Originally Posted by silvrhand
We've got another 2-3 years of Matt until we can't keept his core of player together unless he gets hurt again.
- Matt Schaub
- Andre Johnson
- Chris Myers
- Daniel Manning
- Duane Brown
- Owen Daniels
Adding Ed Reed we have another good 2-3 years at our superbowl we'll have to make it happen soon or else we get a ridiculous good draft in the next 2-3 years.
With the exception of Schaub (unless you're really optimistic about either Yates or Keenum) and Brown, every one of those guys possible departure has been addressed via (in the same order you listed them) Deandre Hopkins, Ben Jones, D.J. Swearinger, and Garrett Graham. How they'll turn out, who knows, but Jones and Graham have given us reason for cautious optimism, and the other two are rookies, so while we've seen some positive comments come out of OTA's, the reality is there's no reason to assume either good or bad things about their future. The good news is that with the clear and obvious exception of Andre, none of these guys is so good that it's unrealistic to believe that their replacements can't play at pretty much the same level they currently are. The point is the pending areas of need have already been very specifically addressed.
As far as Schaub goes, while I'm probably a little more optimistic about his 2013 prospects than many, the reality is when we do need to replace him, it's not like we're looking for a replacement for Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, or Peyton Manning. We're looking for a replacement for an above average QB. If - on the other hand - he does surprise many of us with an effective 2013 season (including playoffs), he's a 32 year old QB who doesn't rely heavily on his physical assets for his effectiveness. If he played another 4-5 years, he certainly wouldn't be unique in that regard.
Finally, IMO, Brown absolutely doesn't belong on that list. He just signed a 7 year contract, and he's 28 years old (at the beginning of this season). If you're good enough (and he clearly is), it's absolutely not uncommon for O-linemen to play well into their 30's. There's no reason to believe Duane Brown's time with the Texans will be limited to the 2-3 years you mention.