A contrarian perspective. The 2015 SB is gone, but here are two ways for the Houston Texans to be able to compete for the 2016 Super Bowl:
1) Acquire a franchise QB. Odd though it may sound, the Texans are plenty good enough to be a major player, if they have a Brady/Manning/Rogers/Wilson level QB. No team, not even New England, Denver, Seattle, or Green Bay, has a uniformly great roster. So, how do the Texans get a top-four level QB for the 2015 season? Not going to happen through the 2015 draft or free agency, but consider this: Just have owner Bob McNair stage a hostile takeover of Green Bay. Not just the team, the entire city, the stadium, etc. Then deftly move around a few chips within his expanded corporate empire – maybe move Aaron Rogers to the Texans in exchange for the Texans’ entire offensive unit. Or, in the alternative:
2) Force the vaunted Houston Medical Center to find a way to put all 3 of the Texans’ injured QBs back on the field in time for 2015 summer camp. From this writer’s slightly irregular perspective, the Mallett/Fitzpatrick/Savage trio is actually a good setup: (i) Mallett, a guy with all the tools (including a franchise arm) and one who, if his one healthy start represented his true game, has an outside chance to be a franchise QB; (ii) Savage, who is the prototype project because of his arm and height but remains in that category while he continues to learn his craft; and (iii) FitzHarvard, who is the prototype backup because, though his total game is flawed and limited, he is a competent game-manager who knows the O’Brien offense and can step in capably in any game or situation. Savage and Fitzpatrick can be retained at no great expense, and while Mallett, as a free agent, will attract at least one bidder willing to overpay, he can be retained if the Texans are willing to match the overpayment – even if it appears to be exorbitant. Add to that a draft selection of the best college QB available at the Texans’ first-round mid-draft slot, let the guys fight it out in camp, and let the worst man lose.
I would submit that this setup was approximately what Coach O’Brien had in mind for 2014, when he knew there was no QB in the draft or on the market who would be enough of an upgrade to be worth passing on Clowney. I would further submit that if Clowney and at least two of the 2014 QBs had stayed healthy through the season, we would be looking at a 2014 playoff team and not attacking the Texans’ management for having had a poor plan for 2014. Failing to match your worst season with an ensuing draft class that includes an Andrew Luck is not exactly proof of bad management.