3. Time to make offensive line accountable
The poor play of the Houston Texans’ offensive line is the fault of the Texans’ front office because they should have done much better in building this unit, especially with having Deshaun Watson as their quarterback. If the Texans are willing to use a first-round pick on a quarterback, they better be smart enough to use a high draft pick or visit free agency to have offensive linemen to protect that type of investment.
This offensive line had issues run blocking as it is tough to see starting running back Lamar Miller have just 10 yards on 10 carries, plus seeing Watson sacked three times on Sunday and a total of 10 sacks for the season. We all knew going into the season the offensive line was going to be an issue for the Texans, but there was no way to tell the unit was going to be this poor, especially with the performance they had over the weekend. There were too many false starts and hold penalties, one of which caused a touchdown by DeAndre Hopkins to be called back.
The problem is the Texans are somewhat late to the party in really fixing their offensive line this year, but that is something which is going to be needed to be overhauled during the offseason. The issue with that is the Texans still have 13 regular-season games left on their schedule – and at the pace that Watson will be sacked around 53 times (52.8) in 16 games this season.
Already this year, Watson has been sacked 10 times, including three times each against the New England Patriots and the Giants, plus four times against the Tennessee Titans.