Hawk’s 2014 NFL Preview: AFC South Edition

Houston Texas

Its hard to believe now, but this team was a popular Super Bowl pick before last season after finishing 12-4 in 2012. Houston started 2013 2-0 then stumbled to 14 straight losses behind terrible play from quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Case Keenum. The pair combined threw 19 TDS’s and 20 INT’s. Schaub is now a Raider. Inconsistent veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to be the starter. Not much of an upgrade. An inability to create turnovers also played a big part in the downfall of the team. Houston finished with a -20 turnover margin. Dead last in the NFL.

The Texans have a couple big name stars in receiver Andre Johnson and running back Arian Foster. Foster missed half of 2013 do to injury, if he is healthy it will be a huge upgrade for a team that has relied heavily on the play action pass for several years now. Arian Foster, when healthy, is a top 5 running back. They will need to get him going.

Johnson had a 1,400 yard season despite bad quarterback play. No surprise for a guy that has only failed to have less then 1,200 yards receiving just once in last 6 years. The lone outlier being 2011 when he only started 7 games. Johnson is one of the best receivers around but the Texans need a #2 receiver badly to minimize the amount of double teams Johnson commands. Perhaps DeAndre Hopkins will be that guy after an 800+ yard output last season.

With the first pick in the NFL draft the last place Texans selected Defensive End/Linebacker hybrid Jadeveon Clowney out of South Carolina. I’m not entirely sure Clowney isn’t part cyborg. Hes nearly 6’6 around 270 pounds and he runs a 4.53 in the 40 yard dash. How in the hell can a guy that big run that fast? That is terrifying for opposing quarterback.

Clowney will pair with J.J Watt, another scary guy who lead the league in sacks two seasons ago with 20.5, just two shy of the NFL single season record held by Michael Strahan. Watching Clowney and Watt play together should be jaw dropping football.

Overall this team has a long way to go to be relevant again. They need a good quarterback to have any success. If they finish the year 8-8 it will be considered a huge win.

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