It was a very long 2021 season for the Houston Texans, as anticipated with all the drama going on in the off-season. We all know how the Texans lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2019 playoffs after being up 24-0. Now, the Chiefs have lost the AFC Championship to the Bengals who face the Rams in Super Bowl LVI on February 13 at SoFi Stadium in California.
Texans fans can finally see some light at the end of this dark tunnel known as these past two seasons.
How We Got Here
The Texans fired their general manager two years ago with hopes of hiring New England’s Nick Caserio. When that fell through, the Texans gave head coach Bill O’Brien the GM title.
Bill O’Brien made an uncalled-for splash when he traded their star receiver Deandre Hopkins for a second-round pick, and running back, in David Johnson who might have had his best days behind him. O’Brien went on to sign a lot of older players to big contracts, which had a lot of fans questioning if he knew what he was doing.
But the most encouraging thing they’ve done in that off-season was sign their left tackle Leremy Tunsil, and franchise QB Deshaun Watson to big deals to keep them here in Houston for the long run.
O’Brien was later fired in 2020, after going 0-4, and the Texans finished the season 4-12.
The 2021 Season
The Texans 2021 season (which was also a debacle), was notable for the moves made in the off-season, which included Texans owner Cal McNair hiring Nick Caserio from the Patriots to be GM, keeping VP of football operations Jack Easterby, which had Deshaun Watson upset, and led him to request a trade out of Houston. The new coach the Texans decided to go with for 2021, was 65-year-old David Culley, who had never held a head coaching position before.
It doesn’t seem like things could get any worse than this right?
There was a bomb dropped by Houston attorney Tony Buzbee in early March, when he announced he was representing victims in a sexual assault suit against the Texans star QB. More than 20 women stepped forward with allegations against Watson. Now, possible trades for him are on hold due to his civil cases.
The story of 2021 didn’t get any better after the NFL draft where the Texans had no first, or second round picks. The team also had to release arguably one of their best players in franchise history, JJ Watt. This latest chapter for the Texans came to a close with a 4-13 record, no Watson taking a snap, and a lot of questionable decisions from first-year head coach David Culley, which lead to him getting fired after one season.
Searching for a New Coach
We have completed discussions with Jonathan Gannon, Brian Flores and Josh McCown regarding our head coaching position.— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) January 31, 2022
But, the future's looking much better for the Texans. They’re back in the coaching search, with better candidates. They’ve already completed second interviews with Josh McCown, former backup QB, Jonathan Gannon of the Eagles, and ex-Dolphins head coach Brian Flores. A decision should come any day now and Josh McCown looks to be the favorite to be the Texans next Head Coach.
The Texans could finally have a different philosophy when it comes to the offensive side of the ball. Tim Kelly, who stayed on as the offensive coordinator a year after Bill O’Brien was fired, finally got his pink slip when Culley did. We’ve seen this Bill O’Brien offensive philosophy since 2014, and fans were frustrated with it, especially after the good offenses they’ve seen with Gary Kubiak over the years.
Promising 2022 NFL Draft
The Texans have a QB in Davis Mills who showed some moments over the last season, and there’s the possibility of other top-notch rookies coming in. The rookies Caserio picked in the 2021 draft also included receiver Niko Collins, tight end Brevin Jordan, and defensive tackle Roy Lopez, who’ve all showed some flash and promise. With what Caserio had to work with last season, the 2022 NFL Draft looks promising.
This is their first time picking that high since they drafted Jadeveon Clowney, there’s a lot to be excited about with that. Possible picks could include defensive end Aiden Hutchinson from Michigan and offensive lineman Evan Neal. From a marketing standpoint, the Texans, will finally have a young player they could market to the fans, and a jersey that will for sure be popular at NRG. From a Texans fan standpoint, it will be fun to have a draft party, and not have to stay up all night to see who they will pick.
The Texans haven’t had a first round pick in a few years, so that gives fans something to be excited about.