Weekly Roundup: Will the Houston Texans miss the playoffs?
The Houston Texans had a quiet week at the end of June, but here are some headlines from various publications about the reigning AFC South champions.
Entering July, the Houston Texans are still without a general manager, they haven’t signed Jadeveon Clowney to a contract extension, and there are still questions about the offensive and defensive lineups that will need to be answered before the regular season begins.
That brings us to an article on TouchdownWire.com by Michael Colangelo as he wrote in a article this month about how the Texans could miss the playoffs in 2019.
Colangelo wrote about not only the Texans, but mentioned teams like the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and even the New Orleans Saints as teams who could miss the playoffs after making them last season.
As for the Texans, Colangelo said the following about the team and their ’19 playoff chances:
"“Their offensive line was a mess last season. They play in a difficult division. Their schedule as a whole isn’t easy. Something feels like if they are going to underperform expectations, then this could be that year.”"
This is true in a sense, but what if they’ve finally are able to fix their offensive line situation? To be honest, with a quarterback like Deshaun Watson and a wide receiver with the ability of DeAndre Hopkins, the Texans can’t be counted out.
Remember, last season they won nine straight games and nobody saw that coming, so even though the Texans do seem like a mess in some areas, they might be able to overcome some of that because of talent elsewhere on the roster.
In other Houston Texans news:
• Speaking of the offensive line of the Texans, Hall of Fame offensive tackle Anthony Muñoz gave the Texans some advice. In an article by Drew Daugherty of HoustonTexans.com, he quoted Muñoz about staying in shape:
"“That’s something as an offensive lineman that you don’t need someone across from you, someone that’s constantly rushing,” Muñoz said in an interview this week with Texans Radio. “But that’s something you can work on, over and over and over.”"
That is good advice from the Hall of Famer, and if anyone knows what it takes to be great, it is Muñoz.
• Earlier this month, Sean Pendergast of the Houston Press gave his opinion on the general manager situation for the Houston Texans, giving his odds on certain situations, including eventually signing Nick Caserio, which he gave the odds of +250:
"“We know Caserio’s contract is up after the 2020 draft, so it would be logical, if the Texans aren’t interviewing candidates, that they are waiting to make another run at Caserio next spring.”"
If the Texans are smart, they will wait their turn and see if they can sign Caserio following the 2019 season.
If the Texans miss the playoffs no matter who is the new general manager, the franchise will look much different.