The 2019 offseason is a must-win for the Houston Texans

Head coach Bill O'Brien of the Houston Texans (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Head coach Bill O'Brien of the Houston Texans (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

If the Houston Texans are to beat the likes of the New England Patriots, they must win this offseason.

With the 2018 season over, the Houston Texans need a strong offseason to improve on this past season and make 2019 more memorable. Sounds like an easy proposition, right? Just have one draft class hit the target and sign some nice free agents.

Well, the Texans have never had that happen, ever. If the Texans want to be elite, they must have a good draft and re-sign the right key players. This year, they have the ammunition, now general manager Brian Gaine must hit on every pick, plus hit it big in free agency. Can the Texans actually do this right for once?

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The Texans have the 23rd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, and with that pick, they could select anywhere from adding to the offensive line that struggled, or they could look to see if any cornerbacks are available at that spot. As for free agency, the Texans could look there to add to spots on the roster which caused issues.

Per, “The Texans had a terrific 2018 draft class and they did it without a pick on the first two of the draft.” The Texans must have repeat success this season with the draft.

With Gaine, I truly believe this to be a possibility. Some doubt will always creep into my mind with the Texans when things like this are discussed.

Remember, this is the same team that selected offensive tackle Tony Boselli in the expansion draft. This is the same team that traded for a backup quarterback in Matt Schaub, who was supposed to be the next great franchise QB.

Like a friend reminded me, “The Texans will do just enough to pull you in, but then disappoint you by only playing one playoff game.” That is the most apt description I have ever heard.

Will the Texans “nail it” this year, or will 2019 be a repeat of 2018 with a one-and-done in the playoffs or even worse?  I’m going to give them my trust for now, but I’m not holding my breath that they get it 100-percent right this year.

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Even the likes of the Patriots have had stumbles in their path to success, so ’19 may well be the year the Texans become “elite.” At least we can hope that they do.