What’s done is done. But that doesn’t mean we can’t scratch our collective heads over it all, and wonder what went wrong, why it happened and how the heck it may or may not have helped cause the 2012 Texans season to fall apart.
In order, here are my 10 most head-scratching Texans moments of the year:
10) Going to Kansas City … Kansas City here he comes: Allowing Eric Winston to walk. Was the big, popular right tackle THAT important to Texans; 2011 success? Apparently so. Even though Derek Newton came on at the end of the year — and certainly salary dominoes might have fallen differently had the Texans kept Winston — he was sorely missed.
9) Special teams takes a Holliday: Over the course of just a few weeks, Trindon Holliday went from terrific story, making the team during training camp, to a whipping boy. And then he was missed, sorely, as he became a Pro Bowl-caliber return man for the Broncos. Special teams coach Joe Marciano’s issues started out bad and only got worse.
8) Andre The Giant … and the seven dwarfs at No. 2 WR: The Texans gave everyone from high draft picks (Devier Posey), to supposed proven commodities (Kevin Walter), to receivers off the street (Jeff Maehl and Co.). The challenge was seizing the No. 2 WR job opposite Andre Johnson, or at least be a solid No. 2 target. None did.