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Texans: Unlucky Or Team Of Destiny?

BY JOB TENNANT, SportsRadio 610
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Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips at Reliant Stadium. credit:  Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips at Reliant Stadium. credit: Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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Houston Texans fans should feel like this has been coming for a long time.

The always pessimistic Houston fan who has learned not to get too excited because somehow, some way their team always seems to fall just short has been given one more reason to not believe in this team.

That is not to say that every Houston fan feels this way, but there will always be a segment of the population in Houston that feels like nothing will ever really work out for their teams.  What they feel is not completely unwarranted.

Some of the lowlights for Houston sports fans include the Mike Renfro catch in the back of the end zone in the AFC Championship game in 1979.

Then there’s the three Final Four appearances by Houston’s Phi Slama Jama without a national championship, including the heartbreaking loss to N.C. State

The Astros loss to the Mets in 1986 NLCS wasn’t easy.

The Oilers suffered the worst playoff loss in NFL history at the hands of the Bills in 1993, which was immediately followed by their collapse to the Chiefs after an amazing season in ’94.

The Rockets did win two NBA Championships, but Rockets fans still catch flack for Michael Jordan not playing for most of those two years

That was followed shortly thereafter by the Oilers moving to Tennessee in 1997.

The city finally got the Texans in 2002, but they have only produced one winning season before this year, along with numerous draft busts (see David Carr) and heartbreaking losses (see Jacksonville last year).

There was the Pujols home run against Brad Lidge in the 2005 NLCS, which was followed by the Astros being swept by the White Sox in their only World Series appearance.

Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady were supposed to be the core of a new Houston Rockets renaissance, but their careers were dogged by injuries.

Fine, we are Texans, we are tough, we can handle this.

Wait, Wade Phillips is having surgery? AHHHHHH!!!  That’s not even fair, I want to cry.

The Texans and interim defensive coordinator Reggie Herring are saying all the right things.

They say that the system is already in place and the players already know what they need to do.

The Texans say that the only difference is that a different voice will be making the play calls.  But, it is hard not to feel a little bit worried, given the history of Houston sports.

Then again, this is a team that should have been doomed by whatever fatalistic curse the city has had looming over it a long time ago.

Arian Foster essentially misses the first four games.  After playing for one half of a game with Foster and Andre Johnson, Johnson goes down with a severe hamstring injury.

The very next game Mario Williams, who had made an amazing transition to outside linebacker, goes down with a season-ending injury.

Just when the Texans think Johnson can come back, they lose Matt Schaub, who the entire time had been touted as the most irreplaceable player on the roster.

However, they still had Matt Leinart, who was an elite prospect coming out of USC and clearly had the physical tools to be a very good quarterback in the NFL.

Perhaps, under the tutelage of Gary Kubiak and with a few more years of maturity, he would be able to fill the void.  Then in the first half of his first start, Leinart goes down.

How far will the Texans go?

Lose in the Wild Card round Lose in the divisional round Lose in the AFC Championship Lose in the Super Bowl Win the Super Bowl Submit Vote vote to see results

How far will the Texans go?

  • Lose in the Wild Card round

    7.7%
  • Lose in the divisional round

    7.7%
  • Lose in the AFC Championship

    15.4%
  • Lose in the Super Bowl

    7.7%
  • Win the Super Bowl

    61.5%

    Total votes: 13

Then the Texans should have really been doomed because they were forced to start a rookie fifth-round draft pick that some scouts thought that they reached on.

However, no matter how dire things have looked this team has kept on churning out victories.

They have not only not fallen apart, but they have also had the best season in franchise history.

They are currently on a seven-game winning streak (longest in franchise history), which is more wins than they have had in all but four of their 10 seasons.

The Texans are still heavy favorites in their matchup this weekend against the Panthers and certainly will be against favored the winless Colts on Thursday Night Football.

The average football fan needs to look no further than the Green Bay Packers of last year for a team that was devastated by injuries but pulled together as a team in order to not only succeed but also to win the Super Bowl.

That was a team of destiny last year, and there is no reason to believe that the Texans are not a team of destiny this year.

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