Hoping Ahman Green would capture his former magic with his old coach
The Houston Texans franchise was still in its infancy way back in 2007 when they were seeking a running back to help carry the load of the offense alongside new first-year starter Matt Schaub. The year prior, the relied on a combination of Ron Dayne and Wali Lundy to carry the load and they just didn’t cut it.
Schaub worked out just fine and become quite the quarterback for the Texans for many years. He was easily a top 10 quarterback the vast majority of the time he was a starter in Houston. He even led the league in passing yards one year. Ahman Green, on the other hand, was an unmitigated disaster.
The team had just hired former Green Bay Packers head coach, Mike Sherman, to be their offensive coordinator. Sherman and Green teamed up in Green Bay for years, creating quite the rushing attack. So, it seemed only natural to team them back up in Houston and Green would give the Texans a powerful, effective run game.
Instead, Green only started in five games and played in only one additional game that 2007 while Dayne had the lion’s share of carries. Green’s ineffectiveness was not a good sign of things to come. In 2008, he was able to play in eight games but only started one of them. In total, Green only managed 554 yards and five touchdowns over two years.
The four year, $23 milllion deal they gave him during the 2007 offseason is definitely a major flop and the team bailed after two years. Moves like this are what set the franchise back during its early years and if it were an April Fools joke, it wouldn’t have mattered.