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Bob McNair: No reason Texans wouldn’t be able to draft a quarterback

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Last month, Texans owner Bob McNair said that the team was working on ways to improve at quarterback this offseason and the topic was on his mind again on Thursday.

McNair was at an event for the Houston Super Bowl committee to discuss the road to Super Bowl LI next year and the discussion turned at one point to what the Texans would have to do to play the game in their home stadium. McNair pointed out that the Broncos “did it with defense” and said that he thought his team needed a reliable quarterback who “won’t take anything away from us” in order to have a shot at following in Denver’s footsteps.

That quarterback could come to town via the draft. McNair sounded like he expects to see the team use a draft pick on a signal caller later this year.

“There are a number of quarterbacks out there, college quarterbacks coming out and I think we have a good chance at getting one of them,” McNair said, via the Houston Chronicle. “There are four or five of them who look like they have enough talent and size and athletic ability. I don’t know any reason why we wouldn’t be able to do it.”

While drafting a quarterback won’t guarantee the Texans reliable play or the improvement they’d need to make it to the Super Bowl, it’s hard to argue with Houston going that route if there’s a player they think can be a starter in Bill O’Brien’s offense. Brian Hoyer isn’t going to be a long-term answer at the position and Tom Savage, a fourth-round pick in 2014, hasn’t played enough for the Texans to know what they have with him.

That leaves them without the solution they need at quarterback and, as McNair mentioned, no reason not to extend their search into this year’s draft class.

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38 Responses to “Bob McNair: No reason Texans wouldn’t be able to draft a quarterback”
  1. bearfan21 says: Feb 11, 2016 4:20 PM

    Christian Hackenburg to Texans in 2nd round!!

  2. notwithkubiak says: Feb 11, 2016 4:26 PM

    They could have had Derek Carr but I think Rick Smith listened to the idiot fans over here who didn’t want another Carr leading the team…

  3. sasattack says: Feb 11, 2016 4:29 PM

    McNair sucks! Own the team but let those who actually know what they’re doing pick the players!

  4. Patskrieg says: Feb 11, 2016 4:30 PM

    Normally I’d make a crack about how sub par teams love to broadcast their draft intentions. But I think the secret is out that the Texans are shooting themselves in the foot if their only option is Brian Hoyer.

  5. texanspat says: Feb 11, 2016 4:30 PM

    I’m starting to despise this guy. Rick Smith completely blows every draft beyond the first round and McNair sees no problem with it. He’s almost as bad as Jerry for his team’s chance of success. Totally clueless.

  6. jm91rs says: Feb 11, 2016 4:32 PM

    Yikes, if he believe 4 or 5 QBs this year will be good enough to get his team over the hump I’m really going to question his scouts. 2016 is not equivalent to the 1983 QB class.

  7. eagleswin says: Feb 11, 2016 4:36 PM

    Tom Savage, a fourth-round pick in 2014, hasn’t played enough for the Texans to know what they have with him.

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    Isn’t the only way to fix that is to play him?

    A rookie QB will have the same problem.

  8. milehipigskin says: Feb 11, 2016 4:37 PM

    Brock Osweiller is a free agent. Do you hear me, Texans?

  9. thewigglr says: Feb 11, 2016 4:40 PM

    Nothing like your owner tipping his hand and letting every other team their draft intentions. Smart

  10. madderstork says: Feb 11, 2016 4:44 PM

    We’ll give you O’Brien’s guy McGloin for a first.

  11. charliecharger says: Feb 11, 2016 4:44 PM

    This could be the best crop of QBs to ever come out. Maybe 6 top QBs. In fact, this draft overall is the best I’ve ever seen. Loaded with blue chip players. The best teams are the ones who can consistently get good solid players in rounds 2-5.

  12. mullman76 says: Feb 11, 2016 4:50 PM

    McNair is a buffoon of the highest order.

    An Enron crook and a racist.

    Hey Bob, just sign the checks and shut your mouth.

    “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” ~Abraham Lincoln~

    Sincerely,
    RAIDER NATION

  13. browningsnagle says: Feb 11, 2016 4:51 PM

    Look for the Texans to bring in TX native, Bo Levi Mitchell, from the Canadian Football League

  14. texansfan82 says: Feb 11, 2016 4:51 PM

    I don’t have much faith in a rookie QB to lead us to the Super Bowl. If anything we draft a 1st round QB, let him develop behind Hoyer for a year, and then hand over the reins the year after. While Hoyer was up-and-down, he didn’t perform too badly for us throughout the season. I have a hard time believing a rookie will do much better.

