The Houston Texans already own an active 14-game losing streak—the longest in the NFL.
After losing their last 14 games in 2013, the Texans had the worst record in the league. They then selected JaDeveon Clowney out of South Carolina with their first pick in the draft.
Now they're hoping to do what the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs did the past two years: make the playoffs one year after boasting the worst record in the league.
As OTAs pick up, let's take a look at what the Texans have as they enter the 2014 season.
The Good: The Defensive Line
You probably could have guessed this one.
The best asset the Texans have going into the 2014 season is their defensive line. With No. 1 overall pick JaDeveon Clowney joining 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt on the line, the Texans will be feared.
Watt had been a beast since joining the league in 2011, but teams have been able to use two blockers to keep him at bay.
However, with Clowney now on the opposite side of the line, one of the two won't be double teamed. If Clowney is as good as advertised, opponents will be lucky to have five seconds in the pocket without being hit.
It shouldn't surprise anyone if the Texans lead the league in sacks next year.
The Bad: Andre Johnson
Andre Johnson is not happy the Texans didn't take a quarterback early in the 2014 NFL draft, instead selecting Clowney. He has made his displeasure known, as he thinks the team isn't ready to compete in the playoffs yet.
Johnson will turn 33 this offseason, as he enters the twilight of his career. He doesn't have many chances left to win a title, and he wants to go somewhere to compete for a ring…now.
Upon skipping OTAs, Johnson made his desire for a trade all too real for the Texans. The team would love to keep Johnson if possible, but that might be easier said than done.
Losing the production of Johnson could be ugly. He's had at least 1,100 yards in every season that he played in 16 games since his rookie year, including three seasons (2008, 2009, 2012) when he eclipsed 1,500 yards.
However, his future with the team remains unclear, and that's bad news for Houston.
The Ugly: The Quarterback Situation
Houston has more than just a problem at quarterback. It has a nightmare scenario.
The Texans currently have Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum, T.J. Yates and Tom Savage on their depth chart at QB.
Fitzpatrick is the favorite to win the job, but he's not exactly a star quarterback. He had his chance to start in Buffalo for the Bills, but struggled. Bills fans will vividly remember the 2011 season when he threw 23 interceptions. That season he posted a 50.5 QBR, the highest of his career.
Fitzpatrick isn't exactly a reliable option under center, but he's more proven than the second-year quarterback Keenum (who went 0-8 last year) or Yates (who has four touchdowns and nine interceptions in his career, including the postseason).
The only possible saving grace for the Texans is Savage. As an unproven rookie, Savage has limitless potential.
It's unlikely that he is a star his first year (especially considering that he was drafted 135th overall). However, he's the only option that could possibly save the team.
Relying on Fitzpatrick and a fourth round rookie isn't an ideal situation for the Texans. It's not even a bad situation…it's a terrible one.