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Dirt To Business : Introducing BRB’s Newest Writer

Eric Ryberg joins the masthead.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs Houston Texans - October 22, 2006 Photo by Bob Levey/NFLPhotoLibrary

I fell in love with the mud. More specifically, I fell in love with the smell of mud. Waking up on a Saturday morning, suiting up, and playing a game of tackle football in the mud at the local field. After the game, my friends and I would run around, jumping on the playground in our pads. I mean, of course we did; we were only six. That’s what you did growing up in Texas and it was football in its purest form. Now, combined with the game, I love the business of football.

I’m an ROI guy. Doesn’t matter what the investment is; real estate, equities, cryptos, collectables, starting a business, I’m interested in the return. The time value of money. It is a simple concept; how are you positioning your assets and time to get the most optimal future outcome while limiting the risk of losing those assets and time? The NFL is the most entertaining display of this concept mankind has ever created. It is the ultimate business, around the ultimate reality TV show, around the ultimate game. The NFL is king.

NFL: Super Bowl LV-Kansas City Chiefs vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
If the NFL was public, it’d be on the S&P500, with a fraction of employees of any company on the list
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The action on Sundays is parallel to the action in the front office during the offseason. What trades are being made, who are the teams looking at in the draft, how is the team handling their salary cap, when is the right time to rebuild, and when is the right time to put all your chips in the middle for a Super Bowl run? These are the types of questions franchises spend millions of dollars trying to answer and what avid fans and devote media members follow.

Still, at the beginning of every Sunday, we put all those million-dollar questions aside for 60 minutes and cheer on the team on the field to win the game, a game that many of us have been playing since we were kids. That’s what being a fan is to me and that’s why I’m a Texans fan. I was a suburb kid when football first came back to Houston. Now, I live in the city and there is nothing better than rooting on the hometown team. Everything is better when the home team is winning. The city has a buzz to it; bars are more electric on Sundays, people you interact with in the city are nicer, food taste better, and your girlfriend/boyfriend is still mad at you about something but you don’t care as much because your team beat the Dolphins.

Unfortunately, those wins for the Texans are looking tougher and tougher to come by these days. With an unprecedented decline over the past year and a lingering situation surrounding the All-Pro quarterback, the Texans don’t appear to be in a position of winning many games in the near future. Usually, in a situation like this, an NFL fan base can look to the future with hope of acquiring extra cap space and adding a pool of young prospects. Unfortunately (again), the Texans haven’t been able to fully close the book on Era II just yet, as they have one of the worst young rosters in football and aren’t gaining any significant salary cap room this year.

With all this being said, I want to go on record and say this year’s 2021 Texans roster is not as bad as everyone says it is. I think, with the very limited resources available, Nick Caserio did an admirable job this offseason to fill roster holes and compensate for weakness. But let’s be honest, it won’t be tough to do a better job than the last guy in charge.

Additionally, I believe David Culley was the right hire. I think he brings maturity and experience to an organization that desperately needs it. But let’s be honest (again), it won’t be tough to do better than the last guy in charge.

NFL: Houston Texans at Green Bay Packers
David Culley looks the part to me
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Still, it’s tough to see more than five wins on the schedule this year. I will make the bold prediction that David Culley will win his head coaching debut at home against Jacksonville next month. I may be living in the past, where individuals didn’t just come into the NFL and light it up, but I just don’t see how a rookie *college* head coach and quarterback are favored (+2.5 - 3.0) on the road in their first game. I don’t care what you say about the roster talent gap; give me the head coach with 20+ NFL years, the defensive coordinator with 20+ NFL years, and a veteran QB.

I look forward to having my content read here at BRB and love to have discussions about anything in the comment section. To start off, do you think I’m reaching with my prediction of a Texans W in Week 1? Is this roster as bad as advertised? Let me know what you think! Fold it.