Bill O'Brien deserves one more chance to prove he can run the offense for the Texans

Offensive Coordinator? No thanks. Let O'Brien keep calling plays

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Bill O'Brien deserves another chance to call the plays for the Texans.

All you people who want an offensive coordinator in here just want change for the sake of change. You're not even sure if there is an upgrade there for the Texans. Grass isn't always greener on the other side and the play calls aren't always better with a different headset.

It isn't all his fault the offense has sputtered, there aren't better options, and it's bad for Deshaun Watson to hire a new play caller and offensive coordinator.

Did you watch the offensive line this season? Tell me what anyone would have done to fix the issues there. How anyone can be disappointed with the offensive line and simultaneously claim they want a new play caller is beyond me. The lack of consistent blocking alone, from the line to the tight ends and backs, torpedoes almost any argument against O'Brien. There isn't a lot of talent there and they had struggles early in the season caused by O'Brien and his staff but this has to be better before damning O'Brien.

Injuries is another way to spell inconsistency too. Will Fuller, Keke Coutee, Demaryius Thomas, and D'Onta Foreman all missed significant time this season. Watson spent a few weeks playing hurt. DeAndre Hopkins was on the injury report damn near all season. Oh an let's not forget the starting right tackle went down in the first game and the guards were rotating dealing with injuries. Even with all this, they were an average offense when it was all said and done.

There were 14 teams with a better offensive points per game statistic than the Houston Texans. Of those teams, six of the head coaches call the plays (Freddie Kitchens is the head coach now and called the plays for most the Browns offensive success). Atlanta fired Steve Sarkisian but nobody wants that experiment here. Todd Monken was in Tampa but lost play calling duties at one point to Dirk Koetter, who was hired by the Falcons to run their offense. Assume any of the other teams ahead won't let their play caller leave and that has just one option for the Texans, Mike McCarthy. He is sitting out looking for a head coaching job. So someone else who wasn't or hasn't called plays is going to be better than O'Brien?

The new face would be bad for Deshaun Watson too. A new play caller and offensive coordinator has to get used to Watson and his style but also the rest of the offense. Nobody knows the team like O'Brien and his offensive staff. Watson just stood up for his head coach, and play caller, last season. He frequently talks about his high approval for O'Brien's offense and how just a few bits of execution would have them being a little bit better. He's not wrong either. A few more plays here and there is a few more wins and maybe a bye.

This team is close to having a top offense. They need some luck with injuries and Brian Gaine needs to nail the draft and free agency to shore up the nagging issues. It is worth giving O'Brien one more shot. Synergy produced the best Texans season under O'Brien. Why go messing with it just yet? Plus, if O'Brien stinks they can turn the duties over to Sean Ryan, who was interviewed last offseason for coordinating jobs. Then, if he fails too, the Texans can look outside the organization.

Until then, how about a little patience?

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Week 11 fantasy football rankings: Call your shot

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These are my very early ranks, so keep in mind I post these on Thursday. Make sure you check the injury report on Sunday for players that have missed practice. If it doesn't look like a player will play this week, I typically won't rank him. Keep in mind, these are PPR rankings, and don't forget to set your lineup for Thursday Night Football.

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QB

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1 Lamar Jackson

2 Patrick Mahomes

3 Drew Brees

4 Dak Prescott

5 Deshaun Watson

6 Josh Allen

7 Jimmy Garoppolo

8 Derek Carr

9 Tom Brady

10 Philip Rivers

11 Matt Ryan

12 Jameis Winston

13 Kirk Cousins

14 Carson Wentz

15 Kyle Allen

RB

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1 Christian McCaffrey

2 Ezekiel Elliott

3 Dalvin Cook

4 Melvin Gordon

5 Josh Jacobs

6 Alvin Kamara

7 Leonard Fournette

8 James Conner

9 Le'Veon Bell

10 Tevin Coleman

11 Mark Ingram

12 Nick Chubb

13 Damien Williams

14 Austin Ekeler

15 James White

16 Devin Singletary

17 Brian Hill

18 Todd Gurley

19 Marlon Mack

20 Ronald Jones

21 Joe Mixon

22 Phillip Lindsay

23 Kenyan Drake

24 Jordan Howard

25 David Montgomery

26 JD McKissic

27 Miles Sanders

28 Tarek Cohen

29 Kareem Hunt

30 Royce Freeman

*I'm done with David Johnson until he proves he's healthy.

WR

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1 Michael Thomas

2 Tyreek Hill

3 Julio Jones

4 Amari Cooper

5 Mike Evans

6 Julian Edelman

7 Chris Godwin

8 DeAndre Hopkins

9 Cooper Kupp

10 D.J. Moore

11 Keenan Allen

12 D.J. Chark

13 John Brown

14 Robert Woods

15 Marquise Brown

16 Kenny Golladay

17 Odell Beckham

18 Michael Gallup

19 Tyrell Williams

20 Stefon Diggs

21 Courtland Sutton

22 Jamison Crowder

23 Jarvis Landry

24 Christian Kirk

25 Curtis Samuel

26 Deebo Samuel

27 Sammy Watkins

28 JuJu Smith-Schuster

29 Calvin Ridley

30 Allen Robinson

31 Tyler Boyd

32 Dede Westbrook

33 Terry McLaurin

34 Mike Williams

35 Marvin Jones

36 Mohamed Sanu

*I'm assuming Emmanuel Sanders won't play, but we'll have to see if he's active. He's a risk/reward low-end No.2 fantasy receiver for me this week.

TE

1 Travis Kelce

2 Hunter Henry

3 Darren Waller

4 Mark Andrews

5 Zach Ertz

6 Greg Olsen

7 Jared Cook

8 Gerald Everett

9 Eric Ebron

10 OJ Howard

11 Jason Witten

12 Jack Doyle

13 T.J. Hockenson

14 Dallas Goedert

15 David Fells

DEF

1 Rams

2 Bills

3 Vikings

4 Cowboys

5 Steelers

6 Patriots

7 Bears

8 49ers

9 Raiders

10 Saints

11 Jets

12 Jaguars

KICKER

1 Justin Tucker

2 Harrison Butker

3 Wil Lutz

4 Greg Zuerlein

5 Joey Slye

6 Michael Badgley

7 Dan Bailey

8 Brett Maher

9 Zane Gonzalez

10 Matt Prater

11 Ka'imi Fairbairn

12 Nick Folk

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