Here’s a team which played far better than we expected last season. Defensively, it’s a monster.
Offensively? Not so much.
And that completely comes down to quarterback. Right now head coach Bill O’Brienis is hoping Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett or Tom Savage can be a starter for this team. We’ve seen Hoyer and in my opinion, he’s not a starter. Can he carry an offense for a little? Sure. But he’s not getting you deep into the playoffs.
Ryan Mallett? He looks like the starter now, but was less-than-impressive in two starts last season.
It’s too early to tell on Tom Savage.
That said, here is another team which is far closer to being a legitimate contender than not and the biggest hurdle is the quarterback. As it stands, they are either relying on an unproven guy (Savage/Mallett) or a mediocre guy (Hoyer).
They have a tremendous offensive line, a very good receiver in DeAndre Hopkins, a solid running game and a god defense. What they don’t have is a quarterback they can rely on.
They did the best they could in free agency, but the options were limited and while they could do something in the draft their position is too far back to think about the top two players—and as mentioned in the previous slides, I think Mariota isn’t a first year starter.
Rivers would be a good fit behind this offensive line and Houston’s array of weapons are the best he’s had in a very long time. With the Titans seemingly perpetually rebuilding and Jacksonville likely a year or so away from being a real contender, Houston could very well vie with the Indianapolis Colts if they have a legitimate quarterback.
Sure, Rivers is no Andrew Luck, but the Colts aren’t in such good shape that they cannot be caught. Defensively, Houston can hang with anyone and if they add Rivers, they’d be in good shape to do that offensively as well.
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