The Texans caught a big break when the news broke that Andrew Luck decided to retire.
This has some fans wondering, how poorly do the Texans have to perform this year for Bill O'Brien to be on the hot seat and eventually fired?
ESPN 97.5's John Granato, Lance Zierlein, and Raheel Ramzanali weigh in on how bad the Texans have to be for Bill O'Brien to be fired.
Feb 8, 2024, 5:43 pm
After the conclusion of the season, Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans spoke about the top priorities for the offseason. One of the areas he highlighted was beefing up the defensive line.
However, after CJ Stroud's performance at the Pro Bowl throwing to top tier receivers, many would like the Texans to load up on weapons for Stroud to get the offense humming at the highest level.
What's interesting about this year's draft is Mel Kiper Jr. considers it a very offensive-heavy draft. His Top 9 prospects in the draft are on the offensive side of the ball.
So one could argue that the Texans could get a good value selecting defense at No. 23 overall, with so many offensive players flying off the board early.
Another thing to keep in mind is how the elite teams are winning now. The Chiefs, 49ers, Ravens, and Bills all have Top 5 defenses. While the Texans are much improved on defense, they're not in the Top 10.
The roster construction says defense is the priority
One could argue that the Texans could play a game today if they had to, based on who's under contract on offense. Stroud, Tank Dell, Nico Collins, John Metchie, Robert Woods, Dameon Pierce, and the entire o-line are still under contract. Only Dalton Schultz is set to be a free agent.
But on defense they have to replace or re-sign Jonathan Greenard, Sheldon Rankins, Blake Cashman, Denzel Perryman, Jimmy Ward (injured, old), and every cornerback on the team outside Derek Stingley.
When you put it like that, prioritizing a receiver or offensive lineman feels like a luxury pick/signing. They'll certainly have to add more running backs to the roster with only Pierce remaining, but that shouldn't be a position where they invest a lot of capital based on the needs of the defense.
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