  15. getakluwe says: Feb 11, 2016 4:55 PM

    Brian Hoyer’s playoff game was like Marco Rubio’s debate performance the other night.

  16. TheDPR says: Feb 11, 2016 4:58 PM

    This team isn’t close enough to be in win now mode, anyway, so why not give Savage a shot this year? He clearly has the physical tools, and he’s been holding a clipboard for a couple years now. Give the kid the reps he needs to either succeed or fail. If he never sees the field, why did you draft him?

  17. tedmurph says: Feb 11, 2016 4:59 PM

    The QBs in this draft, IMO, are nowhere near franchise type guys like Mariota and Winston. If I were the Pats, I’d trade Garoppolo to Houston for the #22 pick, plus something else. Of course, the league will seize the pick, and the Pats will end up with their original pick. I don’t think Brady is going anywhere for 4-5 yrs, and they’re not gonna pay JimmyG to hold a clipboard. O’Brien runs the same offense, so it’s taylor made. Pats can sign a veteran free agent and draft a QB, like Hackenberg, in the 2nd or 3rd round.

  18. mototax says: Feb 11, 2016 5:21 PM

    eagleswin says:
    Feb 11, 2016 4:36 PM
    Tom Savage, a fourth-round pick in 2014, hasn’t played enough for the Texans to know what they have with him.

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    Isn’t the only way to fix that is to play him?

    A rookie QB will have the same problem.

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    Savage was injured in the final preseason game so playing him wasn’t an option. Too, bad because he would have had plenty of opportunities in 2015.

  19. alonestartexan says: Feb 11, 2016 5:24 PM

    Trade for Mike Glennon and use the pick for another WR, OL, or RB.

    None of this years QB’s will be any good!

  20. samitonsports says: Feb 11, 2016 5:28 PM

    You can probably rule out Wentz, Goff and probably Lynch too. So all signs point to Hackenberg.

    …and then they’ll try for another QB in 2018 lol…

  21. tedmurph says: Feb 11, 2016 5:34 PM

    Savage is a career backup.

  22. badmoonrison says: Feb 11, 2016 5:44 PM

    Because everyone knows McNair and the Texans sure know how to pick em. By the way, how’s Clowney been doing? We sure do love Khalil Mack out here in Oakland!

  23. smokehouse56 says: Feb 11, 2016 5:47 PM

    It seems to me, as a PSU fan, that Hackenburg might be a good fit for his old coach. O’Brien recruited him and he had an super freshman year under O’Brien. His last two years under Franklin, who replaced O’Brien, he had a terrible offensive line, and he didn’t flourish. At one time Hackenburg was certainly a first round pick but not so much any more. I saw him engineer a 95 yard drive in the final 50 seconds to beat Michigan and I saw him stink up the place under Franklin.

  24. itsthecameenewtonshowcom says: Feb 11, 2016 5:55 PM

    By the way, how’s Clowney been doing? We sure do love Khalil Mack out here in Oakland!
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    Weak, from a team that has drafted in the top 5 for the last 20 years and can’t build a .500 team.

    Playoff Texans >> Raiders

  25. phillyphanatic77 says: Feb 11, 2016 6:00 PM

    I’m a Penn State fan but I agree with most that Hackenberg would be ideal in the 2nd to Houston. BOB made him look like the #1 overall pick. Franklin made him look like a 7th rounder. He’s way closer to the top than the bottom in terms of ability.

  26. badmoonrison says: Feb 11, 2016 6:10 PM

    itsthecameenewtonshowcom says:
    Feb 11, 2016 5:55 PM
    By the way, how’s Clowney been doing? We sure do love Khalil Mack out here in Oakland!
    __________________________________
    Weak, from a team that has drafted in the top 5 for the last 20 years and can’t build a .500 team.

    Playoff Texans >> Raiders
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    Uh excuse me but I do remember the Texans barely squeaking into the playoffs and then getting completely embarassed by the Chiefs 30-0. I wouldnt be bragging about making the playoffs when you guys couldnt even muster the guts to score a single FG. The texans had no business being in the playoffs.

  27. depotnator says: Feb 11, 2016 6:10 PM

    Why does Bill O’Brien get a pass from the media for a failed tenure as coach when the media went after Chip Kelly who had a much worse defense than the Texans. Kelly has more coaching talent in his little finger than O’Brien, and the 9ers will benefit for Lurie’s short patience.

