The Houston Texans followed the perfect formula to beat the New England Patriots in the playoffs last month. Tom Brady was pressured often by the Houston defense, the Patriots turned the ball over three times, and the Texans controlled time of possession. Yet Houston still lost, 34-16, and the Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl.
It wasn’t a mystery why the Texans couldn’t keep pace with the Patriots: The offense was awful and struggled all year. Two days after losing to the Patriots, the Texans parted ways with offensive coordinator George Godsey, but the coach wasn’t the biggest problem.
The spotlight is squarely on the quarterback position where the play of Brock Osweiler, the team’s biggest offseason acquisition, was a disaster in 2016.
Despite spending big money in March to upgrade the offense, the unit was one of the NFL’s worst and couldn’t manage a single play of 20 yards or more against the Patriots.