Monday, February 21, 2022

Houston Texans Post-Super Bowl 56 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Houston Texans rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 31.4 (32nd)
  • Best ranking: 31 (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 32 (Multiple)

Below you will find a post-Super Bowl 56 roundup for the Texans in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 31

Offseason in three or fewer words: Clarify quarterback situation

It's been more than a year since he requested a trade, and quarterback Deshaun Watson is still on the Texans' roster. He was a healthy scratch in all 17 games during the 2021 season after facing 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual assault and inappropriate behavior, so the biggest question now is who will start at quarterback in 2022. Houston could trade Watson this offseason, but interested teams could be waiting for clarity on the lawsuits and any potential criminal charges. After a strong finish to the season, it looks like rookie third-round pick Davis Mills showed enough improvement to be considered the starter going into next season. Houston will need to sign a backup quarterback and could choose a veteran to compete with Mills for the starting spot. -- Sarah Barshop -- Rank: 31

Congrats to Lovie Smith for getting another big chair in the NFL. But be careful what you wish for; this Texans job is a tough one, maybe the most challenging in football. Houston needs close to a total overhaul of its roster, and the Deshaun Watson situation has left the organization in a holding pattern for over a year. Trading Watson could fetch a massive bounty, but Watson's ongoing legal limbo -- he's been accused of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior in 22 active lawsuits -- means Houston has little choice but to wait out a situation with no clear timeline for resolution.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 32

Their coaching search ended up on defensive coordinator Lovie Smith as their head coach, his third chance running a team in his career. Why not just keep David Culley?

USA Today -- Rank: 32

As raw a deal as it seemed like deposed coach David Culley got, maybe Lovie Smith is the better choice to lead Houston, who knows? Also, who knows when GM Nick Caserio is going to resolve the Deshaun Watson situation that continues to be an albatross around the neck of this organization?

The Athletic -- Rank: 31

The Texans overachieved to win four games, a credit to former coach David Culley and rookie quarterback Davis Mills, who had to replace Tyrod Taylor early in the season. Culley didn't deserve to be fired after one year, and new coach Lovie Smith faces a tough rebuild. Look for massive roster turnover once again, and for Houston to (finally) move on from quarterback Deshaun Watson as soon as it can find a trade partner.

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