SUCK IT UP AND SUCK
So week 1 of the Tom Savage experience (post DeShaun Watson) was a failure. I’m pretty sure everyone expected it to be that way, but if you didn’t then you weren’t paying attention the few times that Tom Savage did play. This offense just isn’t the same when it’s not being run by DeShaun Watson.
So what now?
Well I’ll tell you what now. Nothing now.
I know a lot of folks are saying that the Texans should replace DeShaun Watson with Colin Kaepernick, and from a pure football standpoint I agree. The move makes sense. Their styles are very similar, so tha would allow Bill O’Brian to incorporate much of the offensive creativity that existed with the dynamic playmaking ability of Watson on the field.
Would it be the same? Of course not. The plays might be the same, but Kap’s effectiveness is another story.
And while Colin Kaepernick might lessen the blow of losing Watson, he isn’t going to help this team – this J.J. Watt-less, Whitney Mercilus-less (?), Duane Brown-less team – get a playoff win.
Hell, there’s no guarantee he even helps them get to the playoffs.
If all of the above players were healthy (or here) I’d say hell yes bring in Colin Kaepernick.
But I can’t, mostly because it just doesn’t matter.
At this point, without a first or second round draft pick in 2018, the only value left is to get as high of a third round draft pick as possible and maybe package it was something else to move up in the second round (or late in the first) and draft an offensive lineman.
So, would getting Collin Kaepernick make things better for the rest of the year?
But who cares if you go 8-8 and miss the playoffs, or worse yet 9-7 AGAIN and get bounced from the first round.
I say just suck it up and suck. Get the year over with and next year, with a healthy defense and a healthy DeShaun Watson (and maybe a free agent tackle and a quality 2nd/3rd round caliber lineman in the draft), this Texans team could make some waves.
Hell, they might even win a playoff game…or 2.
MIDSEASON NFL AWARDS
Here are my midseason awards for the NFL, along with my prediction of who’s going to win it at the end of the year (in parenthesis).
MVP: Carson Wentz (Carson Wentz) – Playing as good as anyone in the NFL, and at the most important positions too. He did fade down the stretch last year, but I see no reason to think he will repeat that again this year.
Defensive Player Of The Year: Demarcus Lawrence (Joey Bosa) – Lawrence is up there with the best pass rushers in the league. Bosa isn’t far behind and could explode in the 2nd half.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Kareem Hunt (Kareem Hunt) – Leads the league in rushing and now it’s his to lose, thanks to Watson missing the rest of the year with a torn ACL.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Marshon Lattimore (Marshon Lattimore)- He’s already one of the best cover corners in the NFL and above average run defense, meaning he can do it all.
Coach of the Year: Sean McVay, LA Rams (Doug Pederson, Philadelphia Eagle) – McVay has taken a team that won just 4 games all of last year and turned them around, I’m just not sure that they can keep it up. On the other hand, the Eagles look strong and though they do have a tough schedule ahead of them, that’s all the more reason to give it to Pederson if they manage to maintain their level of play (or close to it).
If you need an idea for a Christmas gift to get the sports fan in your life, here’s one. It’s a well written (and narrated) audio book chronicling the historic world series run of the 2017 Houston Astros. Regular books are dumb and so 2016, so get this instead.
OTHER SPORTS AND STUFF
- Mike Leach on mascots is pretty damn great
- This trick play that the Saints ran, sucked.
- Here’s my list of coaching candidates that could replace Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M after the year (The last 4 also being options for the Texas Tech job should it become available):
Jimbo Fisher (Head Coach, Florida State)
- Chip Kelly (former Oregon and San Francisco 49ers Head Coach)
- Jeremy Pruitt (Defensive Coordinator, Alabama)
- Scott Frost (Head Coach, University of Central Florida)
Frank Wilson (Head Coach, UTSA)
Chad Morris (Head Coach, SMU)
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