Incompletements: Texans v. Titans (It’s the end)
You should never want time to pass. It is the only finite resource we all have. This is the chain to which our death rings are tied. This endless bombardment towards our eventual demise, to leave this world alone and enter the unknown. Imagine being sad. Imagine being unhappy. Every second is beautiful, wonderful and perfect.
Most of us spend the whole year waiting for the NFL season to resume. On Sundays with Pigskin and Michelobs, the propane tank filled until it’s replaced with the slow cooker, make lists, call your brother and have your six-person FOX pick, and plan your week to come back to Sunday. Even when it’s bad, it’s good, and even when it’s sad, it’s good.
Although the Texans are 4-13 years old, and were 4-12 a year ago, and things we thought would happen after the 2020 season never came to fruition and, in fact, got seismically worse, this season was wonderful. We had the “We Don’t Need Deshaun” game against Jacksonville, the false punt, nine turnovers in Miami, the Monsoons in Nashville and Jacksonville, Brandin Cooks turning into Rey Mysterio and jumping. top rope on multiple defenders, Tytus Howard can finally play the left tackle, Kamu Gruiger-Hill making a BIG play after a BIG play, a surprisingly fun trio of defensive tackles, Lonnie Johnson Jr. playing it safe on the right court, David Culley’s tongue, Rex Burkhead being the focal point of an offense in 2021, and Davis Mills playing better than he ever did at Stanford and going from playable to playable, an admirable feat that gives Houston hope for 2022 – that if enough things happen Houston finds two new pass catchers, running play becomes respectable, and the inside offensive line improving to become proficient, maybe they’ve got something in the future.
The past two years have made me rethink why I love football. It was just something I always watched, and it was the way I always spent my Sunday. Those days spent with my dad in a smoke-filled den watching the games with bunny ears, watching Dave Campo’s coach show before the pre-game show, going to the racetrack and have my own TV with a Sunday ticket, turned into me watching it all by myself, then writing, then watching the coach’s movie, then watching condensed games, then learning the principles of men’s games and the races, and turn the game into this thing that I enjoy in this very specific way.
I’m not watching the game to see if the Texans will win or lose. I watch it because I like it. Who knows if next year will be better, who knows when the team will be good and fun again, but for now, I invite you to open the tome, dive in and find out everything you need for this thing to bring you utility. Because if the end result is all that matters, then the beautiful weather you have will be wasted, and there is no greater sin than that.
Thank goodness this season is over. The Texans finish 4-13 and currently have the third-worst points differential in the NFL.
The Texans are an old, talented team, and Nick Caserio has a ton of work ahead of him.
One of the biggest questions of the offseason is the QB’s situation. Some people love Davis Mills! I am not one of them and I will be spilling a lot of virtual ink on this topic.
The Texans still have a long way to go to be zero.
Finally … the season is over. I think any Texans fan who wasn’t too drunk or delusional or Jack Easterby, knew this season wasn’t going to be great… and in that regard, it didn’t disappoint. Several shutouts and periods of football almost impossible to watch. The best player on the list has never taken a live photo, and if anyone had anything to say about the Texans it was that a) they suck and b) What are they going to do about Watson with all his legal issues and issues with the team?
Perhaps we could consider this match as a microcosm of the season. The first half of the game was brutal for the Texans, as the Titans, with the conference No. 1 on the line, used a dominant second quarter to take a 21-0 halftime lead. Still, the second half saw the Texans decide it was time to compete for a bit, and the Titans thought the farewell was on hold. Tennessee was nearly burned down, but did just enough to hold the Texans back. If the Titans have to make noise in the playoffs, especially because of the bye, the Tannehill plays in the 3rd and 5th with 10 minutes in the 4th, where the Texans missed the bag and he found his receiver for a major win, will be. the decisive moment. Mills had a solid second half (of the game and of the season), and while he might not be the franchise’s future QB, he did enough that the Texans didn’t make a scout. hope QB. If he’s the holder of the 2022 opening, that’s fine with me.
For Tennessee, while they have that pass, which will further help Derrick Henry regain his health to become the certified playoff nightmare that it can be, this game should sound the alarm bells. If the Texans could slice and dice their defense in the second half, what will happen against a team in the playoffs in 2 weeks? Maybe that was human nature, and they relaxed too much, but the margins between loss and victory are pretty small in the regular season. Go to the playoffs, a slack game makes the difference between moving forward and spending the offseason wallowing in misery.
For Texans, the real contest begins now. The team is faced with many challenges, ranging from figuring out how to lessen the nightmarish dead cap space they’ll have to make a decision about Deshaun Watson. In the far too early projections for the 2022 season, don’t look for the Texans to improve well beyond their 4-13 standings, which you think is surprisingly good given the off-season forecast. Sadly, McEasterby’s diet is firmly in place, so don’t look for quick fixes or miracles. At least we can beat Jacksonville … can’t the Colts?
Davis Mills may never be a franchise quarterback in the NFL, but he’s ok in my book. Any guy who finishes not one, but two chip twinkles for touchdowns in a season is good for me. Unfortunately, his footwork and other passing mechanics are still a long way from where they need to be. But, maybe Pep Hamilton can get him there with another coaching offseason.
Anyway, thank goodness this season is over. I’ve watched the NFL since I was a kid and I’ve never endured such a miserable season as a fan like this. But, the old is gone, the new is here. The regular season is dead, long live the offseason.
Looking to the future, we really can’t discern the tea leaves from reading the Texans’ past. Nick Caserio is not Bill O’Brien, but neither is he Bill Belichick. However, I’m sure he models his work after his old boss more than his predecessor H-Town. To that end, as long as Dark Bill called the hits in New England, they never had two consecutive seasons.
This notion gives me hope that Caserio does not plan to tank 2022 like he did in 21. Which means he has to leave David Culley, bring in a quality head coach, charge. the list of players who match the pattern of this coach and turn the situation around quickly.
Sadly, Belichick was never dumb enough to agree to answer Jack Easterby and Cal McNair … so there you go. Sigh.
Either way, we have at least some breathing space before the Texan brasses embarrass the good folks in Houston again. We hope.
The long walk is finally over, and we should all be $ 50 richer.
If the Houston Texans win less than 5 games in 2021, I’ll give everyone who * LOVES * that $ 50 on cashapp.
– Noah AyooTexansMane (@ayoo_noah) September 9, 2021
I think the only time I was so frustrated with Texan football was in 2013. Even then, the list was worth looking at. I’ve struggled to keep my eyes peeled for the games I’ve managed to catch this year.
However, things are improving. We have plenty of cards for this year’s draft. Davis Mills has another offseason to develop (hopefully with a new CO he’s shown flashes this year). We should also see a new running back in place as even the Texans aren’t stupid enough to rock with Burkhead in the lead.
This season is to be forgotten, but some would have you believe that we made the playoffs and that we have a competitive team. Ignorance is bliss, I guess.