Texans owner Bob McNair, like the legendary military strategist Hannibal Smith, loves it when a plan comes together.
And when he looks back at his team’s needs going into the offseason, McNair is satisfied that they checked off all the boxes, getting a franchise quarterback (Brock Osweiler), a bell-cow running back to replace Arian Foster (Lamar Miller) and upgrading their receiving corps and offensive line.
“Usually, there are a lot of them that go unmet,” McNair said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “It just doesn’t work out. We don’t control. We don’t know what the other teams are going to do in the draft and we don’t know what’s going to happen in free agency.
“Everything came together for us in this offseason, and we were able to get the players we wanted as free agents and, basically, we got the players we wanted in the draft. They did a great job.”
McNair was able to achieve this coup in the time-honored way of rich people — he threw money at the problem in hopes it would go away.
Between a four-year $72 million deal for Osweiler and a four-year $26 million for Miller and four years and $28 million for veteran guard Jeff Allen, it starts adding up to real money at a certain point.
More money’s going to be flowing out soon, because wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is going to need to get his.
To balance that, they’re going to have to get performance from their (relatively) cheap rookies, particular wide receivers Will Fuller and Braxton Miller and center Nick Martin.
On paper, it all looks like a perfect plan. We know how those usually go.