We’re heading into year 5 of the Lynch/Shanahan era. So far, they’ve managed to give us three last place teams and one SB team. And the weird “achievement” of going “worse to first” followed by “first to worst.”
There’s a lot of talk about QBs this offseason, but it’s still defense that wins championships. That’s why Tampa won this year. That and team health, which can change at any time up to and including the actual SB game.
Elite QBs can cover up a lot of deficiencies, but it still takes a good TEAM to win it all. Deshaun Watson has everyone salivating, but he hasn’t exactly elevated Houston during his time there. And that was when he had JJ Watt, DeAndre Hopkins, and Jadeveon Clowney. Either the rest of that team was complete horse manure, or he’s just one of those guys who looks terrific while losing. Last year, he elevated his team to four whole wins!
Of course, he has been saddled with Bill O’Brien as his HC so far in his NFL career. So some allowances must be made for that hindrance. Still, a 4-12 record is Nick Mullens territory.
Most of you will probably be giving me the finger through your internet window about now. I’ll just remove my mask here and cough on your digit. There, everybody’s happy.
At any rate, it looks like we’ll have to wait another three weeks until the new league year and the start of free agency before we get any answers to what the team will look like next year. It had better be healthy, or none of it will matter.