The talk of the town seems to be how the Seattle Seahawks completely dominated and destroy one of the best scoring offenses in the history of the NFL. Before I get to the Texans, let me highlight what Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos did this year.
Points: The Broncos scored 606 points in 2013, breaking the record of 589 set by the New England Patriots in 2007. Touchdowns: Denver’s 76 touchdowns beat the previous record of 75, also held by the 2007 Patriots. Players with 10 or more touchdowns: The Broncos’ Four Horsemen - WRs Demaryius Thomas (14), Eric Decker (11), Wes Welker (10), and TE Julius Thomas (12) - all finished with at least 10 touchdowns in 2013, while RB Knowshon Moreno added 13 of his own to break this NFL record - by two players (previous record was three).
Passing first downs: The Broncos converted 293 first downs through the air in 2013, with a small handful coming from QB Brock Osweiler in backup work. The previous record was 280 set by the Saints in 2011.
Manning was named NFL MVP the night before the Super Bowl for smashing the league’s touchdown record and leading his team to the big game. But without a Super Bowl ring it means very little. Indeed, his records will now always come with the virtual asterisk of a fabulous season that ended in total ignominy.
From the very first snap of the game it could not possibly have gone more wrong for Denver’s quarterback, as the ball flew over his head for a safety and the fastest score in Super Bowl history. The evening didn’t get much better from there: the Broncos failed to get a first down the next time they got hold of the ball and on the next Manning threw an interception. An interception that was returned for a touchdown. The Seahawks meanwhile were compiling points at an alarming rate.
So with the Seahawks defense so great, and arguably the best QB in the league struggling the way he did, do the Houston Texans pass on a player as talented and special as Jadaveon Clowny for a quarterback like Teddy Bridgewater or Blake Bortles?
I think it is safe to say that defense wins championships and Clowny, alongside J.J. Watt could create a dymanic defense in Houston. Clowny could be the end in a 4-3 or an outside LB in a 3-4 similar to Demarcus Ware when he arrived at Dallas.
Now there is no denying that the Texans need to address quarterback concerns. However, after my evaluations of the top ten prospects in the draft, I feel Clowny is to far ahead of the quarterbacks as far as raw talent. If the gap between the players were closer then i’d agree with drafting the best quarterback. None of the quarterbacks compare to the talent of an Andrew Luck when he came out of Stanford.
Peyton Manning’s horrific performance did prove that defense wins championships. Should the Texans go in that Direction? I think so.