Texans apparently have an offensive plan minus DeAndre Hopkins

Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans apparently have an offensive plan to help fill the void of DeAndre Hopkins. What’s going on? Let’s take a look.

The Houston Texans’ offense will look a lot different this season and it will be up to Bill O’Brien and his staff to try to conjure up some production in an offense that still under-performed throughout the season.

Outside of Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins, this offense was wildly inconsistent and you’d never know what you’d get in terms of each passing game back in 2019.  With each ensuing kickoff, we’d have to cross our fingers that this team will have a strong start in order to demonstrate that they can win games and not play from behind.

The Houston Texans did a lot of that this past season and we can only hope that it will be the case going into the upcoming season.

The biggest challenge will be trying to run an offense without their top target, Hopkins, who was traded to the Arizona Cardinals for running back David Johnson and second-round pick about two weeks ago.

As much as we’re scratching our heads in disbelief about the whole deal within itself, this team will have to prepare for life with Nuk and it doesn’t seem like a promising one.

The Houston Texans have brought in veteran wideout Randall Cobb, signing him to a three-year, $27 million deal but he nowhere near replaces the Hall of Fame talent that Hopkins possesses.  He’ll be complemented by Will Fuller, Kenny Stills and Keke Coutee to try to help this team move the chains downfield.  I would imagine Duke Johnson will be involved in the pass-catching schemes in the backfield along with David as well on the running back front.

In terms of strategy, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle thinks that the Houston Texans will

More from House of Houston

just “spread the ball around,” in order for this team to be successful.

He mentions that Tim Kelly, a long-time confidant of O’Brien since his days at Penn State, will be calling the plays full-time this season.

The problem I have with this whole notion is that it could’ve been prevented had O’Brien and Hopkins worked out whatever differences, personal or contractual for the betterment of the team.

Now they’ll actually have to look at drafting another wide receiver — this year is loaded with talent — in order to have some sort of continuity as a dominant No. 1 target.

I wrote about Tee Higgins — a fellow Clemson alumni like Hop — being the guy that’d be perfect for this team but I doubt they’ll reach up high to go get him.

It’s an absolute mess and I don’t think “spreading the ball around” is an acceptable answer to a problem that O’Brien created himself.

Next. Texans can follow the same blueprint with DeAndre Hopkins. dark

Should I already put a tombstone to the Houston Texans’ 2020 season?  Not just yet but I’d like to see what they do in the draft to address this.

Until then, we must wait…