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Texans 2007 Season in Review

Houston Texans' Ron Dayne (36) celebrates his touchdown run with teammate Vonta Leach (44) during the first quarter of a football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007, in Houston. The Texans beat the Jaguars, 42-28.

The Houston Texans finished up their 2007 season at .500 in the most competitive division in the NFL. The AFC South, led by Indy’s 13-3 season, followed by Jacksonville’s 11-5 season and Tennessee’s 10-6 record, challenged the 8-8 Texans to their best season in franchise history. Besides that, records were set and leaders stepped up on both sides of the ball. This Texans 2007 Season in Review provides an overlook of questions and answers that you need to know about this past year’s Texans.

Offensive MVP?
Andre Johnson. Despite only playing in 9 games, Johnson led the team in receiving yards (857) and was third on the team in receptions (60). He had 39 first downs and 8 touchdowns, the most from any Texans’ player other than the QBs. The 2006 Pro Bowl receiver missed out on this year’s ticket to Hawaii, but if he’s healthy next season I’d expect him back.

Defensive MVP? DeMeco Ryans. What hasn’t been done by this second-year MLB? 127 total tackles, 2 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries, one touchdown and leadership on the field paved the way for the Texans’ only 2007 Pro Bowl election. Maybe the Texans should think about putting Ryans in the RB mix to cover their problems.

Special Teams MVP?
Andre Davis. Besides stepping up in the receiving factor after Andre Johnson’s injury, this special player led the Texans’ kick returning duties after Jacoby Jones and Jerome Mathis couldn’t handle the job due to their respective injuries and on-the-field-attitude change.

Most Consistent Offensive Player?
Kevin Walter. 65 receptions for 800 yards and 4 touchdowns. He played in all of the Texans games and was definitely the most consistent offensive player of 2007.

Most Consistent Defensive Player?
Mario Williams. 59 total tackles, 14 sacks, 1 touchdown, and 2 forced fumbles. He should have been first ballot Pro Bowl Defensive End while finishing Reggie Bush and sacking Peyton Manning. No plantar fasciitis and foot problems showed why Williams was deserving of the Texans’ and the 2006 first overall pick. Forget Reggie for now, its Williams’ time to shine.

Most Consistent Special Teams Player? Kris Brown. 25-29 FGM, 40 XP and 115 total points led the Texans’ scoring in the 2007 season. P Matt Turk had a good start to 2007, but he couldn’t maintain his performance throughout the year.

Worst Injury of 2007? WR Andre Johnson, runner-up: C Seth McKinney. Johnson’s knee injury slowed the Texans’ early surge and led to losses in Atlanta and Tennessee. McKinney’s injury shook up the Texans offensive line problems and led to hardships endured by the whole team.

Biggest Disappointment? Ahman Green, runner-up: Jacoby Jones. Green’s knee injury and Jones’ AC separation led to their failures to respond to more playing time and the chances to make a difference for the Texans. Green, the Texans’ biggest 2007 offseason acquisition, cost the Texans enough money for fans and management to want him out of Houston before he collects any more money. Jones, the Texans’ 2007 3rd Round Pick, looked totally different than he did in the preseason and had a rough rookie season.

Best Rookie? It’s a close call between Amobi Okoye and Fred Bennett. Okoye takes the ROY because he’s a 20-year old rookie playing amongst 30 year old offensive linemen. Although he wore down into the end of the season, he won a Rookie of the Month award and put in 5.5 sacks for the Texans.

Biggest Offensive Surprise? Eric Winston, OT. Winston wasn’t consistently good but improved by vasts amounts since last season. He’s brought a competitive attitude and blocking that was the theme of the Texans’ die-hard playing style.

Best Defensive Surprise?
Fred Bennett, CB. No doubt. When Petey Faggins played like trash and Dunta Robinson went down with a sickening injury, the rookie Freddy B stepped up and held it down for the secondary into the later part of the 2007 season.

2007 Bonehead Player?
Travis Johnson. From the Trent Green malicious taunt to following Mario’s sacks with late hits, Johnson’s penalties hurt the Texans more than his improved play this season.

Biggest offseason needs?
LT, RB, CB/S. Should the Texans draft best available to need? LT Ephraim Salaam was beat several times leading to team injuries and picking up a T with the Texans’ first round pick (18) would be smart. College RB Felix Jones and Ian Johnson could be good draft choices for the Texans’ third round pick. They don’t have a second round pick. Maybe it would be smart to throw some money at Michael Turner (Chargers) or Musa Smith (Ravens). On CB, will Dunta Robinson return to form, even if it takes till November? If not, the Texans need a CB to play with Von Hutchins and Fred Bennett for depth. Word has it that Dunta won’t become a safety and CB is his only NFL job. Could Hutchins move back to S? Will S Glenn Earl and Brandon Harrison make a move to a roster spot next year?

Returning Texans?
Jerome Mathis. If Andre Davis isn’t signed back (WHICH WOULD BE A HUGE MISTAKE) we’ll have to rely on the injury prone and speedy Mathis. RB Chris Taylor, who was placed on the IR before he could begin the season, will bring a RB presence if he can fully heal to his form before his injury.

Coach Analysis: Kubiak needs to improve his challenging skills. Texans’ turnovers need to stop. Kubiak needs to come up with a way to continue the aggression seen in the first and last offensive drive when they seem to fall off in great play calling through the second and third quarter. Kub needs to stick to a gameplan, and run the ball (remember him leaving it in so many games, ie Cleveland). Sign back Andre Davis. Scout better players. What will Kubiak do when Sherman and the Gap Blocking offense leaves to Texas A&M? Need a new Offensive Coordinator. The Texans didn’t have a 1,000 yard rusher (Dayne’s 773 ground yards) and Kubiak’s reputation for making a run game happen out of nothing is in question. Positively, the players respect and have a competitive edge with Kubiak’s consistency and stature.

What’s next?
If this young Texans team can keep improving then they may have the chance for a playoff spot next year. This team is deserving of a Monday Night Football game for their fierce competitive attitude and playmaking abilities seen in the early Tennessee and Indy games, the New Orleans, Carolina and Tampa game. Expect big things if the players keep their heads on straight this off season.

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