The Houston Texans of recent years have shown that effort is not the missing part of the puzzle when it comes to their fleeting success.
They have overcome many obstacles to reach the playoffs including inconsistent quarterback play, injuries and poor execution to name a few. With this being said, they have not been able to reach the heights that coach Bill O’Brien soared at to swoop down and destroy the competition during his stint as the offensive coordinator with the New England Patriots.
After all, the aforementioned success was the main contributing factor in the Texans front offices’ decision to bring him in as head coach. Falling short of this has disappointed not only the front office, but the rabid fan base as well. It has seemed as though the team has been predictable in most situations on offense, which makes them much easier to defend for the opposing teams on a week-to- week basis.
I have personally predicted play after play from my couch, especially in the dreaded third and long situation that has plagued the Texans year after year. I have often wondered why they have consistently thrown they ball short of the marker, which usually results in us being stopped just shy. I believe that the issue has been addressed during this years’ extremely busy offseason. The answer is speed.
Despite having one of the NFL’s most prolific wide receivers in DeAndre Hopkins, the wide receiving core has not posed a significant enough threat to opposing secondaries. They have been able to focus a lot of their game plan on stopping Hopkins due to inability to stretch the field.
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The additions of William Fuller (Will) and Braxton Miller should more than adequately address this problem.
Fuller’s all out blazing speed and Miller’s vision and shiftiness could potentially add several big plays per game, which can not only aid in freeing up DeAndre Hopkins, but allow Bill O’brien to open up the play book a little more.
Not to be overlooked, the Texans also added tons of speed and quickness at the running back position.
The offseason acquisition of Lamar Miller and drafting of Tyler Ervin leads me to believe that the staff intends to make more big plays within every position group possible.
With this being said, it seems that the team has failed to upgrade the tight end position, which has been a staple of the system that Bill O’brien made so popular in New England. Perhaps they feel that the previous upgrades will create more opportunities for the position as it is.
The Houston Texans have gone to great lengths to ensure that franchise quarterback Brock Osweiler has multiple weapons this season. Only time will tell if these additions will translate to more points in the 2016-17 season, but the potential is quite apparent on paper.
With an improvement in execution, the sky is the limit for this offensive unit. What do you guys think about the Texans new-look offense?