The Leftovers: Titanic showdown, J.J. Watt, and a big change

Drew Dougherty has been the host of Texans TV since 2009. He answers questions from fans on a weekly basis. This week, he answered a few in the video above. He also answered a few more in the article below.

Mike Winston: Dear Drew, Rumor has it that the WATTAGE is coming back in time for the playoffs??!! Is it true and what is the status on J.J.?
DD: I've seen the reports as well, and Watt's not closed the book on a return this season. A lot would still have to happen for him to come off injured reserve, but it's tough to bet against J.J.Watt. Stay tuned.

Rick Alvarez: Dear Drew, What's the game plan to take down the Titans on Sunday?
DD: First and foremost, the Texans need to eliminate a lot of the mistakes they made last Sunday. Whether it was penalties or turnovers on offense, or poor tackling on defense, Houston can't afford to make the errors they did against the Broncos and hope to win this Sunday in Nashville.

Jason Smith: Dear Drew, I'm a Colts fan but want to become an honorary Texans fan for the playoffs. Is there a waiver or legal document I need to sign? Lol. Go Texans!
DD: Thanks, Jason. Nope, you don't have to sign a thing. The bandwagon is always open. But let's make sure the good guys take care of business the next few weeks and get into the playoffs first.

Aaron Givens: Dear Drew, What is the key for our defense to limit scrambling quarterbacks from making big plays? Ryan Tannehill is another one of those solid QBs that have been putting up numbers.
DD: If you listen to the Texans defense, they'll tell you it's all about discipline. They'll tell you they need to stay in their lane, keep the quarterback in the pocket, and not let broken plays become big plays for the opponent. Scrambling quarterbacks give just about every NFL team a problem. The Texans aren't alone in that regard. Tannehill's been white hot since taking over in October. He's completing about 75 percent of his passes, has 15 touchdowns and just five interceptions, and his team's been victorious in six of his seven starts.

Juan Garza: Dear Drew, with the hamstring issue with Fuller do you think the Texans can afford to shut him down for another week or two, or until it matters most?
DD: I have no clue. Fuller and the Texans have been snakebitten by hamstring injuries, and they're impossible to predict. When he's in the game, Fuller loosens things up for everyone else around him. The Texans are able to run more effectively, spread the ball around to other pass-catchers more easily, and operate at a more explosive clip. I hope he's back this week, but we'll see how it goes.

Ashton Cooke: Dear Drew, Do you see the Texans making the playoffs over the Titans?
DD: The Titans are an excellent team. I think the Texans will win the AFC South, though. Despite that, I still think Tennessee will make the playoffs as a Wild Card. The next three weeks are big ones for the two franchises.

Jason McLeod: Dear Drew, Do you see us pulling off any big moves in free agency this off season?
DD: What's a big move? Because I think signing tight end Darren Fells was a big move. He's caught seven touchdowns this season. But when he was signed, it was a week or so after free agency began, and there wasn't much fanfare around the signing. Safety Tashaun Gipson and cornerback Bradley Roby have been important pieces on the defense this year, but their signings weren't viewed as "big moves" in free agency last March. I think those are just three examples of "big moves" by the Texans in free agency, and I think there will be more again this offseason. Just don't get discouraged, though, if the Texans don't wind up signing a huge name in the first hours of free agency.

John Flores: Dear Drew, Do you have any big plans for this Christmas? Also do you think the Texans will hire GM next season?
DD: Thanks for asking, John. Hope you have a Merry Christmas. My wife and I are both from Houston, so we'll be with family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I'm looking forward to it. As for your GM question, I wouldn't be surprised if the Texans hired one. But they might also continue to roll with the current setup and go without one. Let's worry about that in a few months, cool?

Houston Texans Fans come out to NRG Stadium for the thirteenth game of the 2019 NFL season against the Broncos.

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