Keys to the season
I have been thinking about this for a while now and I have come up with absolutely no reason that the Texans should not make the play-off this year if they all play up to their potential. (Barring injury of course) These are IMO the most important keys to success in the upcoming season.
1.) Carr's Production: I think that this is the year where Carr should really be able to show his stuff. He has a solid and versatile O-Line and a group of young targets that give him the opportunity to make plays. I expect him to make palys with his arm and his leg this season. He is comfortable with the offense and all th pieces are in place for a breakout season.
2.) The Front 7: Hopefully the Texans will improve their pass rush from the previouse years,which I think they will. With the additions of Robaire Smith and rookie Jason Babin we should be a very affective team pass rushing as well as plugging the run.
3.) Discipline: The Texans commited too many penalties last year to keep teams drives going or to stop their own drives. If we can cut the amount of penalties, our all around production will improve greatly.
4.) Production of the rookies: Now I am never one to place the success of a team on the rookies, and I am not doing it now but I do think they will play a big part in their success. Dunta will have his stuggles like any other rookie, but if he can play well and take his lumps he can add to a very good defensive backfield. As far as Babin goes, he is learning a new position and new techniques, I expect him to struggle the first couple of games before he will actually come in and be prouctive, its all just learning the position for him.
5.) The Defense Gelling: The defense is the best its ever been, as far as talent goes, and now it comes down to the D comiong together. We have a new CB, LB, and DL we also have a player Coleman switching from CB to FS. With all this going on, I think the D will still be very good, but it would be great if they could all gell and come together.
Pressure bust a pipe.