Field Yates of ESPN says Houston Texans fans can be optimistic about the 2021 season.
Field Yates, one of the well-known hosts of ESPN’s fantasy football show (and NFL Insider) with Matthew Berry and Stefania Bell, joined ESPN 97.5 FM Houston. Yates offered his own reasons on why the fans of the Texans should remain positive for this upcoming season. The Wheelhouse is a weekday show from 3-7 PM CST and hosted by Jake Asman, Cody Stoots, and Brad Kellner.
Yates spent four years working with the New England Patriots alongside Nick Caserio, the Houston Texans General Manager. Yates credited Caserio with a “machine-like work ethic” and shared personal stories of how much Caserio really did for the Patriots day-to-day.
“As much as Texans fans may not want this to be the case, I think that this is a year where the wins and losses are almost irrelevant…It felt like this year is really about building the culture back up.”
On top of that, Yates acknowledged the fact that the previous moves that the franchise had made have been infuriating, and made it clear that this process is going to take some time.
If this preseason to date has been anything to use as a foreshadowing or measuring stick into the future, Yates just may have added more reassurance for this fanbase. A 2-0 start in the preseason is definitely a start that any team will take.
This year may be as bad as some are predicting, yet at the same time, it feels like this Texans team can win some upset games. This is one of the more interesting rebuilds (insert word of choice here) that has been around in NFL history. For the Texans, this is a season where they just need to focus on playing football until a decision is made about Deshaun Watson’s allegations off the field.
If the Texans can stay locked in and work on building positive momentum, then Houston will come out of this season with a great draft position and will be primed to recover to their peak performance before we know it.
A big thanks to The Wheelhouse with Jake Asman, Cody Stoots, & Brad Kellner on ESPN 97.5 FM Houston for the audio clips and quotes pulled from those clips.