Bill O’Brien is enamored with the AFC South. He’s proud of the Houston Texans winning the division four of the last five years (and four of the six years he’s been the head coach of the team).
This wasn't quite "division champs, Brian!" But...— Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) December 30, 2019
Bill O'Brien: "I just think that we've had some pretty good wins here and we've won the division two years in a row, four out of five, I think that's okay. But we're gonna try our best to do better in the playoffs." pic.twitter.com/vqVeJg4wUv
This is all well and good. The entire goal of the regular season is to qualify for the NFL Playoffs. That’s it. Houston has done this consistently under O’Brien. It took a bad one possession record and quarterback carousel to ruin an an all-time great J.J. Watt season in 2014. 2017 was another unfortunate one possession record season, Tom Savage proved he was who we thought he was (a bad quarterback), and Deshaun Watson got hurt. The rest of the time, Houston’s talent level and competent enough coaching has been enough to put the Texans’ logo on shirts that read THE SOUTH ISN’T ENOUGH.
Problems have arisen at the next level. O’Brien has a postseason record of 1-4. The Chiefs and Colts knocked the Texans out of the Wild Card Round at NRG Stadium. [NAME REDACTED] ruined an incredible defensive performance in New England after a one postseason win against Connor Cook in 2016. When the Texans reach the playoffs, they squelch and squander their postseason opportunities.
The franchise is stuck in neutral because of this. “Mundane” is the best word to describe Houston’s seasons before 2019, because at least this season, the Texans were able to win BIG regular season games against the Chiefs and Patriots, things they’ve been unable to in the O’Brien era.
While division championships are fun and every postseason is a gift, the line of thinking in Houston has changed. With a MVP-caliber quarterback in Deshaun Watson and the trades made this past offseason, the 2019 Houston Texans are supposed to be in win-now mode. They need to actually prove that this postseason.
So I ask you, loyal reader. What are your expectations this postseason? Do you expect the Texans to finally do something more than be the best team in the AFC South? Do you think this is the season they finally go where no Texans team has gone before? Or are you fully satiated since they finally beat the New England Patriots?
Vote in the poll and sound off in the comments below.
What are your expectations for the Texans in the 2019 NFL Playoffs?
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Expectations? I have none. They beat New England!
A loss in the Wild Card round to the Bills.
A loss in the Divisional Round.
An appearance in the AFC Championship Game.
Representing the AFC in the Super Bowl.
Super Bowl LIV Champions.