4. Houston Texans
Bill O’Brien’s work as Texans’ general manager, as he’s swapped draft picks and star players for pennies on the dollar, is ripe for worthy criticism. But there is one indisputable fact from what remains–if quarterback Deshaun Watson goes down, all those “win-now” moves will be for nothing.
Behind Watson, the Texans currently have A.J. McCarron and practice squad fodder Alex McGough. McCarron has five starts on his NFL resume, including one playoff start for the Bengals in 2015 when Andy Dalton was injured. He started a meaningless Week 17 in Watson’s place last year, going 21-for-36 for 225 yards with an interception along with 39 rushing yards and a score on the ground.
No team can survive easily without their starting quarterback for any substantial length of time. But as O’Brien tries to save his job as head coach/GM, a better contingency plan for losing Watson should be considered.
Based on experience alone, and with his past prowess as a deep ball thrower in mind, Flacco looks like a viable solution.