Last Sunday’s loss against the New York Jets may or may not have been a fluke; one of those “any given Sundays” that just didn’t go our way. However, it also shone a pretty large spotlight on a number of areas for opportunity when it comes to building a better battle red machine.
Don’t get it twisted, this team is still far surpassing what anyone expected before the seasons started. But, onward and upward until the Lombardi is in the NRG trophy case, right?
Houston Texans Offensive Line
Everything on offense begins and ends with the offensive line. Sure the hit on C.J. Stroud last weekend was ‘teh suck’. However, if the line had done a better job, he would have never been in danger of said hit. That’s not to say NFL quarterbacks never take cheap shots, but better line play minimizes them dramatically. Better pas protection also provides more time to throw for the rookie gunslinger.
The Houston Texans run game has yet to really get on track this season as well. Is that solely on the offensive line for not opening running lanes and preventing Dameon Pierce and Devin Singletary from getting hit in the backfield? Maybe.
Houston Texans Defensive Front Seven
So far, the Texans have the 26th best defense in terms of yards given away, with 3,426. That begins and ends with the defensive front seven. Better penetration against the run and better pressure on the quarterback shuts down a lot of those yards. They are, however, tied for second stingiest defense when it comes to scoring, having only surrendered 14 touchdowns.
They also rank 21st in sacks, with only 31 so far.
Houston Texans Offensive Coordinator
Just how much of C.J. Stroud’s passing success is due to OC Bobby Slowik putting the rook in the right situation to succeed? And how much of it is just Stroud’s natural talent and impressive skillset? Would C.J. break records in say, a Kansas City Chiefs offense under Andy Reid? Or would he crash and burn if he was on the New York Giants? We’ll likely never know.
What we do know is the run game was doing far better last year than it is in 2023. Is that Slowik’s system or a product of the offensive line? Or, is it two tailbacks in Singletary and Pierce who aren’t best suited for Slowik’s zone run scheme?
Houston Texans Defensive Coordinator
The above defensive stats certainly don’t remind us of the 2012 Houston Texans. Granted, Antonio Smith, Brian Cushing and J.J. Watt aren’t on this squad. However, would Wade Phillips have the current players doing more than current DC Matt Burke has going on? Is Burke his own man, running his own system autonomously or is he just carrying out the will of head coach DeMeco Ryans?
Whichever it is, the defense certainly needs an upgrade of some sort to get into the conversation of great Texans teams.
Everyone is to blame not just one person, but at some point we have to come back down to reality and realize the Texans have still exceeded expectations https://t.co/RRFoRr13a5— Drew (@IndepthTexans) December 11, 2023
That brings us to today’s poll:
Where would you improve the Houston Texans?
This poll is closed
Defensive Front 7
Other (tell us what in the comments)