It’s no secret that in past years, as expectations have increased for the Houston Texans, the team has failed to survive past the second round in playoffs. The consolation to their attempts has been winning the AFC South championship twice in 2011 and 2012. Since then, it has been slim pickings for Houston’s trophy case, most of which is comprised of defensive end J.J. Watt‘s accolades.
This year, in order to reclaim the AFC South throne, head coach Bill O’Brien and co. will have their hands full with division rivals, Indianapolis Colts. Quarterback Andrew Luck , while not specifically saying the words, “Super Bowl” spoke about the team’s unsaid goal in the locker room after spending three days with them already in offseason training.
"“I don’t think anybody in this locker room has a problem with that being a truly realistic, ultimate goal.”"
As the Texans head into offseason training themselves, if beating the Colts October 8th wasn’t already a milestone marker for the team’s playoff hopes, it should be now. The Colts are pushing for success far and beyond beating Houston for divisional bragging rights and the players in the Indy locker room are making that clear now, former Texans wide receiver, Andre Johnson included.
Bill O’Brien has only one season under his belt as the new head coach, nevertheless, tensions appear to be ramping up for playoff positioning in the Texans division. We still have the draft approaching which will bring in some new talent for Houston to mingle into the fold but it’ll be much more enlightening in showing the coaching staff’s goals for the 2015 campaign. Is the Super Bowl being pondered in the Texan’s locker room?
Houston winning the AFC South cannot be the season goal, it must be a given and the first step on the road to making their first ever franchise appearance in the Super Bowl.