Following the team’s season-ending loss to the Patriots this weekend, the Texans are starting to make some changes. According to Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston (via Twitter), the organization and offensive coordinator George Godsey have “mutually agreed to part ways.”
“I’m grateful for the tireless work ethic and contributions George has made to our team over the last three years,” head coach Bill O’Brien said in a statement (via Berman on Twitter). “I wish him nothing but the best in the future.”
After starting his career with Central Florida and the Patriots, the 38-year-old spent that past three seasons in the Texans’ organization, and he spent the past two years as the team’s offensive coordinator. The Texans offense was average in 2015, but that wasn’t necessarily a reflection on Godsey. The coordinator was forced to use four different starting quarterbacks during that campaign, including Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, T.J. Yates, and Brandon Weeden. Despite the inconsistency at quarterback, the squad still managed to finish 19th in the league in total offensive yards and 21st for offensive points.
Following the offseason signing of quarterback Brock Osweiler, there was optimism that the Texans offense would take another step forward in 2016. That wasn’t the case. The offense finished with the fourth-fewest yards in the league, and most of the blame could be attributed to the performance of the quarterback. Osweiler finished the season with 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. His 2,957 passing yards was the fewest in the NFL among quarterback’s with at least 500 attempts, and the 26-year-old was benched for Tom Savage late in the season. As a result of the Texans weak passing game, the team’s wideouts predictably suffered. Star receiver DeAndre Hopkins ultimately finished the season with 78 receptions, 954 yards, and four scores – his lowest totals since his rookie season.
Of course, there was some positive to take out of the Texans 2016 offensive performance. The team finished with 1,859 rushing yards, the eighth-best mark in the league (although they did finish 19th in yards-per-carry). Lamar Miller also had a bounce-back season in Houston, rushing for 1,073 yards and five touchdowns.
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