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RTC: Is J.J. Watt irreplaceable?

SAN DIEGO -- Good morning from the West Coast where it is very early currently. The Texans arrived yesterday evening and still have 13 hours to go before they become the last team to play their season opener.

It will be a relief to finally talk about what happened, rather than what will happen. But for now, that's what we've got.

Reading the coverage of the Texans...

The Houston Chronicle took a few looks at defensive end J.J. Watt, starting with a column by Randy Harvey, in which he argues that Watt is not the most essential Texan. Harvey picks quarterback Matt Schaub as the most essential. He consults Seth Payne, who picked Watt, and Steve Mariucci, who picked the quarterback, noting the Texans don't have a Steve Young backing up Joe Montana situation.

Jerome Solomon of the Chornicle makes some predictions, including that the Texans will play in the Super Bowl. Only, he doesn't say when.

San Diego has a strong tradition of producing talented running backs. Marcus Allen and Reggie Bush are both from the area. Arian Foster went to high school in San Diego. This will be his first time playing a professional football game there, writes Dale Robertson of the Chronicle.

And speaking of Arian Foster, he's partnering with Target to create shirts, writes Clifford Pugh of Houston Culture Map. One says "Namaste" with his touchdown bow and another says "I don't know you bro," a nod to his line to a defender last year, whom he asked to turn around so he could read his jersey and learn his name.

Brian Smith of the Chronicle draws connections between the 2013 Houston Texans and the Chargers from the middle of the last decade. Phillip Rivers talks about his regret over never winning it all in those seasons. Though, I have to disagree of the characterization of LaDainian Tomlinson, the fifth overall pick in the 2001 draft, as overlooked.

Shiloh Keo gets his first start and he tells Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com that it means the world to him. Keo will start in place of Ed Reed, who was listed as questionable for the Texans. Coach Gary Kubiak announced Saturday that Reed would not start, but might play as a reserve.