Jun 17, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) goes through drills during mini camp at Houston Methodist Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports
In a pre-training camp power rankings article posted on the main FanSided page, the Houston Texans were in the No. 26 spot of the 32 NFL teams.
The power rankings by Lyle Graversen said of the Texans:
"“I have mixed feelings about the Texans this season.”"
Maybe that is the best way to describe the Texans this offseason … mixed feelings.
The Texans have made some improvements this offseason, beginning with signing head coach Bill O’Brien away from the collegiate ranks at Penn State, and drafting Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.
I liked the draft the Texans had, but I’m still not so sure about the offense (which I’ve said many times this offseason), especially at QB.
There is no way I can see Ryan Fitzpatrick being the QB that takes the Texans to the Super Bowl, even if he plays the role of Trent Dilfer or Brad Johnson who were the QBs of the Baltimore Ravens and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of past Super Bowl champion teams.
Those two QBs managed the offense as to not make mistakes, and followed the example set by the defense who were the reasons those two teams won their respective Super Bowl titles.
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Maybe that is what the Texans are trying to do, because they have the very real potential to become a Top 5 defense in not just the AFC, but in the entire NFL.
I have no problem where the Texans are on this list because they’ve earned the low ranking from what they put on the field last season when they were an NFL-worst 2-14 one season ago.
The Texans must prove to their fans and the NFL that last year was just a slip up, and not something that will become common place with the franchise.