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5 Houston Texans Who Must Be Kicked To The Curb Before Free Agency

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5 Players The Houston Texans Need To Kick To The Curb

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It only take one season for a team to go from Super Bowl contenders to bottom feeders. This is a lesson that the Houston Texans learned the hard way during the 2013-14 season. Going from 12-4 to 2-14 is never an easy pill to swallow, but it’s the way in which the Texans did it that was hardest. Quarterback Matt Schaub totally fell apart, and a defense that was touted as one of the top units in the league crumbled; not to mention, head coach Gary Kubiak was fired after more than seven seasons with the team, and it was quite simply a disaster in Houston.

Following the debacle that was last season for the Texans, it’s important they nail this offseason. General manager Rick Smith and new head coach Bill O’Brien need have a plan in mind, but first, they must rid themselves of the underwhelming players that failed to meet expectations last season. Perhaps Schaub will lose his job, perhaps members of the defense will be the ones to go this offseason. Regardless, it’s vital that the Texans get rid of the right guys.

With that said, the Texans are in an enviable position for a team holding the No. 1 overall pick. The roster still has talent, and with a new coach like O’Brien, it feels as though the Texans have been given a new lease on life. Now, it’s just a matter of kicking those who didn’t meet expectations to the curb, for that is crucial to Houston ever regaining Super Bowl form.

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5. Matt Schaub

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Before last season, Matt Schaub was viewed as a solid starter by almost everyone. However, after a horrific season that saw him struggle mightily, it now appears as though Schaub’s time as an NFL starter is over. The time is now for Houston to rid themselves of their longtime signal caller.

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4. Owen Daniels

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Throughout his time in the NFL, Owen Daniels has been viewed as a solid player when he’s on the field. However, it’s that staying on the field part that has given Daniels trouble over his Texans career. Injuries have sapped most of Daniels' ability, and at this point, he’s simply a waste of a roster spot.

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3. Daniel Manning

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Daniel Manning is perhaps the weakest link of a secondary that looks pretty thin. He’s never been much more than average at any point in his career, and after a season plagued by injuries, it’s time the Texans move on at the safety position.

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2. Randy Bullock

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Texans kicker Randy Bullock is woefully inaccurate, and frankly for an NFL kicker, that’s troubling. Bullock has a lot of power, but hasn’t shown much in the way of accuracy; not to mention, playing the kicker position makes Bullock much more interchangeable than any other positions.

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1. Earl Mitchell

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Playing in the 3-4 as a nose tackle, obviously, Earl Mitchell isn’t going to put up crazy statistics. With that said, Mitchell simply doesn’t have the ability to start in the NFL. He gets overpowered on the snap way too often and is rather ineffective in both the run and passing games. To put it simply, it’s time for Houston to move on.