Re: What do you see next year and beyond for the Texans
We couldn't have traded Mario unless we had dealt him at the beginning of last season before he was injured. You can't trade an injured player and this isn't the NBA where you can do sign and trades. The salary cap ramifications are too harsh on the team.
If they had traded him before the season I'm sure all heck would have broken loose about how they were giving up the season before it began. We were coming off a 6-10 season with one of the worst statistically defensive seasons ever.
Demeco was coming back from a season ending injury and we didn't know what to expect from him.
Cushing had a poor 2010 compared to his rookie year so we really didn't know what to expect there.
Barwin was also coming back from a season ending injury.
Watt and Reed were coming in as a rookies.
We signed Manning and Jackson because our secondary was so poor, but you had to think there would be a lot of growing pains.
Mario was the ONLY thing most of us figured would be solid. He wasn't a high motor guy and didn't always dominate the way we wanted him too, but he was the best player on the defense going into last year. They couldn't have traded him without experiencing more backlash than anything they've done since.