Texans Report Card - Offensive Line
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Posted Jan 18, 2009
Charlie Bernstein

We look at the Texans, position by position, and give our final evaluation of what happened during the 2008 season. We’re going to move to the offensive line next.

Stats- 115.4 rushing yards per game; 4.3 yards per carry; 32 sacks allowed

Left tackle Duane Brown struggled at times as a rookie, but showed that he can be a full-time starter in the league and will only get better with more time. Right tackle Eric Winston is a rock on the right side and is turning into one of the league’s best tackles. The interior of the Texans line did a solid job in pass protection for much of the year.

The interior of the Texans line isn’t supremely talented, and they need more depth all across the line. At times, rookie Steve Slaton made the line look better than they were with his running ability.

Houston’s line is probably good enough for this team to be a playoff contender in 2009, but with the lack of depth, unforeseen injuries could hamper the entire offense.

For the Texans to be a legitimate contender next season, they must address not only defense, but the interior of their offensive line.

Final grade: B-

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