Five things that have gone drastically wrong in 2021 for the Houston Texans

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The Houston Texans using five running backs on the roster was a bad idea

When offenses are usually composed in the NFL nowadays, the first thing that comes to mind is the passing game. Having a good wide receiving corps to help keep pace in a league that’s getting more and more fast-paced every year.

So what did the Texans get the bright idea to do? Come into the season with five running backs on the 53-man roster. That would be phenomenal if these running backs were Derrick Henry’s or any other top-tier back. But the likes of David Johnson, Rex Burkhead, and Philip Lindsay are a group of guys who are not going to get it done.

The other two were Mark Ingram (now traded) and Scottie Phillips, who flashed in the preseason. Ingram was the workhorse and his contributions led him on a ticket to escape the doom-zone of Houston and return to New Orleans.

The “run to set up the pass” mentality only works if the offensive line can stay healthy. That has not been the case at all, with the offensive line being as solid as turnstiles at a subway station. As a result, the Texans’ offense has been left behind in the dust, primarily playing catchup against high-octane opponents.