The Houston Texans are a solid quarterback away from becoming a Super Bowl contender in the AFC. Heading into training camp, the Texans have Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallet, as the potential starter for the 2015 season. Mallet and Hoyer do not bring fear into any opposing defensive coordinators mind. However, there is one signal caller that could change the outlook of the Texans in the near future.
That signal caller is Philip Rivers. Recent reports states that Rivers is not on board with the possible relocation of the San Diego Chargers, to the city of Los Angeles. Rivers will also become a free agent after the 2015 season.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapport, the Chargers maintain the leverage in the form of the franchise tag. Rivers will be on the radar of a lot of teams, in next year’s free agency period. As of right now, the best situation for Rivers to fall into, if he does not resign with Chargers, is to join the Texans. Rivers, 33 has about 4 solid years left in the National Football League.
The Texans would benefit significantly from Rivers presence under center. They have pieces on both sides of the ball to dethrone AFC South heavyweight, the Indianapolis Colts. Another factor in the possible signing of Philip Rivers would be Bill O’Brien’s outstanding track record with quarterbacks.
O’Brien has worked with the likes of Tom Brady and Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg. According to many draft experts around the league, Hackenberg is expected to be the number one pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. O’Brien could possibly tank this season, in order to move up in the draft and select Hackenberg. However, I do not think that O’Brien and the Texans organization will try to accomplish that.
This team is ready to win right now; they do not have time to wait on the development of Christian Hackenberg. Texans running back Arian Foster has about 2 to 3 years left of solid production in the league. They would be wasting those years with the possible selection of Christian Hackenberg. I believe that Bill O’Brien will name Ryan Mallet as the opening day starter for the 2015 season. I just do not see Brian Hoyer being much of a factor with the Texans this season.
In 2014, Hoyer led the Browns to a 6-3 record, but they collapsed down the stretch by finishing the season 7-9. The best move for the Texans to make is to sign Philip Rivers, and let him mentor Ryan Mallet. That way it would not be a huge drop off at the quarterback position, once Rivers retires. In the past, Mallet was criticized for having character issues. Rivers could come in, and give Mallet the guidance that he needs to become a successful NFL quarterback.
Right now, there has to be a sense of urgency within the Texans organization. This team is on the cusp of becoming a premier team in the league once again. I do not see Bill O’Brien lasting after next season; he must make a move in order for this team to become a contender. If not, he could become a victim of Black Monday 2017.
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