Guys go ahead and laugh it off anyway. Seriously, you should welcome the lack of respect. It's going to make the payback that much more enjoyable. If it was up to me I'd like to see just about everyone across the country not taking the Texans seriously for the majority of the season. Once we get about 4-5 games into 2004 though it won't last. The same people who don't think they're going anywhere are going to be doing features on them and acting like they were in the know from the very beginning.
To most of the talking heads and writers this probably seems like a safe assumption. Picking the Texans to barely improve over last year is the safe pick and honestly, how did that quote go? "We are what our record says we are"? To date they've played tough and shown some heart but they haven't had success yet. National media type respect comes after you demonstrate some success so fine. Let them say whatever they want to say because those same guys are going to be lining up with their hats in their hands to get on the bandwagon when the time comes. If they don't think the time is now then fine to that too. It IS early. The target was 2005. If we make some waves this year then that's just gravy.
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