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Houston Texans’ 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

The Houston Texans' 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

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The Houston Texans have gone through plenty of changes this offseason -- some positive and some negative. Coach Gary Kubiak was fired at the end of last season and Bill O'Brien is the new head coach. Former starting QB Matt Schaub is also gone and now in Oakland.

While the Texans have had a productive offseason so far, here are five of the their biggest mistakes up to this point.

5. Letting NT Earl Mitchell Go

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5. Letting NT Earl Mitchell Go

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3-4 nose tackles don't grow on trees and Mitchell was emerging as one of the best in the NFL. Mitchell is now a Miami Dolphin and the Texans now have backup journeyman Jerrell Powe to man the middle of Romeo Crennel's 3-4 defense. That's not something too get excited about.

4. Letting TE Owen Daniels Go

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4. Letting TE Owen Daniels Go

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While Owen Daniels was not among the top tight ends in the NFL, he was very productive for the Texans. Daniels is now with the Baltimore Ravens, and instead of a tandem with Daniels and Garrett Graham, the Texans will have to count on low-round draft pick Ryan Griffin to replace which is another move that doesn't give me much confidence.

3. Letting ILB Darryl Sharpton Go

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3. Letting Darryl Sharpton Go

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After star linebacker Brian Cushing was sidelined for most of the past two seasons with injuries, Darryl Sharpton became one of the more underrated linebackers in all of football. Sharpton has since signed on in Washington to replace the recently retired London Fletcher while the Texans right now will have to replace him with Mike Mohamed, someone I've never even heard of.

2. Letting QB Matt Schaub Go

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2. Letting QB Matt Schaub Go

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I get it; Matt Schaub struggled so badly last year that he threw pick-sixes in consecutive games, but I considered last year to be an anomaly. Schaub was the victim of a team that quit midway through the season, and the organization that had no idea what was going on. What's even worse is who the Texans brought in to try to replace him.

1. Signing QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

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1. Signing QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

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If I knew that the Texans thought Ryan Fitzpatrick would be an upgrade over Matt Schaub, I would have kept Schaub despite his poor season last year. Fitzpatrick has never been a winner in the NFL, and while the Texans will likely draft a quarterback with a high draft pick, the signing of Fitzpatrick doesn't make much sense to me.