Houston Texans: Taking a closer look at the offensive depth chart

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson in huddle (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson in huddle (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /
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Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

Bill O’Brien has transmogrified the Houston Texans’ offense in just one offseason and may not be for the better. Let’s take a closer look at their depth.

When the Houston Texans lost a 24-0 lead to the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, I didn’t even know how to respond. The best way to describe it as a Texan fan would be an emotional roller coaster, except this time the roller coaster never found an ending as it continued to go below sea level with no ending in sight.

After gathering my destroyed brain cells and drying my tears to try and understand what happened, I was pretty convinced it was the Texans’ defense at fault. O’Brien as well. The Texans went from being up 24-0 to losing because of highly questionable play-calling that ultimately failed to maintain that lead along with the Texans defense’s inability to stop the Chiefs’ offense no matter how much their life depended on it. I was convinced that the top priorities of this off-season needed to be drastically improving this defense and making some big changes to the front office and coaching staff.

Putting it simply, I wanted the Houston Texans to fire Bill O’Brien, hire a GM, and land some top defensive talent to put this team as a real championship contender.

But apparently, this  Houston Texans’ offseason has gone entirely contrary to my expectations. Rather than firing Bill O’Brien, the Houston Texans decided to give him a promotion for some reason that I can’t possibly understand and he changed up an offense entirely for some unknown reason by trading away generational talent.

I have never in my life seen a fanbase so united against a head coach in my short lifetime, and it’s understandable.

This duo that got along so well has been wrecked, and it’s upsetting. This link makes me sad, and check it out if you want to be as well.

However, it is also understandable to see that there are fans out there trying to look at the positive side of things because they either understand what O’Brien is doing or they understand that O’Brien won’t be fired any time soon and the best thing they can do is pray for Watson’s success. This offense has been changed entirely, and I guess the best thing I can do is try and look at it optimistically.

However, I will just be going over it at a depth-chart/roster level, so I apologize if you were looking for scheme fits or deep analysis. If you really want me to take a crack at it just let me know, but as of right now I’m just sticking to the basics.