The Houston Texans came up short against the Panthers on Sunday, and now everyone wants to rehash the best QB in the draft debate.
Bryce Young played better than CJ Stroud, and the numbers indicated that as well. Stroud only threw for 140 yards, and Young recorded 235 passing yards. Both had one touchdown, Bryce threw one and Stroud ran one in. However, let's keep things in perspective. These stat lines are nothing to write home about.
But this one game has people like Skip Bayless coming out and proclaiming Bryce Young as the best quarterback in the 2023 draft class. And who knows, that may end up being the case.
It is funny, though, we didn't hear much from the Bryce truthers when he was losing six straight games to start his career. While CJ Stroud has been the favorite for Offensive Rookie of the Year practically all season. They also fail to mention Stroud has almost 600 more passing yards, and a far superior touchdown to interception ratio. Oh, and Stroud led the Texans to victories over the Steelers (4-3), Saints (4-4), and Jaguars (6-2). Young has one win over the 3-4 Texans.
Instead, Skip shows three passes from this one game to prove that Bryce is better than CJ. Typical Skip.
Thankfully Keyshawn Johnson gets it. He talks about the body of work being more important than one game. He's not going to let one performance skew his opinion on any player.
And to be fair, CJ wasn't terrible. He didn't turn the ball over and cost the team a win.
He just picked a bad week to underperform. And now we have to hear from people like Skip. Ugh.
Nov 30, 2023, 4:56 pm
When Bryce Young and CJ Stroud were drafted with the first two picks of the NFL Draft, we knew they would be compared to one another for years to come.
And here we are just 11 games into the season and one quarterback has already seen his head coach fired. Panthers owner David Tepper spoke to the media on Wednesday and discussed his decision to fire Frank Reich, and also set the record straight on how they arrived at the decision to draft Young.
In so many words, Tepper basically blamed the Texans for how the top of the draft played out. He mentioned Stroud by name and said the Panthers were ready to draft him at No. 2 overall until the Texans backed out of the three-team trade with the Bears.
Tepper made a point of saying everyone in their building had Bryce Young as the top player on their draft board, despite rumors about Frank Reich preferring Stroud.
CJ Stroud and the Texans have been so much better than Bryce Young and the Panthers that Tepper clearly felt it was necessary to defend himself, and the decisions he's made for the organization.
In the end, the person that gets the worst end of the deal is Bryce Young. Coaching changes can be very difficult on young quarterbacks. And it looks like he'll have to learn a new offense in his second year when the Panthers hire a new coaching staff.
How fortunate we are as Texans fans to have DeMeco Ryans and CJ Stroud leading the team moving forward.
With all of this in mind, is there a reason Texans fans haven't fully bought in to the new-look Texans? JJ Watt was a guest on The Pat McAfee Show this week and was asked about the team's inability to fill the stadium on Sundays.
As a former player for the Colts, McAfee always thought Houston had the loudest and best fans in the NFL. And while the Texans are 9th in attendance this year according to ESPN, even CJ Stroud has asked for the fans to fill the stadium.
So there is something to it. You can see the empty seats in photos. So why aren't the Texans packing NRG with a shiny new franchise QB?
We believe the recent history of the team is why fans are slowly coming back. McAfee wasn't here for:
Bill O'Brien cussing at fans during games
Trading DeAndre Hopkins away for next to nothing
The Jack Easterby disaster
Deshaun Watson allegedly blaming ownership for why he wanted out
The Deshaun Watson scandal
Firing back-to-back coaches after one season, and the list goes on.
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