I have recently been thinking about the teachings of the esteemed Doctor Pangloss and how they relate to the Texans. His most noted philisophical stance was Optimism. With apologies to the good doctor for oversimplification, Panglossian Optimism states that 'we live in the best of all worlds'. We see this philosophy applied on the board in many ways. It is most frequently used now in defining the reasons the Texans are as bad as they are: Casserly, Capers, injuries, tough schedule, Mother Nature, etc. Because of all these influences, the current Texans are as good as they could possibly be. There is another school of thought that is sometimes referred to by Doctor Pangloss's opponents as Panglossian Pessimism. I'll summarize this philosophy as 'since we live in the best of all possible worlds, things will never get better'. This also shows up on the board, usually in reasons why we can't replace a coach or player. To me, the problem with both of these Panglossian philosophies is this: we aren't in the best of all possible worlds. The Texans should be better than they are. These philosophies are also very passive. The team is what it is. Be happy. I disagree - it is time for the organization to exercise its collective free will and stop accepting its fated failures.