DeMeco Ryans Brings Hope For The Houston Texans
Houston Texans Future is Bright
The Texans started off the season without their rookie wide receiver John Metchie III due to him being diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia last July. Unfortunately, rookie running back Dameon Pierce was on track to rush for over 1,000 yards before suffering a mild high-ankle sprain in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys in week 14, sidelining him for the rest of the season. The Texans also did not have a franchise quarterback to command the offense as the Texans “winged” it with Davis Mills who was drafted by the organization in the 3rd round of the 2021 NFL Draft. The Texans offense struggled last season moving the ball down the field finishing with 289 total points scored offensively, and as a result, the Texans fired former Head Coach Lovie Smith and Offensive Coordinator Pep Hamilton.
It’s too early for the team win total odds for the 2023 NFL season, however, the hiring of DeMeco Ryans should improve their odds considerably. Sites like Novibet sports had the Texans win total last year at 4 wins. At the time that seemed quite low, but it turned out to be very accurate as the Texans went 3-13-1.
New Coaching Staff
On January 31, 2023, the Houston Texans signed former Defensive Coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers DeMeco Ryans to a six-year contract as the new head coach of the Houston Texans. The Texans CEO Cal McNair is ecstatic to have the former linebacker as the next head coach of his team as he stated, “For so many reasons, DeMeco is everything we are looking for in a leader and coach for our organization.” Needless to say, Coach Ryan is ready for the job! The Texans organization is ready to become a winning football franchise as they have hired a slew of new coaches to their staff. The new coaches for the Texans include their new Offensive Coordinator Bobby Slowik, Defensive Coordinator Matt Burke, Linebackers Coach Chris Kiffin, Quarterbacks Coach Jerrod Johnson, and Safeties Coach Stephen Adegoke. Along with the coaching hires, the organization also hired Nick Kray as their new Chief of Staff and Klint Kubiak as the Run Game Coordinator.
2023 NFL Draft
The Houston Texans finished the 2022 season with a record of 3-13-1, which finished 2nd worst in the league behind the Chicago Bears and secured the 2nd overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. The Texans will most likely draft a quarterback to become the face of the franchise. Possible candidates are Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud, Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, and Kentucky quarterback Will Levis. The Texans will most likely select Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud who I believe to be the most pro ready out of all of the other quarterbacks in this year’s draft.
The Texans possess twelve picks in this year’s draft which is the most of any team. The picks include round 1 – pick 2, round 1 – pick 12 (from CLE), round 2 – pick 33, round 3 – pick 65, round 3 – pick 73 (from CLE), round 4 – pick 104, round 5 – pick 138, round 6 – pick 188, round 6 – pick 201 (from NYG), round 6 – pick 203 (from MIN), round 6 – pick 207 (from SF), and round 7 – pick 239. The Texans will use their picks on their biggest positional needs including quarterback, wide receiver, tight end, center, guard, and defensive end. Besides quarterback C.J. Stroud, notable players include Ohio State wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba who played with quarterback C.J. Stroud and would make the most sense to draft with the 12th pick, tight end Luke Musgrave from Oregon State University, defensive end Nolan Smith from the University of Georgia, center Joe Tippman from the University of Wisconsin, and guard Emil Ekiyor Jr. from the University of Alabama. If the Texans organization drafts well by addressing their most important needs in rounds 1-3, it will change the entire organization’s future.
Bright Future for the Texans Organization
The future is bright for the Texans offense as they will finally have a franchise quarterback under center in 2023 along with their young stars running back Dameon Pierce who will be fully recovered from a high-ankle sprain and wide receiver John Metchie III who will be ready for training camp after being diagnosed with Leukemia last summer. The Texans offense will improve significantly under Head Coach DeMeco Ryans and Offensive Coordinator Bobby Slowik who both coached under the current Head Coach of the 49ers Kyle Shanahan who has one of the best offenses in the National Football League. Ryans’ main goal is to bring a winning culture to the Texans and change the aspect of the organization. With new changes to the roster and coaching staff and the draft looming ahead, the Texans may have their one chance to finally establish themselves as a playoff team.
Lawrence is a fan of the Green Bay Packers. He is currently a graduate student at William Paterson University pursuing a master’s degree in Financial Planning. His hobbies include all things fantasy football, weightlifting, collecting Yu-Gi-Oh trading cards, and playing Madden. He specializes in dynasty fantasy football having won two championships in the past five years. He is also a college football fan who loves to watch his Buckeyes play on Saturdays while drinking pumpkin-flavored coffee. He is always looking to evolve his game as a fantasy football player and one of his goals is to help other players do the same.