Houston, we may have a solution.
In the pre-season, no amount of convincing would have led me to believe that the Houston Texans would get the number one overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but they are one loss away from doing just that. The Texans have lost 13 straight games, have suffered some huge injuries, and have just simply been unable to overcome it all.
Gary Kubiak was fired in the middle of the season. Matt Schaub was benched, and then he came back off the bench. Things in Houston progressed in the worst way in 2014, but I don’t think it’s a bad situation for players or coaches to be in going forward.
With reports from Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN that Bill O’Brien and the Texans are working on hopefully putting together a deal that will make him the next head coach of the team after he spent the last couple of years rebuilding the Penn State program.
O’Brien’s most recent work in the NFL came as the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots, and I think he’d be an excellent hire for the Texans.
There is strong potential that within a week or less, O’Brien could be hired as the new man in Houston and he would obviously begin putting together a staff and getting ready for the 2014 NFL Draft.
In my eyes, there’s no question about the direction the Houston Texans have to go with their top overall pick. It has to be a quarterback, and as of right now, that quarterback appears to be Teddy Bridgewater.
Bridgewater said after Louisville’s bowl game win over Miami on Saturday night: “What a way to go out.”
There has been little question about whether or not he’d leave school, but we just haven’t heard him say anything like that to this point. I think he’ll take a look at his situation, realize his stock is as high as it’ll ever be, and he’ll come out to be the top overall pick to Houston.
If that’s the case, we may already be able to start looking at the future of the Texans a bit. You obviously can’t guarantee anything here, but there’s no question this seems like an obvious scenario.
With Bridgewater in tow, the Texans would be able to look forward to a backfield of he and Arian Foster, who missed a lot of this past season due to injury. Getting Foster back and adding he and Bridgewater to an offense that already includes Andre Johnson and rising stud DeAndre Hopkins would be a fantastic looking unit for Houston, which could use some other assets to upgrade the offensive line and defensive side of the ball.
Houston also has probably the best defensive player in football right now, defensive end J.J. Watt. With the QB problem solved, Watt becomes that much more effective.
This is a really intriguing prospect to monitor if you’re a Texans fan, but as of right now–lose on Sunday and you may already know who your new brain trust is.