With the NFL 2014 Season just around the corner, we look at the Houston Texans. Last year, their biggest problem was the very inconsistent play at the quarterback position. Thus, the Texans have brought in a veteran in Ryan Fitzpatrick who they expect to accomplish the task of turning their offense around as they did little right last season.
The incoming veteran QB Fitzpatrick was acquired in the offseason after Houston traded away Matt Schaub who had an incredibly terrible season in 2013 that placed the Texans’ in the position to have the NFL’s worst record.
In today’s NFL, the teams now seem to be playing and planning on a year to year basis, and what happened last year is not important as long as the team can make the necessary changes to achieve their goals for the present season. Fitzpatrick last season was with the Titans as back to Jake Locker who was injured and Fitzpatrick then started nine games accumulating 14 TD’s and 2,454 yards. In 2011 he had his best season when he was a starter for the Buffalo Bills and threw 24 touchdowns on 3,832 yards.
Many Houston fans and critics wanted a quarterback pick with their No. 1 pick in the draft, namely Texas legend and crowd-pleaser Jonny Manziel. However, the management decided to upgrade its defense and took Jadeveon Clowney.
In this offseason, the new Houston coach was very impressed with Fitzpatrick’s work so he decided to name him the starter for training camp after doing well in their minicamp. Another player who has been totally impressed with Fitzpatrick’s performance thus far is wide receiver Andre Johnson who has raved about the new QB after their third day of spring training. Johnson, who missed a lot of time, has had a lot of catching up to do in learning O’Brien’s new offensive system and so far the QB has helped Andre with his hands-on approach for teammates. Fitzpatrick has been impressed with Johnson’s because the way he has worked thus far and the effort he puts forward to learning and understanding the new system.
In the last practice, Andre Johnson left early with a right hamstring pull and their running back Arian Foster missed practice with an unknown injury. Coach Obrien said that both would be fine and their injuries are nothing serious. Naturally, that’s good news for the Houston fans who bet on NFL at their favorite NFL sportsbook, especially for odds in the early spring games.