Texans the Worst NFL Expansion Franchise? Think Again

Richard Justice in the Chronicle today has a good piece about the Texans being questioned as the WORST expansion franchise. He brings up good points stating otherwise.

The Texans are the NFL’s 12th expansion franchise, and they’re nowhere close to being the worst. I know this because I spent an hour Sunday afternoon compiling all the numbers.

The Texans have a .382 winning percentage after nine years. If that sounds bad, you need to think again mister. The Saints (.262), Bucs (.333), Falcons (.344) and Browns (.347) were all worse teams in their first nine seasons. If you’d likie to pick at every little thing, you’d point out seven teams—Cowboys, Dolphins, Bengals, Jags, Panthers, etc.—were better.

To me, that’s not a big deal. If you gave Bob, Gary, Rick and Wade an IQ test, one of them would have the lowest score. But that doesn’t mean the low score among this group is dumb. Just the opposite in fact.

Playoff appearances? We ought to be feeling pretty sporty about that category, too. After nine seasons, the Falcons and Saints hadn’t gotten into the playoffs, either. In fact, the Saints didn’t make it until their 21st season, and I can pretty much guarantee that Bob, Gary, Rick and Wade will get there before then.


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