Although Linsanity has made its’ way into Houston the biggest hype is still around the Texans. The hype is more than appropriate due to the fact that last year the Texans did something they aren’t known for doing, winning the division and making the playoffs. Then they proceeded to one up that and won a playoff game before leaving it all out on the field in the heartbreaking loss to the Ravens. This year the Texans will have to do it all over again while faces new challanges and some old ones as well. While this team has seem to finally answered the call there are still some lingering issues that will need to be addressed on the way to a Superbowl run.
5. Who will replace Eric Winston?
- The Texans released Eric Winston earlier in the offseason for salary cap reasons, but it is somewhat of a concern or at least it should be. Winston was a model of consistency for Houston starting all 16 games for the past 5 seasons, something not a lot of Texans players can say, and was regarded as one of the best at his position. The reason this isn’t higher on my list is simply because the Texans have 4 of 5 offensive lineman returning to this team and that the Texans run a zone blocking scheme that uses teamwork more than just individual talent. The running game shouldn’t miss a beat but the pass protection, depending upon who the starting right tackle is in 2012, could be suspect. It is something to keep your eye on throughout the year, luckily for Schaub it isn’t his blind side.
4. Is Matt Schaub the right guy to lead this team?
- Since the Texans acquired Schaub from the Falcons in 2007 he has been a good QB, but not great. He has been plagued with injuries and seems to lack that “it” factor everyone talks about when the games mean the most. Now that’s not to say it has all been his fault some of the teams he was on just lacked talent, some had one of the worst defenses of all time. However, if the Texans want to win a Superbowl Matt Schaub is going to have to step up and makes plays happen when it matters most. Arian Foster will only carry this team so far, it takes a complete team to win it all.
3. Will offseason losses of some key defensive leaders hurt team in 2012?
- Everyone knows about the loss of Mario Williams, and yes I realize he only played 5 games last year but the Texans also lost MLB DeMeco Ryans. Ryans was 3rd on the team in tackles last season and an unquestioned leader of the defense. How will he be replaced? Ryans has been one of the best defensive players for the Texans since the first day he stepped on the field, although last year he did take a step back stats wise I think it’s still a big loss.
2. Will anyone step to up to help out Andre?
- One of the Texans biggest needs going into the draft was a WR, that’s why some people were surprised to see Houston go with a defensive lineman with their 1st round pick. Last season the leading receiver had 54 catches and it was from their tight end followed by 53 catches from Foster. Of course Andre was hurt most of the year and TJ Yates was the QB but still it has been a need for a few season now. The Texans need a #2 guy, Kevin Walter was the top WR last year with 39 grabs. That just isn’t going to get it done and Andre Johnson will be seeing more double teams as the year goes on if this need isn’t addressed and it will allows teams to really focus on stopping the run. Houston fans hope one of the rookie wide outs that were drafted can step up and be that guy whether it be DeVier Posey from Ohio State or Keshawn Martin from Michigan State. Bottom line is someone has to get it done because you could see a vastly less explosive offense this year if it isn’t addressed especially if Andre goes down again.
1. Can the Houston Texans stay healthy?
- This is undoubtable the number one question entering 2o12. Last season Andre Johnson played in a career low 7 games and only had 33 catches. On top of that Matt Schaub played 10 games and then his backup Matt Leinart got hurt in his first start of the season after replacing Schaub. This left the rookie TJ Yates to lead the team and he did a pretty good job of it, but lets face it the Texans weren’t going to win it all with Yates they absoutley must be healthy to win a Superbowl especially at the QB position. Andre Johnson hurt himself in traning camp the other day and has a mild groin strain, but is only expected to miss a week of practice. Still it isn’t what you want to hear about your star WR especially with a team with so much potential and talent. Despite the defense and strong running game the Texans won’t be able to win without a healthy Schaub and Johnson. That goes for every Texan though, they need to avoid injuries this season.
About the Author
Written by Dustin Kelver
I am in my junior year of college at Howard Payne, and I play baseball there. I live in Spring, Texas and have been here for almost 7 years. I love sports and have played all sports competitively at some point in my life. I want to one day have my own radio show. You can follow me on twitter @SportsBlogger27