I’ve decided on my real problem with the Houston Texans. It’s not that they’re bad. It’s that they’re not fun bad. Fun bad like the Oakland Raiders. Or the Detroit Lions.
Take the Detroit Lions. They haven't had a winning season since 2000. They haven't been to the playoffs since Barry Sanders retired. Matt Millen was hired to be the general manager in 2001. In his tenure, they went through four head coaches and at least six starting quarterbacks. The team was so bad that their record was 31-84 while run by Millen. Lions fans were manhandled by Ford Field security for holding up "Fire Millen" sings. It got so bad in Detroit that, as the Lions were getting off to a 0-3 start this season -- in games in which they were never competitive -- the son of the owner started calling out his dad and demanding that Millen be fired. Well, guess what, dad finally listened and today Millen finally lost his job.
Just think of how much fun it would be if Bob McNair’s son was calling pop an idiot and demanding that general manager Rick Smith be fired. And it wouldn’t be fun if the Texans, along with being bad, were running through coaches and quarterbacks like CenterPoint Energy running through excuses for their failure to get the power back online.
Still, that’s nothing like what is going on in Oakland.
The Raiders were once one of the league’s most feared franchises. And as far back as the 2002 season they were losing the Super Bowl to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Since then, they’ve been through four coaches and even more quarterbacks than the Lions. The owner, Al Davis wants a new coach. But he won’t fire the current coach Lane Kiffin, and Kiffin won’t quit. And team execs are getting into fights with sportswriters at media briefings.
Nothing like that happens with the Texans. Gary Kubiak does his standard apology every week. The team refuses to change quarterbacks. The Houston press won’t criticize the owners. And the end result is a boring, lousy team that’s just not that much fun to watch or follow. -- John Royal
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