  28. mongo3401 says: Feb 11, 2016 6:13 PM

    All the Texans need now IF the drafted Qb works out is

    1 a coach
    2 a good staff
    3 another WR
    4 A RB
    5 an offensive line
    6 a decent defense besides Watt
    7 dump the 800 lb has been ex Patriot NT. He can’t tie his own shoes

    Do that and they have a mediocre team in a shat conference

  29. jacktatum32 says: Feb 11, 2016 6:32 PM

    If McNair really thinks he’s a Super Bowl caliber team next year then a rookie QB is not what is going to get them there.

    Take a flyer on RG3 maybe Sam Bradford–

  30. jrossizzle says: Feb 11, 2016 6:47 PM

    To get in position they should trade their 2nd and 3rd round picks for the Pats 1st round pick…

  31. rbmeoe says: Feb 11, 2016 7:41 PM

    If they draft a QB, it won’t be someone that has the skills to take over the team right away. Goff is the only one that any of the talking heads have said has the talent to start immediately. With the 26th pick, he will be long gone. There is a huge drop off in talent after Goff, so, free agency or trade is the only option. With all that are available, Kapernick is the only real option to go after. Anyone else is either not really going to be available because their current team will keep them, or they are exactly what we already have, career back-ups. Kap has the talent and experience leading a team to the Super Bowl. The question is can he fit in the Texans system or would the Texans be willing to adjust to his skill set. No matter what, he is a HUGE upgrade to what we have ever had. They can use him right away to improve the offense and draft a QB to groom behind him in case he isn’t the long term answer. GO TEXANS!!

  32. goattoday says: Feb 11, 2016 9:36 PM

    badmoonrison says:
    Feb 11, 2016 6:10 PM
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    Uh excuse me but I do remember the Texans barely squeaking into the playoffs and then getting completely embarassed by the Chiefs 30-0. I wouldnt be bragging about making the playoffs when you guys couldnt even muster the guts to score a single FG. The texans had no business being in the playoffs.

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    Texans had a winning record and won their division. That’s not squeaking, That’s winning. Yes, KC embarrassed them but hey, KC is a good team. So yeah, bragging is okay.

  33. theseekeroffun says: Feb 11, 2016 10:45 PM

    If people only knew what a slime ball this guy is. I am not quite in his league, but I can tell you from three peoples perspective, me included, this is not a man.
    His initials suit him to perfection, BM, bowel movement.
    He made the money by screwing every person he has met along the way, sad but true.

  34. itsthecameenewtonshowcom says: Feb 11, 2016 10:47 PM

    Why shoots pard, drafting a good qb is easy. We do it all the time!

  35. baldbuc says: Feb 11, 2016 11:28 PM

    The Texans best shot for a quick fix at the QB position this offseason would be to trade for Mike Glennon. However Jason Licht is saying right now that they are not interested in trading him. That could be GM speak and I am sure they would take the right offer since he walks away for nothing next season.

    Outside of that I don’t see how they could bring anyone else in this offseason that is going to immediately help them. It’s not going to happen in the draft as already brought out. RGIII? Would love to see him go there and flourish however I haven’t seen anything from him lately to think he will.

    Having watched a lot of Glennon (Bucs season tix holder) I think he is going to be a solid starter for someone. He was never given a fair chance here.

  36. oldmanbirdfan says: Feb 12, 2016 12:26 AM

    Feb 11, 2016, 6:10 PM EST
    Why does Bill O’Brien get a pass from the media for a failed tenure as coach when the media went after Chip Kelly who had a much worse defense than the Texans. Kelly has more coaching talent in his little finger than O’Brien, and the 9ers will benefit for Lurie’s short patience.
    ————————
    Probably I mean probably, because Kelly completely re-engineered PHL and stunk…..I would say by what he accomplished there he is an idiot, I will be surprised if he makes it in the NFL
    I would say while they both are no Bilicheck, Kelly is Probably the worst coach I have ever seen, he is a joke, he departs from Philly leaving a worst team than he found them……they are now in recovery from Kelly disease…….just mha

  37. eagles777 says: Feb 12, 2016 7:31 AM

    What choice does BOB have? It’s not a QB. Free agents Sam Bradford goes to San Fran, RG3 goes to the the Boys. Goff will be gone to the Browns. Wentz gone to the Eagles, Lynch gone to the Rams. What’s left on the board won’t start for three years. He can get Hackenberg in the third round and draft a wide receiver in the first and a tightend in the second.

  38. mtgman2004 says: Feb 12, 2016 7:59 AM

    McNair is a senile old man who should not be allowed to run a NFL team. His man crush on the GM Rick Smith is killing the team.

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