It’s hard to criticize an offseason where the Houston Texans quickly addressed arguably ever major concern on the team in high quality speed.
The front office did not let the top tier defense go neglected during the free agency period as they rapidly resigned cornerback Kareem Jackson and brought in safety Stevie Brown and promising youngster Rahim Moore. As Louis Nix III left the team with a bitter taste last year, defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel will get to adjust his lineup with super bowl nose tackel Vince Wilfork on the roster sheet.
Regardless of the Texans’ needs at quarterback, wide receiver and inevitably, running back, the coaching staff realized that the defense is the main component in continuing to be an attractive force to prominent talent in the league.
J.J. Watt has led the team in the past as the most popular star, despite valuable contributions from role players in the linebacker core in Whitney Mercilus, Mike Mohamed and Akeem Dent. Watt, now a two-time defensive MVP in the league, is rapidly earning the experience and respect of a much older player with leadership capabilities of a guy who has commanded a high performance from his squad consistently.
The offensive roster was boosted with some insurance at the signal caller position, as Cleveland Browns lost last years’ starter, Brian Hoyer, to the Texans early in free agency. Houston signed Hoyer to a two year, seven million dollar contract but won’t guarantee him as the opening Qb, but will allow a fierce competition alongside the incumbent understudy, Ryan Mallett.
Nevertheless, it’s the teams’ defense that has made all of this possible and ultimately come to pass, with their stellar performances over the past few years, despite suffering heavy setbacks due to injury and high turnover in the coaching staff after a 2-14 season in 2013.
It’s impressive to see just how far this Houston squad has come, to say the least. Major props, Texans D. You’ve earned peoples’ attention, at least, HBO certainly believes so.