McNair Enters Year 14

As his franchise readies for its 14th season of play, Texans Founder and CEO Bob McNair feels good about what the team has done so far.

"We did what we set out to do in free agency and didn't sacrifice our future in terms of being able to sign players in the coming years. We're under the salary cap and in good shape." McNair told me here in Phoenix at the NFL meetings.

A key factor in the success of 2015 will be the performance at the most important position on the team. "We've improved ourselves at the quarterback position. We've got some good competition there." McNair said regarding Ryan Mallet and Brian Hoyer.

When asked specifically about Mallet, McNair said "We wanted to have him here. With Bill (O'Brien) he has a chance to improve, grow and mature. The competition with Hoyer will be good for both of them."

On Hoyer, McNair added "He's a good leader and hard worker. He's going to be a good influence in the locker room and a talented player."

The Texans also got stronger on defense thanks to the acquisitions of Vince Wilfork and Rahim Moore combined with the resigning of Kareem Jackson.

"We wanted to strengthen our defensive line in the middle and get better at safety" McNair said.

The wide receiving corps got a boost with the signing of Cecil Shorts. But that wasn't until after the club parted ways with Andre Johnson. "It was difficult because Andre had been there for 12 years and we would have liked for him to hang around longer."

With Shorts and DeAndre Hopkins, along with the other incumbents, the Texans are well on their way to starting a new era at the position but there's plenty of off season left, including the draft, to continue to add talent.

Quarterback Ryan Mallett's 2014 with the Texans, in photos.

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