Houston Texans Running Back a Priority in 2016
How many times are Houston Texans fans going to check their phone to see an alert that running back Arian Foster has another long-term injury and will miss more time before they are ready to move on?Carson Wentz Jersey Many believe that 2015 was probably Foster's last shot in a Texans uniform, including Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.Doug Martin Jersey
The Texans had to make due with their other running backs for most of 2015, and for the most part,Ezekiel Elliott Jersey they did a decent job of filling in. Alfred Blue,Mike Evans Jersey Chris Polk, and Jonathan Grimes carried most of the load and helped Houston to a middle-of-the-pack finish in terms of rushing yards for 2015.Laremy Tunsil Jersey The quarterback position is also up in the air, however,Mark Ingram Jersey and Houston needs a stronger running game to offset the lack of consistency through the air.
Houston was 6-1 in games in which they ran for at least 120 yards in 2015,Carson Wentz Jersey but 3-7 (including playoffs) in games where they didn't reach that mark. In 2014 Houston topped 150 yards on the ground five times,Darrelle Revis Jersey going 4-1 in those games. By contrast,Jason Witten Jersey Houston is 3-7 over the last two seasons when they've topped 250 passing yards. Clearly this Houston team is built to have success when they can move the ball on the ground,Aaron Rodgers Jersey but relying on the passing game doesn't always lead to victory.
Sure, some of that has to do with the fact that when they trail they are forced to throw to catch up quickly, but its the duty of the offense to keep the defense off the field for a bit, and let them catch their breath. This isn't an offense that is going to score a lot of points quickly, so long, slow drives are the keys to victory.
None of the backs that played much this season showed that they have the ability to be an every-down type of player, and its certainly possible they could improve, but Houston may have to look elsewhere for the long-term answer