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CBS’ Judge Says Future Bright for Texans

CBS Sportsline’s Clark Judge has named five teams in which the future should be bright in the NFL, and among those teams was the Texans.  Here is his summary on what he thinks about Houston:

Say this about the Texans: They’re predictable. They haven’t reached the playoffs since joining the NFL in 2002, they haven’t had a winning record and they haven’t had a quarterback who could find his way to the end zone without a sherpa. But this may be when all that changes, and here’s why: The Texans finished 8-8 last season, the first time they won more than seven games in one year, and they discovered what it’s like to play football with an offense. Their 379 points were the most in team history, and having Matt Schaub and Sage Rosenfels at quarterback made a difference. But so did a defense anchored by three of the league’s most promising young players: DeMarco Ryans, Amobi Okoye, and Mario Williams. Still, Houston needs a cornerback and another pass rusher, and look for the Texans to start looking at the April draft. Still, they go nowhere if they don’t produce a running game, and luring Alex Gibbs out of retirement to oversee the offense should help. One problem the Texans can’t outrun: They play in the same division with Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Tennessee, and all were in the 2007 playoffs. Houston was 1-5 against the division; 7-3 against everyone else. That’s all you need to know about the AFC South. Another thing you should know about the Texans is they must do a better job of cleaning up their mistakes, and I’m talking about turnovers, not busts like David Carr: The Texans had 38 giveaways, the second most in the league. Yet despite a -13 in the takeaway/turnover ratio they finished .500. That’s reason to believe.”  


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