Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans...
With so many people calling for Texans coach Gary Kubiak's job, the Houston Chronicle's John McClain goes hard in the other direction. McClain says it would be "foolish" for owner Bob McNair to clean house a season after his team won back-to-back division championships. He argues that quarterback Case Keenum's best chance at developing into a permanent starter is if he has Kubiak to teach him. Part of his argument is that a new coaching staff would want to draft a quarterback in the first round. Though, a couple weeks ago, McClain did say he expects the Texans will draft a quarterback in the first round.
Texans tight end Owen Daniels is eligible to return for this week's game against the Jaguars, after being placed on short-term injured reserve earlier this season. But Daniels isn't quite ready, writes Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com.
The Texans are actually not quite mathematically eliminated from the playoff hunt yet. Chris Burke of SI.com explains. It would take the Texans winning out, two teams losing out, four more teams all going 1-3 or worse and two more teams going 2-2 or worse. The two teams that need to lose out are the Ravens and Dolphins. This week the Ravens play the Vikings (3-8-1) and the Dolphins play the Steelers (5-7), so there's a decent chance one of those teams wins and knocks the Texans officially out.
Barry Wilner of the Associated Press takes a look at where teams are now compared to where they were this time last year. He highlights the Texans and Falcons, who are in the opposite situations now.