The Houston Texans were in the final eight the last two seasons, and this year was once again going to be a year when they would make a serious run at a Super Bowl. But then it all went terribly wrong. The latest blow is the announcement of head coach Gary Kubiak‘s firing.
The Texans are 2-11 currently and got swept by the Jacksonville Jaguars. They say everything is bigger in Texas, and losing not one but two games to the Jaguars is a Texas-sized blow to the gut. Houston has the worst record in the league after winning the division the last two years, and if the season ended today they would have the No. 1 pick overall.
Even before losing two games to the Jaguars and 11 in a row to this point, the season has been one difficult gut shot after another. What may be lost is that the team could easily be winless if it were not for comeback wins in Weeks 1 and 2 against the San Diego Chargers and Tennessee Titans, respectively. The AFC South figured to have the worst team in the league, but it was not supposed to be Houston.
In addition to the losing streak that has not ended yet is the injury to Arian Foster and the struggles of Matt Schaub. Schaub was looked at a guy who was trying to make that next move similar to a Joe Flacco. Instead, Schaub found what a golfer would refer to as the shanks. Schaub has found himself being a tackler more times than he would care to be.
Even Kubiak himself had a scary moment collapsing at halftime of a game. The Texans were snake-bit from the beginning, and right now they cannot seem to pull themselves out of the pit. Emotions can also be running thin as the game against Jacksonville featured the most penalties in franchise history.
Now, with three games left, two of them against playoff bound teams including a nemesis in Peyton Manning, the season cannot end soon enough. The team will now look toward the draft to try and reverse their fortunes and where they might turn for the next head coach.
Does Houston look to upgrading the quarterback spot? Is Schaub’s time up, and can Case Keenum be a franchise quarterback? Another thing to be aware of is the potential windows of Foster and Andre Johnson closing. Johnson has had another great year, but they are both not getting any younger.
There are plenty of questions on the horizon for the Texans franchise, and soon they will be on the clock.