The tumultuous nature of being an NFL coach is best captured by the head coaches hired from 2009 through 2013, a five-year stretch not that long ago.
During that time, the league hired 31 head coaches, and of them, only six remain: Seattle’s Pete Carroll, Dallas’ Jason Garrett, Carolina’s Ron Rivera, Indianapolis’ Chuck Pagano, Kansas City’s Andy Reid and Arizona’s Bruce Arians.
Twenty-five others already have been fired, which just goes to show most coaches are just being hired to one day be fired.
When Houston signed Osweiler in March, it was clear the Texans were looking for a quarterback to help them in the playoffs — especially after the Texans were blown out 30-0 in the wild-card round last year by the Kansas City Chiefs. Though Osweiler did not play as well as the Texans envisioned for most of the season, he did deliver on that playoff expectation.
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Houston has had to rely on its defense all season to keep the Texans in games — and that unit had another great game against the Raiders — but Osweiler played well enough that it wasn’t necessary on Saturday. Though Osweiler slowed down in the second half — as did the Texans’ playcalling — he did enough in the first half to lead them to the victory.
Osweilerâ€™s second-quarter touchdown to wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was his first passing touchdown at home since Week 8 against the Detroit Lions. The score was set up by a 38-yard pass from Osweiler to Hopkins that took the Texans into the red zone.
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It appeared Wake, 34, was done last season. On Oct. 29, 2015, he tore his left Achilles tendon during a game against the New England Patriots. The rehab process was lengthy and grueling. Many players who suffer the injury wind up retiring. And many who return never regain their pre-injury form. Factor in Wakeâ€™s advanced age for a football player, and it was reasonable to think that he finally would be defeated.