Let's discuss a controversial move the Texans must consider
It sounded crazy at the time, but there might be something to a theory A.J. Hoffman threw out on The Blitz on Monday.
Should the Texans sit Deshaun Watson for the rest of the season?
The reasons do make sense. Next year, the team should be better with a new coaching staff and some key acquisitions. Do you really want to risk injury in games that mean nothing? It's not like he will be developing chemistry with next year's receivers. It's not like he needs to learn more of an offense he won't be running. A major knee injury at this time of year could put the start of 2021 in jeopardy.
Would fans revolt? Probably. But would it have any impact on partially full stadiums? Absolutely not. Of course, the NFL would balk because of "integrity" issues, but they lost all right to that argument when they let the Broncos play with a practice squad receiver at quarterback. Worst case, you fake a hamstring injury and sit him. And let's take it a step beyond: While you are at it, give Laremy Tunsil a groin injury. Why take a chance on your two key players in a lost season?
The benefits are obvious, but Romeo Crennel would not make that call. It would have to come from higher up, specifically Cal McNair. Watson and Tunsil would probably balk, but even they have to see the big picture.
The negatives? These meaningless games become even more meaningless. Watson is one of the few players worth watching on the team. It's also something that just isn't done, although players skipping bowl games in college is a bit of a precedent, as is teams sitting stars when playoff berths are settled. Some of the other players might not approve, but it would make sense for the team to get some younger players some playing time and treat it like preseason games.
Of course it sounds silly on the surface. But diving in, would it really be that odd of a decision? And would it be the right one?