Tracing Texans Hope & Optimism Through Houston Press Covers

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Hey, we're hopeful (again).
This Sunday -- finally -- the NFL season begins, at least as far as the Texans are concerned.

And that's what counts here in Houston, of course.

The Texans have been with us since the 2002 season, making this year the 11th time they will be suiting up to elate, enrage or enervate us.

Perhaps no team throughout the years has been given more of the benefit of the doubt than the Texans. In an NFL era where seemingly every team manages to go from worst to (near-)first at least once every so often, the Texans have constantly tantalized with hopes of a big year only to stumble to mediocrity.

Yet we keep coming back. And hoping.

You need proof? There's no better place than to look at the covers for the Texans' season previews we have done throughout the years.

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6. It's time (not)
We were reasonable, we thought: We didn't demand excellence from the get-go. We gave them some seasons to get adjusted.

And then we demanded excellence.

We were disappointed.

5. Dom is gone
Another disastrous season...but there was a reason. And that reason was named Dom Capers, who got fired as head coach. His replacement, Gary Kubiak, was all-but-destined to take this underperforming ragtag bunch of players and turn them into a perennial playoff candidate, according to our cover.

We were disappointed.

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4. Some time off does not improve our perspective
That Kubiak-genius season ended up 6-10, which wasn't exactly included in the parameters we were considering when defining "genius."

We decided to get out of the Texans-preview game. But as in The Worst Godfather Ever, just when we thought we were out, they pulled us back in. Pumped up by Obama Hope, we thought anything was possible -- even the Texans actually putting a good product on the field, getting a winning record, maybe even sneaking into the playoffs.

We would have been better off expecting Gitmo to be closed.


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