Houston's Houdini impresses again as Texans win across the pond

Texans player of the game: Deshaun dazzles

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Another week, another incredible performance by Houston's Houdini Deshaun Watson.

It was one of the many times Watson was in the grasp of a Jacksonville defender, or two, and came out with positive yardage. His poise is at an all-time high and he did this without left tackle Laremy Tunsil.

Watson was quite the field general getting the Texans into plays that consistently moved the ball and then impressing with his magic act against the Jags defense. He was nearly perfect in the second half as he had just one incomplete pass and jumped over another human being with ease on a almost touchdown run.

One of the most impressive pieces of Watson's game in London is the patience he displays when previously he would be overly-aggressive. One drop back where he was clean for seconds after seconds, and he continued to survey the field until a safe big play popped up. Two seasons ago and even last season Watson would often take the risky shot. Other times he would take the easy gain. He's got the perfect balance of patience and aggression right now.

The highlight reel plays are impressive, sure, but Watson has always made those. The most impressive part of his game is the poise and knowledge he plays with now. He has a deep understanding of defenses and sees things he missed early in his career. The Texans have gotten deep into the playbook this year too executing at an extremely high level.

Watson is absolutely in the MVP discussion.

The team also officially promoted Jack Easterby as well

Bill O'Brien now Texans General Manager in addition to head coach

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Bill O'Brien has a new placard on his desk.

New title for O'Brien and his unofficial assistant GM

As seen above the Texans have named Bill O'Brien as the general manager in addition to his role as the team's head coach. O'Brien joins his former boss Bill Belichick as one of the members of the NFL coaching community who also has the decision-making powers.

Jack Easterby, who also previously worked with the New England Patriots, now has an official title too. It was widely believed he had heavy input on the team in his past year with the team.

This had been coming

It would be interesting to know if this was something known in the building by the team or just assumed. Either way, something long whispered, came to fruition.

With the amount of front office talent that has left the organization in the past year there was some belief O'Brien was consolidating his power. Today, he has all the power in the organization.

Business as usual, with the titles

SB Nation Radio NFL Insider Adam Caplan told me teams have treated the situation in Houston as if O'Brien was the Texans general manager since Brian Gaine was fired by the team.

Now O'Brien has the title with the work. He is in charge of the team from a management perspective, he is the head coach, and he calls the plays for the teams.

How does this work?

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I don't think it does work. I don't see it. SB Nation Radio NFL Insider Adam Caplan told me the expectation from the league is O'Brien will do whatever he has to do to keep his job.

O'Brien did a ton this past offseason and yet the team regressed in many areas. Without a regular slate of draft picks and quite a few of their own players set to hit free agency the Texans are in a tough spot.

Short of O'Brien really taking the next step along with a few of his key players and some solid and smart spending the Texans might have hit their ceiling in 2019. If that's the case, O'Brien could theoretically survive a similar campaign in 2020. But, there are no more excuses. O'Brien has nobody to blame but himself now.

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