The Houston Texans are in a full rebuilding mode, and they have both draft capital and cap space. What are some mistakes they must avoid in the offseason? The Texans made a great hire when they brought home DeMeco Ryans and gave him a six year deal to be the team’s head coach.
Ryans was drafted by the Texans and enjoyed an nice career for them. Now returning home, Ryans will look to restore the Texans back to the competitive team they were just a few years ago.
What are some mistakes they must avoid in the 2023 offseason?
Offseason mistakes the Houston Texans must avoid
Avoid getting cute in the NFL Draft
The Texans have needs everywhere. You could argue that they need a high draft pick at each position. My advice to them would be to not get cute. If the player is highly rated on their board, they they should draft him.
The Houston Texans need to draft “best player available” during their entire 2023 draft.
Avoid not establishing an identity
One of the big positives of hiring DeMeco Ryans is the identity he’ll likely establish in Houston. In just two years as the DC for the 49ers, he took that unit to new heights.
It’s clear that Ryans has that former player aura to him as a coach, and the Texans need to make sure they bring in players that fit Ryans’ vision for the team in establishing the identity he desires.
Don’t neglect the QB position!
This seems like a silly mistake, but the Texans are surely going to draft a quarterback with their top pick, but the next step in that process is getting a high quality veteran backup on the roster to help the rookie draft pick.
Patrick Mahomes had Alex Smith. Josh Allen had Tyrod Taylor. Kyler Murray has Colt McCoy.
Perhaps someone like Teddy Bridgewater or Case Keenum would enjoy serving as that type of mentor/coach for a rookie QB?
The Dolphins did this perfectly with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tua Tagovalioa, and the Houston Texans need to do this as well.