NFL Update: The Houston Texans 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft
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2013 Recap: The Houston Texas missed the playoffs for the first time in three years and were by far the league’s most disappointing team with a 2-14 record. The offensive line allowed 42 sacks, the quarterback play was horrendous at times and a usually solid Texans defense was ranked 23rd against the run. Texans entered the season as possible Super Bowl contenders but finished with the worst record in the NFL. Even Arian Foster had his worst season since his rookie year with only 542 yards and one touchdown. It was flat out ugly.
Key Losses: Although he wasn’t great last season, the Texans lost their starting quarterback in Matt Schaub to the Oakland Raiders. The Texans also lost their leading rusher in Ben Tate. The Texans also released long time tight end Owen Daniels. Defensively, the Texans took a few blows with the losses of Darryl Sharpton, Joe Mays and Antonio Smith. All played key roles for the Texans last season and made big plays, including Smith, who had a solid five sacks.
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Key Additions: Maybe the reason Andre Johnson is so upset with the Texans management is that they didn’t do anything during free agency. The Texans didn’t really do anything during the offseason besides readjust basically their entire coaching staff, which included bringing in new head coach Bill O’Brien. Besides players are concerned, the Texans did sign Jerrell Powe, who spent his first three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Draft: The Texans picked up Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick, a player who can step on the field right away and has the talent to be an elite defensive end for the next 10 years. Offensive lineman Xavier Su’a-Filo was drafted in the second round and should help patch up a horrible offensive line. The biggest value pick for the Texans was used in the third round, as defensive lineman Louis Nix was drafted out of Notre Dame. Nix is a massive lineman with underrated quickness for a big guy.
2014 Outlook, So Far: It’s important to note that the Texans aren’t in a rebuilding stage, as there’s enough talent here to compete in the watered down AFC South. However, I’m just not so sure how far the Texans can go without a legitimate quarterback. The Texans have playmakers on defense and more than enough talent on offense to turn things around in a big way this season, but Case Keenum isn’t the difference maker this team needs. The consistency at quarterback will decide if the Texans are a playoff team or another team that’s picking in the Top 10 of the draft.
Sept. 7 Washington Redskins, 1
Sept. 14 at Oakland Raiders, 4:25
Sept. 21 at New York Giants, 1
Sept. 28 Buffalo Bills, 1
Oct. 5 at Dallas Cowboys, 1
Oct. 9 Indianapolis Colts (Thu), 8:25
Oct. 20 at Pittsburgh Steelers (Mon), 8:30
Oct. 26 at Tennessee Titans, 1
Nov. 2 Philadelphia Eagles, 1
Nov. 9 BYE
Nov. 16 at Cleveland Browns, 1
Nov. 23 Cincinnati Bengals, 1
Nov. 30 Tennessee Titans, 1
Dec. 7 at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1
Dec. 14 at Indianapolis Colts, 1
Dec. 21 Baltimore Ravens, 1
Dec. 28 Jacksonville Jaguars, 1