17 players on IR, then add Andre Johnson for 7 games and Matt Schaub for 5 games and parts of others. I hear what you're saying about good teams not using injuries as an excuse, but there has been NO OTHER team that has had 16+ players on IR 3 of the past 6 years, as the Texans have. To remove that many players from an already talent-deficient team is killer. That's no excuse - it's reality. In many ways, it's remarkable what the Texans have accomplished, while pulling players off the street to perform in starting roles.
A real MVP contributes in all phases of the game.