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Most surprising, negative or positive for Texans since 2020 season ended?

Texian

Hall of Fame
Hey man, we both know why this franchise is what they are.

Everything else we talk about comes from a place of the blind squirrel theory. I'm more optimistic because whether you agree or not change is happening in the Texans org and hopefully Cletus gets this right. What are the odds, I say 40-60 you're like 10-90. (LMAO) I'm going to give them a couple of years before I could possibly get in the place you're in.

BTW, when I put in that post LMAO I was actually LOL'ing at myself.
1% - 99%
 

GanadoUHCoog

Waterboy
With 17 games now you need a 9-8 record to have a winning season. I’d put it at a coin toss odds we have a winning season in the next 5 years. I have no confidence in Cal, Easterby, or Culley. Caserio I will wait a year or 2 but to get any good in the next several years Caserio is going to have to work some real magic for us in the draft and free agency. This starts with seeing if we can at least get a starter or 2 out of the 2021 draft, a couple of our 30+ free agents stick as solid starters, and hopefully Mills is at least starter worthy in a year or 2 or that will be a wasted pick.
 
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banned1976

Truth Teller
With 17 games now you need a 9-8 record to have a winning season. I’d put it at a coin toss odds we have a winning season in the next 5 years. I have no confidence in Cal, Easterby, or Culley. Caserio I will wait a year or 2 but to get any good in the next several years Caserio is going to have to work some real magic for us in the draft and free agency. This starts with seeing if we can at least get a starter or 2 out of the 2021 draft, a couple of our 30+’free agents stick as solid starters, and hopefully Mills is at least starter worthy in a year or 2 or that will be a wasted pick.
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banned1976

Truth Teller
Most surprising - The selection of David Culley as HC
Most negative - DW4
Most positive - New staff
Most surprising - Culley. My theory is, the reason he was selected over anyone else that was interviewed is that those other guys (minus Kelly) wanted roster control and the authority to hire their own staff.
Most negative - just from a football standpoint, I'm excluding the off-the-field drama that is Watson's bizarre sexual deviancy, the coaching staff. This is one of the most underwhelming and confusing staffs the Texans have ever assembled. It's like if competent football people were brainstorming the creation of a new team, they came to assembling a hypothetical coaching staff they started off with "wouldn't it be funny if...". "Where's our weakness on defense? Our linebackers can't cover at all? Well, wouldn't it be funny if we hired one of the washed-up fathers of the Tampa 2 defense?". In comes Lovie Smith. One of the reasons he said his defense at Illinois was so inadequate was because "we didn't have time to install our defense". He had five years there! It was his team! As well as being the HC for the Univeresity of Illinois, he was the DC. This is how his defenses faired:
2016: 31.9 points allowed (94/128)
2017: 31.5 pts allowed (91/128)
2018: 39.4 pts allowed (124/130)
2019: 26.2 pts allowed (54/130)
2020: 34.9 pts allowed (97/127)
Fired!
The argument for Smith could be that Illinois was void of talent on defense. Well, guess what?
Most positive - Tyrod Taylor. In a sea of bad decisions by rookie GM Caserio, this was actually a shrewd move. He was signed at a time when Watson's availability for the 2021 season was very much in doubt. It was before the sexual assault allegations and when Watson was vocally displaying his desire to be traded. Taylor isn't a game changing type of player. But he can at least be expected to show up and manage an offense. At the same time, if the Texans defense gets steamrolled early in games, he's not the dynamic quarterback like Watson that can at least make a game look respectable at the end.
 

badboy

Hall of Fame
I am not sure if it is the most optimistic but the preseason game against the Packers was optimistic for me.
 


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