Dec 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) yells as he is introduced prior to the game against the New England Patriots at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
It has been one week since the Houston Texans suffered their 11th straight loss last Thursday, and in one day it will be a week since the firing of former head coach Gary Kubiak.
The safe bet is there will be a lot more changes within the team in the coming weeks and months, as the Texans look to not rebuild their franchise, but give it a tune-up for the 2014 season.
With three games left in 2013, the first step towards the end of the season comes this Sunday with the Texans visiting the Indianapolis Colts, a team that last week clinched the AFC South championship.
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt spoke about some of the changes within the team since Kubiak was fired last Friday, with one of the changes being practice.
"“There were a few changes. It was a good practice. I think we had a good practice. I think that there was some good intensity and we got some good work done (Wednesday).”"
Watt also spoke about Vance Joseph taking over the defensive play calling for the final three games, as Wade Phillips takes over as the interim head coach.
"“I think he’ll do fine. Obviously, he’s been under Wade (Phillips) now here for a couple of years. He knows the defense well. He’ll just do fine.”"
The reigning Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year talked about how the team has handled the changes that have occurred the past week.
"“We’re professionals. It’s our job to come here and go to work. So that’s what we’re going to do.”"
Being the leader of the Texans, Watt said all the right things and he’s done his job all season long. I believe he should be the team Most Valuable Player for this season.
It will be interesting to see how the Texans respond on the field to all these changes, especially Case Keenum at quarterback. More so, I want to see how the Texans respond in a hostile environment at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
All the Texans can so is go out and try to improve, and if they do then who knows … they might be able to snap what is an 11-game losing streak, which would be good for this season, but could hurt their draft pick status in May.