With a healthy quarterback, they could have gone to the Super Bowl last year.
But after a dynamic offseason, and an honest concern about Matt Schaub’s future under center, the Texans might still be better than last year.
Schaub says he’s healthy and ready to play, and not worried about his contract. All those are good things.
Then the Texans tweaked their defense, got rid of some old parts to continue building with a new, exciting group.
Some players were shuffled off, the attrition that comes with trying to keep a young core together. And they weren’t just guys either, but stars such as defensive end Mario Williams, right tackle Eric Winston and middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans, one-time cornerstones.
The Texans are at a fascinating place, but their overall talent level has them in the seventh spot in our Preseason Power Rankings.
Take a look at our full preview here, and tell us if you think we’ve overrated or undervalued them going into this season.