How the Texans can make quick ascension under new coach DeMeco Ryans

Ben Arthur

AFC South Reporter

For the past three years, the Houston Texans have been one of the NFL’s worst teams. Their 11 wins since the start of the 2020 season is the fewest in the league. 

Under new coach DeMeco Ryans, though, brighter days appear ahead — as long as the team takes advantage of its resources. The Texans have 12 selections in the upcoming draft, including two of the top 12 picks, and more than $37.6 million in salary cap space, fifth-most in the league, according to Over The Cap. With the right moves, Houston can be a drastically improved team in 2023. 

So what would that look like? What moves would it take this offseason to take the Texans from a bad team to an AFC South contender in 2023? 

Here are six things Houston must do: 

Draft a franchise QB

By saying “we have to add more” at quarterback in his introductory press conference, Ryans stated the obvious without divulging Houston’s plans at the position. But taking a signal-caller with its No. 2 overall pick, the player it hopes can become a franchise quarterback, appears to be inevitable. After a promising rookie season in 2021, Davis Mills proved he wasn’t the long-term answer with his struggles in Year 2. 

The Texans need a quarterback who can keep them competitive in the AFC South for the foreseeable future. Alabama’s Bryce Young and Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud are the signal-callers at the top of the draft board who make the most sense. If the Texans think one of them could be their cornerstone guy, they should even think about trading up.

Mills, still on his rookie deal, figures to be the backup. Signing a bridge quarterback like Jimmy Garoppolo shouldn’t be completely ruled out, as that would give the rookie QB time to grow into a starter. 

Add talent on defensive front

Run defense was the Texans’ most glaring weakness in 2022. They allowed 170.2 rushing yards per game, the NFL’s worst mark since the 2008 Detroit Lions. They lacked physicality in the trenches defensively,…

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