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The Quest for the Lombardi – Houston Texans

 HOUSTON TEXANS

2011 Record: 10-6 (4-2) AFC South Champions

  • Won in the AFC Wild Card Round over theCincinnatiBengals, 31-10.
  • Lost in the AFC Divisional Finals to theBaltimoreRavens, 20-13.

 

Passing Offense – 219.1 (18th)

QB Matt Schaub: 2,479; 15 / 6

TE Owen Daniels: 54 – 677 / 3TDs

RB Arian Foster: 53 – 617 / 2TDs

 

Passing Defense – 189.7 (3rd)

CB Jason Allen: 4 INTs

CB Johnathan Joseph: 4 INTs

DE Connor Barwin: 11.5 Sacks

 

Rushing Offense – 153.0 (2nd)

RB Arian Foster: 278 – 1,224 / 10TDs

RB Ben Tate: 175 – 942 / 4 TDs

 

Rushing Defense – 96.0 (4th)

OLB Brian Cushing: 114 Tackles

SS Glover Quin: 77 Tackles

 

Current Cap Space: 4,200,000$

 

Notable Arrivals:

C Chris Myers (Re-signed – 4 yr / 25$ million)

RB Arian Foster (Re-signed – 5 yr / 43.5$ million)

LS Jon Weeks (Re-signed – 4 yr / 2.9$ million)

 

Notable Departures:

CB Jason Allen (Bengals, Signed – 2 yr / 8.2$ million)

OG Mike Brisiel (Raiders, Signed – 5 yr / 20$ million)

S Quintin Demps (Released)

TE Joel Dreessen (Broncos, Signed – 3 yr / 8.5$ million)

QB Matt Leinart (Released)

FB Lawrence Vickers (Cowboys, Signed – 2 yr / 2.4$ million)

LB Mario Williams (Bills, Signed – 6 yr / 96$ million)

OT Eric Winston (Chiefs, Signed – 4 yr / 22$ million)

 

Draft Order:

  • 1st  Rd Pick – 26th
  • 2nd Rd Pick – 26th
  • 3rd Rd Pick – 13th (from PHI)
  • 4th Rd Pick – 4th (from TB)
  • 4th Rd Pick – 26th
  • 5th RdPick – 26th
  • 6th RdPick – 26th
  • 7th RdPick – 26th

 

Last Five First Round Picks:

* 2007 Amobi Okoye DT (10th Overall) – Came out ofLouisville as the NFLs youngest player to appear in an NFL game since 1967. Showed flashes of potential, especially beside Mario Williams, but as time passed and nothing really come out him with marginal output, he was released after the 2010 season and was quickly picked up by the Bears.

** 2008 Duane Brown OT (26th Overall) – Ever since joining the Texans, Brown has been the ideal blindside protector that the organization envisioned him being. In the last 18 games he has only yielded 2 sacks given up and has been outstanding in pass protection and run blocking. He will continue to grow into a Pro Bowl tackle.

2009 Brian Cushing OLB (15th Overall) – Was a tackling machine in his rookie season winning the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (2009), went to the Pro Bowl and All Pro Team. But the sophomore season left a black eye on his career with his use of steroids, which cost him the first 6 games of the 2010 season. But he quickly turned it around and was elected to the All-Pro team last season as well as the team MVP by setting the tone with his physical style of play.

2010 Kareem Jackson CB (20th Overall) – Had his ups and downs in his rookie season, but showed promise in his 2nd season with the Texans, but he lacks the speed and ball skills to be an elite corner in the league. However, he is physical and plays the run well which shows the team his willingness to commit. He might be better suited to change positions and fall back into a safety spot.

2011 J.J. Watt DE (11th Overall) – With each week that passed Watt grew as well as improved by leaps and bounds in supporting the run and rushing the passer. Done the stretch, especially in the playoffs (3.5 sacks and an interception return for a TD, Watch the highlight) he showed the ability to be a perennial Pro Bowler for years to come.

* The Texans traded their second-round picks in the 2007 (39th overall – T Justin Blalock)) and 2008 (48th overall – Was then traded to WAS – TE Fred Davis) to theAtlantafor QB Matt Schaub. The Texans (8th overall – DE Jamaal Anderson) and Falcons (10th overall – DT Amobi Okoye) also swapped first-round picks as part of the deal.

 ** The Texans traded their No. 18 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for the No. 26 overall pick (T Duane Brown) in the first round, as well as the Ravens’ third-round pick (No. 89 overall, Steve Slaton) and the Ravens’ sixth-round pick (No. 173 overall, CB Dominique Barber) in the 2008 draft.

 

TEAM NEEDS:

WR – 2011 season is a season the Texans would rather forget in large due to losing Andre Johnson and Matt Schaub, which would have maybe pushed them past the Raven in the Divisional Finals. With starters Johnson and Kevin Walter turning 31 before the regular season, the Texans should be looking for a fast, tall, and talented wide out to develop behind possibly one of the games best receivers. They need an injection of youth to add with Jacoby Jones.

  • Possible Pick – Mohamed Sanu,Rutgers – A reliable and versatile receiver capable of lining up inside and out, he could provide some consistency for a team lacking depth and star power behind superstar Andre Johnson.

 

OLB – After being ranked 2nd in total defence and 4th against the rush (96.0 yds/g) the group would only benefit from the return of Mario Williams, but he left through free agency to the Bills (6 yrs / 96$ million). But replacing Williams will be the biggest issue, despite Connor Barwin’s (11.5 Sacks) and Brooks Reed (9.5, including playoffs), Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips says “a 3-4 scheme never has enough outside linebackers.”

  • Possible Pick – Bobby Wagner,UtahState – An instinctive and talented enough to handle coverage assignments, his reliability and consistency should result in him being selected in the second or third round.

 

C/OG – having a dual threat backfield in Arian Foster and Ben Tate, providing them with holes and blocking they need to continue thriving and taking pressure off whom ever the QB is. They need to inject some youth and talent in their interior line, even with Pro Bowler center Myers re-signing, they lost Mike Brisiel (Oakland – 5yr 20$ million) to free agency. Adding a project center to be the eventual replacement for Myers or finding a starter to slot next to him could be found as soon as possible.

  • Possible Pick – David Molk,Michigan – A four-year starting center and winner of the nation’s top center, Molk has experience in variety of offensive systems, which makes him and attractive prospect. He has more athleticism than size, so he may need some time to adjust to the pro game.

 

 

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