In 2002 the Texans brought football back to Houston, Texas. With the Houston Oilers now moved to Nashville, fans in the area were ready to embrace this team. The franchise has had some successful moments during their short stay in the AFC South.
Their early seasons were a bit of a struggle but they soon would blossom into one of the better teams in their conference. We’ve already put together a list of best players in team history. But, here is a list of the best seasons the Texans have had during their short stay in Houston.
This was the seventh season for the Texans in the league. They had a tough start to the year losing their first four games. With three of those loses being divisional losses, things were not looking great for the Texans. However the team rallied in a great way finish at 8-8 and winning five of their last six. This was also the first year the team ever appeared on Monday Night Football. Gary Kubiak had the team moving in the right direction and although they didn’t make the playoffs, things were looking up for this team.
The Texans improved on their previous season by finishing 2009 with a 9-7 record. It was their first winning season in franchise history and they just barley missed the playoffs, being the first team out in a series of tiebreakers. Running back Arian Foster began to play during the middle of this season and began showing his ability to play at a high level. Despite missing the playoffs it was clear that this was a franchise on the upswing and just a piece or two away from competing in the playoffs.
In their tenth season in the league, the Texans made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. The Texans finished the regular season with a 10-6 record and won their division. The hosted the first playoff game in the city of Houston since the Oilers in 1993. They then went on to win the franchise’s first playoff game 31-10 over the Bengals before losing to the Ravens in the next round.
Perhaps the best season in franchise history, the Texans were at their highest point during this season. They finished the regular season at an impressive 12-4. Players like JJ Watt and Arian Foster had become all pro players. They won a close playoff game against the Bengals for the second year in a row. Unfortunately they met a tough Patriots team in the divisional round and loss 41-28.
2015 saw the Texans return to the playoffs for the first time in three years. Despite having a rough start to the season (maybe due to Hard Knocks distractions), and having multiple guys starting at quarterback the Texans found a rhythm toward the end of their season and managed to benefit from a very weak year in their division. They met the Chiefs in the playoffs, and came back to earth in a 30-0 loss.
Can this become another great year in Texans history? Check out our game-by-game predictions to see what we think.
Every year subscribers to Home Box Office (HBO) look forward to one specific show. You may think it is Game of Thrones, or The Leftovers, but that would be wrong. That show that many viewers of HBO look forward to every year is the series Hard Knocks.
Hard Knocks allows you to look into the inner working of a National Football League team. The 2016 season will introduce the Los Angeles Rams to the viewing audience. The 2015 season of Hard Knocks featured the Houston Texans, and one of our best teams of all time.
Hard Knocks is fun, because the show allows you to meet the different rookies that have to go through their first training camp. The show takes the rookies from the airport to their rooms that they are going to stay during training camp. After camp is out some of the rookies have to go the process of finding a house and you get to see how they make decisions on the different type of homes that they buy.
On a day off some of the rookies, go sightseeing to a bat habitat that is in the greater Houston area. The amount of bats that are living in a secluded small area is amazing; not only to the different players but I thought it was an incredible sight.
The Texans had more veterans that would influence their team, so the show focused on those players. The shows focus was J.J. Watt. I discovered how popular he is to the Houston area in the first episode. Many of the fans would chant his name and they would stay late into the night just to get an autograph from the defensive player of the year. The player showed why he is so good and one of the all-time greats, which is the amount of extra work he is willing to put into his game after practices have concluded.
Quarterbacking is a vital part of the game and the Texans had a huge choice between to veteran quarterbacks. Coach Bill O’Brien had a tough decision to make until one of the QB’s made a serious mistake and was benched.
The most difficult part of any coach’s job is to make roster cuts and Hard Knocks shows how these choices are made. Some of the choices are easy to make because some of the players get injured, but some are more difficult because the player is really good but just is not ready to play at the NFL at this time.
The show Hard Knocks is a fun show to watch that runs for four weeks in August. It is a fun show to watch and it is easy to tied up in the lives of the athletes. I do think not being on it this year will help our team, which is why I predict we get off to a better start this year compared to last.