Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans...
Two columnists from the Houston Chronicle took opposing viewpoints on how quickly the Texans can be fixed. Jerome Solomon says the Texans can go from first to worst to back to first again quickly because they were talent-laden underachievers this season. He adds that the Texans weren't going to get to the Super Bowl anyway with Matt Schaub at quarterback and Gary Kubiak coaching, and now they have a chance to get a coach and quarterback who can get them there. Randy Harvey takes the opposing viewpoint, challenging owner Bob McNair's assertion that this isn't a long-term rebuilding process.
The Texans signed six players to futures contracts on Monday, writes Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com. Five of them were members of the Texans' practice squad at the end of the season -- receivers Andy Cruse, EZ Nwachukwu, and Rico Richardson, and defensive backs Loyce Means and Steven Terrell. They also signed receiver Mike Thomas, who wasn't with a team. Thomas was originally drafted by the Jaguars and has also played for the Detroit Lions. A futures contract takes effect at the start of the 2014 league year in March. Teams that aren't in the playoffs could sign players who were not on active rosters or injured reserve starting yesterday.
Kristie Rieken of the Associated Press recaps this season and all the turmoil that came with it for the Texans. On interim head coach Wade Phillips: He walked into his last news conference Monday with a plaintive plea of: "Let's wrap up the season — please."