It is tough to write with an injured hand, which is why I’ve been gone over the last couple weeks. Looking back over the past season, here are the biggest takeaways from the past four months of Texans football:
1. There is still a need at Quarterback
This year started with a weekly guessing game of who would be under center and it went on until the blowout loss to the Dolphins. Brian Hoyer started as the starter but did not last a whole game before Ryan Mallett came in and nearly led them back against the Chiefs. This earned Mallett the start next week in Carolina, which the Texans also lost. However a win over the Buccaneers kept Mallett in the starting role, until week four when the Texans got down 42-0 in an embarrassing loss to Atlanta. After that, pretty much Hoyer had the starting role. Eventually Mallett was released, but Hoyer suffered another concussion and then T.J. Yates and Brandon Weeden steadied the ship. But the year ended with Hoyer laying another egg against the Chiefs in the Wild Card Round. We’ve seen some good things out of Hoyer, but he’s also injury prone. While 19 touchdowns to seven interceptions isn’t bad, his game to game performance was erratic. He’s not capable of doing much more than being a game manager and honestly looks better suited to me as a backup. As far as guys in the NFL that the Texans could get there’s Sam Bradford, another injury prone guy, RG3, even more so; which leaves them with one option–Johnny Manziel. He showed some flashes in Cleveland this season, if you give him a guy like DeAndre Hopkins to throw to then he could really take off. If not, I expect Houston to draft someone early.