Who are the best Houston Texans players in the all-time starting lineup?
Think of all of the great players who have been a success with the Houston Texans since the franchise played their first game back in 2002. Now of all of the players who stood out, break that list of players into a group of the very best players in franchise history.
Now of that group of offensive, defensive and special teams players, make an all-time starting lineup for the Houston Texans and see what that looks like. That is what we did at the Toro Times, and some areas of the team wasn’t easy to choose who would be in the starting lineup.
The Texans have has some excellent players in franchise history who didn’t make this starting lineup, but that doesn’t take anything away from their career — good or bad. Rather, it shows the Texans have had some players who made it tough to choose between.
Also, this list not only makes the all-time starting lineup for the Texans with offense, defense and special teams, but the all-time head coach was chosen as well.
Next are all the Texans players selected by the Toro Times to be in the all-time starting lineup before the 2020 NFL season.
Houston Texans: Quarterback
QB: Deshaun Watson — The honor of starting quarterback for this dream team lineup for the Houston Texans goes to Deshaun Watson for how he’s revitalized the position for the franchise in his short time with the team.
Watson surged ahead of Matt Schaub and David Carr to be the top quarterback on this list, and the great thing about Watson is he’s just starting, as the potential is out of this world for what he can accomplish in the NFL.
As Watson will be entering his fourth season with the Houston Texans, he’ll have maybe the best offensive line in front on him he’s had since joining the team. The quarterback has shown in his short career thus far that he’s able to recover from an injury, and not only that, but excel and be great once he’s returned as he did just that after recovering from an ACL tear suffered his rookie season.
In his three seasons with the Texans, Watson has a 24-13 overall record as a starting quarterback, and in the two full seasons after not being injured the Texans have won the AFC South championship and won a playoff game. Watson has 9,716 career passing yards entering the 2020 season, with 71 touchdown passes and 29 interceptions, which is less than one per game in his first three seasons.
The term “franchise-changing quarterback” fits Watson perfectly, and like mentioned before, Watson is only going to improve, which means more wins for the Texans franchise, as he’s the perfect quarterback to lead this all-time Texans starting lineup.