What went wrong with the Texans? Will you find out or not?

What went wrong?

The question isn’t a reference to any large public safety failure like the West, Texas, explosion or the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing. No, that is the query I ponder with a few minutes to spare before work about something not nearly as serious. That is, if one doesn’t consider the future season of a favorite NFL team as a serious matter. I suppose that considering all the threats to safety in the immediate future and that down the road in this world that would be a no. How the Houston Texans do in the 2014-15 season isn’t all that heavy. But certainly to those who make hundreds of thousands of bucks in the pro football world, it probably means quite a lot. Not that they’d be reading this.

So, my argument is important to a select group of people — the fans and worker bees of the NFL world’s Houston team.

The Texans, as I don’t need reminding, went a miserable 2-14 last season. It is actually a real mystery to many in the football world as how a potential Super Bowl team for this season ended up at the bottom of the heap. This is to differentiate between Houston and this year’s Kansas City Chiefs who went worst to first, at least in regular season, under the tutelage of besieged former Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid.

What went wrong with the Texans could be witnessed each week in their last 14 dreadful games, many of which were lost within a single score. QB Matt Schaub would throw confounding pick sixes. Backup QB Case Keenum, fresh out of the University of Houston, looked promising as Schaub was benched later in the season by now fired Coach Gary Kubiak. Unfortunately, Keenum looked as if he was off his game a number of times, appearing to aim his passes toward the fans.

A frequent problem, as in years past, the Texans couldn’t buy their way into a red zone touchdown. Plus, the team would often settle for field goals when they should have found a way across the goal line.

Dynamic duo running backs Arian Foster and Ben Tate left their respective seasons early with injuries. Backup back David Johnson provided promising looks, although his turning those into touchdowns was left lacking.

An October surprised the Texans with the loss of star linebacker Brian Cushing, the victim of an knee injury a year after a season-ending ACL tear.

Oh, and kicker Randy Bullock had a barely-passing season with kicks that would have been good had they been made inside the uprights.

Some stars still had above-average years, speaking of receiver Andre Johnson and J.J. Watt. Sad to say, this isn’t baseball where individual contributions often trump team effort.

Adding to these breakdowns in the Texans game plans was a season in which Kubiak suffered a mini-stroke and in which defensive coordinator’s Wade Phillips’ stint as interim head unfortunately did not change the Houston team’s fortunes. Phillips also lost his father, legendary Oilers and Saints head coach Bum Phillips. Both of these seemed to cap a terrible season rather than providing a cause. Like many other fans — that’s what I am — I was  sad to see these two great guys go.

So what for the next season? New head Bill O’Brien brought success to Penn State’s dark times in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. But can he brighten the Houston Texans’ future? And will a No. 1 draft pick bring life to the team with the possibilities of NCAA QB prospects Johnny Football, Terry Bridgewater or defensive end Jadeveon Clowney? Or will the Texans go for a known NFL entity?

Well, why are you asking me. Questions, questions.  I just ask questions — at least for now — plus I have to get dressed and shave my head for work. So, stay tuned.