The Houston Texans have won four games in each of the past two seasons. The once-dominant force at the top of the AFC South has been relegated to third place for the past two seasons – only because the Jacksonville Jaguars have somehow been worse off.
NFL Network analysts were asked to pick their team that could enjoy the biggest turnaround in 2022, and former Texans quarterback David Carr picked the New York Jets.
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Carr immortalized his vision of the Jets:
It’s been over a decade since the Jets were in the playoffs. This drought ends at 11 seasons. General manager Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh have overhauled this roster over the past two years, adding playmakers throughout offense and defense. They’re a young team, but I believe they have what it takes to go from winning four games in 2021 to making the playoffs in 2022.
If the Jets have that potential, why not the Texans? What Houston already has in front of New York is stability under center. Sophomore quarterback Zach Wilson is recovering from a knee injury while Davis Mills has completed all of his training camp and preseason work as a first-team signaller.
The Texans also added playmakers on defense with draft cornerback Derek Stingley and safety Jalen Pitre. If third-year defensive end Jonathan Greenard continues to take another step in his development, Houston will have a legitimate defenseman.
Nate Burleson picked the Detroit Lions, DeAngelo Hall picked the Jacksonville Jaguars. Marc Ross tabbed the Denver Broncos. Maurice Jones-Drew chose the Baltimore Ravens.
The Jets and Texans are both at the same starting point, but New York is already facing setbacks in its 2022 campaign. Houston may not be emerging as a playoff contender either, but they are. a better candidate for a team than the Jets.