you just love the Houston Texans with a certain amount of delusion, Zach Cunningham. Neither made the list, despite Tunsil being one of the five best pass protecting offensive tackles in the NFL thanks to his run blocking woes, and, on top of that, neither made the honorable mention team either. Derwin James, Joe Thuney, Chase Young, and others, were all placed ahead of the members currently on the Texans roster.
There are other ways to build a football team. It doesn’t have to be top heavy. You can win games with a more well rounded approach. For the Texans, this means a change from the way things used to be, before time and attrition, and ridiculous decisions tossed it all away.