The pressure is on for coach Gary Kubiak and the Houston Texans, as entering 2009 this is a team that is expected to once again make a leap forward and become one of the better teams in the AFC. Last season started off like a disaster movie, as the team started 0-4 before they finally got things turned around to end the year 8-8.
Now there are no excuses, as Kubiak and the club have the talent to make a run in the AFC South. Kubiak said himself that this years Texans are the best group that he’s had as a unit. “The playoffs are why I came here,” Kubiak said. “It’s why I do what I do.
“We have high expectations. We’re a better team than any time since I’ve been here. We’re not going to be satisfied with another (8-8 record),” Kubiak said. “I want more, a lot more. The players do, too. I’m looking forward to the journey because I like the guys I’m taking it with. We have tremendous character on this team.”
The team has playmakers littered on offense – QB Matt Schaub, RB Steve Slaton and WR Andre Johnson are three players that can make for long days for defenses. As for the defense, that’s an area that the club is still working to improve on, and with former number one pick Mario Williams leading the way, the team is looking to take that next step.
It’s an area that Kubiak knows needs to get better. “The biggest progress we made last year was on offense (third in yards, 17th in scoring), but we still need to get better,” Kubiak said. “This season, we have to get our defense caught up with our offense.”
If they can do that, the Texans can indeed compete in the South, and could very well turn some eyes in the AFC in 2009.