2009 AFC South Champion Houston Texans?

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After reading the title of this editorial, many around the football world are probably saying to themselves, 'that guy must be crazy, it's only May!' Well your right. It's only May, the 'offseason'. Then again, it's also the time when teams are built, players learn the systems, and the Super Bowl hopes begin.

When the Texans last snap of the 2008 season occurred against the Bears, people in Houston could feel the buzz. The team had finished with their second consecutive non-losing record. With four losses coming by seven points or less, with some luck and some good bounces of the ball, this team could have been 12-4. But reality is reality, and the team finished 8-8 so the team's first playoff berth didn't happen. There were many reasons but you won't hear any excuses coming out of the locker room or front office. Injuries, inexperience, and having to play in the AFC South are major factors. But players heal, the ones that stepped in gained experience, and the AFC South isn't looking so intimidating anymore.

2009 is the season in which the Texans need to make a real playoff run. How can this be done? Well, there's the obvious answer of staying healthy. The injuries to Zac Diles, Matt Schaub, Dunta Robinson, and others never let the Texans get on track in 2008. The Texans realized that injuries can make or break a season, so they addressed critical positions in the offseason by bringing in back-up quarterback Dan Orlovsky, bringing in a couple veteran linebackers, and drafting Brian Cushing, among others.

Another way to win is to outscore your opponents. The Texans offense is loaded. Matt Schaub could be a potential Pro Bowl quarterback if healthy, and he's throwing to fantastic weapons such as Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter, and Jacoby Jones, not to mention Pro Bowl tight end Owen Daniels. Then, mix in Steve Slaton, Ryan Moats, and Chris Brown pounding the "rock," the Texans can be one of the best offenses in the NFL for the second year in a row.

Still, everyone knows that defense wins championships. So what did the Texans do to stop other teams from scoring? They got Zac Diles and Dunta Robinson healthy, they added a veteran linebacker Cato June, and they spent the entire first day of the draft on the defensive side of the ball as they selected USC linebacker Brian Cushing and Connor Barwin. Back in January, they promoted Frank Bush to Defensive Coordinator. Then you add the existing parts of DeMeco Ryans, Mario Williams, Amobi Okoye, and Xavier Adibi, an the Texans could put out one of the most talented front seven's in football.

Now anything can happen between now and September, but if the season started today, I'm taking the Texans to wrap up the first Division title in franchise history.

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