The Houston Texans dropped their 11'th straight game to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 5. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles are 7-5 after a horrendous 4-12 season, as the Eagles seem to be starting over just fine with Chip Kelly. This can give some hope to the Texans as well, who are going through almost the same path that the 2012 Eagles suffered.
Last year's Eagles were lucky to win three of their first four games, then dropped 11 of their next 12. It was a 4-12 season that perhaps should have been 0-16, and brought an ugly end to the otherwise successful Andy Reid era. While Reid had come close and failed too many times to take the next step, a 4-12 ending came from nowhere -- but perhaps it was necessary to bring much needed new blood to Philadelphia.
This year's Texans were lucky to win their first two games, and have now lost their last 11. This is a 2-11 year that perhaps should be 0-13, and is likely to bring an ugly end to the otherwise successful Gary Kubiak/Matt Schaub era. While Kubiak and Schaub have come close and failed to bring the Texans to the next level -- though not as much as Reid -- perhaps getting rid of them in the offseason will be necessary for Houston.
Grantland's Bill Barnwell wrote on Dec. 6 that the Texans' "road to redemption" can come pretty quickly, especially with a No. 1 pick likely. Houston can draft a new franchise quarterback like Teddy Bridgewater, find a new defensive star like Jadeveon Clowney, or make a blockbuster trade. Barnwell compares it to the Indianapolis Colts, who fell suddenly in 2011 without Peyton Manning, dumped him to get Andrew Luck, and are now contenders again.
In truth, the Texans are more like the recent Eagles. While Philadelphia was living on borrowed time last year, like Houston was this year, it was quite out of character to lose so much in 2012 after all its past success. Likewise, losing 11 straight has been very out of character for the two-time defending AFC South champions.
But once the Eagles found a new path and leaders, they restored order and climbed back to respectability, at the very least. Once the Texans do the same, they'll have a chance to be the Eagles of 2014, if they choose wisely.