Andre Johnson Just Wants to Win; Since When Is That a Bad Thing?

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The best receiver in the game is tired of of starting over
The position has been filled with David Carr, Matt Schaub, and Ryan Fitzpatrick. These are the primary Houston Texans quarterbacks of the Andre Johnson era. This is a sad, pathetic list of QBs. And yet many people still wonder why Andre Johnson is having second thoughts about continuing to play for the Texans.

Johnson's the greatest player in the history of the Texans. He's on that very short list with Earl Campbell as the greatest player to ever play for a professional football team in Houston (if you want to count his short tenure with the USFL's Houston Gamblers, then you can include Jim Kelly). But unlike Campbell, Johnson's never been in the position to put the Texans on his back and carry the team to the playoffs. Johnson's a receiver, and there's only so much a receiver can do with QBs who can't get him the ball, or when the head coach wants to use him as the fifth decoy to a third string tight end in the red zone.

But for 11 seasons Johnson has taken to the field and excelled at the game of football. He's started 154 games, caught 927 passes for 12,661 yards and 61 touchdowns. He's blocked on running plays, served as a decoy. He's attempted to dodge injuries caused by the Texans crappy turf, and he's come to near stops on wide open bombs because certain QBs didn't have the arm strength to get the ball deep enough.

Johnson's made a habit of restructuring his contract, giving up guaranteed base pay. This has allowed the Texans to stay under the cap and work new deals with other players -- most recently being last season when he allowed the team to cut his base pay from $10.5 million to $5.5 million so the team could sign Brian Cushing to a 6-year deal.

Johnson's stated that he wants a chance to play on a winning team. That he doesn't want to start all over again. Isn't this the attitude that all fans should want, a guy who wants to win football games? Yet the primary fan response is that Johnson should suck it up, take his pay, and play for a rebuilding team. It's one thing to say this to J.J. Watt who's still young, or to Ryan Fitzpatrick who's a mediocre journeyman known as much for his awful TD/interception ratio and for going to Harvard than he is for his abilities as a QB.

But Johnson's about to play his 12th season. It's a career that's seen his team reach the playoffs just twice. It's a career that's seen his team rebuild multiple times. He's been the face of the franchise, going out into the city performing charitable deeds and setting the perfect example for his teammates. He's been the consummate professional. The guy just wants one last chance to play for a winner, yet somehow he's the bad guy for not wanting to just sit back and take it.


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RoosterMcGee
RoosterMcGee

he signed a contract and he's guranteed 10 million this year...  He shouldnt have signed the contract if he didnt want to stay in Houston for the remainder of his career.  No reason to feel sorry for Andre, the Texans have treated him more than fair.  Either we trade him for like a third round draft choice, or he stays on the team and either plays and gets paid or doesnt play and doesnt get paid.  It's simple as that. 

fork_u
fork_u

"He got to watch his bosses pass on drafting a potentially elite QB in the first round so that a Mario Williams clone could be selected instead. The guy should have demanded a trade by now, instead he's expressing displeasure and thinking out his options."

hahahahaha – potentially elite quarterback? man that's funny. who might that be? if you watched the draft you'd know that really no franchise other than Jax thought any of these QBs could be elite. 


Mario Williams clone? You are an IDIOT!!!

rdorr1
rdorr1

Boob McNair is the problem with this team. He is a proven loser at football.

fork_u
fork_u

"The position has been filled with David Carr, Matt Schaub, and Ryan Fitzpatrick. These are the primary Houston Texans quarterbacks of the Andre Johnson era. This is a sad, pathetic list of QBs." 

Sad, pathetic? That's a bit of a stretch. Once again, telling the sheep what they want to hear.

 

I'll give you Carr. Schaub – everyone conveniently forgets that prior to last season and the latter portion of 2012, Schaub was talked about as a candidate to emerge among the upper tier of NFL QBs. That clearly didn't happen, but he was also the QB for a very productive offense for several seasons. And he was statistically among the league leaders in yardage, completion percentage and QB rating for good chunks of his time in Houston. 

Fitzpatrick – TBD. The pedigree is so-so, but let' see where O'Brien takes him before we rush to judgement.

You need to stop writing your posts from the typical so-called fan's perspective. Use your own brain for once and try to show some degree of objectivity.


Let me take a wild guess here – you probably also wanted the Texans to draft Manziel, didn't you?

Kristina Michel
Kristina Michel

I do sympathize with Andre, and as a Texan fan, I feel his frustration. I think it's hard for him because he's one of the few good players we've had who's stuck with the franchise through thick and thin, and what does he have to show for it? Two playoff berths that could barely be called as such, a seemingly endless stream of quarterbacks who cave under pressure and uninspired coaches who are all talk. But blowing off mandatory camps isn't really helping his situation. If he wants to leave, I personally would understand. He's been a first-rate receiver from the beginning. He doesn't deserve to have to deal with another "expansion team" situation, which is basically where we're at right now. Instead of sitting around in a huff, he needs to buckle down and start making decisions. I respect him, and I'd respect whatever decision he makes. But the longer he sits around in this passive-aggressive cloud of uncertainty, the worse he makes it for himself and the fewer options he leaves for himself if he ultimately does decide to try and find another team to play for.

newcaustic
newcaustic

yes Andre Johnson deserves to be on a winning & our Texans arent it & wont be it anytime soon.Hope he ends up in New England or Green Bay this year.

Jacob Berg
Jacob Berg

It will be even worse if he gets his wish and we trade him only to go all the way this season.

Hanabi-chan
Hanabi-chan topcommenter

I agree with Andre Johnson. I usually have no sympathy for whining pro athletes, but I do feel for the guy.(I should say that Johnson is not whining as much as expressing his frustration.) Nothing sucks more than working hard and doing what you can to try to make your team successful, only to have that work mean nothing because the other guys can't manage their end of the workload. I really wish the head office would have gotten their heads out of their asses and did what needed to be done a long time ago. I don't have a lot of hope for this season and I don't think I will until we get a excellent quarterback.

RoosterMcGee
RoosterMcGee

@fork_u ...agreed!  Obviously this writer doesn't have a clue about these players.  Only an idiot would pass on Clowney with the number 1 pick.  No QB in this draft was really even worthy of a 1st round pick. 

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