Hope Shattered


Sep 29, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak watches from the sideline during the third quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Reliant Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the Texans 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Times are dark and dismal for those of the Houston sports persuasion, a time in which the brightest bastion of hope for the laurels of championship glory has fallen dim and grey. Darkened even further by the abhorrent acts of a group of people in recent weeks.

The fact that they not only disgraced themselves, but the entire fan base, Texans organization, and City of Houston as a whole. Deprecating the aforementioned parties’ reputation almost irreparably, plunging the situation into more of a disaster off the field than on it.

As a realist, I feel the Houston Texans’ window of Super Bowl opportunity was sealed shut after last year, and to my dismay, the start of this season has only reaffirmed my deep seated fears of the 2013 Texans being dead right out of the gate. The eternal optimist may point out the Redskins’ season last year, rallying an astounding seven game winning streak from a 3-6 record to finish the season 10-6, making the playoffs, only to be ousted by the Seattle Seahawks in a thriller.

There truly cannot be a comparison of this underachieving, under-performing, and extremely underwhelming football team that is falling apart at the seams to that team that found a hot hand when all of their pieces came together at the right time.

It is time to call these Texans what they are, DONE. Alternatively, Texas Toast, if you prefer. For the 2013 season at least.

One strategy I have seen mentioned for the Texans would be to “blow up” the team, trading away the stars for prospects, taking a page out of the Astros’ book, but that method would not be as useful in football as it is baseball.

Blowing up the team would not be a wise decision since the only thing of worth on the Texans are the players on the defensive side of the ball, but it would be an unwise and insipid decision as an offense would be an easier assembly than to recreate the type of defense the Texans’ General Manager Rick Smith has worked so hard to construct. While a trade could be the answer, the fire sale idea is not a logical solution to the numerous problems the Texans face.

Calling these Texans frauds would be inaccurate for the sole fact that at no point thus far in the year did the Texans ever look like championship contenders, it has been insolence, and, as of late, pure futility. There needs to be a reassessment of the Texans offensive strategical design and arrangement, with a “back to the drawing board” mentality, further more, a fix for the lack of offense needs to be found in the next three weeks.

Two games remain before the Texans have their bye week, and the remaining opponents are going to be tougher than, if not just as tough as, the ones whom collectively dismantled and embarrassed the Texans.

The final benchmark before the Texans’ bye week will be the Kansas City Chiefs, a team that has been revitalized and an extremely good team, depending on the outcome of this game, we will know whether or not they MIGHT have a chance at possibly recovering this season.

Perhaps there is still hope yet, but there will need to be a lot of alterations made over time which the Texans do not have much of.