Ugly Wins Are The Trademark Of The 2018 Texans

Texans Ability To Get Wins In Almost Any Situation A Badge Of Honor

The Bull Rush
December 20, 2018 - 4:24 pm

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HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) - Any time I think about the 2018 Texans up to this point in the season, I always think about one of my favorite quotes from Sun Tzu's 'Art of War', "Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win."

That quote perfectly sums up the mantra and mentality of a 10-4 team that has fought tooth and nail for every single victory they have this year. After starting 0-3 and then rattling off 9 wins in a row, this team has always had the same motto throughtout the entire season, "A win is a win."

They don't care how they win, they don't care how ugly they win, and they certainly don't care what the final score is, they just care about getting the win. We've all heard it a million times from Bill O'Brien and his band of "victorious warriors"... It's hard to win in the NFL.

Coming off of the announcement of making his 3rd Pro Bowl in as many years, DE Jadeveon Clowney had the same sentiments we've heard the Texans recite the entire year, "Man, we don’t care about how it looks. We want to win games, period. We won last week. It doesn’t matter if won by one or two. I don’t care how it looks. We get it done. It’s hard to win in this league. We play every week hard. Everybody’s played extremely hard, so I don’t care how it looks. You win a Super Bowl by half a point or a point, they don’t care how you did it, it’s done. So, just trying to stack wins. We won last week, that’s behind us and we’re getting ready for the Eagles. It’s a great opponent coming up, Super Bowl defending champs, got a lot of work to do," he said.

O'Brien has instilled a culture in this team. A winning culture. One that doesn't care about the glory and finesse of victory, but only what each victory means to them and that's getting them one game closer to competing for a Super Bowl.

Every week we hear players and coaches alike repeat the same company lines over and over about "taking it one game and one day at a time" or "we just want to win and we don't care how it looks", but they're all true. They've all bought in to the mentality that O'Brien has been trying to bring to this Texans team for the past five seasons and it's finally paying off.  

Defensive Coordinator Romeo Crennel said that the chemistry the team has now is something they lacked early in the year and is borderline elite now, "It’s getting there. Every team has to grow together and come together and develop that trust among themselves. When we started off, we didn’t have it. We came together and started growing and developing it and I think that we’re still growing and developing that camaraderie," he said.

With a tough matchup with the Eagles coming up this Sunday, they will need to find yet another way to get a "win no matter what" against a struggling, but reigning team of Super Bowl defenders that are fighting for their playoffs lives.