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Steelers week three review: Pittsburgh win the Watt war

Pittsburgh have looked equal parts sublime and concerning over the first two weeks of the season. The pass rush element of the defense has been off the charts, but there … Continue Reading Steelers week three review: Pittsburgh win the Watt war

Watson’s Weapons: Texans Veterans + 2020 WR Draft Outlook

Media coverage surrounding the NFL’s free agency period has been dominated by the departure of DeAndre Hopkins from the Houston Texans and his fractured relationship with general manager/head coach Bill O’Brien. Fair warning: This article is not intended to sift through who is at fault for failed negotiations leading up to a trade that shocked the league. Rather it attempts to explore O’Brien’s thought process and examines recent roster acquisitions and what moves the team is now inclined to make regarding the weapons at Deshaun Watson’s disposal.

O’Brien Successively Revamps Texans Organization

For much of the 2019 season, and the short time after the Texans divisional round playoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, not much could be heard from Houston’s ownership about the club’s vacant general manager position. In a move that ensued Romeo Crennel stepping aside and allowing Anthony Weaver to be promoted from defensive line coach to defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans, Cal McNair broke his silence and officially named Bill O’Brien the new GM of the team. McNair also updated the title for Jack Easterby, more clearly defining the role he would now serve as VP of team development. The move comes with little to no shock value, and ultimately the updated titles will seemingly end Houston’s pursuit of Patriots’ director of player personnel Nick Caserio for the GM position.

Momentum Swing Ends Houston’s Run; Brighter Days Ahead

Momentum has been one of the major headliners for the Texans 2019-2020 season. The Texans carried theirs over from the 4th quarter and overtime of the wild card round and into a perfect 1st quarter of football in Arrowhead. Houston struck first, and fast. Deshaun Watson hit Kenny Stills on a 54 yard score, followed up by a few defensive stops, a blocked punt returned for a TD, and a muffed punt recovery that set the Texans up for another score. Then, just as quickly as it had come, the momentum had gone. The Chiefs had stolen it away early in the 2nd quarter.

Aerial Warfare in Tampa: Texans vs Buccaneers

It is week 16 of the 2019 NFL season and the 9-5 Texans travel to Tampa Bay to face a red-hot Buccaneers team that now finds themselves at 7-7. As they are eliminated from playoff contention, the Buc’s can only hope to slow the Texans’ chances of clinching their 6th AFC South division title this decade.

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