Johnson thinks this is best Texans team yet

Johnson thinks this is best Texans team yet
September 4, 2013, 10:30 am
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Twelve wins. Another playoff berth. Another division title. The 2012 Texans were the best team in the 10-year history of the franchise.

Andre Johnson thinks the 2013 Texans are better.

“Yeah, I feel like it is,” Johnson said on Tuesday when asked if this team is the best he’s been a part of. “The thing about it is, I just think that since I’ve been here, I know since Coach (Gary) Kubiak has gotten here, we’ve just been adding pieces and getting better as a team. I think, as the years have been moving along, each team’s been better and better. We have a lot of guys who can make plays for us and hopefully we can put that together this year.”

Johnson pointed toward those added pieces as the reason for the team’s improvement. He also said again that this year’s receiving corps is the best the team has had since he’s been in Houston. The other receivers on the roster cave combined for just 22 career receptions but have a ton of talent.

Really, the whole team has a ton of talent. It returns the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, J.J. Watt. Inside linebacker Brian Cushing is back and healthy. Matt Schaub is coming off a 4,000-yard season. Arian Foster has had at least 1,200 yards in each of the last three seasons.

On paper, this is the best Texans’ team ever assembled. But the Texans haven't always been good. For Johnson’s first four years in Houston, the team had a combined 20-44 record. The Texans didn’t have a winning season until 2009, Johnson’s seventh NFL season.

Recently, defensive end Antonio Smith said that anything less than a Super Bowl this season would be a failure and Johnson agreed.

“That’s the ultimate goal. That’s why we play,” he said. “I’m pretty sure there are 31 other teams in the league that feel the same way. That’s the ultimate goal, but there are some other goals you have to accomplish in order to get to that step.”

Aside from Johnson thinking this is the best team in franchise history, he thinks he can have the best year of his career too. That would be pretty impressive for Johnson, who caught 112 passes for 1,598 yards last year.

Before last season there were several talking heads saying Johnson lost a step, that he wasn’t the same player. But he never believed it.

“People are gonna talk, that’s just a part of it,” he said. “For some reason in football, you get over the age of 30, you’re too old. That’s everyone’s opinion. I guess you guys can sit back and watch and see what happens this season.”  

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