A year after exiting the playoffs in a Divisional Round loss at Baltimore, the Texans were bounced from the postseason in the same weekend when they fell to the Patriots on Sunday.
Monday morning, the players cleaned out their lockers and met with the coaching staff for exit interviews. For safety
“This team will never be the same,” Manning said Monday. “Some faces will never be here (again), so that’s just the natural part of this game. If you’re going to play long enough, you’ve got to accept that.”
Although the Texans failed to hoist the Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl champions, Manning didn’t dismiss the 2012 campaign as a failure.
“I feel like we’re in the process of doing something tremendous,” Manning said. “A lot of guys, we just can’t see the full progress of it. I think we’re building on something.”
“You can never be perfect at the left tackle position,” Brown said. “I think I still have a little ways to go as far as technique. Technique-wise, I really have to work.”
“I don’t see it as a success,” Watt said. “We don’t have a trophy, so it’s not a success. And in my mind in this league, if you don’t have a trophy, then you’re not a success.”
For some of the rookies, 2012 was a mixed bag of opportunities. Rookie right guard
“Although we’re young, I think we’re going to be really good in years to come,” Brooks said. “I think we’ll be alright.”
But for now, the team is off until the offseason workout program cranks up in March. In May after the draft, they’ll be able to put on pads for OTA’s, and late July will bring training camp. In between now and then, big thoughts will likely occupy parts of their days.
“We work hard this offseason, put every single thing we have into it,” Watt said. “We’re going to come back next season with that trophy on our mind.”