Five reasons Texans may struggle

Injury problems and lack of depth at WR could haunt Texans again this season

Originally Published: August 16, 2012
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.
Andre Johnson/Matt SchaubBob Levey/Icon SMIThe Texans have a great QB-WR combo, but Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson need to stay healthy.

After finally breaking through last season and making the postseason, there is a lot to like about the Houston Texans this season. Heading into the season, they look like the clear-cut favorites to run away with the AFC South, and they are legitimate Super Bowl contenders if Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson can stay healthy.

When you break them down on film, you see the most consistent run game in the NFL with a well-defined zone blocking scheme. You see the best play-action/bootleg passing game in the league. You see a terrific attacking 3-4 defense that creates turnovers and big plays. And you see a veteran coaching staff with a confident roster. However, that same film also reveals some concerns that Houston needs to avoid in 2012-13.

Here are five things that could stop Houston from making a deep playoff run:


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Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.