Re: There's a reason Ed Reed won't put Houston over the top
"Teams" win in the playoffs. Teams also win Super Bowls. individual players take over games against lesser opponents but in the playoffs there are no lesser opponents really and so it becomes exclusively a contest to determine which team can overcome their opponents and the inherent adversity in the game. You can win a Super Bowl without a great QB, or without a running game, or without a great defense. You can win a Super Bowl without any of probably a dozen or more "pieces" as long as you have a team that does something very well and that comes together at that moment when it either must do so or fall apart.
Your chances are better with better talent but it really isn't about achieving perfection or having 22 Pro Bowlers starting for you. Talent isn't going to get all that much better for the Texans no matter who we go out and sign. We have talent and we are deep enough and been drafting talent long enough to demonstrate that the organization can find the players it needs. Ed Reed's contribution to this team will be hit or miss throughout the season. If he's still standing and can be mostly the Ed Reed we all want him to be come playoff time then that, along with what he brings to that "Learning to be a Pro" thing that Gary puts so much emphasis on will be everything we could ask. We'll try to draft a young Ed Reed either this year or in the next year or two but as good as Glover Quin was (and he was pretty darn good) he was never going to lead that secondary. The Texans secondary was talented but lacked a truly special player last season who could lead. Joseph, Jackson, Reed, and Manning are as good a secondary as you could ask for. There's really nothing to discuss about it. I'd stack those four up against any secondary in the league today.
Matt Schaub will never be an elite QB but he doesn't have to be. I'd like to see the Texans move on from the Schaub era but if it continues for a few more years the situation isn't hopeless. We're building an epic defense and restocking it every year. It's not like teams haven't been successful going that route.
A wise man once said "...well at this point it's all been hashed out and you either see it or don't. Hoping for a win next week" - HTown2ATX