The nightmare that was the 2013 Houston Texans season is over. The off season is upon the Texans, and it’s not being made a secret that changes are coming.
After starting the season off with two overtime victories against the San Diego Chargers and Tennessee Titans, the Texans went on to lose the remaining 14 games left in the regular season. There’s no excuse on why this season has been this awful, and Owner Bob McNair knows that.
“I don’t have anything for y’all,” said Bob McNair following the week 17 defeat vs. the Titans.
Much alike Bob McNair, the fans of this team are in shock. The 2 seasons prior to 2013, the Houston Texans had a combined regular season record of 22-10. Along with playoff appearances and victories over the Cincinnati Bengals in both.
So as we’d all love to know, how did a team that showed so much promise just a season ago, come back and perform at an extremely low level?
When attempting to figure out the downfall of this season, you have to take a lot of things into account. One that stands out the most is the production at the QB position, or lack there of.
Initial starting QB Matt Schaub basically played his way out of the starting lineup before suffering a leg injury against the St. Louis Rams. Setting a new NFL record for interceptions returned for a TD.
Needless to say, to be able to win in the NFL you must have two main things. That’s a head coach and a quarterback. As it appears now, the 2013 Houston Texans had neither.
December 6, 2013 the firing of Head Coach Gary Kubiak was announced. This came in the wake of the franchise worst 14-game losing streak. Already being eliminated from playoff contention, McNair decided it was in the best interest of the team.
Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips was named the interim coach for the remaining 3 games of the season. Also a potential candidate for the full time coaching job, so it was basically an audition for Wade Phillips.
Unsurprisingly, the change at HC wasn’t enough for the Texans to get things turned around, as they lost the remaining 3 games in 2013.
Looking forward, the future for this team is very bright. Despite the disappointing season this year, General Manager Rick Smith have the pieces in place for a potential playoff push as soon as next season.