Mathis says Texans primed for turnaround

Mathis says Texans primed for turnaround
December 13, 2013, 8:00 am
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Two years ago, the Colts were the worst team in the league. They lost their first 13 games and finished with a 2-14 record.

Then, they got the first draft pick, a new coach and went to the playoffs in 2012.

And Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis thinks the Texans might be ready for that same kind of turnaround.

“Yeah, they’re a contender,” Mathis said on a conference call with Houston reporters this week as the Colts prepare to host the Texans on Sunday. “They’re a Super Bowl caliber team. Dot i’s and cross t’s and those 11 games could easily be won, and we could be having a different conversation now. So I definitely know what type of team we’re dealing with. We’re not taking anything for granted or just not sleeping on them.”

Mathis said he’s surprised the Texans have struggled so much this season. He said he isn’t sure why they’re 2-11 because they have athletes and a “solid capable team.” That’s part of the reason he thinks they can bounce back in 2014.

And the Texans’ first-round pick might have something to do with it too.

After the Colts’ 2-14 season in 2011 season, they were awarded the first overall pick in the draft. And they used that pick to draft a franchise quarterback in Andrew Luck.

“It was a major difference,” Mathis said about Luck. “He came in and, just to have a guy, he’s a winner. That’s contagious in the locker room. He’s rubbed off on guys. His character, demeanor and the way he approaches the game, it was a great thing and very needed.”

If the season ended now, the Texans would have the first overall pick. It’s unknown if there’s a quarterback in this class who will work out as well or as quickly as Luck did in Indianapolis, but the Texans might have their choice of the class. If they choose wisely, they might end up where the Colts are, back to winning ways after only one disastrous season.