3 reasons why the Houston Texans are not the worst team in the NFL

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The Houston Texans aren’t even the worst team in their own division

Let’s go back and look at this year’s draft order. We all know that the Jacksonville Jaguars had the first pick, going 1-15 and winning the “Tank for Trevor” sweepstakes. The Jaguars came in at 30th in the power rankings, two spots ahead of the Texans.

Were they ranked ahead of Houston just because they drafted Lawrence? I mean the kid’s a generational talent, but he’s taking over a 1-15 team that had a whopping -186 point differential. The Texans were only a -80 on that list; not good, but certainly not as bad as the Jaguars were.

Jacksonville’s offseason moves didn’t address the defense at all, and the Joe Schobert trade to the Pittsburgh Steelers for only a 6th round pick was a bad move. Travis Etienne being lost for the year in a preseason game is a microcosm of Jacksonville’s fall from their 2017 season’s grace.

That really leaves defensive Josh Allen as the impact player on that defense, and even he’s dealing injuries that derailed his 2020 season after a Pro Bowl rookie year. Houston is led by David Culley, who hasn’t had NFL head coaching experience before, but it would be wise to trust the guy who’s been in the league for 27 years as opposed to the likes of Urban Meyer.

Meyer was criticized heavily for the Chris Doyle hire, and also when at Ohio State Meyer lied about the domestic violence incident that one of his assistants was involved in. I’m not saying Meyer is going to create controversy again, but those who forget history are condemned to repeat it.

If the Houston Texans can win five to seven games this season, then it will cool the fires a little bit that surrounds this team.