The Houston Texans have hit the big time and NFL success is within their grasp in 2012. In fact they’ve already had success, reaching the playoffs for the first time in franchise history last year. Now is the time for the Texans to build on that and become a real contender. If you take a look at the Houston Texans 2011 season it’s sheer bad luck that they didn’t advance further into the playoffs. Everything accomplished last season was done while battling injuries to major players. Matt Schaub was out in the last six games and in the playoffs. Andre Johnson missed big chunks of games. And franchise defensive end Mario Williams was present in only a handful of games. What might the Texans have done if they had been healthy?
As 2012 rolls around the Houston Texans can look forward to better health anyway. Schaub’s injuries was probably a freak thing. Andre Johnson though, has to prove he can keep himself on the field. An amazing talent, yes, but he’s not contributing if he’s on the sidelines for major parts of the season all year. But Houston can rely on Ben Tate and Adrian Foster in the running game, one of the most productive in the NFL. If Johnson stays healthy and Kevin Walter and Keshawn Martin continue their progress, the Houston Texans offense will be ferocious.
Defensively the Texans made a huge leap under Wade Philips and they did it without Mario Williams. He’s gone now and probably won’t be missed all that much. Brooks Reed was asked to fill his shoes and did a fine job, nabbing six sacks. Brian Cushing at linebacker continued his upward spiral, and Houston added good talent in the draft with Whitney Mercilus. As good as 2011 was, 2012 could be even better.
The winning trend for the Houston Texans should continue into 2012. The Colts are rebuilding, Jacksonville is still a mess, and Tennessee is working under new management. The door is wide open for another AFC South title and a playoff run for the Houston Texans.Eric Drouant