By Shawn S. Lealos

The Houston Texans have had an up-and-down year heading into their Week 9 bye. The team is 5-3, with all five wins coming at home and all three losses coming on the road. Under performance by their top free agent acquisitions in quarterback Brock Osweiler and running back Lamar Miller is part of the reason why. However, with still half a season to go, the Texans feel that they can improve this year and have high hopes for a repeat playoff appearance.

Here is a look at the Houston Texans team headlines heading into their bye week.

Texans Owner Says Brock Osweiler Is Still Basically a Rookie

One of the biggest concerns for the Houston Texans come with new quarterback Brock Osweiler. He was supposed to be the heir apparent for Peyton Manning with the Denver Broncos but left the same time that Manning retired and took a big $72 million contract with the Houston Texans. He has repaid that contract by throwing nine touchdowns and nine interceptions in the Texans first eight games and completing 59.3 percent of his passes. Mistakes have resulted in the Texans struggles so far.

That seems to be alright with Texans’ team owner Bob McNair.

“He’s still basically a rookie,” McNair told the Houston Chronicle. “He’s going to make some mistakes, but he shows that he has the talent, he has the ability and has the leadership that the team has confidence in him.”

Brock Osweiler Says Team Wants More

As for Osweiler, he is not satisfied with the team’s 5-3 record, despite that putting them solely in first place in the AFC South heading into their bye week. Also, their record protects their lead no matter what the other AFC South teams accomplish while the Texans are on bye. Osweiler said it is nice to be 5-3 heading into the bye and undefeated at home, but he says the tam wants much more from this season.

“We want more,” Osweiler told ESPN. “We want to be a great football team and we want to do special things. I think if we just kind of get healthy during this bye week and then come back ready to go for Jacksonville, we’ll be ready to go.”

Texans All-Time Best Receiver Andre Johnson Retires

Part of the reason for the Houston Texans struggles is something that they have always had problems with. The Texans have always had one superstar receiver and struggled to get others involved. This year’s receiver is DeAndre Hopkins, who Osweiler said that he is trying to really connect with. Hopkins replaced the leading receiver in Texans history in Andre Johnson. The future Hall of Fame receiver, just retired on Monday, ranked 10th in receiving yards and ninth in career receptions in NFL history.

When Andre Johnson left Houston he played one season in Indianapolis and was playing for the Tennessee Titans this year. Ironically, the best running back in Houston Texans history, Arian Foster, retired last week after playing half a season with the Miami Dolphins. When asked about Andre Johnson and the NFL Hall of Fame, Bob McNair said he wants to see Johnson get those honors.

“That would be terrific. I think he deserves to be there,” McNair told the Houston Chronicle. “It’d be a reflection on what we have done with our franchise in that we’ve produced a player who was of that quality.”


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